The goal of an alias is to create a link to some article on your web page that is short and descriptive enough for your audience to remember. Application could be for a TV commercial or printed media. In these cases you want to keep the URL short and simple.
For example the url http://website.domain.com/products/2008/1235469/default.aspx is impossible to remember. Therefore you want to be able to create a link like www.domain.com/alias. I have seen a number of interesting and very complicated solutions to this problem. However the easiest way to implement it is the following:
- Add the meta data field “alias” to all content schema’s for which content you want to be able to create aliases.
- Add aliases to your content and republish the content you changed.
- Add the code below to your 404.asp (or translate it into the language of your choice)
ReturnUrl = “”
Dim objConnAlias, objRsAlias, SQL
Set objConnAlias = server.createobject(“ADODB.Connection”)
objConnAlias.ConnectionTimeout = 30
objConnAlias.CommandTimeout = 30
objConnAlias.Open Session(“ConnectionString”) ‘put your connection string here
SQL = “SELECT PUBLICATION_ID, ITEM_ID FROM CUSTOM_META WHERE (KEY_NAME = ‘alias’) AND (KEY_STRING_VALUE = ‘” & Escape(alias) & “‘)”
Set objRsAlias = objConnAlias.Execute(SQL)
If Not objRsAlias.eof Then
publicationID = objRsAlias(“PUBLICATION_ID”)
Set link = objCompLink.GetLink(“tcm:0-” & publicationID & “-1”, “tcm:” & publicationID & “-42334-64”, “tcm:” & publicationID &”-” & objRsAlias(“ITEM_ID”), “tcm:0-0-0”, “”, ” Read More “, true, false)
ReturnUrl = link.url
Set objRsAlias = Nothing
Set objConnAlias = Nothing
Response.Status = 301
Response.AddHeader “Location”, ReturnUrl(alias)