The Pathauto module creates automatic path aliases for content, users, and taxonomy terms, eliminating the need to create them manually. This way, your site is more user and search engine friendly, and more descriptive about its content with less work from your side.
The aliases are generated when you create an object in your site and are based upon the pathauto patterns (placeholders) you specify at:
- For 6.x: Administer > Site Building > URL aliases, in the "Automated alias settings" tab.
- For 7.x, 8.x: Administer > Configuration > Search and Metadata > URL aliases, in the "Patterns" tab.
Pathauto administration options are provided with the following tabs:
- Patterns tab
Provides the method of entering and changing the patterns used to create aliases. In Drupal 6 and 7 several default patterns are provided. Using tokens, the patterns can use information from the object, For example: title, creation date, or category.
- Settings tab
Provides options for how an alias is generated. For example: maximum length, character case, and excluded word.
- Bulk generate tab
Creates pathauto aliases for objects that don't already have a alias.
- Delete aliases tab
Provides a way of bulk deleting aliases.
You can also:
- file issues, read about known bugs, and download the latest version on the Pathauto project page.
- Pathauto screencast by DrupalTherapy.com (7.x-1.x)