For example,




go to the same place.

It does this for all the pages.

Duplicate URLs are bad for SEO. How do I make it so that I just get the first format of URL?


  • They aren't bad for SEO if you properly are using the Canonical SEO meta tag setup in Magento System Config. Sep 15, 2014 at 18:55
  • @Serpyre care to make those comments into an answer with a little description of what's necessary? Sep 15, 2014 at 19:13
  • Heh, links or it didn't happen... This should be flagged as a duplicate then. Sep 15, 2014 at 20:19

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If you are worried about SEO, you should use the Canonical URL option. You could find it under: System -> Configuration -> Catalog -> Search Engine Optimization -> Use Canonical Link Meta Tag For Categories & Use Canonical Link Meta Tag For Products.

  • With using the canonical tag (which Google recommends), most Magento duplicate content SEO concerns go away. Sep 15, 2014 at 18:53

If you want products to only be accessible under one URL then enable system -> config -> catalog -> seo -> use categories path for product URLs -> no. It works this way in case you have products under multiple categories and want to differentiate between the products reached from these different paths.

EDIT: You can't just have the first format.

  • I presume I could do .HTACCESS rewrites anyway if I wanted.
    – Peter
    Sep 15, 2014 at 17:41
  • If you don't have too many products and so it is practical, then you can just add 301 redirects via the admin panel under catalog -> url rewrite management Sep 15, 2014 at 17:43
  • I presume I could use pattern matching and just redirect everything of the second pattern to the first.
    – Peter
    Sep 15, 2014 at 17:44
  • If you have consistent enough paths then yes you could use regex in your rewrites. Sep 15, 2014 at 17:45
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    Or you can use a canonical URL in all the pages echoing always the same one.
    – mbalparda
    Sep 15, 2014 at 17:47

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