Sites: Outputting the canonical URL for a page

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29 Mar, 2016 09:00 PM


Is there a way to generate canonical URLs for pages in different Sites, using a single Velocity format?

The technique recommended in this post works for most of our pages, but because the paths generated are relative to the containing Site, it doesn't work for Sites that map to website subfolders.

Ie, site://magazine/index generates:
<link href="" rel="canonical"/>

instead of:
<link href="" rel="canonical"/>

Ideally, I would replace the Velocity script's hard-coded domain with the current page's Site URL (see attached). Is that possible in Cascade 7.12.4? If not, I'm open to suggestions.


  1. 1 Posted by Ryan Griffith on 30 Mar, 2016 01:00 PM

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    Hi Erik,

    Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to obtain the Site's URL within a Format (or Index Block). We do have a related suggestion for this on our Idea Exchange. I highly recommend voting this up if you have not already.

    In the meantime, the workaround we have seen clients take is to name the Site the same as the URL. In cases where the URL contains a subfolder, the convention is to use a token such as + to replace the /, and replace that token using a Format when the link is generated. You could probably adapt the same solution here but also add a translation to replace the token.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.


  2. 2 Posted by espanae on 30 Mar, 2016 03:36 PM

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    Thanks for the quick response, Ryan.

    Employing the Site name in my Velocity script, by way of the $currentPageSiteName variable, proved an effective workaround. I also voted for the related suggestion on the Idea exchange.

    You may close this discussion,

  3. 3 Posted by Ryan Griffith on 30 Mar, 2016 03:57 PM

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    Not a problem at all, Erik. I am glad to hear you were able to come up with a solution. And thank you for contributing to our Idea Exchange!

    I'm going to go ahead and close this discussion, please feel free to comment or reply to re-open if you have any additional questions.

    Have a great day!

  4. Ryan Griffith closed this discussion on 30 Mar, 2016 03:57 PM.

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