In this quick video tutorial, you'll learn how simple it is to enable Joomla's SEF URL feature. Many people don't know that the latest version of Joomla has powerful SEO features built right in to the core. However, these settings are not always enabled by default.
What are Search Engine Friendly (SEF) URLs? Basically, SEF means urls that are human-readable, ommiting the ugly parts like index.php?catid=43&itemid=76, for example, and replacing them with descriptive, human-readable words.
The process is simple. In the Joomla administrator, the SEO settings are located in Site > Global Configuration. Look at the SEO Settings box on the right side of the page.
The three main settings we're concerned with are:
- Search Engine Friendly URLs: Yes
- Use URL Rewriting: Yes
- Add suffix to URL: No
Notice the second option "Use URL Rewriting". Setting this to Yes requires you to change the name of a file that is located in the main folder where Joomla is installed. This must be done outside of Joomla, usually in your web hosting account file manager. (explained in the video).
In short, you'll need to rename the file called "htaccess.txt" to ".htaccess" (without the quotes). Notice the dot at the beginning of the file name, this is very important.
Make sure to watch the video above for more details. It's only 3 minutes long, and I go over the entire process of setting up SEF in Joomla, step by step.
As always, If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below and I'll do my best to help. And many thanks for sharing this tutorial if you found it useful.