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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: 1
Not only is this product terrific, but the folks over at Anything Digital even helped with a problem that wasn't related to their software. These guys are great.
Reviews: 3
Been with sh404sef since the free days. Best bargain on the internet. Would not consider having a site without it. And the support... 3 am fighting with an issue. Speedy reply. Problem solved. Love the way they continue to improve the product, too.
Reviews: 11
very good extension
too bad that sitemap is not possible with it
Reviews: 1
Given the difficulties of handling SEF in Joomla, this is THE product to make it easy. I have been using an older version for several years and now have to move a successful site to a new server with a different configuration.

Having had problems in replicating the URLs (and failure to do that could wipe my site off the map), I posed a question on the forum and had the answer within an hour or so.

This is a first-class product that does an excellent job despite having to work in conjunction with an ever-changing code-base at Joomla and in numerous third-party extensions.

Reviews: 3
After having invested non-successful hours into joomla 1.5.25 onboard sef and mod_rewrite I decided to give sh404sef a try. Should have done it earlier. Installing, re-upload htaccess file and activating the component took me less than 3 minutes and everything turned out to run perfect instantly. No more hassle with sef-links (100 % success. Before installing sh404sef the quota was 90 % - no idea why ...), easy to handle 404-errors and additionally google analytics intergration a cakewalk. Give your homepage a real boost and install that great component! Thank you Victor
Reviews: 3
Perfect product, using it for several years now. Roadmap is good with updates on a regular base and support is quick and good.

Recommended for every one who wants to create SEO urls.
Reviews: 2
The product is fine, if compared to others, there is nothing all that special about it but it works as it should. You do have a heck of a learning curve but then, it's SEO, what do you expect.

What I don't like about this product is that you buy it, you contribute to the forums by asking questions, perhaps answering some and generally helping the company in developing the product through your feedback.

As soon as your subscription runs out, guess what, you have ZERO access to support let alone forums. The GREED of companies like this and JomSocial has become a terrible practice which is fast spreading throughout the Joomla third party developer community.

Joomla is a great CMS but all of the TPD's have become terribly greedy with their 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions. For the average user, this will scare many away to other CMS's when they realize just how crazy expensive it can get to run a site these days.

That is not the spirit of the Internet and supporting these companies in only ensuring that this spirit will be lost to pure commercialization at some point soon.
Owner's reply

Hi rightfoot

I'm glad you like the extension itself, and sorry support was not to your liking. Reading your review however, I'm not sure this is your real problem.
We believe forum is an efficient method to provide support. Please read reviews above and below yours, and you'll see many people do appreciate it.
Yes, after subscription has expired, you don't have access to support. Not sure how it can be otherwise.

Please consider also that:

- coming from a totally free of charge background, I have always made sure sh404SEF price is kept as low as possible. For instance, it is currently less than half of other extensions you mentioned
- subscription to sh404SEF is all inclusive: no separate support, plugins, doc whatever
- no restriction on domains, even for support
- we only have 1 year subscription, no short ones

You might find it to be expensive to build a web site today, but that's not because of sh404SEF. I won't comment on the spirit of the internet, too large a thing to handle ;)

But please search for "selling free software" and you'll find a page where the GPL license author strongly encourage GPL developers to charge for their software as much as they can, so that GPL-licensed software grows and replaces proprietary products.
We have just changed that to ".. charge as little as we can...", I hope most people like it that way ;)


Reviews: 1
If we put the article on the front page or access it via the joomla! article name, it shows up fine. With sh404SEF turned on, the friendly URLs return a 404 error.
Owner's reply

Not sure I really understand what you mean. Are you trying to acces a page byi its old, Joomla SEF url? Or only by using the article title? Have you set up either index.php or a htaccess file or equivalent?
I thinkn you have a basic web site setup, and you should use our tech support to get you fixed up.

Reviews: 2
Thanks for this extension and the good support - it is great for url rewrite and seo .
Reviews: 2
A complete and good sef extension.
A quick support to solve problems.
Reviews: 3
Sh404sef is a terrific component, easy to install and very useful. I had one problem that turned out to be a conflict with a plugin but the support was fast and efficient. Thanks Jimie
Reviews: 1
I've being looking for a nice extension to have good url and this one is the best also the support is fast and nice. Many other extension should have this support.
I recommended this extension !!
Reviews: 33
Very quick & responsive, love it! Makes me so glad I spent the money on this extension -- it's only one of two I've ever purchased, and it's been SUCH a life saver! Keep up the good work, guys :)
Reviews: 3
I really like this component, but it destroys my facebook like buttons and the support of the team is really bad... so sad
Owner's reply


WIth respect to support, everyone may have a different experience, and I'm sorry yours was not good, but I still want to say that the team has a pretty good track record, as is visible in the previous reviews.
I have just searched the forum as far back as Nov. 2011 and could'nt find any trace of unsolved such issue. Please contact us back if it was not solved in the mean time.

That said, IF you enable sh404SEF social buttons (include Facebook buttons, Twitter, G+), they cannot work together with other extensions providing the same buttons. You have to enable either one or the others. OF course, using sh404SEF social buttons will have benefits, such as "like", "Tweet" and "share" analytics reports right in your site backend, as sh404SEF Facebook buttons are automatically connected to Analytics.


Reviews: 1
Such a nice extension for seo and meta controls and supports are really good.
thanks jimie.
Reviews: 1
We use this with every joomla install it makes life so much easier and helps our SEO no end.
Reviews: 1
Unless you are a developer, I would not recommend this product for purchase. There is next to no useful documentation and no training. I contacted the company on several occasions will to purchase training or phone/Web consulting. They don't offer that. That means your left with the tremendously inefficient process of posting every question you have to their support forum.

The trouble with this process is that you post something, wait for an answer, try it. If if it doesn't work, post a response, ad nauseum. This model for supporting a product is exceptionally inefficient for the user. The user will spend a lot of his/her time.

On several occasions, alias settings and other parameters I didn't understand caused problems with the display of our website.

If you're a programmer with a great handle on Joomla and all its moving parts, you'll probably have no problem with this extension.

If you're a marketing or communications person just trying to modify page titles, descriptions, etc. for the purpose of improve search engine optimization, you'll struggle with this application.

The good's only $39.
Owner's reply


From your review, I can't understand why you're saying one need to be a programmer to use sh404SEF. sh404SEF is a Joomla! extension: you click on options and settings to make it work, programming is of course never required.
As for the settings and data entry, they are all SEO related, and almost zero relates to the way Joomla! operates.
You may have miss the online manual (/sh404sef/user-manual.html) and also the extensive tooltips next to each option, including Aliases.

It seems to me your biggest gripes has to do with us using a forum to handle support requests. I can understand you'd prefer sometimes talk directly to someone, but if you quickly browse through the last 10 or 20 reviews below, you'll find that the largest majority of users actually find a forum, and most importantly the way our team operate the forum, not only good but a major "selling" point for sh404SEF

Thanks and best regards

Reviews: 2
Well, I guess what really makes the difference between a good and an excellent extension is the support. The support for SH404SEF is simply excellent, the support guy takes all the necessary time to understand your problem and fix it even if it means exchanging 20 messages on the support forum.
Congrats and keep up the good job!
Reviews: 1
Had issue and emailed support and posted on support forum and with-in minutes had a response from both and solution to my self-made problem!
Reviews: 1
I've been a user of sh404sef for some years and overall have found it to be a good product. For this reason I purchased subscriptions when the component went commercial. Recently more of my clients have had Virtuemart stores and whilst sh404sef allows you to fully manage the Virtuemart URL's and meta data, you cannot amend the page titles for Virtuemart without hacking the sh404sef core. Not only is there no instruction provided on how to make the changes (you are only advised which file to target) but forum topics on the issue are shut down and email requests to advise whether there are any plans to develop Virtuemart page title management (in the same way as Virtuemart URLs can be managed) are completely ignored. So while I think this is a good product, I find the developer's attitude/approach to this issue somewhat disappointing, and while I continue to hold a subscription I would jump to another product if the Virtuemart page titles could be managed.
Owner's reply


Sorry you're (at least partially) unhappy with the extension, but what you report here is simply totally untrue. You can absolutely and positively manage any and all Virtuemart sef urls, meta data AND page titles - the most important of all! Plus Open graph data and more. You can do this for Virtuemart just like for any extension on your site.

If you are in doubt, check out the 3rd screenshot from the left, just above, and you'll see the Page title edit field.

If on top of manually altering any title or metadata for Virtuemart, through sh404SEF backend, you want to programm your own plugin to do so with your own rules, you can develop such plugins following our extensive documentation to do so (/sh404sef/docs/how-do-i-write-a-sh404sef-plugin-for-my-component.html and /forum/developer/sh404sef/324-writing-a-sh404sef-plugin-the-basics.html).

Frankly, I have no idea what you are referring to here.


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