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Creating or Changing Slugs in DecapCMS (formerly Netlify CMS)

2023-05-07
, most recent update.

By default DecapCMS with 11ty uses the filename “name” to create the URL slug.

This is good insofar as when you change the title of your article / blogpost, it will keep the same slug and the URL and links you shared externally or are set as absolute paths will not break.

But there are reasons and times you want to change the URL

  • maybe it is too long,
  • you change the title and/or H1 and want to keep users on track in their user journey,
  • you change or update the content and want to rank for a different keyword.

You could either change the filename, or add/change the “slug” key/property in your YAML frontmatter.

By default no slug key is defined when you add a new article in NetlifyCMS.

Remember, the URL slug gets generated by the file name. The filename gets generated by the title tag you define in the NetlifyCMS GUI.

How it is generated is defined in

admin/config.yml

Also, by default “name” is set to come before “slug” but this YAML works with a “fallback” or “fallback mechanism”. Because the program prioritizes the first search field and only resorts to using the second search field if the first one fails or is not applicable.

So you have to change the order in the config.yaml to look like so:

        value_field: cms/blog/.md
        search_fields:
          - slug
          - name

Because whatever it finds first, it uses as slug!

Therefore when you change the slug, and not the name (because why would you if you can define the slug?) the program that reads this YAML configuration will then apply the fallback mechanism based on the order in which the search fields are listed. Only if the “slug” key cannot be used for some reason, the program will "fall back" to using the “name” key instead.

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