In Joomla 2.5 they upgraded the core SEO.

That got me to thinking, do I still need to use third party extensions for my SEO? If yes, why? What is it that 3rd party extensions provide that Joomla 2.5's built-in SEO doesn't?

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The biggest reason why using an SEO component in all versions of Joomla even 3+ is that Joomla has a habit of creating multiple urls for one page/post meaning that Google finds these as duplicates.

There are just so many reasons why using a SEO extensions for Joomla is better than using the core but here's a few:

  • Better REL="Canonical" Support
  • Better at handling friendly urls with scanning for duplicate pages
  • Scans Meta/Title for Duplicates
  • Handles redirects a 100x better than core
  • Easier to manage the meta data within one page (see all when viewing all)
  • Easier add Google plus and other social networking attributes to the head.
  • The list goes on and on.

I suggest you check out two of the most popular extensions for Joomla: AceSEF and SH404SEF

I've personally used both and SH404SEF offers the most to be honest but AceSEF has a free version and does the job just fine.


I second SH404SEF.

More than 100 sites with that, some huge (+20k items), with K2 and other extensions (evem custom ones), and all the issues that we had were easily dealt with.

  • @Jonathon Roza Your reply should be a comment not an answer. Thanks for the response though. I've just started using sh404SEF, it seems quite good.
    – TryHarder
    Apr 15, 2014 at 0:24
  • New to stack exchange (as an active, kinda productive, member :-) You'll find some bumps on the road, as no software is 100%, and some things are a lot of work to make it work perfectly, but at least you have the ability to achieve what you need. So, hard to master tool, well worth it. Apr 22, 2014 at 17:28

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