Link Style Overhaul

I’ve always been fond of query strings in URLs (everything following a ?) for some reason.  I guess it all just seemed like a cool way to deal with dynamically-generated content, compared to the static HTML I first worked with.  But it’s really not very user-friendly, so I’ve decided to change how links on the site are created.  The old style links will still work indefinitely, as they are at the core of how the site actually functions, but now the link structure is text-based and a whole lot easier to follow.

Starting now, instead of /ffxiii/?m=component&id=136, the same page can now be reached at /ffxiii/components/adamantite.  It’s fairly easy to guess a URL for any given item, provided there is only one of it (and even then it’s not hard).  Not that this change was made to encourage manual URL entry.  Rather, the advantage here is that you always know where you are, and sharing links is much clearer as well.

This required a pretty massive overhaul of the underlying site code, so it’s entirely possible I broke something.  I will be on the alert for broken links in the coming days, aiming to fix them as quickly as possible.  If you happen to see any weirdness, please let me know.

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