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    query string - how long is too long?


    Hi

    How long is to long for an url? Have heard that if your url is too long of a query may not have a chance of being indexed. Can anyone be a little more specific?

    thanks
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    I've found my answer
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    and the answer is...... (I would like to know)
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    I agree isn't it nice when people say
    "oh dont worry i fugured it out"
    and you are left wondering
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    Originally posted by "lilbit"

    I've found my answer

    and whats your answer???????????
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    Thanks Darrin
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    sorry guys n gals and yes I found my answer by surfing the forum and again, thank you Darrin 8)

    I promise not to let it happen again....
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    Well I have a situation with an web application: I had a request from one of my clients to hide QueryString (QS); after not so long debates we decide it's better to encrypt it. So I'm using an encryption algorithm and have a single parameter, but quite long, more than 100 chars depending on the original, unencrypted string.

    Probably there is a chance that the length exceeds at a moment the maximum admissible length (which is 300?!), but Im forcing the user to compact selection criteria or other data encapsulated in QS.

    Does anyone a good practice on this?

    Best regards for all of you!

    Dan
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    oh wow, that's new technology- for me anyways. I wish I could help but I do know someone on board will.

    Welcome aboard Dan!

    lilbit
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    Thanks for welcome.

    Well, probably sounds better than it is...
    There is no big deal with it; I have a class which encapsulate real QS and manage encryption and decryption. The encrypted string is sent instead of decripted one (instead of ...?dan=new&age=99 - sometimes fill like - I have ...?r=dfasgjkfgjeirer93slj) and this is captured in page by this class and decripted.

    I'm sure there is a better practice, but I was under pressure and had no time to a deep study of it, so I'll be more then greateful if you'll provide me with something else.

    Thanks again for your interest!

    Dan
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    Have you looked into LinkFreeze or Mod_Rewrite or ISAPI_Rewrite (unless mod and isapi is the same)?

    lilbit
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    No, I didn't. Give me more details please.
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    Linkfreeze is a software that you can install on the server and it's fairly easy to work with. Mod_Rewrite and ISAPI_Rewrite (I'm assuming they are the same) is very complex and heavy coding. Also if your site runs Apache you can use your htaccess file to manipulate the urls I believe.

    Tons of resources out there Google it and review the results.

    I've only seen LinkFreeze in action but haven't worked with it.

    Hope this helps and good luck!

    lilbit
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    Thanks! I'll take a look.

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