Video Tutorial – Make Page Titles SEO Friendly in Joomla

April 6th, 2007

Joomla CMS

Joomla is an easy to use content management system (CMS) but it isn’t all that search engine friendly.

Joomla is Not SEF (Search Engine Friendly)

One particular problem is the page titles – by default, titles are displayed in this way

Site Name – Site Description – Page Title

Since Google uses what’s in your Title Tag in its search results, this means that people often won’t see the page title when your page is returned in a search, they’ll just see your site name. This doesn’t really encourage people to click on your site, as they can’t be sure what it’s all about.

A Tutorial – Making Joomla Search Engine Friendly Pt 1

In this video tutorial, I’ll tell you how to change the situation.

The secret is editing a file (/includes/Joomla.php) to rearrange the order of your title.

You need to change the line that says this (it’s on about line 508):-

$this->_head[‘title‘] = $title? $GLOBALS[‘mosConfig_sitename’] . ‘ – ‘. $title : $GLOBALS[‘mosConfig_sitename’];

to this –

$this->_head[‘title‘] = $title? $title . ‘ – ‘. $GLOBALS[‘mosConfig_sitename’] : $GLOBALS[‘mosConfig_sitename’];

I hope you enjoy the tutorial!



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bubbila  |  March 28th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Sweet resource, just what I have been looking for.

  • 2. Phil  |  December 31st, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    I made the change, but didn’t see any of my titles change. Do I need to change any settings in the back-end? Maybe something is overriding the code?

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