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My articles currently have a Metatag page title [node:title]. Sometimes this results in duplicate page titles (articles can have the same title), which isn't desirable from a SEO point of view. Therefore, I would like to add a number after [node:title] when there already exists an article with the same title.

I use the Pathauto module, which adds a suffix to duplicate paths, so this suffix would be perfect. Can I use the path suffix in the Metatag page title? Or is there another possible solution?

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The only token Pathauto provides is [node:url:args:join-path], the generated alias for the node. The suffix originates from, pathauto_alias_uniquify(&$alias, $source, $langcode), which Pathauto doesn't expose in any way; it's generated as needed to ensure the output alias is unique.

Theoretically, you could provide your a custom token that tries to find the value, but it would be error prone; pathauto isn't storing the suffix independently so there's no guarantee that a matched value is actually the suffix generated from Pathauto.

This is more of an editorial problem then a technical one. So a better solution would be to enforce unique titles at an authoring level.

For example, utilizing the Unique Content Title module to verify that each node title is unique upon submission.

  • Thanks for your suggestions. However, in my particular case it really is impossible to enforce unique titles. Even if I do so, a standard title is generated with the Automatic Nodetitles module when no title has been filled in by the user. Any other ideas to cope with this issue? – Jeroen Oct 7 '16 at 23:47
  • I don't know all the particulars of your requirements so it would just be speculative guesses. However, some function is probably evoked for auto nodetitles that you can evoke during a validation handler to compare for uniqueness. – Shawn Conn Oct 11 '16 at 20:21

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