Joomla SEO on 1and1

I had some issues using the first set of instructions I found for setting up Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on my 1and1 account.  I had renamed the htaccess.txt to .htaccess and made some small changes, but I was still having issues.  The information below got me up and going.

Setting up .htaccess file
Rename the htaccess.txt file bundled with the installation to .htaccess.

You will need to make a few changes to the .htaccess file so it is configured correctly.  The change descriptions are noted in bold below. Also, note that RewriteBase is relative to the URL of the site, not the absolute path. If you have Joomla! setup in the root directory, this shouldn't be an issue for you.

## Can be commented out if causes errors, see notes above.
Options FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
# Uncomment following line if your webserver’s URL
# is not directly related to physical file paths.
# Update Your Joomla/MamboDirectory (just / for root)
# Uncomment this line
RewriteBase /

#comment all of the lines of the below section
########## Begin Standard SEF Section
#RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
#RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
##RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^(/component/option,com) [NC,OR] ##optional – see notes##
#RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} (/|\.htm|\.php|\.html|/[^.]*)$ [NC]
#RewriteRule ^(content/|component/) index.php
########## End Standard SEF Section

# Uncomment all lines
########## Begin 3rd Party or Core SEF Section
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^(/vietnam/component/option,com) [NC,OR] ##optional – see notes##
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} (/|\.htm|\.php|\.html|/[^.]*)$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule (.*) index.php
########## End 3rd Party or Core SEF Section





19 responses to “Joomla SEO on 1and1”

  1. icoggert Avatar

    Sweet, it got me going as well. Thank you!!!

  2. Brandon Avatar

    Thanks you so much. been searching everywhere to fix this.

  3. Dozza Avatar

    Thanks for this. The above still works for 1&1 in the UK in April 08.

    Why does it work when you uncomment the 3rd party stuff, even tho not using 3rd party?


  4. Alan Mokbel Avatar
    Alan Mokbel

    I’ve done the changes and still nothing.
    Are you using this with a third party plugin? like 404SEF?

  5. Gregory Avatar

    Thank you for the help.

  6. Leo Woods Avatar

    Brilliant help thanks a lot

  7. Jan Avatar

    You are GENIUS!
    Thanks a lot! 🙂

  8. chetan Avatar

    Thanks a Bunch!

  9. JoomlaSoftware Avatar

    That is definitely true about this comments- Joomla SEO on 1and1 actually I am using Joomla for last few days and goes nicely

  10. Dave Avatar

    Thanks, you’re my hero. I’ve been trying for ages to get this working on a website im building for someone. You’re now my hero!

  11. Styletricks Avatar

    Also when customizing htaccess file you can ad custem redirects form non www to www and backwards.

  12. SEO Company Avatar
    SEO Company

    If the host is down when Googlebot tries to access your pages, then those pages may disappear from the index until Googlebot can crawl them again. In webmaster tools, do the pages you want indexed appear in the crawl errors section? If so, then Googlebot was unable to access them.

  13. Hitendra bari Avatar

    still i m having problem on one of my site on joomla to ocnvert the links to SEO friendly i tried a lot but everytime it shows error . Can u give more info on it in simple way.Please!

  14. junio seo Avatar

    Your joomla seo url rewrite is excellent, it helps a lot for search engine optimization.

  15. Lancaster SEO Avatar
    Lancaster SEO

    Thank you for sharing this information and tips.

  16. joomla seo Avatar
    joomla seo

    basic purpose of the .htaccess file here is to Rewrite the cryptic URL’s from a dynamic content management system to more readable URL’s

    For Apache to be able to do that, it needs to know some things about the URL Joomla produces and how they should be handled

    These information is stored in the .htaccess file.

  17. Seb Morley Avatar

    Such a fantastic article, it really helps in gaining traffic to your website, Thank you so much for posting!
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  18. seo sydney Avatar
    seo sydney

    Great information for me! I am using Joomla for last few days and goes nicely! Thanks!

  19. Joomla vs WordPress  Avatar
    Joomla vs WordPress

    Great post man. I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to get on page SEO elements configured for a Joomla client. Definitely WAY easier on WP sites.

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