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JoomSEF Popular ComponentPlugin

Editor's Note
SEO component to make your Joomla! URLs SEF (search engine friendly) and easily human understandable with metadata generation capabilities. Supports URL translations at multilingual sites using JoomFish/Falang. Online upgrades and extension instalation. Custom 404 Page Not Found, duplicate URLs management.

Main features:
* generate SEF URLs
* advanced SEF URL management
* generate and manage metadata (component - based)
* can override default metadada generated by component or Joomla (title, meta tags)
* keywords management
* duplicates management
* 3rd level domain support
* support for other components through extension modules; each component extenstion has own configurable parameters
* multilinguality support (JoomFish) and URL localization
* UTF-8 URLs support
* URL caching
* URL source tracing to help allocate problematic code
* 301 Redirections management
* 404 Page Not Found customization
* online upgrades and extension installations

Support for many Joomla components: AdsManager, AlphaContent, Contacts XTD, Community Builder, Datso Gallery, DocMan, EZ Realty, Fireboard forum, Glossary, iJoomla Components, JE Comparison Charts, JEvents, Jomres, Joomlaboard, JoomFish, Joomla Tags, Jomres (Joomla Residents), Portfol, Seyret Video Component, SMF Bridge, SOBI2, Marketplace, Mosets Hot Property, Mosets Tree, ReMOSitory, RSGallery2, VirtueMart, Zoom Media Gallery. ...
at the moment, there is more than 100 extensions available directly from ARTIO - see for complete list, plus many more from 3rd party developers.

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Reviews: 2
This is the best component to handle SEO for Joomla! and what was important for me is the compatibility (need extension) with AdsManager.
Reviews: 5

I have been waiting a few days for support but it was worth it.. Developers have changed sobi2 SEF extension to suit my needs, solved my CM issues and I was I was also instructed how to change server resorces when site map had issues. I am using this component on multiple sites and if upgraded it does what it says.
Reviews: 1
This is an awesome component which i can not recommend enough, all aspects of installation and, upgrading it too, were seamless. it integrates with my k2 and JomSocial i have total control of all aspects of my sites seo ability, the features included in this component are incredible i got a lot more than i really expected, great job, i love nothing more than software that is actively developed by friendly people, thank-you ARTIO it has been nothing short of a pleasure dealing with you.
Reviews: 1
I bought the extension a few months ago and it doesn't work properly (alot of 501 errors in the backend). Very bad support (they don't answer their phones and they don't respond on the forum either).

I don't recomend
Reviews: 7
I bought this about 2-3 weeks ago, and I did NOT read the documentation closely, I just kind of 'dove in' and started using it. I think if I had, I'd try to give it MORE than 5 stars, because even without reading everything, it has exceeded my expectations!

You go to the component, you see the 'real' URLS, you see what the 'SEF' URLS, and you just change it to what you want. Brilliant!

And being able to edit keywords and descriptions for all pages, without going to each page and doing so, is the icing on the cake.

LOVE this extension.
Reviews: 7
Messed up titles, all titles are the same. Cannot be controlled by its configuration.
Meta tags generator does not works.
Wasted lots of time trying to fix titles of articles.
Reviews: 6
Easy to install, easy to use, and does a brilliant job making sure my urls look good. Thanks developers and good luck
Reviews: 2
I am using this extension for a technical website with lots of keywords (tags) which is a new feature in Joomla 3.x. I have only tested this extension on articles, categories, and tags. The extension works for articles and categories, but it does not work for tags. When I tried to use just the common settings (JoomSEF Basic), my menu item for displaying all of the tags became messed up. To "fix" this I had to active the "advanced options", and then set "change index.php to current menu" to "no". Although it fixed the menu, it did not fix tag links which still have the itemID in them. No matter how I changed the settings, I could not get the item ID to not display. I will have to export the tags, fix them manually, and then import them. Also, there should be an option on the configuration page to say "save and update URLs or delete URLs", because if you forget that step you will think that the options did not do anything when in fact it did. I briefly looked at Meta Keywords, and I noticed that a lot of symbols were getting put into the keywords. I have not looked into all of the options related to meta keywords to know if this can be turned off. I don't know if there is any option to tell JoomSEO to included tags in the meta keywords.
Reviews: 1
The extension requires much time to understand all features. But after this, is very flexible and adoptable to all kind extensions. Very good. There are support team with prompt reply.
Reviews: 1
Great extension :
- very configurable, lots of options.
- lots of additional plugin for popular Joomla component
- nice and quick support (forrum and mail contact
- frequent updates

Inconvenience : you must work some hours to understand how clearly the component run but support can help you.
Reviews: 4
I've been using JoomSEF since version 1. I like it!

If it is well configured, the extension works fine. The configuration could be laid out a bit more clearly.

In older versions it produced sometimes a lot of nonsense-urls without a reproducible reason. This became much better in versions 3 and 4. But maybe it's a configurational problem.

Creating a extensions plugin for your own extensions is quite easy and works fine.

I recommend JoomSEF for all who have to manage a lot of site URLs.
Reviews: 1
The support from Artio is the best I have experienced from any of the Joomla developers I have come across so far. They are fast to reply to emails, answer dumb emails too from people like me who are a little slow with computers. I have a highly modified website and their product works with issue throughout the entire website.
Reviews: 2
I accidentally bought the wrong version of the component, but JoomSEF support came quickly towards me, I recommend!
Reviews: 4
Been using this component through all the versions on many Joomla sites and can't recommend it highly enough. It does the job, and has good support for many other components I use via the extensions they have available. Have only ever used paid version so cant comment on Free version
Reviews: 1
This componenet is very poor. In free version its link to author's web site.

Also, this component generates huges amount of data in DB so my server getting slower and slower (when i have uninstall this component my site was multiple time faster)

Its not good to advice me that i have use better server if the problem is in component.

Also, if you use this component and after month-two realize that is very poor your links will be invalid and google search would not bring visitors.

I would NOT recommend this componenet to anybody,

Owner's reply

thanks for your feedback. Anyway, I disagree:
1. well, the backlink info in free version is generally known, so I believe that should not be a reason to complain

2. many links + speed - there really is no problem in the component, partly, this is because of the principle how the component works - it has to store the links to DB to be able to support "any" SEF URL links; sencondly, problems may be connected with improper configuration in relation to 3rd party components -- if the component is not supported, you may need to disable JoomSEF for it in order to prevent generating too many links

3. I do not see a smallest reason, why the generated links should be invalid to Google; we are ourselves using the same component at our website for about 7 years now and really have no problems

Reviews: 1
On our website I am using free version of JoomSEF. For me, quite difficult to adjust components to help me solve support by Artio. Support the free version does not give as standard. Nevertheless, I got all my questions very quickly and professionally answer. Personally, it was David J. Company Artio I can only recommend
Reviews: 7
This is the best SEF tool for Joomla!

It has import/export of URLs, ease of use url manger, every option that you can imagine and supports many 3rd party extensions. I use this sef component from about 2 years.

The only con is that is little heavy for some of the host providers
Reviews: 1
I do not understand the low rating of this product. The product is simple and practical. Very easy. I've installed and running in a minute. I believe that you should not put in the explanation of this product that you put a link to your site, people may think that link is very large and it will bother, but the link is very small, negligible. I think the application is very good, very simple. Maybe have created problems for other users who used online shops etc ... i read it here, but for my simple blog has helped me a lot. A great product, a great job. Thank you very much.
Reviews: 8
I have tried this extension for a client website still running on Joomla 1.5 with Virtuemart 1.1.9
This extension is definitely useless, at least in its free version. Ok, it's able to create sef urls for the Joomla articles, but the Joomla built in sef engine does exactly the same, if not better!
When it comes to make sef urls for Virtuemart, you will discover that this brilliant product will simply ruin your site. ALL the urls generated for Virtuemart,products, categories, whatever just point to the same unique url.
If you look deeper into the settings, you eventually find that you can disable their crippled sef handling for Virtuemart and use the default Joomla router.
So this is what you get. A sef engine that does nothing but adds a back link to all of your pages...
I don't want to bash their business model. They handle it the way they like after all.
But I simply don't understand the point in pretending to distribute a free extension, when it actually does nothing. It does not even tease you to purchase the commercial version. It just irritates you because you lost precious time installing (I would recommend on a test server), discovering it does nothing useful and then uninstalling it.
IMHO this is a product to avoid. Sorry but there are much better extensions available here.
Owner's reply

Well, if you would read some of info at our website (or in FAQs or Documentation), you could learn that you need an add-on extension to support more complex extension such as VirtueMart. Maybe, it would be simply better to get some info before writing a review.

Reviews: 5
Be aware, the free version places a link to the author's website in the footer on every page in your website. It also automatically turns itself on and has settings to rewrite all of your urls using title links instead of aliases upon install. It also decided to replace my custom designed 404 page automatically.

This is such horrible web design practice to change everything on your website upon first install. It's always good to test things and review the extension before going live! I had it live on the client's site for a good 20 minutes before I noticed. I learned my lesson to always always always use a test site because of developers like this. Authors, you need to have it disabled upon install and have the rewriting urls be set to alias' to begin with, since that is how Joomla's default is.

It also seems to lack a vast majority of the useful features and extensions unless you purchase it. I only found about 1 or 2 useful things in the free version that are somewhat useful. I'm uninstalling it. I probably would have considered purchasing it for all of the other functionality it looks like it gives to paid users, but with everything mentioned above, I'll pass.

Sorry for a bad review, I don't like to post bad reviews unless I feel like someone else might find it useful information and to hopefully help the developer decide on issues to possibly fix.
Owner's reply

We do respect your opinion and feedback.
However, it is often matter or each users' opinion - from our experience, vast most users prefer the out-of-box functionality with minimum or no need to configure anything; that is why JoomSEF gets activated automaticaly upon installation.
As regards the default settings (title vs alias), it also depends on preferences of each user. You are of course free to change this as it is one of the basic settings. Same with 404 page.
But at this point - that alias might be the default setting instead of title - I agree.

It is of course responsibility of developer to install on a devel or a test site first. Installing any new component on a live client's size without prior testing it, is irresponsible at least.

The fact that the free version includes authors signature is also well known. Except mentioning this several time at our website, it is also mentioned directly here at JED.

From your review, I am not sure what functionality you were looking for, but the primary goal of JoomSEF is that the URLs it generates and can handle can be anything you want and helps you generate and manage the meta-tags.

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