sh404sef also includes many security features.
sh404SEF® id the most popular and longest developed Joomla seo extension. We are dedicated, full-time Joomla professionals who work each and every day to bring you the very best extensions and prompt support. Our staff have over 20 years of combined experience with Joomla (and Mambo) and we maintain some of the longest, continually developed Joomla add-ons available.
* sh404SEF rewrites Joomla URL to user-friendly format (SEF URL or URL rewriting): mysite.com/index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=69&id=34
* NEW: Pinterest support. Including tracking in Google Analytics of Pinterest actions!
* NEW: full support for Google rel="prev" and rel="next" header tags, to improve SEO of paginated content
* NEW: built in caching database layer, can speed up sh404SEF and Joomla database operation. Backed by memcache, APC, etc
* Create and insert Open Graph data
quickly and easily add social media buttons to your entire site to allow sharing on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.
* Integrated Google Analytics including support for social sharing
* Automatically generate tiny URLs (shURLs) for your content
* Full urls and bulk meta data management
* Easily redirect 404s to suggested SEF URLS
* Instantly add global support for canonical URLs (add rel="canonical" HTTP headers)
* Remove duplicate URLs, a common problem with Joomla websites
* Create human ear and search engine friendly (SEF) URLs
* Control URL re-write mode on a per-application basis
* Support for Google News URL format
* Easily customize the page title and page description with bulk updater
* Fully compatible with multi-language solutions for Joomla such as JoomFish (i.e. internationalization)
* Create customized error pages (i.e. 404) with relevant links and other info
* Harden against cross-site scripting attacks (XSS)
* Harden against malicious page requests
* Limit flooding attacks
* Protect input forms such as the contact page from spam (using Project Honey Pot)
* Control site access from suspicious domains (using IP address whitelisting and blacklisting)
* Prevent CMS identification via the 'meta generator' tag
We Support many third-party SEF plugins via the standard Joomla installer.
Components we support natively include: VirtueMart, K2, FlexiContent, Kunena, Jomsocial, Community Builder, mosetsTree, Sobi2, myBlog and more.
Quite simply, I wouldn't build a Joomla website without it. Search engine friendly URLs, meta tags, 301 redirects and so on are all crucial and so easy with this extension.
A learning curve for a novice, but you'll get there. I did.
I should also add the success of SEO with sh404SEF along with multi-lang. components is outstanding. This is an absolute "must-have" component for your Joomla installation.
Its easy to use and configure. But the major problem any customer will face is that each time you make a minor change in any url, the complete cache is refreshed so if you have a big site that means you have to create a sitemap of those 1000 pages again. Which I think is impractical. Using the core sef in joomla would be a better option.
Thanks for you review. I'd like to point out that there is no need to purge the cache and have urls recreated when you make a change to a single URL. Just delete that particular ONE url and it will be recreated automatically next time it is needed.
As a separate item, I'd also like to mention that from a SEO standpoint, you should NOT change urls at any time. If you absolutely must do so, you should also put a 301 redirect from the old one to the new one. You can use sh404SEF alias feature for that
It doesn't hurt that it's still me, shumisha, doing all the development ;)
SH404SEF has great support at it's back, and I've never had a problem that wasn't answered by their forum moderators. That's a huge relief knowing you have someone at your back, especially when you pay for an extension.
The only thing preventing me from giving them a 5th star is that I think their documentation could be a little more thorough, and a little more descriptive towards newbies. But since the forum is so active, you'll still find the answer sooner or later.
They've recently updated the UI and added Google Anayltics which I find totally awesome. I love the new updates.
with only one online user visiting the same page, here is my finding:
when sh404sef disabled: server load around 20-40%
when sh404sef enabled: server load up to 70-99%
enabled joomla debug mode to find out that when sh404sef enabled, quries run one a page will be doubled compared to sh404sef disabled.
sh404sef does add some overhead to the Joomla SEF system, but usually around 25%. The number of queries added depends on many factors, including whether you activated the url disk cache and, most importantly, on how the 3rd-party extension support plugin is done.
sh404sef does not have any support for JReviews builtin, which means you are either using JReviews router.php file, or a sef url plugin provided by somebody else. With that kind of overhead, I would certainly review the way this plugin was written, and probably try to optimize it.
I would say that it is fair, does what it says, however compared to other extensions lacks many features. I especially miss full control over the URLs (i.e. remove categories and similar). For example, I wanted to have a K2 urls with only the item alias, but avoiding the category was impossible.
To be honest, it is a good extension, but its plugin system and extension options are not sufficient enough.
Its interface is also not very user friendly
Regarding lack of control, You may have miss the "Extensions configuration" dialog box, where you can fully control the urls: remove section, categories, add numerical id, use alias or title,etc?
As for plugins in general, we have take another stance from most other SEF component, in that instead of trying to supply and maintain dozens of plugins ourselves, which is next to impossible, we work with extension makers so that they directly provide sh404sef support. It is so with K2, for instance, and all settings to configure URL for K2 are to be found directly within K2, which makes sense in our opinion as the way K2 urls looks is really K2 stuff.
Decided to upgrade and paid the money.
The product has undergone a lot of changes visually and under the hood.
Looks good and does the job very well indeed.
Had a major problem after upgrading, but the support forum where very quick in responding. Eventually they went into my site and problem solved it for me. Excellent service.
Well worth the money
Keep up the good work!
We found the the clever mix of programs not only improved our search engine ranks dramatically, but added flexibility by means of forums, and internal company organisation with use of the online calendar.
We would gladly recommend the product to anybody wanting their Joomla website to be SEO enhanced.
With the full package, we can rely on the excellent back support issued by Victor and the team, and being able to access future developments which will assist us optimising our site.
This software is essential to ANY online business wanting to be found online.
All the best,
I had some skin problems in joomla and i was offered support in real time by the support team.
The component is excellent and the support team as well.
Thank you again for being so patient and caring with your customers.
Complicated, but worth the learning curve.
Install was without any trouble, but it was required to add a live site into the joomla config and that was the moment the trouble started
I added the domain with www in the config file and if a visitor came in the site without www it would create a 404. So we changed the config and deleted the www, which actually result in having all visitors who came in using the www getting a 404
So I checked in their forum and coldn't find any answer. Posting a new thread was impossible since they require a bunch of stuff a poster should put in for a new threat
So I went to their contact form and asked for help. Long story short - NO ANSWER at all
They have been easy for taking my money, but for the rest I'm very disappointed about this.
So my vote: Don't buy it if you are expecting any help...
Sorry that you had a bad support experience, but your remarks call for an explanation.
We provide support through the forum. I don't know why there was no answer from the contact form, there should have been one asking you to go to the forum. We do not provide support by email, though of course, sometimes, after a discussion has been started on the forum it can continue by email if there are some technical details that should not be displayed on a public forum for instance.
Because we provide support free of charge, and to make it more efficient, we do ask users to provide some information about their site and server simply to avoid that our first response is "Please, can you tell me about this and that"
You said "Posting a new thread is impossible because they require a bunch of stuff...". We ask for things like: your Joomla version, your sh404sef version, php and apache version, whether you use .htaccess or not.
Again, I'm sorry that you find this "impossible" to collect (all of this is available from your Joomla system menu BTW), but at the same time, please understand that this is information we'll need in trying to solve your issue.
As in my case, components and extensions were going haywire with my site. I opened a ticket and stated my observations. We exchanged a couple more data points and a solution was recommended that resolved my issue. By the way, this all took place in less than a 24 hour time period.
This is one of my best experiences I have had with a quality product and a very fast support team.
It's a shame!! The component has a very good reputation and looks very good, but if you don't like to feel manipulated or not to get for your money's worth, I really recommend you not to buy it!!!
I have been waiting for a month for a professional answer, but they simply don't care. They just give me light answers and make me waste my time!
I hope someone of the team will react and give me a proper solution for a minor issue that prevents me to enable the component!
I'm sorry you've had issues with support. We've made tremendous efforts in the past months to provide reliable and efficient support to users, and I think it shows in the reviews you can see below.
At the moment, I can't look into this as you're not using "ronaldor" on our forum. If you contact us at http://dev.anything-digital.com/Contact-Us.html, I can guarantee personal and prompt attention to your problem!