I was walking through some older Tracker Items
and found this thread
created at my request by Astrid. After reading kenmcd's comment
, I looked at this thread and I believe Ken is right, these two issues are related.
I was able to follow tcp's instructions, above,
to get the incorrect URLs.
This is another example of User Generated Duplicate Content and how difficult that condition makes it for Joomla! to work correctly.
tcp's example uses sample content and these menu items:
1) category list layouts for the "other resources" category;
2) category list layout for the "Joomla Links" category;
3) Web Link Category List Layout for all the categories.
The problem tcp shows is that the "Web Link Category List Layout" menu item is using the menu item alias for #1 http://localhost/joomla_bugsquad/resour ... links.html
And, it should be showing this URL: http://localhost/joomla_bugsquad/web-li ... links.html
From an SEO standpoint, the better approach to offering multiple menu items leading to the same content is to avoid creating User Generated Duplicate Content
. In fact, those who are serious about SEO would never intentionally sabotage their sites by using these types of approaches.
Here's a better practice:
1. Create the "Web Link Category List Layout" menu type.
2. Use the URL for the "other resources" category to create Menu Item using the External Link menu type.
3. Use the URL for the "Joomla Links" category to create Menu Item using the External Link menu type.
Using that approach provides three important benefits:
1. Avoid the SEO hit for creating duplicate content.
2. Avoid any potential problems with Joomla! when it struggles with duplicate content.
3. You can fix your problem right now - without developers writing any code.
I closed 12150 as a duplicate report. If you want to follow along on this Tracker Item, use item 11878
which was reported well over a month ago.
I believe Hannes continues to make improvements on URLs for non-content components. I am guessing he will try to wrestle with this problem, too. Right now, he's on a well deserved break. For those who want to fix their problems *now* - try the above hints. If you really, really must have User Generated Duplicate Content, then you'll have to wait until the developers come up with a fix.
Don't get to stirred up about the SEO impact your site is having due to this error. The duplicate content you created is likely a much bigger impact in terms of SEO - and - I seriously doubt this has ever worked. Duplicate content always causes trouble - and I personally always recommend designing your sites in such a way to avoid it completely.