Paths and URL Aliases

Paths

By default Drupal assigns each page a path (web address) like: http://www.example.org/node/1

Pages are numbered in the order they were created.

Pages can receive fancier URLs

Your Drupal site will automatically create a URL alias (non-numerical path) for each page like: http://www.example.org/your-page-topic

URL aliases are more visitor- and search engine-friendly than numerical paths.

Non-automated custom URL aliases

You may set custom URL aliases for pages on your site:

  1. Edit the page.
  2. Select the URL path settings tab at the bottom of the page.
  3. Make sure "Generate automatic URL alias" is un-checked, and supply a custom path for the URL alias.
  4. Save the page.

In general, it is best to avoid changing URL aliases after they are in use. If links/bookmarks point to an old alias, changing/deleting the old alias will break the links/bookmarks, and search engines may have trouble finding the new alias to index, unless you take additional steps to redirect visitors.

More about Paths

These Drupal modules (available for all SCLS-hosted Drupal sites) manage your site's URL aliases: