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URL Adapter 1.5 - The Next Generation URL Builder and Rewriter For DNN

posted by DNN Sharp - 2/15/2016
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URL Adapter is the next generation URL builder and rewriting engine for DNN. It's fast, reliable, has an amazingly simple and modern administration console and is powered by our fanatical support scheme. Grab the free trial! Module 35734


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Ultimate DNN SEO URL Rewriter

URL Adapter takes on some rather complex concepts such as usability, SEO or redirect workflows and builds a new interface that Everyone can understand!


Increase in Usability for Web Users

Clean URLs that are much easier to read, remember, type or share. Easier to anticipate.

Meaningful URLs

User and SEO friendly URLs with keywords, not gibbering numbers and punctuation marks.

Increase in Maintainability for Webmasters

Avoid mistakes resulting in broken links, given the obscurity of dynamic URLs.


DNN 7.2.1+  SQL Server 2008+  ASP.NET 4.0+   IIS 6.0+ 

What's New in 1.5
  • Breaking Changes
  • Increased minimum requirements to .NET 4.0+
  • Features, Improvements and Fixes
  • Implemented the ability when setting up a CustomUrl with Redirect/PermanentRedirect the QueryString is lost maintained
  • Implemented the possibility to apply www option only for domains without subdomains
  • Replaced the 404 setting with the code that DNN uses
  • Implemented a detailed message to be thrown if CheckForPortalPage.Deleted redirect is made
  • Fixed the bug improper redirect when 404 Page option is set
  • Fixed the bug when the subdomains no longer function for Portal Alias
  • Fixed the bug a error displayed when enabling URL Adapter
  • Fixed the bug unable to access files on DMX when enabling URL Adapter
  • Fixed the bug Sun Blog articles' URLs are improperly formed until I refresh URL Adapter
  • Fixed the bug unable to activate product license after upgrade
  • Fixed the bug when one from two pages with the same page title is deleted, the other cannot be accessed when Page Title is set in Friendly URL Format
  • Fixed the bug when critical error message displayed on upgrade
  • Fixed the bug redirect to 404 page when creating a News article with no apostrophe in title
  • Fixed the bug when HTTPS not working for Advanced Rules with relative URLs
  • Fixed the bug when the last created article cannot be accessed if I click on its title until I create a new one
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Powerful Features That Put You In Control
  • Safely Replaces Other URL Rewriters

    With URL Adapter, removing your old URL rewriter is simple. You just need to install URL Adapter from Host>Extensions and it will take care to remove the default URL Rewriter.

  • SEO and Human Friendly URLs

    URL Adapter automatically generates clear and understandable URLs which encourage people to click on your listing and search engines to better understand your content.

  • Custom URLs

    Additionally, create custom URLs for each page. Define which is the preferred URL and optionally enforce all the others to point to the this URL using 301 or 302 redirects.

  • URLs from Page Name, Title or Description

    For SEO purposes it's better to use long descriptive links, but you don't what long names in menus. URL adapter addressed this allowing building the URLs from Page Title or Description as well.

  • HTTP Logging

    Using this option you can log the HTTP errors such as 404 not found or 500 internal server error in order to see which URL went to a 404 or 500 page and for how many times.

  • Advanced Rules

    This feature allows you to write rules that match directly on URLs. You can specify which part of the URL to match, such as: domain, relative URL, alsolute URL, query string, schemeless URL.

  • 404 Error Page

    URL Adapter can be configured to replace the current 404 page with a custom one.

  • Relative or Absolute URLs

    Once with URL Adapter 1.3 we’ve added an option to choose either to generate relative or absolute URLs.

  • Debug Logging

    With this option URL Adapter generates detailed information about what happens behind the scenes.

  • CSV Import/Export

    This feature allows you to import and export advanced rules to and from URL Adapter Administration Console. You can import hundreds, even thousands of rules using one file.

  • URL Adapter Works Side by Side with DNN URL Provider

    Pages can be accessed with both URLs generated by URL adapter and by DNN URL Provider. Select which one you prefer and optionally enforce that with a 301 or 302 redirect.

  • Fast and Easy to Setup

    The intuitive user interface of URL Adapter allows you to rewrite your URLs to benefit search engine rankings in just few minutes. Our secret sauce is AngularJs and Twitter Bootstrap.

  • Friendly User Pages

    Interested in seeing what /activity/feed?userId=123 is up to? Or you prefer /users/mike instead? This format also applies to subpages such as messages, friends, profile and so on.

  • Choose a URL for Homepage

    The problem is that DNN lets you access the page under root /, under /Default.aspx, or under /Home.aspx. URL Adapter let's you define which on you prefer and optionally enforce that with a 301 or 302 redirect.

  • URLs With or Without the aspx Extension

    Choose whether you want aspx extension in your URLs. Optionally enforce that with a 301 or 302 redirect. Note that extensionless URLs may not work on your IIS, so check before enabling.

  • 301 and 302 Redirects

    Search engines specifically states the importance of avoiding duplicate content. A 301 redirect comes in very handy in eliminating this issue.

  • Option to Force Lowercase

    Cenerate the URLs in lowercase. Although IIS is not case sensitive, this is good practice as some search engines may think of pages in various case as being different.

  • Ignore Accents Option

    Convert accents to their Latin equivalent in the URLs. Most browsers support having accents in the URL, but in some countries that is not common practice and the Latin equivalent is preferred.

  • Replace Space and Punctuation

    This feature allows you to choose how to replace punctuation and white space in URLs or just remove it all. Note that is good practice for SEO to have a separator and usually that is a dash -.

  • Choose Path Separators

    Using this option you can choose what separator you want in order to make your URLs SEO-friendly. The common separator is the forward slash /.

  • Multi-Language Compatible

    URL Adapter integrates with DNN language mechanism. It puts the language code ad the beginning of the friendly URLs similar to how the standard URL provider does.

  • Fallback Measures

    Disable URL Adapter or even reset all settings to the default, including switching back to the DNN provider via an API URL.

  • Enabled/Disabled Option

    Once with URL Adapter 1.3 we’ve implemented the ability to enable/disable URL Adapter so you can switch to DNN Friendly URL at any time.

  • Enforce Special Pages

    This option allows you to enforce Terms Page, Privacy Page, Login Page, Logout Page, Register Page so there's only one friendly version called for example "/terms" and not "/home?ctl=terms".

  • Multiple Integrations

    URL Adapter integrates with some of the biggest names in the DNN blogs, news and directories modules scene such as: SubBlogNuke, EasyDNNnews, News Article, DNNInfo Classifieds and Property Agent.

Seamlessly Integrated

Ultimate DNN Blog Module with News, Magazine & Articles

News Articles

News Articles & Blog Module for DotNetNuke (DNN).

DNNInfo Classifieds

Directories, Business Listings, Cars and Property Directories


Professional DNN Blog and Article Module

Property Agent

Property Agent (Real Estate) Module for DotNetNuke

Application Screenshots
Portal Aliases

Advanced Rules

Safe Word Option

Friendly User URL

Log HTTP Exceptions

Friendly URL Format

Custom URLs Section

Special Pages Section

your edition
Standard 3 Standard Pack Host Enterprise* Developer
Install licence 1 domain and unlimited subdomains 3 domains and unlimited subdomains 1 DNN instance with up to 20 portals Unlimited installations and portals Unlimited installations and portals
3 months or 1 year 3 months or 1 year 3 months or 1 year 3 months or 1 year 3 months or 1 year 3 months or 1 year
No No No No No Only with 1 year of updates option
Not permitted Not permitted Not permitted Not permitted Not permitted Permitted
3 months or 1 year 3 months or 1 year 3 months or 1 year 3 months or 1 year 3 months or 1 year 3 months or 1 year

* Enterprise is defined as your company site(s) and those of your customers that are directly managed by your organization.

** The updates and support subscription depends on the option you choose (bundled with 1 year of free updates and support or bundled with 3 months of free updates and support )

You Have Questions, We Have The Answers

Frequently asked questions cover answers to most of the questions that you might have related to URL Adapter. Please read this section carefully before waiting for support. Who knows? You might find the answer quicker than expected.

FAQ 1. Is there a trial version available?

Yes. You can download the URL Adapter 30 day free trial from here

The trial version is identical to the full version, except for the time limitations.

FAQ 2. Can I extend my trial?

No, but for outstanding situations, please email us at [email protected]

FAQ 3. Will I lose the settings I make during the trial when I buy?

Absolutely not. You just need to use for activation the registration key received via email after the purchase was made.

FAQ 4. I’ve hired a developer to work on my site. Who should buy the license?

You should. It is always best for you, the site owner, to have access to your account on dnnsharp.com. That’s how you access downloads, license keys, and support. You can purchase an URL Adapter license under your own name and then give the developer the license key for the site. That way, you retain control of your own module purchase in the event that you need access or decide to switch developers.

FAQ 5. Can I use URL Adapter to build and distribute applications?

You can integrate and distribute URL Adapter with your own products, but it should not be main functionality, it shoud be added value, and should not be in competition with our existing product. If we go into competition later, the developer will still be allowed to use the version he owns at that time, and continue to develop it, but will not receive new updates.

FAQ 6. Can I have one instance for dev, staging and live?

Yes, but please contact us at [email protected]

FAQ 7. Can the license be transferred?

Yes, but only if there is a transfer of ownership of the entire product.

FAQ 8. Can I upgrade to different license type later?

Yes, you can upgrade to a higher tier (and more value-packed) license for just the price difference in qualifying purchases made within the past 3 months. If your purchase was made more than 3 months ago, don’t worry, we still have a special offer for you. Just email us at [email protected]

FAQ 9. Where can I get support?

We have a dedicated support forum for URL Adapter.

This forum is monitored on week days. That is the best place to pose your questions; not only does our team moderate the forum and provide light module support, but other users are always chiming into the the discussions with their own thoughts — which makes for a solid experience on all fronts, and allows a number of perspectives that wouldn’t be present during an email exchange.

Our support forums focus on helping people with bugs and other issues, and we can not provide in-depth support on complex customizations of our modules. Most legitimate bugs that are reported will be logged and fixed for the next release; if a workaround can be easily provided, we’ll share one in the interim. When it comes to customization, while we’re happy to help point users in the right direction towards accomplishing a desired customization if we can, we won’t build your site or app for you.

FAQ 10. If I upgrade my DNN version, do I need to also upgrade the module?

It's recommended because we test and optimize for new versions. Sometimes, new DNN version also breaks our modules so then you'll be required to upgrade. It's recommended to upgrade all at once to optimize the Q&A costs.

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Product Specifications

  • Increase in Maintainability for Webmasters:
    With URL Adapter you can avoid to make mistakes during maintenance sessions, usually resulting in broken links, given the length of dynamic URLs.

  • Increase in Usability for Web Users:
    With URL Adapter you can create clean URLs that are much easier to remember. A regular web surfer will find hard to remember a URL full of parameters. URL Adapter can help you to create a more intuitive website altogether, making it easier for your visitors to anticipate where they could find the information they need.

  • Meaningful URLs:
    URL Adapter can help you to create URL names with keywords in them, not gibbering numbers and punctuation marks. A URL containing your keywords is more user-friendly, since one can figure out what the page is about just by looking at the URL’s name.

  • Pretty URLs:
    URL Adapter can generate SEO and human friendly URLs like this one: ww.example.com/topic-name from ’’ugly’’ ones like this: www.example.com/?p=578544