Joomla! Help Support Warrington Cheshire Manchester Merseyside UKSearch Engine Friendly URLs are ones that read like a sentence i.e. make sense to humans.

They also help search bots crawl your website and thereby improve its performance in search results. 


How to enable Search Engine Friendly URLs

Select YES for each of the following:

  • Search Engine Friendly URLs
  • Use URL rewriting

to activate Search Engine Friendly URLs.

global config site seo settings

You can edit the name of the HTACCESS file via the File Manager in your Hosting Control Panel provided by your hosting provider.

The file will be located in either the:

  • public_html directory, or
  • httpdocs directory

depending upon the server configuration.

The default HTACCESS file included with the Joomla! CMS is called HTACCESS(DOT)TXT.

Change its name to: (DOT)HTACCESS.

Note: substitute a dot (.) for (DOT) when changing the name of the HTACCESS file.


Search engine friendly URLs


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We offer advice for how to improve your search engine ranking. We do not offer any guarantees that your rankings will improve as a result of this advice.