SiteGround has just announced they have partnered with Anything Digital to provide a custom Joomla installation that includes a preinstalled version of SH404SEF. Unless you are familiar with Joomla, you probably have no idea what “SH404SEF” is. Well, essentially SH404SEF is an SEO extension for Joomla that has the following features:
- Duplicate URL Management
- SEO Features
- Meta Data Management
- 404 Management
The full feature packed version costs $39, but this lite version has been specially developed and is exclusively available only to SiteGround customers for free. You can get a pretty good overview of that the full version does via the video below:
So far as we can tell, the plugin is only available via SiteGround’s Joomla installer (via Softaculous). You will therefore only be able to install the plugin yourself with new installations. That being said, see the comments below about installing the plugin on existing installations.
The good news for those with existing installs is that we suspect that SiteGround can manually add the plugin to existing installs as someone has already raised the issue:
Q. What about those already having a Joomla site? Can this be used in the existing Joomla website?
A. Please contact our support team if you want to use the plugin on your existing Joomla website
Differences between SH404SEF Lite and SH404SEF full version
The Lite version is quite restrictive regarding its functionality, but the good news is that you can upgrade to the full version for just $39. By upgrading, you will get a whole host of SEO and Security features which in our opinion are essential to managing any SEO campaign. In particular, you will be able to modify easily your pages metadata, beautify your URLS (such as removing section and categories from the URL), create 404 Error Logs (to see broken links and possible errors), add custom redirects as well as many other features.
You can see in the table below the differences:
As you will see, we think it is worth upgrading to the full version for the additional features to make the most of this very powerful plugin.
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