Joomla - The easy way to remove numbers from your URL

If you’re using the latest version of Joomla (version 3.8+) you might have noticed that some of the URLs on your website may have numbers in them.

So instead of looking like this:-

They look a little like this:-

And no matter how much you change the alias in the article or menu, that number still keeps appearing in your URLs.

There are a few ways you can remove the numbers from your URLs in Joomla and if you have a third party SEF management tool like SH404SEF you will probably find that the numbers aren’t an issue. If however, you’ve got a Joomla website and you’ve got numbers in your alias (also called URL string) that you would like to remove it’s actually a very simple process.

How to remove the numbers from your URLs in Joomla

There’s a hidden gem within Joomla that enables you to turn off the numbers in your URLs with just a few clicks. Here’s how:-

  1. Login into your Joomla administrator area
  2. Go to Content / Articles
  3. Click on the Options button on the right of the screen
  4. Click the Integration tab
  5. Change the ‘URL Routing’ option to Modern
  6. Change ‘Remove IDs from URLs’ from No to Yes

That’s it! Easy peasy. The numbers in your URLs should now be all but gone!

Note: Don’t forget to re-submit your sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools so they crawl all your new pages.