Mapping Collections

What on earth are mapping collections?

Good question. Essentially, they're lists you maintain of key/value pairs that you use in wildcards. Mapping collections come in handy when you're trying to redirect category.php?catid=id-of-category to category/name-of-category/ using a single jumplink. Neat, right?

How do I create one?

Under Setup > Jumplinks, switch to the "Mapping Collections" tab. Then click on "Install new Mapping Collection".

First, enter a name for the collection - this should be letters only, in lower-case. (In this running example, we'll assume the name is categories.)

As explained on the form that appears, mappings are defined in pairs, one on each line, in the following format: key=value. For example: 4=ramblings.

Enter each mapping in the text-area provided, in the format above. Here's a quick example:


This doesn't only work with IDs. You can also use normal strings. Here's an unrelated example for {page}.html : {page|pages}/:


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Of course, it would take forever to type all these in if you have a large list of categories, so see if your old platform can export them in this format. If not, then write a small script that pulls them from your database and saves them in the format required.

Now what? How do I use them?

Basically, define a jumplink like this:


How does this work? Simple: In this example, the source is looking for an ID. If one is matched according to the current request, it will look for that ID in the categories mapping collection and, if one is found, return the value of that mapping.

The format for the destination wildcard is {wildcard-name|collection-name}, where wildcard-name is the wildcard's identifier and collection-name is the name of the collection you've installed.

Now, if a request like category.php?catid=4 is made, and that ID has been defined in the categories collection as ramblings, as above, Jumplinks will redirect that request to category/ramblings/


Each mapping will be cleaned according to the Wildcard Cleaning setting defined in the module's configuration.

What if the requested key hasn't been defined?

If the key does not exist in your collection, then it will simply replace the destination parameter with the key itself.

In our running example, category.php?catid=124 would redirect to category/124, because 124 was not defined in the collection.