I've installed vanilla v2.0 on subdirectory on my site http://www.lifelan.com
I don't know where to start, But I'd like to tell you that this thread is not for bitching or anything, Its more for finding a solution and get things better.
If we have Vanilla installed on www.example.com/forums/ ... When we click on one of the categories the link will look like example.com/categories/general (Edit: I mean example.com/forums/categories/general)
There are 2 points here.
1. You got two directories deep unnecessarily (Google wouldn't care, But other search engine will).
Should have been example.com/general
2. Its not even under the /forums/ directory.
Should have been example.com/forums/genera/ (Recommended, Since search engines will know that page is related to the forums)
Click on any random category, then check out the link structure of the threads, It'll look like this
Or sometimes example.com/forums/12345/thread-title/#item_X
Now try making it look like this... example.com/forums/12345 and it will work!
Lets try example.com/forums/thread-title/ (Best URL structure); Turns out it doesn't work!
So far we have 3 links that directs to the same content which could be seen as duplicated content to search engines since there's not even a canonical link.
**Comments & Notifications:
Comment permalink structure:
Other links that work too:
vanillaforums.org/discussion/thread_title/#Comment_123456 (Recommended but not activated)
When I click my name from posts it takes me to http://vanillaforums.org/profile/13294/LifeLan
While vanillaforums.org/profile/13294 or vanillaforums.org/profile/LifeLan are much better and work but not activated as well.
I've also searched the addons for "SEO" and nothing came up. There's no option to change the links structure on the back end.
That's it for now,