Why do some websites add “Slugs” to the end of URLs?


Many websites, including this one, add what are apparently called slugs – descriptive but as far as I can tell useless bits of text – to the end of URLs.

For example, the URL the site gives for this question is:


But the following URL works just as well:


Is the point of this text just to somehow make the URL more user friendly or are there some other benefits?

Best Solution

The slugs make the URL more user-friendly and you know what to expect when you click a link. Search engines such as Google, rank the pages higher if the searchword is in the URL.