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  Asked By: Beth    Date: Sep 23    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 632

I have some portal areas that are named as follows with a number and other sites on the same level of the hierarchy that do not. See examples below.

http://sps.omm.com/Accounting/default.aspx
http://sps.omm.com/C8/Conflicts/default.aspx

Why would some sites get the number? What is interesting is that for the sites that are numbered, I have a whole sequence numbered 0 thru 10

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Answer #1    Answered By: Katy Patton     Answered On: Sep 23

Unfortunately it is not an anomaly. Portal allows for 20 “clean URLs” where there is no bucket categorization of URLs. Home is included in your first 20, so you really only have 19 areas  that you can create that will not have a CXX number  in the URL.

After those first 20 areas, SharePoint starts organizing links into buckets (the C numbers). No matter how deep in the hierarchy  the area is, it will always be organized into a bucket. You won’t see http://sitename.com/area/area/area. If you get enough areas you will however get: http://sitename.com/CXX/CXX/area

I blog about it here: heathersolomon.com/blog/archive/2005/03/13/150.asp

There are more posts out there about this but I can’t find any right now. If you need more info, let me know and I can round up some more stuff.

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Ana Payne     Answered On: Sep 23

Yeah, great stuff isn’t it! The problem is that SP will only allow 20 unique areas  before it starts adding ‘buckets’ to give you 20 more, and so on. So each node has 20 children, each child then has 20 more available … I’m assuming so scalability and URL uniqueness would not be so hard to manage. There is nothing that can be done to prevent this, although you may do redirects on the Web server if the issue is big enough to mandate that much maintenance.

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Hema Hegde     Answered On: Sep 23

"The easiest way I find to think about this is to imagine
a 20*20 grid. As portal  areas are created the first row of this grid is
filled until it is complete. When the 21st area is created 19 buckets
are created for rows 1-19 and then the grid starts to fill by row. So
the 21st portal area is /c0/area, 22nd /c1/area etc. Microsoft did this
to avoid having too many URLs at the same "level".
Now when an area is created the first free slot in the grid is used.
Therefore if you really want to have a portal area with a "clean" URL
you could always delete one of the first 20 areas  in order that the next
area you create will go into the first row of the grid."

 
Answer #4    Answered By: Damon Garner     Answered On: Sep 23

I should have assumed you would respond to this one. You put it so much more eloquent than I!

 
Answer #5    Answered By: Megan Martin     Answered On: Sep 23

Is it always a CXX, not BXX? I now have to relay this info to a vendor who is coding around area names. ARGHHHHH! Another Microsoft 'feature'!

 
Answer #6    Answered By: Donta Kirkland     Answered On: Sep 23

As far as I know, it’s ALWAYS a C … and will eventually go to C20/C20/ …n .

 
Answer #7    Answered By: Cade Velazquez     Answered On: Sep 23

I have never heard of or seen it go to another letter. In fact I don’t know what the story is about C either. Maybe it stands for container.

 
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