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Clean URLs



Information
By default, Drupal passes path arguments to itself via its internally generated URLs.
This results in URLs that look like the following:
http://www.mobilefish.com/?q=node/15365

This URL is not Search Engine Friendly (SEF) and it stops many search engines from indexing your pages with these urls.

It is therefore recommended to enable "Clean URLs" so that your URLs looks like:
http://www.mobilefish.com/node/15365

Operating system used
Windows XP Home Edition Version 5.1 SP 2

Software prerequisites
Apache 1.3 or higher.
MySQL 3.23.55 or higher.
PHP 4.3.3 or higher or PHP 5.
Drupal 4.6.4.


Procedure
  1. Open the C:\Tools\Apache Group\Apache2\conf\httpd.conf file.
    An example:

    LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so

    AccessFileName .htaccess


    <VirtualHost 192.168.1.100:80>
       ServerAdmin [email protected]
       DocumentRoot c:/mobilefish_drupal
       ServerName drupal.mobilefish.com
       ErrorLog logs/drupal.mobilefish.com-error_log
       #TransferLog logs/drupal.mobilefish.com-access_log
       CustomLog "|c:/weblogs/rotatelogs.exe
          c:/weblogs/drupal.mobilefish.com-access_%y%m%d.log 86400" combined
       <Directory "c:/mobilefish_drupal">
           Options +Includes
           AddType text/html shtm
           AddOutputFilter Includes shtm
           AllowOverride All
       </Directory>
    </VirtualHost>

  2. Restart Apache.



  3. Change the Drupal settings.
    • Select: Admin | administer | settings
    • Clean URLs: Enabled

  4. Make sure the Drupal .htaccess file is located in the docroot.
    For example:
    C:\mobilefish_drupal\.htaccess

  5. Start your browser and enter the URL of your Drupal site.
    You should now see a clean URLs.