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Over the years of cake development we’ve seen a number of ways to get rid of the the /pages/ path in the URL for static pages.

By default if you create an “about us” page, such as in app/views/pages/about.ctp, the resulting URL would be:
www.example.com/pages/about

I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of complaints and solutions about how to get rid of this seemingly “annoying” /pages/
To keep the URL’s clean, most people would obviously prefer to have www.example.com/about instead. (No /pages/ in sight).

Recently, my favorite solution has become the following setting in the routes.php:

$staticPages = array(
    'about',
    'legal',
    'policy',
    'something'
);

$staticList = implode('|', $staticPages);

Router::connect('/:static', array(
    'plugin' => false,
    'controller' => 'pages',
    'action' => 'display'), array(
        'static' => $staticList,
        'pass' => array('static')
        )
    );

Go ahead, create your about.ctp and then attempt to access it by going to www.yoursite.com/about

The Router will nicely remove the /pages/ from the URL.

Q.
Why keep the pages in the array() and then use implode()? Couldn’t I just have the following?

$staticList = 'about|legal|policy|something';

A.
You sure could, but array structure allows to keep things organized neater and if you have a large amount of pages it’s easier to scan visually to insert/remove pages as necessary. Either way, you have both options to work with.