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