Web project / programme manager at na
09 January 2008 14:45pm
The new CMS we are using links to internal pages by creating a redirect link (eg. /redirect.aspx), ie loses the URL that would otherwise comprise the meaningful page name (eg. xxx.com/aboutus/contactus.html). Apparently this is to avoid broken links in case pages are removed and the reference links get forgotten. Has anyone come across this before? And how does this impact the webstats if the /redirect.aspx is a top 3 page with over 2000 visits??
Retired at Retired
09 January 2008 18:25pm
I can see a couple of problems with this:
It is hard to say without looking at the site. Do you want to tell us where it is?
We use a special protocol for internal links that we have coded as a custom button in FCKEditor. In our CMS we remove links to non-existing pages when we generate the page.
10 January 2008 11:30am
Many thanks!! I think the pages are spidered as they count towards a top 3 page on our stats called ../redirect, however as you say I doubt it these pages are counting towards the ranking of the internal pages themselves. I don't understand what you mean by 'could disable the back button' though?
As an example, if you go to http://www.alternativenetworks.com/Services/Hot-topics.html and then click on "Linking mobiles..." in the body text rather than the left hand nav, it looks like the route it is taking is different in both cases. Any ideas? Really appreciate your input. Many thanks
Director at Watson Hall Ltd
15 January 2008 17:02pm
I was going to look at this page to see if the redirect correctly sends a 'permanent redirect' header, since this will affect how Google and other search engines view the link.
But I tried the website today, and it all seems to have gone. Even the home page address is returning a server error message on screen. By the way, everyone should trap these types of messages and render a more user-friendly page since they give away information about the web site, which could be used by someone maliciously.
Note that redirect scripts can sometimes introduce unforeseen security problems, especially if they allow redirecting to a different website. You may want to check whether this is possible.
Any analysis of the web stats should take these redirects into account - whether your analysis does or not, would require more information.
Colin WatsonTechnical DirectorWatson Hall Ltd information security
CEO at SciVisum.co.uk
17 January 2008 12:44pm
www.alternativenetworks.com is still down...
think they have bigger customer experience problems than the redirects right now...
On 17:02:28 15 January 2008 WebSecurity wrote:
I was going to look at this page to see if the redirect correctly sends a 'permanent redirect' header, since this will affect how Google and other search engines view the link. account - whether your analysis does or not, would require more information.
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