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IIRF.ini for URL rewriting
Jul22

IIRF.ini for URL rewriting

Welcome to CodeSpread! We often hear the terms like URL rewriting or friendly URLs. There are many techniques available to achieve it and we will discuss one of those today, IIRF. What is URL rewriting? Before we try to understand URL rewriting, we should first understand a term called SEO friendly URLs,Read more about it here. When Google and Yahoo spiders start indexing the page, they take various parameters in account for indexing the page and one of the most important parameter is URL. URL should be more user friendly and human readable. For example, A URL like codespread.com/article?p=123 is not human readable or user friendly, it should be rewritten something like codespread/article/know-url to get a better search ranking/indexing. Above explanation fulfils the need of URL rewriting. How can it be achieved? URL rewriting can be achieved by either with ISAPI filters at the IIS Web server level, or with either HTTP modules or HTTP handlers at the ASP.NET level. We are going to focus on ISAPI filter at the IIS web server level. We have a free and open source ISAPI filter for IIS URL rewriting from Ionic: IIRF: Ionic’s ISAPI Rewriting Filter. It installs as an ISAPI Filter on the IIS server. Note:IIS servers do not support URL rewriting by default. IIS7 servers support native component for URL rewriting. Refer this beautiful article to install ISAPI filter. http://wiki.gxtechnical.com/commwiki/servlet/hwiki?How+to+install+URL+Rewrite, In IIS7, URL rewrite will be seen as, In II6, IIRF.dll can be seen inside ISAPI filters property. Both option uses IIRF.dll for basic filter. After this, we just need to edit the configuration file ‘IIRF.ini’ to establish rules. What is IIRF.ini? ‘ini’ file is a simple text file with an extension of ‘Initialization’. It provides the settings for the sites which is the configuration information normally referred to as the rules. These rules describe how to rewrite or redirect URLs and headers. For each site,at least one IIRF.ini is necessary. It is required to locate the IIRF.ini file in the root physical path for each web site or web application. IIRF uses regular expression for rules like \d, \D, \w, \W, \s, \S. An example: This is a basic introduction to IIRF. There is more information and examples available at...

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I definitely want to know how my application gets aired on internet.
Nov23

I definitely want to know how my application gets aired on internet.

In the client facing environment , I have got used of requests like that from clients.These situations require considerable amount of time to think and before saying something,precaution should be taken to avoid any technical pitfalls. Any technical word and client will lose the interest in the topic. I have written one article where URL is explained and that will get you acquainted with regular terminologies. The basic explanation can be, after site development, site is hosted on a server and mapped to a domain name. Just enter the domain name/ url on the address bar of your browser and site will start appearing. Simple? Understood? if answer is yes then you bumped into a wrong category,please try our ‘technical’ series or ‘How to’ series. In ‘Imagine’ category, We are very much dedicated to our users who have their answer as ‘No’ and serve them a more simpler solution. When website development is over, we have to host it on a server so what’s this hosting? I have a scenario which is very much similar to our situation, When we visit a restaurant for a buffet lunch/dinner then we behave like a client and restaurant owner is our host. In our website hosting situation, ‘buffet’ is similar to our website which is available on our hosting server,’restaurant’. It is served to the client like us when we visit the restaurant like, as a user, when we punch the website URL/domain name on the browser, the site is available. This URL is restaurant name which we have visited. I am writing from quite some time about applying creativity and imagination to explain something technical to a non-technical people especially clients and i find it really difficult to satisfy all the sections of readers/listeners. But If i can really get minimum 1% of satisfied reader, then it would surely...

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