SEF urls | More than just good looks.
SEF urls not only look good, but they make your site harder to hack. Enabling SEF urls in your Joomla backend is a great thing to learn how to do.
SEF urls serves as a dual purpose feature
The biggest advantage
to SEF urls is that your website viewers and users will have pretty urls to look at.
SEF urls look like this:
While default urls look more like this:
While there is no solid proof that SEF urls will help your page rank or do any better in search, it is always advantageous for a url to be readable
and to make sense. It makes everybodies life easier and prettier, and isn’t that what life is all about anyhow? Making things pretty and nice.
“So what does this have to do with my site security?”
Hackers will sometimes use tools like Google to search for insecurities
with CMS’s. Simply because if they find one loophole, they will have a lot of sites to take advantage of.
If it is discovered that a specific string or un-SEFed url can cause your site some problems, you have less to worry about as your URLs are masked with SEF urls. They won’t come up in Google, and it will be far harder to do dirty things to them with this enabled.
Enabling SEF urls in Joomla is relatively simple
For the inexperienced, diagnosing issues or dealing with figuring it out if it does not work properly can be a bit of a headache. Diagnosing and/or enabling SEF urls in Joomla is out of the scope of this article, but Google has a lot of good results.
It should also be noted that the default SEF in Joomla 1.5 is really quite good. There are a few good components
that can extend and enhance the built in functionality, but don’t even attempt to install those without making sure the Joomla one works first.
SEF urls might be a bit daunting to setup, but worth it for security and overall site usability. Do you have any SEF usage stories? Good or bad. :)
Tags: usability, useful tips