Article URLs week: Day 1
Welcome to the first day of Article URLs week. I’m going to be judging news sites’ article URLs on readability, brevity, cleanliness, hierarchy, and permanence.
Each URL will get an A through F letter grade. I will reduce a given URL’s grade for containing redundant “garbage” (marked as
deleted text), being obviously impermanent, or using numbers rather than words to identify articles. I will increase its grade for being hackable or using hierarchical year/month/day dates. Let’s get started:
- Ohio.com: B+
Knight Ridder sites include the redundant
mldand the site name, but the URL is hackable to the music and entertainment pages.
- mcall.com: C
I think either the slug (
all-a1_5hitjul28 ,0,942775 .story?coll=all-news-hed
hitjul28) or the number (
942775) could be removed in addition to the other junk. The URL is hackable to local but not to news.
- azcentral.com: B
This site uses excellent, meaningful slugs and is hackable, but without a year in the URL, it clearly isn’t permanently unique.
- TimesDispatch.com: C
The alphanumeric article IDs are pretty ugly.
frontpageis not a good section name, and it’s not hackable.
- NewsOK.com: D-
This isn’t a total F, because it would be possible to have even more garbage, but it’s still pretty bad.
On Tuesday we’ll hunt for some URLs worthy of As and Fs.