How to remove time stamps from Joomla SEF URLs

Due to an incorrect alias or a non-English character in your category names, Joomla may replace the category name with a time stamp like 2013-01-08-03-45-44.

The problem can be solved by following the steps below:

  • Step 1: Change the menu item type for the menu item from "External URL" to "Text separator"
  • Step 2: After step 1, an "Alias" field will appear under the "Menu title" field which will contain the time stamp
  • Step 3: Edit the alias field and change the time stamp to what you want to replace the time stamp with
  • Step 4: Save the menu item
  • Step 5: Change the menu item type back to "External URL"

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