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#6488 – sh404SEF & Existing links

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Monday, 15 January 2018 09:35 UTC
I'm currently looking at purchasing sh404SEF for my site, which has over 5000 articles. If I install this extension, what happens with the structure of the links?

Currently I am using Joomla's own SEF links, so my URLs look like this: http://www.mysite.com/category/1234-article-title.html

I know that Joomla will still find the correct article if the link is http://www.mysite.com/category/1234-anything-here.html

But what happens when I install sh404SEF? If the URL becomes http://www.mysite.com/category/article-title.html (or similar) surely all existing links out 'in the wild' will point to http://www.mysite.com/category/1234-article-title.html - will the URL still be found?

Also, I use the Google Structured Data plugin by Tassos.gr - I assume I can just switch off the Structured data facility in sh404SEF so it doesn't affect what I have set up currently?
DJBenz
Monday, 15 January 2018 16:46 UTC
Hi

I know that Joomla will still find the correct article if the link is http://www.mysite.com/category/1234-anything-here.html
Yes, a bad SEO issue in Joomla router: it will consider valid many URLs that are in fact not valid and should trigger a 404.

But what happens when I install sh404SEF? If the URL becomes http://www.mysite.com/category/article-title.html (or similar) surely all existing links out 'in the wild' will point to http://www.mysite.com/category/1234-article-title.html - will the URL still be found?
You can configure com_content URLs to be like this if you so desire, so the URLs can be the same in that case.

In the general case, URLs from Joomla SEF will not always be like that, those with a direct menu item link will take that link alias. sh404SEF will do a 301 redirect from Joomla SEF URLs to sh404SEF URLs, if they are different.

Also, I use the Google Structured Data plugin by Tassos.gr - I assume I can just switch off the Structured data facility in sh404SEF so it doesn't affect what I have set up currently?
Everything in sh404SEF can be disabled. If you have things in that extension that are not available in sh404SEF, then you can always disable them in sh404SEF.

Rgds
 
wb_weeblr
Monday, 15 January 2018 16:51 UTC
sh404SEF will do a 301 redirect from Joomla SEF URLs to sh404SEF URLs, if they are different.


Oh, that's great! I assume I will also have to disable the Joomla SEF urls in my Admin area and remove the relevant lines from the .htaccess file? (I am comfortable doing this if necessary).
DJBenz
Monday, 15 January 2018 17:02 UTC
Hi

I will also have to disable the Joomla SEF urls in my Admin area
No, sh404SEF is an "add-on" to Joomla SEF, that uses the Joomla API.

remove the relevant lines from the .htaccess file? (I am comfortable doing this if necessary).
Likewise, sh404SEF does not change anything to the requirements to your webserver. Your .htaccess should be configured to allow URL rewriting. Once set for Joomla SEF, the same .htaccess will apply to all kinds of URLs.

Rgds
 
wb_weeblr
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