Refactoring your blog urls

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I just did a quick refactoring of my JAMStack blog urls. Some didn't fit with my style, some had _ that I wanted to switch to - , and others were rediculously long. I've been using forestry as my CMS, I write many of my posts there, and sometimes it picks some crazy file names (based on my titles). It was time to refactor.

https://waylonwalker.com/refactor-in-cli

When refactorings similar to this get really big I often need to do some project wide find an replace, I usually do this right from the command line.

🖊 Rename posts change the filename

My post urls are based on the file name of my markdown file, so I can simply go through my filesystem and rename anything I want. From here its probably best to only commit the addition of the new file name, until the redirects clear, but these are all low traffic posts for me so I just commited both at once.

Safely redirect without breaking links

redirects ⤴ _/redirects

I am hosted on netlify, which automatically puts very ⚡ performant redirects on the edge based on a /_redirects route on your site. So I added a redirect from the old route to the new route there.

rename long posts

/blog/i-finally-fixed-my-styled-components-in-gatsby-js
/blog/fix-styled-components-in-gatsby
/blog/interrogate-is-a-pretty-awesome-brand-new-cli-for-python-packages
/blog/interrogate

pedantic 🤔 probably

This is probably being a bit pedantic. Realistically my urls were probably ok. These posts probably aren't going to be topping the google search charts anyways, but I wanted to do it without killing off any links that I may have happened to post somewhere.