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sh404SEF Lite Tutorial

Learn how sh404SEF makes your Joomla URLs Search Engine Friendly

sh404SEF is the most popular component for Joomla SEO. It helps you solve common Joomla SEO issues like duplicate URLs, too long and irrelevant URLs, and much more! In partnership with AnythingDigital we provide to our Joomla hosting customers a unique lite version of this SEO plugin for free. The tutorial below will show you how to get the most if the sh404SEF Lite version.

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When you install Joomla through our autoinstallers, you can select whether to have sh404SEF pre-installed and pre-configured for you! Thus, the URLs of your new Joomla articles will already be search engines friendly.

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How to Install Joomla with sh404SEF Lite

To install Joomla with the sh404SEF Lite component, first you need to login to your cPanel and open the Joomla Autoinstaller. It will be located in the Joomla! Tools section:

Next, click on the blue Install button in the top-right part of the page.

Now, in the Choose the version you want to install drop-down, select the 3.2.3 + sh404SEF Lite option.

Once you have selected to install Joomla and the sh404SEF component, follow these instructions to complete your installation.

Important!If you want to add sh404SEF Lite to your exiting Joomla application, please post a ticket in your Help Desk and our support team will assist you further.

How to edit your URLs, meta titles and description

In order to manage your URLs, meta titles and descriptions, you need to access the sh404SEF URL manager. To do this go to Components -> sh404SEF -> URL manager.

On this page, you will see a list of all your articles and their URLs. Click on the article you want to modify in order to start editing it.

A pop-up with few tabs will appear. In the first tab named Edit url record you can modify the page URL. sh404SEF keeps track of your changes and redirects your old URLs to the new ones so you don't loose any visitors, traffic and rankings.

The second tab Title and meta tags allows you to easily change your meta title and description. Note, that there are two character counters that show you the perfect length of your texts. Once you're ready, simply click the Save & Close button in the top-right corner of the pop-up.

Optimize 3rd party Joomla extensions URLs

sh404SEF Lite also allows you to optimize the URLs of some of the most popular 3d party Joomla extensions. To do this click on the green Configuration button in the component's control panel page:

On this page, you will find multiple settings that you can configure how sh404SEF will handle the URLs of the supported 3rd party extensions like Virtuemart, Community Builder, Jomsocial, Kunena, etc.

For detailed information on all of the configuratble options, check out the sh404SEF User Manual, provided by the component creators.

How to upgrade to the full version of sh404SEF

When you download the full version of sh404SEF or you have purchased it previously, simply install it as new component without removing the Lite version. This way, you won't use any of the changes you've made to your URLs and sh404SEF settings.

Baisic sh404SEF Lite configuration

Important!In case you have installed your Joomla through one of SiteGround autoinstallers after 26 Mar 2014 you already have sh404SEF pre-installed and pre-configured to work in the better rewriting mode (mod_rewrite). Our default and recommended configuration is explained below.

To see how sh404SEF Lite basic configuration, login to your Joomla admin area and go to Components -> sh404SEF.

On this page, we have set Enable the URL optimization to Yes. It's the "main switch" of the component and unless enabled, the other settings won't work.

The next configuration option is named Rewriting mode and it handles the way sh404SEF Lite will modify your URLs. In this drop-down, there are two options you can chose from:

  • without .htaccess (index.php) - this is the more simple way of URL optimization. If sh404SEF Lite is set to work this way, your URLs will look like this:

    http://yoursite.com/index.php/your-article.html
    It's not the best way your URLs can look so we recommend and have enabled by default the other option.
  • with .htaccess (mod_rewrite) - this is the best option for your URLs and we have chosen it by default. To make the option functional for your Joomla we have installed a mod_rewrite module on all our servers and we have renamed the standard htaccess file in your Joomla root directory from htaccess.txt to .htaccess during the Joomla installation process.

    http://yoursite.com/your-article.html

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