inessential by Brent Simmons

Brent’s Law of CMS URLs

On today I proposed Brent’s Law of CMS URLs:

The more expensive the CMS, the crappier the URLs.

Compare, for instance, StoryServer’s weird comma-delimited numeric URLs to Radio UserLand’s human-readable (and guessable) URLs.

Then compare the prices—orders of magnitudes of difference.

So, at least in this respect, there’s an inverse relationship between price and quality.

Now, surely this observation isn’t original with me, and I can’t really call it Brent’s Law. But I did anyway, just for today, just for fun.

(This whole issue comes up from reading Jesse James Garrett’s essay on User-Centered URL Design.)