Route 66

Beautiful SEF URLs, Facebook Instant Articles and XML Sitemaps for your Joomla! site! Route 66 (free) supports Joomla! content, while the Route 66 (PRO) extends functionality to K2, Virtuemart and HikaShop.


Flexible SEF URLs definition using patterns

Route 66 allows you to define your site SEF URLs using patterns and not be restricted by limited URL options! Patterns can include any URL friendly character along with some tokens for generating dynamic variables ( like the article's date for example ). Here are some examples of URL patterns you can use in Route 66: 

  • blog/{articleYear}/{articleMonth}/{articleAlias}
  • {categoryAlias}/{articleAlias}
  • {articleAlias}
  • page-{articleId}
  • {categoryPath}/{articleAlias}
  • {categoryAlias}/
  • {productAlias}.prod

It's that simple to add SEF URLs to your site with Route 66. Check out the documentation to see a list of all available tokens for the extensions that Route 66 supports. Last but not least, Route 66 allows you to define different pattern per language when multiple languages are enabled to your site.

The following video provides a quick overview of Route 66 SEF URLs functionality


Exceptional performance

Unlike bulky SEF extensions that can store thousands of URLs to your site's database, Route 66 offers dynamic and high performance URL generation. In short, Route 66 will not impact your website’s performance.


SEO - Duplicate URLs handling - Canonical links

If Route 66 detects any duplicate URLs it will redirect to the canonical URL automatically. Let's say for example that you have an article with ID 9 and alias "have-a-nice-day" . Let's also assume that you have set up Route 66 using the pattern story/{articleAlias}. The generated URL will be story/have-a-nice-day . URLs like the following which lead to the same article will get redirected to story/have-a-nice-day:

  • index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9:have-a-nice-day
  • component/content/article/9-have-a-nice-day
  • menu-alias/article/9-have-a-nice-day

For optimal SEO, Route 66 automatically adds the canonical url to the page header. This is especially important when pages utilize query and/or anchor variables appended to the URL (story/have-a-nice-day?modal=welcome ).


Facebook Instant Articles

Route 66 now supports Facebook Instant Articles! It allows you to generate a feed of Facebook Instant Articles based on your site's content. You can also filter the feed articles based on categories. Finally, Route 66 comes with built-in integration for Google Analytics and Google DFP!

Note that Facebook Instant Articles work only for Joomla! articles and K2 Items ( K2 Items are supported only in Route 66 PRO ).


XML Sitemaps

Make it easier for Google and other search engines to discover your site content with XML sitemaps. Route 66 can generate those sitemaps for you! It allows you to filter the sitemap content based on categories. This feature supports Joomla! articles and Menu items in the free version while the PRO version adds support for K2 Items, Virtuemart Products and Hikashop Products.



PRO version

Route 66 comes in two versions, the free and the PRO. Here is a feature comparison summary between the two:

Feature Route 66 Route 66 PRO
  • Joomla! article URLs
  • Joomla! category URLs
  • Joomla! tag URLs
  • Duplicate URLs handling
  • Joomla! article URLs
  • Joomla! category URLs
  • Joomla! tag URLs
  • K2 item URLs
  • K2 category URLs
  • K2 tag URLs
  • K2 user URLs
  • Virtuemart product URLs
  • Virtuemart category URLs
  • HikaShop product URLs
  • HikaShop category URLs
  • Duplicate URLs handling
Facebook Instant Articles
  • Joomla! articles
  • Joomla! articles
  • K2 Items
XML Sitemaps
  • Joomla! articles
  • Menu links
  • Joomla! articles
  • Menu links
  • K2 items
  • Virtuemart products
  • HikaShop products
  • No support
  • Official support while subscription is active
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