URLs for products in multiple categories
Very often your store items can be included into 2 or more categories, thereby creating Magento duplicate content which is not favored by search engines. In order to prevent your products from having multiple URLs for proper site indexation by search engines you definitely need an effective solution.
With the Unique Product URL extension it’s possible to easily manage the way to use category in product URLs in Magento by selecting one URL path for each product even if it’s placed in numerous store categories.
How it works
With this tool you’ll be able to choose which URL path to use - either the shortest or the longest one. The path will be automatically applied to all the items having multiple URLs so that search engines will get unique Magento products URL for indexation. For example, if you have a ‘T-shirt’ in 2 categories: ‘Shirts’ and 'Sale', then choosing the Shortest path will mean using: example.com/sale/t-shirt as the main one.
- The shortest path
- The longest path
- Default settings
What pages are affected
The Magento product URL extension enables you to set the unique URL for each and every section of the store. The unique URL will also work when you come to the product page from the category page or by clicking a direct link.
- Site map
- Search results
- Up sells
- Cross sells
- Related products
Auto redirect to canonical urls
Google doesn't favor duplicate content. You can remove duplicates by showing Google which URLs it should crawl. They are called canonical URLs. By setting up 301 redirect to canonical urls, you'll show search engines preferable urls to crawl and indicate that the content is not duplicated.
Breadcrumbs generation options
You can choose either to generate breadcrumbs based on current url or last visited category:
- 100% Open Source — Easy To Customize
- Follows Magento Code Architecture
- Separated HTML/CSS/JS
- W3C Validated Code
Online Extension User Guide
However, my another site needs another approach. I want to disable showing categories at all. But if I do that, I still can access product URLs with category paths directly via address bar. This needs to be changed^ once I choose to display all product addresses without categories in them, URLs with categories should be automatically redirected with a 301 redirect to the right pages. This would be a very useful feature, please consider adding it.
The product url module was the first from numerous seo apps I started frantically installing to my store. And to tell the truth, the only one that appeared to work exactly the way I needed. The settings are very intuitive, so I don’t see any issues which could prevent a sane person from properly configuring them.
In case you have nothing to do with the duplicate content and have never heard about google indexation… this module is also for you! I highly recommend it for any magento store.
This extension was of great help as now all the products are found only on one URL. But I advise you to make such changes once your store is set up as it’s always easier to do something from the scratch than redo it later.
It was a sad story when I received a newsletter from amasty with a link to an article about duplicate content issues in Magento. Shock. I found I have lots of duplicate content in serps because I have a lot of products that belong to several categories… Naturally, I didn’t know about that before. As a result I installed this mod and managed all the duplicates, and got them deindexed. And this influenced my rankings a lot. Please don’t follow my footsteps and avoid this horrible mistake.
All in all the mod is super easy to handle, no rocket science settings. Please write more articles on things I still don’t know…
This extension isn't overloaded. with anything and works just like it should. Thanks!