Help: Assigning unique URL's to teams in a network

24 May 2009 - 4:11pm
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tonyzeoli
2008

Hi everyone:

Here¹s my problem for which I¹m thinking through a solution.

A client is building a web site to allow coaches to manage teams. In the
sign-up process, the coach is required to enter a team name, such that the
teams page resolves to ³http://www.redsox.thissite.com. I realize that
around the country, there are hundreds, if not thousands of teams that call
themselves the Red Sox. What is the recommended differentiator? Or, should I
just forget the custom/friendly URL and do as Facebook does, by leaving the
ID num of the user as the URL?

I was thinking you could do it by city or town, but there could be three
different Red Sox teams in different age groups in the same town.

Would love to get some feedback.

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24 May 2009 - 4:36pm
Dan Harrelson
2007

How about allowing the user to define their custom URL. This is a
pretty common occurrence across social apps. Often the setting for
the custom URL is found on the user's profile page. In your case, it
would likely be on the team management page. The standard I see is:

1) Show their unique URL as text
2) Describe that they can change the URL if they want
3) User types in their desired URL prefix/suffix
4) Check to see if it's already taken
5) Optional: make suggestions (perhaps something like redsox-[town
name]-[age group])

I also wonder if users will understand sub-domains. In my experience,
I find that people often don't get that stuff can go before the
domain (they always want to type www first). People do see to get,
however, that stuff comes after the .com, so maybe you'll want to
look at /redsox-[town name] as an option? Just a thought...

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24 May 2009 - 8:42pm
DampeS8N
2008

Being able to get at the link, to link to it, is more important. They
URL can be gibberish, like YouTube links. Having a friendly URL will
help the user find his own page more often than someone else finding
it. At least that's what I've seen.

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25 May 2009 - 3:26pm
tom sakell
2009

zip codes and coach names could be differentiators

tom sakell :: harborsights.com

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25 May 2009 - 5:54pm
Adrian Howard
2005

On 24 May 2009, at 18:42, William Brall wrote:

> Being able to get at the link, to link to it, is more important. They
> URL can be gibberish, like YouTube links. Having a friendly URL will
> help the user find his own page more often than someone else finding
> it. At least that's what I've seen.

There's also the use-case of publicising the URL. For example I'm
pretty pleased that the URL I have at $work for basecamp doesn't have
a long number attached to it coz I often have to read it out to people
on the phone.

Adrian
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25 May 2009 - 7:02pm
Anonymous

I would say you can build the URL on the fly much like flickr.

Example could be...

http://www.yoursite.com/ma/boston/redsox/jrvarsity

So your site, state, town, team, level.

This works as then a user could be at the wrong level of a particular
team, so just taking out /jrvarsity could give them a list of all the
different level Red Sox teams in boston ma.

It is a longer url, but its one that makes sense, especially if you
were browsing for teams.

The url could also hint that there is more to see. I could take out
part of the url and look at teams at the state level:

http://www.yoursite.com/ma/

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25 May 2009 - 11:07am
Phillip Hunter
2006

Unless there is a strong reason for memorable URLs, I agree with
William. Create short, unique URLs that can be easily copied and
shared.

On the flip side, if team members and relations are going to view
some sort of non-editable pages for team stats, etc., make sure there
is a fast and easy way to find each team without needing the URL.

ph

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