Easily create slugs for your Eloquent models in Laravel 5

Background: What is a slug?

A slug is a simplified version of a string, typically URL-friendly. The act of “slugging” a string usually involves converting it to one case, and removing any non-URL-friendly characters (spaces, accented letters, ampersands, etc.). The resulting string can then be used as an indentifier for a particular resource.

For example, I have a blog with posts. I could refer to each post via the ID:

http://example.com/post/1
http://example.com/post/2

… but that’s not particularly friendly (especially for SEO). You probably would prefer to use the post’s title in the URL, but that becomes a problem if your post is titled “My Dinner With André & François”, because this is pretty ugly too:

http://example.com/post/My+Dinner+With+Andr%C3%A9+%26+Fran%C3%A7ois

The solution is to create a slug for the title and use that instead. You might want to use Laravel’s built-in Str::slug() method to convert that title into something friendlier:

http://example.com/post/my-dinner-with-andre-francois

A URL like that will make users happier (readable, easier to type, etc.).

For more information, you might want to read this description on Wikipedia.

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Slugs tend to be unique as well. So if I wrote another post with the same title, I’d want to distinguish between them somehow, typically with an incremental counter added to the end of the slug:

http://example.com/post/my-dinner-with-andre-francois
http://example.com/post/my-dinner-with-andre-francois-1
http://example.com/post/my-dinner-with-andre-francois-2

This keeps URLs unique.

The Eloquent-Sluggable package for Laravel 5 will handle all of this for you automatically, with minimal configuration at the start.

 

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Deven Rathore

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  • ffasdfasdf

    So you just copied this from the package’s README and labeled it as a “blog post” ? WTf?

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