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Saving Options for Urls

The iFinity News Articles Friendly Url Provider contains a set of options for controlling how the Urls of the Ventrian News Articles module are produced and used.

These options are configured at the web.config level of the DotNetNuke installation, but are easily adjusted through the News Article Friendly Url Provider settings interface.

This is accessed through the Url Master Module Providers section.  To modify the settings, please follow these steps:

1) Log on to your DotNetNuke Installation using either a 'host' or 'admin' user account.

2) Navigate to the Admin->Portal Urls page, and click on the 'Module Provider' tab.

3) It is advised to select the applicable pages that the provider will be working with at this point.  See Activating the Friendly Url Provider for more information.

3) Locate the 'iFinity News Articles Friendly Url Provider' in the list of providers, and click on the 'Change Provider Settings' tab.

4) This will load the provider Settings page.

5) There are two options which apply to the entire provider configuration, being 'First Article Id that should use new Urls' and 'Redirect old style Urls to new Urls'.

The 'First Article Id' option allows the administrator to specify a point where the provider will start using the new Urls.  This is done by identifying the last Article Id used by the module.  This is easily achieved by inspecting the Url of the very last article created - it will have either articleId/xx or id/xx in the Url.   In this case, you would enter xx (or xx +1) to start the new Urls at this point.

The 'Redirect old style Urls to new Urls' is an option which will redirect any of the 'old' style of News Articles Urls (like /articleType/articleView/articleId/xx/article-title) to the 'new' Urls.  This is done with a 301 redirect, and is recommended for all installations where search engine optimisation is a factor in choosing the Friendly Url Provider.

6) Each page that has been configured to use with the provider will show a list of options.  You can scroll down the list of pages and set the options for each page in the portal that is configured to use with the News Articles Friendly Url Provider.  A full description of each of these options is accessible via the KB home page.

7) Once all the page options have been set, you can click the 'Apply Changes' button to save the changes.  The options are applied instantly and you can check the site to see that the expected changes are now active.

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