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Spotlight: Pathauto for Drupal 7

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In the Drupal Jumpstart series, you learned about Drupal paths and how to use clean URLs. One reason to use clean URLs is so that they don’t look so ugly. That helps, but still leaves the URLs lacking a bit. Having a URL with node/123 in it doesn’t really tell either humans or search engines much about the page itself. Isn’t it much better to have a URL with something like "article/new-moon-discovered" in it? That will be much more memorable, and the addition of pertinent keywords in the URL makes for better search engine optimization. In this lesson we'll look at a module that helps us automate this process, Pathauto. We'll get an overview of core path aliases, and how pathauto patterns and replacement tokens work.

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Using Drupal, 2nd edition

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Drupalize.Me Guide: Using Drupal Book by O'Reilly Media

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