How to generate title slugs in Laravel?

How to generate title slugs in Laravel?

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Bobby Iliev ・October 15, 2020
1 minute read ・Updated October 20, 2020

Introduction

If you are not sure what a slug exactly is, you should go through this post here first:

https://devdojo.com/devdojo/what-is-a-slug

There are many reasons why you would want to have a nice slug for your posts rather than accessing them via their ID, for example.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the title of your post and generate slugs for your Laravel blog or website!

Prerequisites

All that you would need to follow along is a Laravel installation.

If you do not have a Laravel installation, you can follow the steps here on how to install Laravel with 1-Click also, get a free $100 DigitalOcean credit:

https://devdojo.com/bobbyiliev/how-to-install-laravel-on-digitalocean-with-1-click

Creating a slug in Laravel

To generate a slug, we can use one of the nice Helpers provided by Laravel, mainly the Str::slug method.

To do so, first, make sure to include the Str class to your Controller:

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use Illuminate\Support\Str;

Then all that you need to do is to use the Str::slug method and pass in your title:

$slug = Str::slug('Your Awesome Blog Title', '-');

If you echo the $slug variable with echo $slug, the result will be the following:

your-awesome-blog-title

Of course, rather than passing a static string, you could pass the title from your POST request for example:

$slug = Str::slug($request->title, '-');

After that, you can store this in your database and later on retrieve your posts by slug rather than ID for example:

$post = Post::where('slug', $slug)->firstOrFail(); 

Conclusion

This is pretty much it! Now you know how to create title slugs in your Laravel projects!

For more useful helpers, make sure to check the official documentation here:

https://laravel.com/docs/8.x/helpers

I hope that this helps!

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