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#8454 – 4SEO Integration

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Thursday, 20 January 2022 18:19 UTC
Hi,  I'm currently using Jsitemap, GSD (Tassos), Admin Tools, JCH Optimize & LiteSpeed. I'm having some problems with Jsitemap relating to Joomla & Zoo Duplicate Content/Canonical and Search Console.  JSitemap mentioned migration to sh404sef. I see you have new product 4SEO.  Would this work instead of sh404sef?  And if so, will it work with and/or replace some of the above components, stop the problem with duplicate content and present the canonical only url's to Google? Regards, Nigel 
Thursday, 20 January 2022 22:42 UTC
I also need to know if 4SEO will work with YooTheme Zoo 4.0
Friday, 21 January 2022 09:04 UTC


I can't really comment on whether sh404SEF or 4SEO can solve your issues with duplicates and canonical without you defining the problem very precisely.

Both sh404SEF and 4SEO solve duplicate content and canonicalization issues but in different ways:

- sh404SEF changes pages URL from Joomla default SEF system to make sure the same content always has the same URL, regardless of how it's linked from menus. It does not use menu items to build URLs basically.

- 4SEO does not change URLs, so it can work with Joomla SEF, sh404SEF or any other SEF extension. Instead, it tries to identify duplicates and then inject canonical links where they are needed.

sh404SEF is older, requires changing all the URLs on the site but is obviously the more robust SEO-wise as it works directly with links.

4SEO is more modern, covers all the SEO requirements (you can remove JSitemap and GSD, and maybe REReplacer if you use that, any plugin for Opengraph, etc, all that is covered and more  such as a powerful redirect engine for instance) and does not require URL changes. But it only injects canonicals, which are just hints and are not as powerful as just having the same URLs.

Again, without defining the actual problem, I can't say much more than explaining the global differences. 

As for how they work with Zoo:

- none have direct support for Zoo

- there's a 3rd party plugin for sh404SEF and Zoo, which has been around for a long time and appears to works satisfactorily

- 4SEO does not really care about which extension produces content. It will fall short for structured data where it won't be able to automatically generate them without configuration as it does for regular Joomla content. You will have to define SD rules for each item at the moment.

Best regards

Yannick Gaultier

weeblr.com / @weeblr


Monday, 21 February 2022 05:34 UTC
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