Pathauto is something that most OSU Drupal 7 users won't touch in terms of configuration, but there is a chance that different users will benefit from some of the functions and operations the module provides. It's a very powerful utility module that can help with such things as:

  • Creating convenience for content authors - they don't have to create the web address because the system does it for them
  • Partitioning sites out - which is especially helpful if a site is group based
  • Providing a means to create contexts based on a URL structure
  • Search engine optimization
  • Rapid, batch updates
  • Automatic redirections

...and more.

So let's take a look at some of these things...