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: Google Analytics Universal support
* NEW: Google Tags manager support
* 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
* 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.
Sorry Mighty resource does not provide a plugin for sh404SEF. Many extensions, though of course not all, do.
However, one thing is for sure: if you cannot have SEF urls with Mighty resource and sh404SEF, you cannot have SEF urls at all, either with Joomla SEF or any other extension.
That's because sh404SEF can directly use plugins for Joomla SEF (router.php files), Acesef and Joomsef.
Although, there are many manual configurations that could be set to optimize individual web pages in sh404, unfortunately, the extension is unable to handle this primary task of SEF URLs effectively. While standard joomla content get translated easily, the extension falters and is inconsistent on popular platforms such as jomsocial and docman in J1.6/1.7. Two of the main extensions that made me purchase sh404.
As noted by earlier reviewers', Joomla has come a long way in SEF/SEO optimization since the humble beginnings of mambo and joomla 1.0. Perhaps, if you are still using LTS J1.5, then you may need sh404, but for websites on J1.6/1.7 this may cause more trouble to you than good. Among others, purged and deleted URLs could resurface when you never expected, raising questions on the database integrity. Today, many new extensions/components contain their own optimized SEF URLS that are short and concise and by far superior to what sh404s algorithm offers.
As and when jomsocial and perhaps docman, with 2.0 coming up updates their own SEF algorithms, sh404 could be redundant.
On support, it is fair at the forums and nothing beyond that. They are quick to blame you as the cause of the under-performing extension and are sometimes clueless on what may be going on, making you wonder if they understand the framework of their own extension themselves.
Frankly, I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. You seem to agree with me on SEF urls being only a smaller part of SEO, but you continue by only talking about SEF urls?
On this topic of SEF urls, then you say sh404SEF is not "consistent" for Docman and JomSocial sef urls? I don't know what that means, especially for Jomsocial, for which sh404SEF has a built-in plugin, extremely "consistent".
We don't have any issue pending for our JomSocial plugin ATM.
Likewise, I'm not sure what evolution between J! 1.5 and J! 1.6/1.7 you are referring to. There has been no evolution at all in that area (routing), and the routing mechanism is one of the few that was not touched going from 1.5 to 1.6/1.7 of Joomla!
Every comment made on Joomla URLs, or more exactly on Joomla routing, is applicable to 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7
The one question you provide more details about: "purged and deleted URLs could resurface when you never expected, raising questions on the database integrity." is easier to answer however: purged url will ALWAYS resurface. That's because sh404SEF does not create urls. It only translates them to a more readable form. It is your Joomla site that creates urls, and then asks sh404sef to translate it. If you purge urls, then next time Joomla wants to display that same url, it will again ask sh404SEF to translate it to a SEF form, and the SEF url will be back. Sh404SEF has no influence on what links and urls are displayed on your site, it only respond to requests from Joomla! itself.
I think you may want to ask those questions on the forum again, and maybe give us a chance to look at your site specifically to provide more detailed answers.
But, have to say...i decided not to use any third party SEF extension anymore.
It would be Joomla SEF all the way now. With Joomla 1.7 even better.
Now when Google give advice not to use SEF URL´s, and that dynamic URl´s are OK for theirs spiders, there is no point in using third party SEF. Also not any need for Joomla SEF.
I have been slave to third party SEF extensions for long time.
Regarding just sh404SEF. You can become irritated with fact that sh404SEF try to much, almost as James Bond.
- Google Analytics in Admin ?
- Div´s replacing tables !!??
- Honeypot and firewall functions !!??
- Template switcher ?
What´s next ? Gallery ?
Come on. Stick to the SEF.
An interesting review! Let me first say I thank you for your 5 stars and the usage of the word "Best". As you might guess, I am of a different opinion when it comes to your following comments however.
Let's start by the end: "Stick to SEF". No. Because sh404SEF is not a SEF component, and has not been a SEF component since I took over in 2006. It is a SEO and security extension. And even security is really more a SEO thing as well.
It seems you have missed the logical pattern in all the features you listed. They all aim at improving one thing: ranking.
1 - SEF urls: I have no idea where you got the strange idea Google advice not to use SEF urls. Quite the contrary. Not only do they say it, but they have written it, on their blogs and in their Beginners SEO optimization guide for instance. Spider's ability to handle dynamic URL has never been a reason to use SEF urls, not since 2005 or so anyway. SEF urls are only about ranking a little bit better than your competition.
2 - Analytics: how do you want to optimize your site content without measuring results? Analytics goes hand in hand with SEO, it is a pre-requisite for any kind of SEO work, and my goal in putting it in to your Joomla's site backend is to raise awareness and facilitate this job
3 - Div replacing table. I suggest you Google for table-less layout and the SEO benefit fo using lightweight markup in your page's html. Please note that from version 1.6 on, Joomla! has switched to table-less html, and so this feature has been removed from sh404SEF for Joomla 1.6+
4 - Honeypot and firewall: SEO is (mostly) about quality content. Preventing crappy content to get on your site (Hoenypot), or preventing your site to be totally banned from Google search results because you have some malware in it looks like a very important thing to do in terms of SEO!
5 - Template switcher: we're now living in a mobile world. You must adjust your content to your users, and search engines have already started to take this into account, that's why I try help in this transition
Going back to the basics, SEF urls, I would also like to comment that if you go away from a SEF extension, you'll have to cope with the two biggest issues in Joomla urls:
a - duplicate content: urls are mostly based on menu items, and this will very often generates multiple urls to same content, thus "splitting" authority between links, instead of concentrating it. The menu-based architecture has some great benefits in terms of ease of use for the final users, and I'm not advocating dropping it, but it does have some issues
b - urls length: especially now that Joomla 1.6 has nested categories, we start seeing very lengthy urls, where the article title is at the end, where it loose any effect.
Hope I have addressed some of your concerns. Two sources of information on the matter I found interesting are the Google webmaster central blog, and the SEOMOZ.org site, in particular their ranking factors pages.
Even if my extension is far less important, they supported me more than I expected.
After installation, sh404sef seems to be a complete and well written software.
I strongly recommend it to everybody interested in SEO.
The developer has just solved a problem arising with a specific third-party template on my site, nothing to do with him at all. The template guys didn't seem interested, but Jimie at SH404SEF took the issue personally and over several days guided me (a non-programmer) until the problem was fixed.
Guys, this is the kind of support that makes the world of Joomla! look great. I think SH404 will work for you first time, and if it doesn't, their support is as good as it gets.
Support is excellent. Quick and professional replies to any issues you could face.
Even though I was shocked in the beginning with the many options you have within this extension, it's worth the efforts.
And it provides you with a cool way to display Google Analytics. Security measures are a great bonus too.
It goes in every single Joomla site I manage. Highly recommended!
If I had a friend asking me for a SEF module I will recommend to try something else. Seriously.
sh404SEF, just like other SEF url extensions, stores the SEF/non-sef url pairs in the database, and this will generate some overhead, compared to using Joomla non-sef url. It will also add overhead to Joomla own SEF urls. From our experience and testing, overhead is usually between 20 to 30%. This way of doing things however brings up some SEO benefits, which normally exceed the small time penalty incurred.
Using a disk-based cache file also reduces greatly the strain onto the DB server. On a default Joomla installation, for instance, there is virtually no database access at all on most pages, including the home page. You may want to check disk cache file is activated in your sh404sef configuration.
Having sh404SEF running on several hundreds thousands web sites has proven the performance to be a non-issue. In any case, this question is one of numbers, not just general comment such as "slow" or "fast" and you definitely want to adjust your server configuration to your requirements.
As a reference, you won't have any issue running a significant Joomla site with 1 or 2 000 visitors per day on a good $6-7/month hosting.
2. You don't inform your community about extension and plans
3. No matter how hard I try, it creates duplicate URL's... I mean, it creates two different URLs for one same page.
1 and 2 are not really a review, so I should not normally respond, but let me simply tell you that the 1.6 version is nearing completion and should be there shortly.
As for creating duplicate urls, you are mistaking the solution for the problem. sh404SEF NEVER creates duplicate urls for the same content. On the contrary it makes sure the multiple urls created by Joomla for the same content are hidden, and that only ONE sef url is exposed to the world and to search engines. Joomla! creates duplicate urls on several occasions, typically by using varying Itemid to access the same content, or by adding/not adding category id for instance.
With sh404sef, you are protected from this behavior by always using the same SEF url.