Joomla can be tricky when it comes to search engine optimization. You need to purchase extentions, modules etc. to achieve the desired results in terms of SEO.
Optimizing URL of a Joomla site should be the first step while setting up a Joomla website. The good news is you can have SEF URL structure while keeping your money in the pocket. Here is how it’s done:
First, go to the global configuration page at your Joomla website. There you will see SEO settings section. You need to configure Search Engine Friendly URLs and Use Apache mod_rewrite as yes. Before you click on the save or apply button, do the following changes in your htaccess.txt file:
Connect to your server and download htaccess.txt file to your computer. Open it using a text editor then check for “Options +FollowSymLinks” and put a # before it. At the end it should look like this:
# Options +FollowSymLinks
Save the file and upload it again to your web space. Then rename the file as .htaccess (Dot should come before htaccess and nothing else )
Now you are ready to save your global configuration. Check out your website and enjoy your SEF URLs. Works like a charm isn’t it?