How to Enable Search Engine Friendly (SEF) URL in Joomla

February 21, 2011 / How-to Guide

With the following procedure, you should be able to enable the Search Engine Friendly URLs functionality for your Joomla website. Upon making the relevant settings, the website’s URL’s would seem more logical to human readers, apart from that, there are chances that your site would be ranked well in the search engine result pages (SERP).

In order to Turn ON the SEF functionality for your Joomla website, please refer the following steps :

  1. You must first and foremost Enable mod_rewrite. This is important when it comes to the rewriting rules. Also, it is advisable to rename the htaccess.txt file to .htaccess, located in your Joomla installation directory.
  2. Now in order to Turn On this functionality you must go to Site >> Global configuration in the administrator panel.
  3. Within the SEO Settings >> Search Engine Friendly URLs >> Apache mod_rewrite >> Yes >> Save

This will change the link to a more logical and readable structure.

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