Knowledgebase: Site Design
How do I specify Custom File Names?

Introduction

The custom file name feature allows you to rename your product, category, and extra web page URLs to anything you need. Essentially, the root domain name will always be the same, but the extension of the URL can be modified.

For example, if you sell a product for an exercise DVD, 3dcart may automatically generate your product URL to be:

http://[your-domain]/Workout-DVD_p_12345-67.html

With the custom file name feature, your can rename the URL to be:

http:// [your-domain]/exercise-dvd.html

Note: Custom file names cannot contain spaces, or forward slashes.

Custom File Name for Product Pages
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To setup the custom file name for product pages, first log into your 3dcart Online Store Manager. Then, using the left hand navigation menu:

  1. Go to Products ->Product List
  2. Locate the product you would like to edit the URL of and click on either its Thumbnail Image, ID, or Name to open the product up.

Tip
You can also look to the far right of the product listing and click on its action wheel and use the "edit" option.

While viewing the product, you will see a series of tabs along the top portion of the page.

  1. Click on the Meta Tags Tab.
  2. Type in the Custom URL into the Custom File Name field.

For example, let's say you sell clothing, and your product's URL is currently:

http://[your-domain]/Sweaters_p_16.html

If you would like your URL for this product to read

http://[your-domain]/sweater.html

Type sweater.html into the Custom File Name field.

  1. Click Save at the top right to commit your changes.

Repeat this process for every product that you'd like to have a custom file name for.

Tip
You can also update product custom file name en masse through a product CSV import. The CSV column header used for this purpose is called "filename."

Update File Names

After following the steps above, the custom file names will be set on the Product Listing Pages. However, before proceeding further, you will need to update the store's database to use the newly created custom file name for this page. To do this:

  1. Go to Marketing ->SEO Tools
  2. In the SEO Settings section, check the checkbox next to Custom File Names. This will enable the Custom File URL feature.
  3. Click Save Changes.
  4. Next, click the Update File Names link.

Note
Each time you add or modify a URL with the Custom File Name feature, you must click the Update File Names button to update the system with the new URL name.


Custom File Name for Category Pages
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To setup the custom file name for category pages, log into your 3dcart online Store Manager. Once there, use the left hand navigation menu to:

  1. Go to Products ->Categories
  2. Locate the Category that you'd like to to modify the URL of and click on its name to open it up.

Tip
You can also look to the far right of the category listing and click on its Action Wheel and select "Details" to open it up.

While viewing the category control panel page, look to the right hand side and click on the + icon next to "SEO Title and Meta Tags" option.
  1. In the SEO Titles & Meta Tags section, type your custom URL into the Custom File Name field.

For example, let's say you sell jewelry, and your category's URL is currently:

http://[your-domain]/14k-White-Gold_c_134.html

If you would like your URL for this product to read

http://[your-domain]/14k-white-gold.html

Type 14k-white-gold.html into the Custom File Name field.

  1. Click Save at the top right to commit your changes.

Tip
You can also update category custom file name en masse through a product CSV import. The CSV column header used for this purpose is called "filename."

Update File Names

After following the steps above, the custom file names will be set on the Category Listing Pages. However, before proceeding further, you will need to update the store's database to use the newly created custom file name for this page. To do this:

Note
Each time you create or modify a URL with the Custom File Name feature, you must click the Update File Names button to update the system with the new URL name


Custom File Name for Extra Pages
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To setup a custom file name for extra pages log into your 3dcart Online Store Manager. Once there, use the left hand navigation menu to:

  1. Go to Content ->Site Content
  2. Locate the page you would like to modify the URL of and click on its Action Wheel to select the "Content" option.

This will display the Content page's control panel for you. Look towards the bottom for the Custom File Name section.

  1. In the Custom File Name field, enter in your custom URL.

For example, let's say you have an FAQ page and your extra page's URL is currently:

http://[your-domain]/FAQs_ep_5.html

If you would like your URL for this product to read

http://[your-domain]/FAQs.html

Type FAQs.html into the Custom File Name field.

  1. Click Save at the top right to commit your changes

Update File Names

After following the steps above, the custom file names will be set on the content pages. However, before proceeding further, you will need to update the store's database to use the newly created custom file name for this page. To do this:

  1. Go to Marketing ->SEO Tools
  2. In the SEO Settings section, check the checkbox next to Custom File Names. This will enable the Custom File URL feature.
  3. Click Save Changes.
  4. Next, click the Update File Names link.

Note
Each time you create or modify a URL with the Custom File Name feature, you must click the Update File Names button to update the system with the new URL name


Custom File Name for Blog Category Pages
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To setup a custom file name for Blog Category Pages, log into your 3dcart Online Store Manager. Once there, use the left hand navigation menu to:

  1. Go to Content ->Blog
  2. Look along the top right of the page and click on the "Blog Categories" button
  3. Click on the "Edit" link of the page you would like to modify the URL of.
  4. In the Custom File Name field, enter in your custom URL.

For example, let's say you have a blog category for your new products and its URL is currently:

http://[your-domain]/New-Products_bc_3.html

If you would like your URL for this product to read

http://[your-domain]/New-Products-Blog.html

Type New-Products-Blog.html into the Custom File Name field.

  1. Click Save at the top right to commit your changes

Update File Names

After following the steps above, the custom file names will be set on the blog category pages. However, before proceeding further, you will need to update the store's database to use the newly created custom file name for this page. To do this:

  1. Go to Marketing ->SEO Tools
  2. In the SEO Settings section, check the checkbox next to Custom File Names. This will enable the Custom File URL feature.
  3. Click Save Changes.
  4. Next, click the Update File Names link.

Note
Each time you create or modify a URL with the Custom File Name feature, you must click the Update File Names button to update the system with the new URL name


Custom File Name for Blog Article Pages
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To setup a custom file name for blog article pages, log into your 3dcart Online Store Manager. Once there, use the left hand navigation menu to:

  1. Go to Content ->Blog
  2. Locate the blog article that you'd like to modify the URL of and click on its Title to open it up.

Tip
You can also look to the far right of the article listing and use the Action Wheel to select "Edit" and open up the article control panel page

While viewing the Blog Article page, look towards the top right of the page and click on the "SEO" button. This will expand the blog article edit screen to include an SEO & Meta tags section.

  1. Click on the "Edit" link of the page you would like to modify the URL of.
  2. In the Custom File Name field, enter in your custom URL.

For example, let's say you have a blog page for your new products and your extra page's URL is currently:

http://[your-domain]/back-to-school-products_b_15.html

If you would like your URL for this product to read

http://[your-domain]/Blog-Back-To-School-Products.html

Type Blog-Back-To-School-Products.html into the Custom File Name field.

  1. Click Save at the top right to commit your changes

Update File Names

After following the steps above, the custom file names will be set on the blog article page. However, before proceeding further, you will need to update the store's database to use the newly created custom file name for this page. To do this:

  1. Go to Marketing ->SEO Tools
  2. In the SEO Settings section, check the checkbox next to Custom File Names. This will enable the Custom File URL feature.
  3. Click Save Changes.
  4. Next, click the Update File Names link.

Note
Each time you create or modify a URL with the Custom File Name feature, you must click the Update File Names button to update the system with the new URL name



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