Robert Cooper Robert Cooper - 5 months ago 85
PHP Question

Handling a confusingly slug'd URL in Laravel/Algolia

I'm using the the excellent algolia/algoliasearch-laravel package with laravel 5.2.

One of my "products" I'm uploading to Algolia has a forward slash in the product name:

Teal Stag Cashmere Scarf/Stole by Johnstons of Elgin

This is changed into the following url using the cviebrock/eloquent-sluggable package as so:


Note the ++ between scarf and stole.

When this is uploaded to Algolia I get this:

objectID: 8122
name: "Teal Stag Cashmere Scarf/Stole by Johnstons of Elgin"
imgsrc: "Stag Teal Cashmere Stole (Small)_small.jpg"
rank: 0
url: " Patterned Scarves/teal-stag-cashmere-scarfstole-by-johnstons-of-elgin"

See how that url in algolia isn't right? I've tried crowbaring in a ++ into the url but I'm kinda lost now on how to proceed.


After working through this the answer was simply that my origonal URLs are badly formed. I re-wrote the way the urls are generated using the str_slug function from Laravel 5.2 and all is well again:

 * Generate a URL friendly "slug" from a given string.
 * @param  string  $title
 * @param  string  $separator
 * @return string
public static function slug($title, $separator = '-')
    $title = static::ascii($title);

    // Convert all dashes/underscores into separator
    $flip = $separator == '-' ? '_' : '-';

    $title = preg_replace('!['.preg_quote($flip).']+!u', $separator, $title);

    // Remove all characters that are not the separator, letters, numbers, or whitespace.
    $title = preg_replace('![^'.preg_quote($separator).'\pL\pN\s]+!u', '', mb_strtolower($title));

    // Replace all separator characters and whitespace by a single separator
    $title = preg_replace('!['.preg_quote($separator).'\s]+!u', $separator, $title);

    return trim($title, $separator);