Enable Search Engine Friendly URLs in Joomla

By on February 2nd, 2016

Search Engine Optimisation is important for almost all the websites on the internet. It is because search engines can provide you laser-focused traffic by showing your site’s pages in search results. The organic traffic from search engines is very valuable because search engines will always rank you on the keywords you are targetting. Everything is good, but search engines like Google use around 200 factors to rank a specific website on a specific keyword.

One factor is how the URLs of your site looks like. If you have post URLs containing IDs and some other information regarding your post, you might not get the rankings you deserve. Search engine friendly URL contains the keywords you want to target. Not always the targetted keywords, but the URL should be easy to read and remember. For example, https://example.com?type=article?id=130 is not a search engine friendly URL because you cannot guess what is going to be on the page. But, https://example.com/article/seo-in-joomla is a search engine friendly URL.

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to enable Search engine friendly URLs in Joomla. So, Let’s get started with the tutorial.

Enable Search Engine Friendly URLs in Joomla

To enable SEO friendly URLs, log in to the admin panel of your Joomla site and click on the System -> Global Configuration option from the main menu. On the Global Configuration page, you can manage the most essential settings on your site.

Search engine friendly urls in Joomla

Click on the Site tab to see the site-specific options. Under the SEO Settings section of the page, You will find a switch with label Search Engine Friendly URLs. Turn that switch to Yes to enable SEO friendly URLs.

Search engine friendly urls in Joomla

Finally, click on the Save button given at the top-left corner of the page to save changes.

Search engine friendly urls in Joomla

So, this is how you can enable Search Engine Friendly URLs on your Joomla site. You should always enable SEO friendly URLs as those URLs perform well when it comes to search engine optimization.

NOTE: You should have mod_rewrite enabled on your server. If you are using InterServer web hosting, it is enabled by default.

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