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Advanced options in Joomla 1.5: SEF URLs

This tutorial will show you how to enable the "Search Engine Friendly" URLs functionality of your Joomla 1.5 application. When SEO is enabled, your links will be in human-readable format and this will help your website rank higher in search results. If you are looking for the perfect environment to create your Joomla website, you can check our Joomla hosting package.

Search Engine Optimization

To have the website better indexed by search engines such as Google and Yahoo, the pages have to be with meaningful names. That's why SiteGround recommends using Joomla's SEO functionality.

To enable SEO for your Joomla website, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Enable mod_rewrite. Mod_rewrite is installed on all SiteGround servers and in order to enable the rewrite rules, you will have to rename the htaccess.txt file in your Joomla installation directory to .htaccess.

Step 2 Enable Joomla's SEO functionality from Site -> Global configuration in the admin panel.

Step 3 In the SEO Settings section change Search Engine Friendly URLs and Use Apache mod_rewrite to Yes.

Step 4 Click on [Save] from the top right menu.

This will change the link to, for example, the "About us" page from:


If you experience any issues with enabling the SEF functionality of your Joomla, do not hesitate to contact our Support Team. We are experts in Joomla related questions and will happily assist you.