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Your Wix HTML5 website is built using HTML5 and AJAX technology. This has many benefits, such as animations on your page transitions, the ability to have your background, header and footer stay static while only the content changes, the ability to use all of the new HTML features as they are released, dynamic page sizing, optimization for mobile devices, etc.
 

To support using this technology, the URL's of your website need to be built in the following manner:
 


1. This is your domain name
 
2. #! - This is called a 'hashbang'. The # signifies a 'hash fragment' and is the convention being used today to link to content when using AJAX technology (similar to anchors in HTML). The ! specifies the escaped fragment, which is what allows search engines to understand where the content in your site is actually located – this is because the content you're seeing on your site is being rendered via AJAX technology which means that your page isn't 'reloading' – i.e., when you switch pages, your header, background and footer all stay in place. The content actually does exist on the server- but at another address. In order for the search engines to find this address, the ! is used as the 'escaped fragment', which tells the search engines where to find your content (as they cannot really crawl javascript properly).
 
You can learn more about AJAX technology  here.
 
3. This is the name of the page you're on. After this, the symbol / is what we use as part of the mechanism described in point #2. This is where we specify the actual address of the page on the server
 
4. This is the Page ID which is the actual address of the page on the server, and cannot currently be changed. This is necessary because it tells the browser (and search engines) where to fetch the content from.

Important Note: In order to share links to your site you must use the full link above (1-4) including the Page ID. Removing the Page ID will yield an invalid link.

 

For more information, visit our Learning Center page here.

 

Tip: Please note that if you feel that the URL is too long, you can use the Google URL shortener. Simply add your long URL- including the page #! and the page name, click "Shorten URL" and you will see on the right side the Google URL you can also use. It will look like this: http://goo.gl/ShONge . 

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  • andrewesther

    Replied by andrewesther 24 minutes ago

    Hi jamesonquinn,

    if you read this

    I'm interested in you fixing this if you can and together we will sell the solution back to wix

    Andrew Knowles

  • jamesonquinn

    Replied by jamesonquinn 11 hours ago

    I am a javascript programmer and I've offerred to help Wix resolve this problem, charging them only $1 so that copyright would be theirs. They never even responded to my offer.

    Wix employees: the offer still still stands.

    Others reading this thread: you may draw your own conclusions about their seriousness in fixing this.

    • Yotam Wix Team

      Replied by Yotam 4 hours ago

      Hi jamesonquinn,

      We appreciate your offer.

      We have a great team of programmers.

      You can apply to work at Wix if you like- wix.com/jobs

       

      Thanks,

      Yotam Wix Team
  • elizabethjburns

    Replied by elizabethjburns 12 hours ago

    Page Address

    Hi Wix,

    I for some reason am experiencing issues with my website page addresses. For example, the address I put into my about page I would type "about" so that the address would be "www.elizabethjburns.com/about" but instead additional text is showing up - "http://www.elizabethjburns.com/#!about/c10fk" when it should not.

    How might I fix this please?

    Thanks

    • Ben Wix Team

      Replied by Ben 9 hours ago

      Hi,
       
      Please note that I have merged your post to the main thread concerning this subject. Please see the best reply above for an explanation about the URL structure your Wix site pages, and let us know if you require any further assistance.
       
      Ben
      Wix Support

       

    • elizabethjburns

      Replied by elizabethjburns 9 hours ago

      Hi Ben,

      Thanks for the reply - but I haven't found this thread particularly useful. It seems strange that I can't just have a basic url such as "www.elizabethjburns.com/about" instead of all the additional added text. This makes it difficult for others to source pages on my website, and it is a critical thing that needs fixing immediately due to new content being released on my website over the coming weeks.

      Are there any further suggestions as to how this might be fixed? I feel my question still hasn't been answered.

      Thanks.

    • Ira Bel Wix Team

      Replied by Ira Bel 6 hours ago

      Hello,

       

      We are sorry for the inconvenience.

      Please note that the page link structure us a part of Ajax technology which is part of the Wix sites platform.

       

      As mentioned in the best reply, you can use the Google URL shortener in order to share your pages.

       

      Please feel free to contact us in case you need further assistance. 

  • copperleafphotograph

    Replied by copperleafphotograph Yesterday

    URL specific to a page

    How can I simplify a URL for a page in my website?  For example, one of my pages is http://www.gofirewire.com/#!additional-photo-services/c2hr.  Why can't it just be www.gofirewire.com/additional-photo-services?

    • Ben Wix Team

      Replied by Ben 16 hours ago

      Hi,

       

      Please note that I have merged your post to the main thread concerning this subject. Please see the best reply above for an explanation about the URL structure your Wix site pages, and let us know if you require any further assistance.

       

      Ben

      Wix Support

  • ruthjoyceart

    Replied by ruthjoyceart Yesterday

    How can I tidy up my website URL links?

    I recently wanted to share and promote my website blog on Twitter, but the full address is http://www.ruthjoyce.com/#!blog-of-illustrations/c2145 - a few people have said it looks a bit weird with the random numbers and letters at the end of each URL. How can I tidy up the URL links so they are cleaner, and just say eg ruthjoyce.com/about-ruth-joyce or ruthjoyce.com/blog-of-illustrations?

    Cheers

    • leel Wix Team

      Replied by leel Yesterday

      Hi,

      I merged your post to this thread.

      Currently it's impossible to change the format of the URL. For more details refer to the best reply above.

       

       Please be aware that we are currently developing a 301 redirect feature for Wix sites. 301 redirects will enable you to share 'cleaner' links, rather than the full URL as it is currently structured.

       

      Please use this form to sign up for the BETA test waiting list. We will update all eligible users once the feature is available for testing. Please note the number of testers is limited.

  • jay50n85

    Replied by jay50n85 Yesterday

    Added bits

    why does my domain have extra bits added like the bit in bold below

    http://www.lewoslerracing.com/#!partners/cee5

    rather than just lewoslerracing.com/partners, like any other website

     

    • Ritti Wix Team

      Replied by Ritti Yesterday

      Hi,

      Please refer to the best reply above.

      Best, Ritti
  • uschade

    Replied by uschade 2 days ago

    Hey singinglessonsbsas

    Good luck in trying to get an answer to when WIX will solve the "Ugly URL Problem". I have tried numerous times to get an answer with a definitive date and all I get is "We're working on it."

    I have also suggested that instead of spending millions on TV advertising, they spend some money on fixing this terrible problem, but no response from management.

    Since I cannot get a definitive answer, I for one, will not be using WIX for an new client projects. And I will be slowly switching the four hosted domain names to other products that have solved this problem.

     

     

    • Ben Wix Team

      Replied by Ben Yesterday

      Hi,

       

      Thank you for your feedback in this matter. 

       

      Please be aware that we are currently developing a 301 redirect feature for Wix sites. 301 redirects will enable you to share 'cleaner' links, rather than the full URL as it is currently structured.

       

      Please use this form to sign up for the BETA test waiting list. We will update all eligible users once the feature is available for testing. Please note the number of testers is limited.

       

      I am sorry to hear that you are considering leaving Wix, I do hope that you re-consider.

       

       Thank you for your feedback, please let us know if we can provide any further assistance.

       

      Ben

      Wix Support

  • Josef - Wiklex

    Replied by Josef - Wiklex 2 days ago

    yes we need this indeed guys, very important to make the URL:s look professional and clean. I vote for this feature to come out asap! Thanks.

    • Ben Wix Team

      Replied by Ben Yesterday

      Hi,

       

      Thank you for your feedback in this matter, and for your vote!

       

      Please be aware that we are currently developing a 301 redirect feature for Wix sites. 301 redirects will enable you to share 'cleaner' links, rather than the full URL as it is currently structured.

       

      Please use this form to sign up for the BETA test waiting list. We will update all eligible users once the feature is available for testing. Please note the number of testers is limited.

       

       

      Ben

      Wix Support

  • singinglessonsbsas

    Replied by singinglessonsbsas 2 days ago

    I understand that it is currently not possible to get a professional looking URL from Wix.

    I see that you´re saying that you´re busy with this subject! CAn you give us a time frame - more or less when you think this feature will be available - IF at all?

    I bought my package a few days ago and am considering stepping out of the contract making use of the 2 week -money back-  guarantee.

    Where is this matter on your priority list? Are we talking weeks, months, years?

    I think it would be fair to warn future wix customers of this issue BEFORE they buy the packages. The whole issue of upgrading from something like a blog to a website you pay for is to have an URL that looks professional - if this basic fact is not given it´s such a huge disappointment!

    Also , in my case when I google myself now, on other computers I have just 1 single entry that comes up - in contrast to 10+ before I switched to Wix - so I gained gibberish URLs and lost google entries.

    • Stav Wix Team

      Replied by Stav 2 days ago

      Hi,

       

      Thank you for contacting us.

       

      I'm afraid there is no ETA regarding this matter being changed at the moment.

      We promise to inform you as soon as anything changes, right in this thread, so please follow it.

       

      We understand the inconvenience and take all of your input into consideration.

      Should you have any further questions, please let us know! Thanks, Customer Solutions
  • palaeochron-project

    Replied by palaeochron-project 2 days ago

    This is just ridiculous. I agree with previous users that had I known this before I would use different providers for my premium account.  Fine about the AJAX technology but the issue is that the whole link looks unprofessional, difficult for anyone to memorise and rather inconvenient when used for personal pages, bios etc. WIX fix this SOON, so many unsatisfied customers!

    • Ben Wix Team

      Replied by Ben 2 days ago

      Hi,

       

      Thank you for your feedback in this matter.

       

      Please be aware that we are currently developing a 301 redirect feature for Wix sites. 301 redirects will enable you to share 'cleaner' links, rather than the full URL as it is currently structured.

       

      Please use this form to sign up for the BETA test waiting list. We will update all eligible users once the feature is available for testing. Please note the number of testers is limited.

       

      Thank you for your feedback!

       

      Ben

      Wix Support

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