# Page - Canonical Path

A canonical is a short unique path identifier for a page on your website.

## Usage

The canonical is used to create a named permalink in order to get quickly to a page without knowing its full path

Example:

https://yourdomain.com/your/canonical


### Canonical Url

The canonical path can be used as path in the canonical url.

### Tracking Metrics

The canonical path can be used in your tracking metrics in order to aggregate the page view even if the page:

• is accessed via different url
• or has moved

You can:

## Value

The canonical path should have a meaning and be understandable by humans.

The canonical value:

• should be unique for all pages of your website (ie domain).
• should be written as wiki path (ie with a : semi-colon as path separator)
• does not need to be the page path
• is always lowercase

## Demo

This page has the canonical value set to canonical and therefore is also available at the following named permalink. https://combostrap.com/canonical

You can try it your self.

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## How to set the canonical value ?

### Manually

To set the canonical value, uses the metadata manager and set the canonical property in a wiki path format (ie the path separator should be a colon)

Example:

my:path


### Automatically

You can also create a canonical value based on the last parts of a page path. See Automatic Canonical Path

## Javascript Example

If you want to retrieve the canonical value to add it to your tracking metrics, you can access it via the JSINFO javascript variable.

Example:

console.log(The canonical for this page is '\${window.parent.JSINFO["canonical"]}');