Search Engine Friendly URLs : Yes
Use Apache mod_rewrite: Yes
Add suffix to URLs: No
I wish to remove the category id and article id from my Joomla SEF URL's.
I will be only adding categories to the menu, except for the odd link.
On other sites I have simply added each article to a hidden menu, which gets rid of the category id and article id.
For the new Blog if I am to write say 10 articles a day that would amount to an extra hour or so of extra organization.
I simply wish these articles to be published via the menu categories without the category id and article id appearing in the URL.
As this is a new Blog I wish to solve this problem prior to Search Engine caching as I would be in a situation where I am creating all sort of 301 redirects if I do not solve this prior to publishing.
Surely there is a simple entry that can be used in htaccess that would get rid of these ID's.
I do not want to use third part extensions as, in the past, these have caused more problems than they are worth. Third Party SEF extensions have resulted in so much time and effort to fix when broken it is easier to simply publish to a hidden menu.
The only extensions I use in relation to SEF are XMap, (sitemap) and ReDJ (redirecting old html static pages to new joomla installation).
Besides the one extension that was recommended in the past, HP Router, has been unpublished:
This extension has been unpublished for the following reason:
UR5-Per Developer Request