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create clean url for member or user page


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28 October 2012 at 9:32pm (Last edited: 28 October 2012 9:33pm), Community Member, 9 Posts

I really need help for my projects.
Introduce, I've been using silverstripe for about 4 years.
I also had searching of this question but still cant find the answer.

I want to make clean url for member/user page, from:


Should I edit the .htaccess or using $url_handlers on my Page Controller?

Thx and Regards,
Silverstripe Developer from Indonesia


29 October 2012 at 5:18pm Community Member, 9 Posts

anyone? :)


2 November 2012 at 11:42am (Last edited: 2 November 2012 11:44am), Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

Unless you knew all the member users and hard coded each in your .htaccess, the best method is to use a custom handleAction() method to check for a member of that username (

I should clarify, don't edit that file directly. You can create your custom handleAction in Page_Controller (and use parent::handleAction() to refer to the original function)


2 November 2012 at 3:11pm (Last edited: 2 November 2012 3:13pm), Community Member, 9 Posts

Hi Willr,

Thx for your answer.
I've tried that, but still doesn't work.

in the first line of handleAction method:

foreach($request->latestParams() as $k => $v) {
if($v || !isset($this->urlParams[$k])) $this->urlParams[$k] = $v;

for example if the URL is:
if we debug the $request or $request->latestParams(), we will never get value of "adam"
$request->latestParams() will return: Action = NULL, ID = NULL, OtherID = NULL


2 November 2012 at 10:21pm (Last edited: 2 November 2012 10:50pm), Community Member, 146 Posts


I've just been testing this on a site I'm building where I need to remove 'view' from '', in handleAction(), the info I needed ('example-project') was found by doing:


For your example, I believe SilverStripe will think that 'adam' is the action, so you can then check for the existence of a user, then if they don't exist simply call parent::handleAction();


Sorry I've just re-read your post and you aren't getting an action returned. I don't know if it acts differently as you're trying to get the request from the home page, do you have any URL handlers set up or anything that could possibly affect it?


3 November 2012 at 4:32am Community Member, 9 Posts

Hi kinglozzer,
thx for your answer.

I already knew and i already re-tested your example on my project, still doesn't work.
Your answer is working on the other page except home.
- => "URLSegment" = about, "Action" = adam
- => "URLSegment" = NULL, "Action" = NULL
Can you check again on your project in the home URL?

What i want is:
-, not
- "example-project" is dynamic value, not some of Page / Page Controller
- "projects" is Page / Page Controller and I don't need that

Thx anyway :)