Enable URL Rewrite and SEO Friendly URL in Joomla

Although simple, URL rewrite in Joomla can be pain in neck. In order for Joomla URL rewrite to work apache should be configure to allow URL rewrite in .htaccess . If you are not sure, contact your web server administrator. You can even test yourself, see http://www.addedbytes.com/for-beginners/url-rewriting-for-beginners/ .

If you are managing the server then manually enable it. If you are not sure then follow the instruction on following link see: http://www.jarrodoberto.com/articles/2011/11/enabling-mod-rewrite-on-ubuntu

Now go to Joomla installation folder and rename htaccess.txt to .htaccess

mv htaccess.txt .htaccess

Open .htaccess and remove the comment following line (find the following and remove # in front of it):

RewriteBase  /

If your Joomla is not installed in your root folder then:

RewriteBase/<Joomla Directory>

Now go to global configuration in the admin panel and enable:

Search Engine Friendly URLs
Use URL rewriting

If necessary restart the apache server. Try navigating your website it should not be showing index.php.

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