Search Engine Friendly URL\'s in Joomla!

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A basic overview of SEF url\'s in Joomla! with some examples of SEF components.

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Search Engine Friendly URL\'s in Joomla!

  1. 1. Search Engine Friendly URL’s in Joomla! Ruth Cheesley Suffolk Computer Services
  2. 2. What are SEF URL’s? http://www.myurl.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=27 http:// www.myurl.com/index.php?option=com_expose&Itemid=26 These are NOT search engine friendly URL’s http:// www.myurl.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1 http:// www.suffolkcomputerservices.co.uk/Website-Design-News/how-do-i-remove-the-joomla-generator-tag.html These ARE search engine friendly URL’s http://www.joomla.org/announcements/general-news/5236-10-million-thank-yous.html http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/communities-&-groupware/communities/210/details
  3. 3. Why Bother? <ul><li>Search Engine Optimisation </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of viewing </li></ul><ul><li>Less “Joomla-ish” </li></ul><ul><li>More professional! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Preparing for SEF URL’s? <ul><li>Do you have Apache? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you need a SEF component? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple components </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auto-redirects old URL’s to new SEF’d URL’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows configuration on per-component basis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider current SEO & potential impact </li></ul>
  5. 5. Turning on SEF URL’s Joomla 1.5.x Global Configuration>Site Settings – Right hand side Joomla 1.0.x Global Configuration>SEO – note, no option to NOT use apache
  6. 6. Now what? <ul><li>Rename htaccess.txt to .htaccess (Apache) </li></ul><ul><li>Alter RewriteBase if you’re using a subdomain – RewriteBase /<subdomain> </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re not using a subdomain the .htaccess file should work as-is </li></ul>
  7. 7. Using SEF components <ul><li>Recommended components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Artio (JoomSEF) www.artio.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sh404SEF extensions.siliana.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Invaluable when using lots of extensions </li></ul><ul><li>Huge control & flexibility over URL’s </li></ul>
  8. 8. Avoiding Complexity! <ul><li>If you’re new to SEF, use beginner mode (sh404SEF) </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly only need to use Configuration – don’t panic about all the other features! </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to purge URL’s when making changes </li></ul>
  9. 9. SH404SEF Beginner Mode Advanced Mode Has security system in-built to screen requests for common attacks Plugin installation a bit cumbersome & not user friendly Documentation wiki: http://doc.extensions.siliana.com
  10. 10. Artio (JoomSEF) Has a free & paid version [£22] (free version has “SEO by Artio” on pages) Lots of plugins, they will create custom plugins as required – some are chargeable, ~£10 each Very easy & user friendly plugin installation – looks & acts the same as extension installation Documentation: http://www.artio.net/en/joomsef/artio-joomsef-documentation
  11. 11. Any Questions? Thank You! Ruth Cheesley Managing Director, Suffolk Computer Services [email_address] (07971) 087656

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