[wp-hackers] Canonical integration into core

Matt Freedman speedboxer at gmail.com
Sat Feb 21 01:44:05 GMT 2009

On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 8:15 PM, Mike Schinkel
<mikeschinkel at newclarity.net> wrote:
> rel="canonical" is emerging Internet infrastructure and *should* be included in every CMS app core; WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, et.al. The more sites that use it the more opportunities are enabled that require the ability to equate different URLs. WordPress should, IMO, be in the category of making postive things happen on the web whenever it's not too hard and doesn't create any significant downside for users. This is one of those cases.

Because you want something to go mainstream (for purposes that this
tag was not created for, no less) is not a reason why this should be
placed on every WordPress site. Besides, the majority of the time and
the way this tag is being suggested on being implemented, this tag is
going to be pointing to the current URL, which isn't helpful at all.
There should at least be a check to see if the requested URL is
already the correct one, before adding this tag.

Matt Freedman
Blog: http://mattsblog.ca/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/mattfreedman

More information about the wp-hackers mailing list