Joomla SEO Plugin
I am working on my first Joomla site and have a question about the plugins..
I am looking for something to manage the typical SEO functions, like rewriting URLs and Page Titles. The offerings a quite a bit different than in WP and the SEF plugin I just added, places by default, a link back to their site on every page in your website. On this particular application, that's dozens of outbound links..
How is the best way to change the URLs from dynamic to static?
I don't know of your exact Search Engine friendly plugin which you speak of, some of them will stop creating by default links back to their own site on all of your pages in exchange for a small donation.
My feeling is that the plugin creator inadvertently put the marketing of their own business website above the needs of their prospective customer by such arbitrary code and actually risks damaging both their site and yours in the eyes of the search engines with a cookie cutter back link creation.
Unless there is a stipulation within the plugin about not touching their plugin code, I would run a search in your code designer (dreamweaver etc) for the specific text of the URL link which the plugin creates. The results of the search will list the annoying piece of code - take a look at it, and edit it out as needed.
The plugin is actually called SEF - ha - which causes me to wonder. How search engine friendly could a plugin in be that would use such cheap tactics to steal your PR.
That would be a good option, to edit the html, but there could literally be a 100 pages where their link is live. Definitely not a good business practice or SEF in my opinion..
Agreed Philip, I imagine that the SEF plugin is generating the backlink on the fly at the time that the page is being rendered.
PM me if you wish with the site details and attach the code of your actual plugin and I will remove it for you if you like and PM the plugin (fixed) back to you.
Oh right, it would just be done on the fly. I will pm you..
Thanks for the PM.
Just to clarify for anybody else reading this thread. Both WP and Joomla are php based and use their .htaccess file to manage the URL rewriting of page id's etc into friendlier URLs dynamically.
Dynamically, meaning that the original data stored in the database is manipulated PRE-page-render as the server passes the generated html content out to the client browser of the user. (leaving the original data in the database tables in tact).
It is the most efficient method to keep the content of the site current and avoid breaking links which would normally happen over time if all of the URL's were statically generated from the database content.
Web admins or editors invariably change something on an existing page at some point or delete pages, which a static URL system wouldn't know about and cause 404 page not found errors. Whereas the dynamic approach of php based web applications easily handle the changes by calling the true data stored in the database tables and manipulating that data based on a set of rules found in either settings files (.php) and/or the .htaccess file which is invisible on the server to outside bots and eyes.
SEO type plugins either build upon the functionality in WP/Joomla OR replace the functionality with a more controllable UI and set of functions.
The search engines know this is how the programs are written and really are ok with it. In fact, Googlebots and the like make their URL calls to the server and wait for the response html, generally not even aware of what processes the server is going through and how its using the .htaccess file for rewriting.
Don't confuse normal server controls implementing URL rewrites within the web site application - with 404/301/302 redirect methods of manual manipulations as a result of whatever Google/Bing already has indexed. The two processes are very different.
Last edited by MyRentals; 07-23-2012 at 02:23 PM.
that is some great information - thanks!
I have a site on a joomla platform and use sh404SEF, it works well but getting it working/configured can be a real issue. Once its working its great. It may be another option if the first pluggin doesn't work out.
I'll keep that in mind for the future - FTW. thanks..
Abviously you can change the urls's from dynamic in to static. The Joomla has already got seo friendly plugin, Go to admin dashboard where you can find the options in to change dynamic URL to SEO friendly URL by clicking the radio button.
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