How to Avoid Monster URLs

You've probably seen web page URLs everywhere by now, on TV shows, in magazines, in newspaper ads, all over the place.
So you've probably also seen what I call monster URLs, the ones that take too long to type. One might look like this:

http://www.bedrock.prehis/brubble/WWW/My-Stuff/Family/BamBam/BamBam.html

There isn't much you can do about other people's monster URLs except to add a bookmark if you think you'll visit there again. But you can avoid creating your own monsters. Here are some hints using the above BamBam page as an example.
First off, drop the upper case letters. If separations between words are important, then use a dash "-" or underscore "_". Now we end up with

http://www.bedrock.prehis/brubble/www/my-stuff/family/bambam/bambam.html

Now look at the length of that directory path. Probably nothing can be done about the first part "http://.../brubble/", that's pretty much set by the server host. But the rest of the file setup is defined by the user.
Why the need for all of .../www/my-stuff/... Of course its a good idea to make proper use of sub-directories so that you can manage your own files. Proper use of sub-directories is also good for readers, because they can see the structure of your information. But don't go overboard, if there aren't a lot of directories, then don't bother making them too deep. Maybe a better choice would be just:

http://www.bedrock.prehis/brubble/family/bambam/bambam.html

Here's another setup that you'll see a lot: "...bambam/bambam.html".
There is no information to be gained by seeing the kid's name twice. If your server is setup to take default html files (such as "welcome.html") then make use of that option by renaming bambam.html to welcome.html. Then the URL could be:

http://www.bedrock.prehis/brubble/family/bambam/

Counting the shift key, we've dropped 33 keystrokes from that original URL.

http://www.bedrock.prehis/brubble/WWW/MyStuff/Family/BamBam/BamBam.html

to

http://www.bedrock.prehis/brubble/family/bambam/


j.andrea, oct.1995