How to Enable Search Engine Friendly URLs in Joomla with 2 simple steps

How to Enable Search Engine Friendly URLs in Joomla with 2 simple steps

Search engine friendly (SEF), human-readable or clean URLs are URLs that make sense to both humans and search engines because they explain the path to the particular page they point to. Since version 1.5, Joomla! is capable of creating and parsing URLs in any format, including SEF URLs. This does not depend on URL rewriting executed by the web server, so it works even if Joomla! runs a server other than Apache with the mod_rewrite module. The SEF URLs follow a certain fixed pattern, but the user can define a short descriptive text (alias) for each segment of the URL.

Internally, the local part of a SEF URL (the part after the domain name) is called a route. Creating and processing SEF URLs is therefore referred to as routing, and the relevant code is called a router.

The procedure for enabling Search Engine Friendly URLs differs depending on the web server you are using. If you are using shared hosting, it is probably Apache. Ask your hosting provider for more information if you are uncertain.

Step 1. Enable SEF URLs in Joomla

To Enable Search Engine Friendly URL, please Login to your Joomla back-end with super administrator account

Once logged in, go to System > Global Configuration.

How to Enable Search Engine Friendly URLs in Joomla with 2 simple steps
Global Configuration

In the SEO Settings, enable the option Use URL Rewriting

How to Enable Search Engine Friendly URLs in Joomla with 2 simple steps
Use URL Rewriting

Click SAVE after finish this step

Step 2. Rename htaccess.txt file

For Apache Servers - the most popular one, before you can enable Use URL Rewriting to get rid of the index.php in your URLs, you need to change the name of htaccess.txt file to .htaccess

To do this, please log in to your Joomla file system with FTP application then look for htaccess.txt file.

For other environments, it's a little bit more complicated. You can refer to the Enable Search engine friendly URLs IIS 7 users and Enable Search engine friendly URLs on Nginx for more details.

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