Joomla: Remove IDs from URLs for out-of-the-box SEF

Applies to
  • Joomla! CMS v3.5.x

This is a short article on how to remove the ID numbers from your Joomla website addresses for search engine friendly URLs.

// What I have

// With URL rewriting enabled

// What I want
  1.  // What I have 
  4.  // With URL rewriting enabled 
  7.  // What I want 

You could buy an SEF extension that does this for you or spend time tweaking your .htaccess file.  Or you can take advantage of a Joomla update and do this without any coding...

To allow the Joomla CMS to manage your SEFs you need to setup your htaccess file:
  1. Open the root of your Joomla website in your file manager (you can FTP or use web-based clients)
  2. Find the file htaccess.txt and rename it to .htaccess

Now login to your Joomla Administrator section
  1. Browse to System > Global Configuration
  2. Click on "Articles" in the left sidebar
  3. Under "SEO Settings" set to "Yes" to the options:
    1. Search Engine Friendly URLs
    2. Use URL Rewriting
    3. Add Suffix to URL (optional)
    4. Unicode Aliases (optional - for international languages)
  4. Select the "Integration" tab
  5. Change the “URL Routing” option from Legacy to Modern
  6. A further option will appear called "Remove IDs from URLs, set to "Yes"
  7. Click on "Save" and you are done.
Category: Joomla :: Article: 711

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