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Joomla SEO, SEF URLs and Metadata: JoomSEF

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free* or from
€ 26.90

* free edition has certain limitations, see Editions Comparison for details

JoomSEF is a popular component improving Joomla SEO (search engine optimization): rewrites original Joomla URLs to be search engine friendly (SEF) and human understable and also improves your overall Joomla site SEO rating.

Having SEF URLs means more comfort for users and better ranking with search engines. Meta tags that also play important role can be autogenerated or entered manually (for all Joomla! URLs). JoomSEF fully supports UTF-8 and will work with non-latin URLs also. In cooperation with JoomFish, it supports URL translations and localization at multilingual sites.


  • rewrites original Joomla! URLs to be Search Engine Friendly (SEF) and human understandable
  • improves your overall Joomla site SEO rating
  • meta tags management, with meta-data auto generation (supported components)
  • support for UTF-8 URLs and URLs translations at multilingual sites using JoomFish
  • fully customizable URLs, many configuration options for automatic URL generation
  • customizable 404 page
  • helps to handle 301 redirects, allows custom 301 redirect definitions
  • Google Analytics connector

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  • This is the best component to handle SEO for Joomla! and what was important for me is the compatibility (need extension) with AdsManager. Gianluca, Italy
  • This is an awesome component which I can not recommend enough, all aspects of installation and, upgrading it too, were seamless. 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. Cameron, Australia


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Why is Joomla SEO Component Important? How to SEF URLs in Joomla?

Nowadays, SEO (search engine optimization) is a magic formula everyone uses. And there is a reason. Having clean, human readable and understandable URLs and suitable metadata will help you to attract more visitors to your site. Optimized URLs and metas are better evaluated by search engines and will help your website to appear at higher positions.

Even when Joomla is very advanced CMS, due to its openess and expandibility, core Joomla SEO capabilities are limited. Goal of JoomSEF is to help Joomla users overcome this and improve their Joomla site SEO rating and make their site search engine friendly (SEF).

Expandibility, Modularity, Advanced 3rd party Components Support

JoomSEF includes built-in support of all core Joomla components and JoomFish tool for multilanguage sites. 3rd party components are supported via a modular and open API. Currently there are more than 100 available JoomSEF SEO extensions, including the most popular as AdsManager, AlphaContent, Datso Gallery, DocMan, EZ Realty, iJoomla Magazine, JEvents, JoomlaBoard (Kunena), JoomSuite Resource, Mosets Tree, Mosets Hot Property, Marketplace, ReMOSitory, RSGallery2, Seyret Video, SMF (Simple Machine Forums) Bridge, SOBI2, VirtueMart and other Joomla components. If you have not found your favourite extension in the list, please contact us.

Some of the extensions are provided for free, either as part of JoomSEF installation package or in free JoomSEF add-ons downloads section of our website. Others can be purchased from our JoomSEF add-ons e-shop or delivered by 3rd parties.


Because of specific API differences between main individual Joomla releases (1.5, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 3.6), there exists a special version of JoomSEF for each main Joomla release.

JoomSEF 4 is compatible with Joomla 3.7.5. now.

At the moment, the actively maintained ones are JoomSEF 4 for Joomla 2.5, 3.0 and JoomSEF 3 for Joomla 1.5. JoomSEF 2 is only compatible with Joomla! 1.0 versions and it is not generaly supported anymore. Please, check the following table for compatibility details.

   JoomSEF 4   JoomSEF 3   JoomSEF 2 
Joomla CMS 3.0 compatible    Yes No No
Joomla CMS 2.5 compatible Yes
> 2.5.6
No No
Joomla CMS 1.5 native compatible No Yes No
JoomFish 2.x JoomFish 1.7
JoomFish 1.8
PHP > 5.3.0 > 5.1.0 PHP 4+

HTTP Server Compatibility

All versions of JoomSEF will run on Windows and Linux/Unix systems and support both Apache and IIS webservers (tested on IIS5, IIS6 and IIS7). With some manual configuration can also run on Nginx or other web servers that support URL rewriting.

Please note that the Joomla 1.5 includes default configuration for Apache HTTP server rewrites only, since Joomla 2.5, also IIS 7+ is supported out of box. All other HTTP servers will require additional configuration to work fine.


 JoomSEF is licensed under GPL license. It is available as free and paid editions.

In short, the free version of JoomSEF does contain links to ARTIO webpages, has somewhat less functionality and limited support

Paid JoomSEF has more features and contains no links to ARTIO. Users with paid versions are prioritized in answering support questions and troubleshooting. When purchasing paid version you will get free paid version upgrades for 1 year from purchase.

For details on the differences, please reffer to the JoomSEF editions comparison.

Support and Bug Reports

We have prepared packages of support services, such as installation on Apache or IIS systems. You can get these from our webstore. If you need other type of support or customization service you can purchase a paid support time.

If you need help with this component, please check JoomSEF FAQs first. If you do not find an answer, want to report a bug or suggest a feature, plese send us e-mail.

The free version is only supported via our support forums with no guarantee. Buying Paid version you get support ticket package through that support is provided. For both free and paid version a commercial support with guaranteed reply times can be purchased.

Donate by Purchasing

If you wish to support further development of this extension, you may support the development by purchasing a paid version instead of using free one. In addition, you will get a few extra features. Learn more about JoomSEF edition differences.

More JoomSEF and Joomla SEO Reading

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JoomSEF Upgrading Information

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