A-Z glossary of PageSeeder concepts

External URL

Also known as simply a URL or external URI.

This object stores the location of a resource that exists outside PageSeeder. It is a first class citizen in the system and can be the target of normal, reverse cross-references. Because an external URL is a specialized PSML document, it can have metadata and labels. It is also searchable, like other documents. External URLs can be uploaded with metadata as part of the Universal Portable Format.

The display of reverse cross references from external URLs is a good mechanism for tracking and managing links from documentation to external sites. For example, a document collection with multiple references to a section of legislation, may find that cross references to an external URL are a more reliable expression of a relationship than searching the text for references.

While not syntactically the same as the semantic web, the external URL object helps PageSeeder to support some of the semantic web architectural objectives.


The URL component of an external URI is only stored once per server. The server “shares” the URL with other groups when a member adds it. Because of this, the  default behavior is that no single group can change the URL.

Instead, a member must archive it from their group and create a new URL. This prevents one group unknowingly changing the URL for another group.

For a group to manage URLs at the server-level, it must “own” the domain. To do this, add the domain to the Group Folders (e.g.*) on the Hosts page located under the Admin tab.

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