SEO Optimization, Web

How to Get OpenSEF 2.0.0-RC4 to work with Joomla 1.0.8

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There is a confirmed issue with Joomla 1.0.8 and OpenSEF 2.0.0-RC4. Basically, the .html SEF friendly URLS are created just fine, but when you try to click on the you get a 404 Not Found error every time. OpenSEF is working on an update, but until then, you can follow these quick steps to get it working.

The error is caused because in 1.0.8, Joomla has updated the .htaccess file. Essentially you need to downgrade it. Of course you realize that I do not warranty any of this, you are entirely responsible for any difficulties that result from changing the .htaccess file. But don't worry too much, it works perfectly for me.

  1. Back up your existing .htaccess file. If you want, just rename it to .htaccess.bak
  2. Upload an .htaccess from Joomla 1.0.7. If you can't get your hands on one, just create a blank .htaccess file and insert the code below
  3. There is no step 3. You're done!

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
#  Rules
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !\.(jpg|jpeg|gif|png|css|js|pl|txt)$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.*) index.php

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  1. Finally, someone who can tell me straight how to get the SEO in Joomla 1.0.8 working!

    Thank you very much!

  2. i did follow your instructions but still not working?what version of php you are using?

  3. PHP version 4.4.1

  4. Thanks dude! I went back to htaccess 1.0.7 and it even works for my dev site in a sub dir.

    catch you on dp

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