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sh404SEF Popular ComponentPlugin

We created sh404SEF® for Joomla with SEO in mind. sh404sef helps you improve your search engine rankings and get more traffic to your website. Satisfy many of the Google recommendations for search engine optimization with just a few clicks.
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):

* NEW: Google Authorship support
* NEW: Twitter Cards support
* NEW: Google Analytics Universal support
* NEW: Google Tags manager support
* NEW: all output through JLayout, easily override in template
* full support for Google rel="prev" and rel="next" header tags, to improve SEO of paginated content
* built in caching database layer, speeds up sh404SEF. 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+, Linkedin 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
Multi-lingual support
* 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
* 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)

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 and more.

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Reviews: 3
I needed a better SEF tool than Joomla's built in SEF. I've also used JCal Pro, another product from anything-digital, and have found that JCal works as it's suppose to with sh404SEF installed. I had a couple of problems early on with configuration but found support to be amazing. Thanks a lot for the awesome help and extension.
Reviews: 2
I've using this extensions since Shumisha's time and the guys of Anything Digital have kept on and event extended its development to make it become a must-have extension. Congratulations!
Owner's reply

It doesn't hurt that it's still me, shumisha, doing all the development ;)


Reviews: 6
Getting SEF URLs to work without error can be very difficult, and with every site I do, I always run into some problem. SH404SEF is absolutely the way to go when it comes to setting up SEF URLs on your site.

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.
Reviews: 1
We use this extension for our company's website, problem with any czech characters in URL was solved quickly. Administration of this component is user-friendly, support is fast.
Reviews: 1
I use Sh404sef with jreview, and has serious issue that it will add a lot of overhead to my server loading. I have enabled cache in sh404sef, and did some test.

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.
Owner's reply


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.


Reviews: 3
I've been doing lots of research on SEF extensions. Tried them all and although none of them is perfect 10, I have to give sh404sef thumbs up for being the most complete and workable extension of this kind. It took me literally around 45 mins to get it working. I guess I'm also lucky because the rewrite_mode and .htaccess file is compatible with the hosting server. The documentation is a bit unorganized IMHO. However, I was able to find information I was looking for. Thanks for an awesome extension. By the way, I'm also a subscriber of JCalPro and have high respect for it as well.
Reviews: 3
I came to sh404 after horrible experience with another extension.
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
Owner's reply


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.


Reviews: 5
Had been using an old beta version from the time it was a free extension for a year or so.

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
Reviews: 2
I bought and installed the sh404SEF extension onto my website last night. I ran into a minor issue that was a simple mistake on my part. I contacted their support team concerning my issues. They replied within no time at all and helped me solve my problem.

Keep up the good work!
Reviews: 1
We happily purchased the full bundle of products created by Anything Digital LLC.

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,
Reviews: 1
I bought this extension from curiosity to try it on my site.

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.
Reviews: 4
This is an extension that every Joomla site should implement. It is not for the uninitiated or casual Joomla user. However, once you find out that the "stock" Joomla installation won't meet your needs for search engine optimization OR preventing spam posts and comments, this is is the extension for you.

Complicated, but worth the learning curve.
Reviews: 3
I would say that the installation was simple and fast. I got confused on one little setting that set me back a day, but now it is fixed with help from customer service.

There are lots of settings to help you tweak your URLs.
Reviews: 5
After looking for a app who could do SEF on our site I decided to buy sh404sef
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...
Owner's reply

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.


Reviews: 1
My experience has been terrific with the product and team. Like all open-source projects many components don't initially play nice with each other. Often times tinkering is required to make components work together.

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.
Reviews: 1
I'm very surprised because I didn't expect a such bad support!

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!
Owner's reply

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, I can guarantee personal and prompt attention to your problem!


Reviews: 1
Great Development! If you have questions they have great support also! Thanks!
Reviews: 22
I've been researching SEF, SEO for a while now, and decided to implement sh404SEF. I had a few minor configuration things on my end, however the support forum had all the solutions available to get me up and running smoothly.

I highly recommend this extension for every Joomla site - a must have for sure!
Reviews: 4
because it has cool features, and...

yes, that is the main reason for me, because joomla native sef messes up some components code, and all the "big" sef components require joomla sef activated. why? i don't know, but i find that stupid.

so for me this component is the best :)
Reviews: 2
This is a must-have for any serious Joomla! implementation. It does exactly what it promises and is well supported by a responsive developer. Don't hesitate, get it.
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