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    Writing the URL

    What's best practice when advertising the URL on 'printed' material such as leaflets, posters, banners etc...

    Is it best to include the whole i.e. 'www.escouts.org.uk' or just 'escouts.org.uk'

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    Depends.

    I never put the Theme Park Camp url on leaflets, just make sure the likely search puts you on the top. Emails and stuff it goes in as a link anyway. Unless your website address is incredibly snappy, I'd guess most won't type it in anyway. "Ok Google/Siri/Whoever, search for 3rd Smalltown Scouts"

    If you were putting it on, put the www at the front, so it tells you first it's a url, not leaving them wondering if you've just had a punctuation accident and your spacebar is broken.
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    i bought a short one

    5bs.org

    that forwards

    but otherwise, we are just thefifth.org.uk

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    We have a short and easily remembered URL. It will be going on some banners and posters so wanted thoughts on whether to inc the 3 Ws or not.

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    I think they quite often look slicker without the 'www.' but it does depend how easily identifiable as a URL it is otherwise. Prefacing it with something like "Web: google.co.uk" can look pretty slick in my opinion, but personal preference dictates.

    However... Please please please don't do what a recent County event did and put the full shebang on, including leading http:// and trailing /
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren-M View Post
    However... Please please please don't do what a recent County event did and put the full shebang on, including leading http:// and trailing /
    Worry NOT

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    I've got a URL in my signature below.
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    I tend to convert the URL into a QR code these days for printed media.... Although I do type it as well with www. If applicable but without http://

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    Personally in 2017 I prefer it without the www. It's not needed and any website will have a canonical form anyway.

    From an aesthetic / marketing perspective less characters looks better and takes up less space.

    I also like the use of camel case to help with readability of longer domain names, see my signature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    I've got a URL in my signature below.
    And it's longer than it needs to be

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasy2k1 View Post
    I tend to convert the URL into a QR code these days for printed media.... Although I do type it as well with www. If applicable but without http://

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    i'm pretty geeky and even I don't bother to keep a qr scanner on my phone.

    QR codes are dead, no?

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    Most of my parents can't seem to visit a website if you give the the link but can scan a QR code in seconds

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasy2k1 View Post
    Most of my parents can't seem to visit a website if you give the the link but can scan a QR code in seconds

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    Really? As phones don't com with qr scanners in this country, they are a very unusual group of people!

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    My parents do visit websites, but only because I have forced there hand.

    Smithy wants to go on camp? Fine the information form and kit list are here (insert link).

    I had an interesting one last year where I realised I had forgotten to tell the parents the address of a district event. If I had remembered I would have explained it is difficult to find. But the parents picked off the address from our website.

    I find consistency is key. So you will find all the details in the same place each of the times.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren-M View Post
    However... Please please please don't do what a recent County event did and put the full shebang on, including leading http:// and trailing /
    OK but don't call it an URL then, because those are the things that make it one!

    And do check that it works without www before you publish it. They aren't the same, and you're assuming that one has been pointed at the other. Usually true but sometimes may not be - possibly could not even be feasible on a particular system.
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