It’s easy to get confused between a URL and a URI, and for good reason. They are two peas in the same pod. Miva has a great feature that allows you to manage your URIs in a quick and easy way. While URIs used to be mostly handled behind the scenes, store owners now have more control over the way they are produced and the information they display.
Where a URL will direct you to a specific website, the URI will identify the specific page. For example:
https://lego.com/ is the URL. It will take you to the Lego homepage. It just so happens that Lego automatically redirects you to a URI, seen below.
The /en-us that follows the URL is a URI that is directing me to the english version of the Canadian website, based on my location. If I click into the Brick Accessory category, you will see that the URI continues to build up, adding identifiers as I go, now reading /en-ca/categories/brick-accessories.
Miva’s URI Management
Miva will automatically generate your URIs when you create a new product, based on a format that you set up. You have full control of the template used to produce those URIs. In the example above, Lego chooses to have the word “categories” in their URI, before the actual category name. You can do the same for products, blog posts, and pages.Beyond viewing and editing your URIs, the Management screen also allows you to add and delete links, and control your redirects.
In this video, one of our developers will give you an explanation of URIs, and a walkthrough of how you can start customizing and managing them in your Miva Admin. Feel free to reach out if you need help with your URI management.