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Uppercase or Lowercase in the URL?



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Uppercase or Lowercase in the URL?

I'm seeing this mistake time and time again. New clients with old websites have both uppercase URLs and lowercase URLs.
Google to some extent sees the two and separate entities and of course will treat them as duplicate content.

So always make sure to set this from .htaccess: www.example.com/TEST should always 301 to www.example.com/test

Always choose the lowercase as the main URL structure. Also, some website may not have duplicate URLs but it's still possible to load pages like www.Example.com/tEsT - don't know why someone will type like this buy sometimes people do.

Example: https://www.seoclerks.com/Faq leads to 404 - it should redirect 301 to lowercase URL.

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idealmike

This has been an ongoing issue since the early days of the Internet in fact! I was reading something once by the guy who created the http protocol. He was saying that if he could go back he would have made something much less "clunkier" than all that http://www. stuff. He was saying that in hindsight he wishes he would have made it so that you couldn't even see any of that in the address bar and wishes that it didn't even exist as it's caused nothing but problems ever since and is really an unnecessary thing to have. Or something like that I can't remember in full now, I'll have to dig it up and make a discussion about it.

As for the SEOClerks UPPER/lower case issue I agree that a rule should be created in htaccess to redirect all upper case traffic to the lower case version instead. The thing is I don't think anyone saves any of the URLS anywhere as upper case. In most cases if they did save the URL somewhere like on another site/forum or blog or something, they would be copying the URL as-is so it would be the lower case version anyway. I guess you could say that the lower case URL is the correct version of the URL and the upper case version is not. So when you look at it from that perspective, there is no real need to redirect UPPER case to the lower case version of the URL.

At the end of the day, if you're giving someone the URL to the Community Discussion here you wouldn't say oh the URL is https://www.seoclerks.com/supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Just like you wouldn't say oh the URL is https://www.seoclerks.com/FAQ. You would say the URL is https://www.seoclerks.com/faq and give that out only because that's what it is.

However in some cases, there might be a need for it. I think not with WordPress though because WordPress has a built in URL suggest. So if you have a post on your WP site and the URL is site.com/my-long-url-slug-to-my-post and you manually typed site.com/my-long-url it would know (from the auto suggest) which URL you really wanted. It would work the same if someone manually typed your domain and the URL as well so if they had CAPS lock key on and typed SITE.COM/MY-LONG-URL it would know and redirect you to the closest matching URL. Many people don't know about this feature of WordPress but it was built in to try to reduce 404 page not found errors.

Pretty nifty really but it's not perfect and sometimes sends you to the wrong URL but it's better than seeing a 404!




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procoder

Actually i'm using only lowercase URL-s for my website and if someone will type uppercase words on it, it will show only the home page, so thank you for reminding me, i should set-up some redirects on .htaccess.




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Cristian

Yes you should! Any upper case letter should redirect 301 to the standard lower case URL.




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Lynne

Cristian I am confused now. I have not used any uppercase text in any of my URLs. So how would this affect me, if at all?

Is this only for people that have used uppercase text in their URLs.




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Cristian

Yes and no. I personally prefer having a 301 redirect no matter if I have upper case URLs or not. Keep in mind if I type in my Brower www.seoclerks.com/Faq - my visit will appear as a separate entity in Google analytics, it will not merge with the statistics from lower case /faq.

Let me know if you got my point.




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Lynne

Yes I sort of get your point... soooo are you saying I should create a 301 redirect for every page and post on my website? And what if they type in www.seoclerks.com/FAQ for example? Now you are looking at two 301 redirects right?

It just seems like a lot of work doesn't it? And the possibilities are just endless for these upper and lower case urls!

What about if the url was: www.seoclerks.com/frequently-asked-questions would you then do redirects for:
www.seoclerks.com/Frequently-asked-questions
www.seoclerks.com/Frequently-Asked-Questions
www.seoclerks.com/FREQUENTLY-ASKED-QUESTIONS

I'm not sure hey, this sounds to me like it could be a pointless exercise.




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Cristian

You can set a command in .htaccess that will redirect any upper case letter url to the lower case one.
It's pretty simple actually and hardly any work, it will be a general rule.

Check this out as an example:
https://moz.com/bloG
https://MOZ.com/Blog
https://moz.com/BLOG

Notice how all of them are being redirected to the lower case version? This is a best practice scenario. SC has to improve on its on-page SEO lol.




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Everett

I like all lowercase in the URL just because everything else is lowercase, including https://www., you'll never see HTTPS://WWW. Because of this, if I have to program any categories, the SEO friendly URL would be something like "https://www.example.com/category/arts-crafts" or "https://www.example.com/category/arts-crafts/how-to-make-a-blanket". Overall, it just looks nicer to the eye. Having uppcase letters like the Community Discussions have make it appear to look bad in my opinion.

I'm also unsure if there is a negative SEO impact due to titles being uppercase or even lowercase. But as a rule of thumb for me, always use lowercase in the URLs.




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