We have a SP2013 site. We want to allow creating friendly URLs for pages under the root site, e.g. - contoso.com/my-page linked to contoso.com/pages/my-page.aspx.

Is it possible?

Not sure if it makes any difference but our site also has variations for 3 languages: contoso.com/english, contoso.com/french, contoso.com/spanish. The FURLs work fine under those variation subsites, e.g. - contoso.com/english/my-page correctly redirects to contoso.com/english/pages/my-page.aspx.

Thank you in advance.


To clarify - I know very little about SharePoint :D

From the comments below I now understand and can confirm that the english variation is now my root site, because when I go to contoso.com it redirects me to contoso.com/english.

With this setup would it still be possible to generate friendly urls pointing to whatever other page on any of the variations subsites. I want to support these scenarios:

  • contoso.com/news redirect to contoso.com/english/pages/news.aspx
  • contoso.com/summer2013sale redirect to contoso.com/english/sales/pages/summer2013sale.aspx
  • contoso.com/si > contoso.com/spanish/pages/si.aspx

Basically I want something like goo.gl - more of a redirect functionality, but only for my own site contoso.com.

If this is not possible with the managed navigation, maybe there is another approach that I can take. Any pointers in the right direction would be very appreciated.

  • Not quite understanding your setup, what type of pages would you need to have directly on the root instead of being part of the variations? Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 8:35
  • AFAIK, if you have variations enabled.. The SOURCE variation becomes your root-site ? isn't it ? Like if you access contoso.com, it will redirect to contoso.com/english (considering English is Source Variation) Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 9:27
  • @ArsalanAdamKhatri exactly my point :) Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 13:09
  • @RobertLindgren yeah, sorry for repeating it in different words :D Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 13:17
  • Any clarification is good clarifaction :) @ArsalanAdamKhatri Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 13:18

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Yes you can do that. Thank you to ASP.NET 4 and Managed Navigation this is very easy to do on SharePoint 2013.

Please refer to these links:



Note: The cross-site publishing feature is available only in SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise.

If you using a site with a Publish Template you have to do

  1. Enable the Managed Metadata Navigation on the Site Settings > Navigation page

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  1. Define the Managed Metadata term set that will be used for navigation

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On those links on top you can find a better walkthrough with all the details

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    This answer needs more details, it is overly-dependant on the two links. You should try to outline the basic steps in your answer :) Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 9:11
  • @SalvatoreDiFazio, thank you. I will try this tomorrow (end of the day here) and will accept it as answer then.
    – niaher
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 12:54
  • Please include the relevant content of the linked articles in your answer to protect against broken links. Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 15:29
  • Broken links ??? :| BTW I'm going to update the answer Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 15:35
  • Certainly. See: "Provide context for links - A link to a potential solution is always welcome, but please add context around the link so your fellow users will have some idea what it is and why it’s there. Always quote the most relevant part of an important link, in case the target site is unreachable or goes permanently offline." from sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/how-to-answer (like how I did that?) There's nothing more frustrating than finding an answer containing dead links. Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 17:22

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