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Director is the first step in the "execution pipeline". It parses the URL, matching it to one of a number of patterns, and determines the controller, action and any argument to be used. It then runs the controller, which will finally run the viewer and/or perform processing steps.
- Checking for an Ajax-Request: Use Director::is_ajax() instead of checking for $_REQUEST['ajax'].
The Director class has a number of methods to facilitate 301 and 302 HTTP redirection.
- Director::redirect("action-name"): If there's no slash in the URL passed to redirect, then it is assumed that you want to go to a different action on the current controller.
- Director::redirect("relative/url"): If there is a slash in the URL, it's taken to be a normal URL. Relative URLs will are assumed to be relative to the site-root; so Director::redirect("home/") will work no matter what the current URL is.
- Director::redirect("http://www.absoluteurl.com"): Of course, you can pass redirect() absolute URL s too.
- Director::redirectPerm("any-url"): redirectPerm takes the same arguments as redirect, but it will send a 301
(permanent) instead of a 302 (temporary) header. It improves search rankings, so this should be used whenever the
following two conditions are true:
- Nothing happens server-side prior to the redirection
- The redirection will always occur
- Director::redirectBack(): This will return you to the previous page. There's no permanent version of redirectBack().
Custom Rewrite Rules
You can influence the way URLs are resolved one of 2 ways
- Adding rules to Director in
<yourproject>/_config.php(See Default Rewrite Rules below for examples)
- Adding rules in your extended Controller class via the $url_handlers static variable
See controller for examples and explanations on how the rules get processed for both 1 and 2 above.
- Static redirect for specific URL
Director::addRules(100, array( 'myPermanentRedirect' => 'redirect:http://www.mysite.com' ));
Default Rewrite Rules
SilverStripe comes with certain rewrite rules (e.g. for admin/assets).
- See ModelAsController class for details on controller/model-coupling
- See execution-pipeline for custom routing