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Joomla Search Engine Friendly URL's No Longer Working

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Hello,

I recently moved my Joomla 2.5 website from a development directory to the root and when I did, the Search Engine Friendly URL's feature stopped working.

For instance, this link will work:
http://www.ourcountryhearts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=103
But this one will not:
http://www.ourcountryhearts.com/location

The second one is preferrable and USED TO WORK, but doesn't since the migration.

I've set Search Engine Friendly URLs to NO and it works, but when I switch it back to YES, it stops working again.

I fear something happened to my htaccess file, but I'm not sure what to do about it.  Can you help me make Search Engine Friendly URL's work again?
THANKS,
Jason
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If you go to Extensions -> Plug-In Manager and go to the last page, is the "System - SEF" plugin enabled?
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I have had the same thing happen to me when moving sites. I use Akeeba Backup (awesome product!) to roll it up and Kickstart to get it back out again. I have noticed that it does not seem to roll out the correct contents in the .htaccess file. I looked at the .htaccess file in the new location and it did not have any of the contents of the old file.

So, I would first try to either copy your old .htaccess file to the new location. If that doesn't work just create a new .htaccess file.

Creating a new .htaccess file is as simple as grabbing the htaccess.txt file and renaming it .htaccess and uploading it back to your directory.

Hope this helps. :)
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by:SqueezeOJ
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Duttcom:  Unfortunately, System SEF is Enabled.  But it was a good thought.

WebTechGal: I'm going to follow your htaccess idea next.  I will report back.

Thanks to both of you for your advice.
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by:SqueezeOJ
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Didn't actually end up using either solution.  After waiting a night I tried checking the "Enable SEF URLs" checkbox again and THIS TIME it's working.  I have no idea why, but I'm happy it does.

Thanks to both of you for your suggestions.  They may help others in the future.
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by:webtechgal
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It is generally suggested to clear the cache and your browser after making global config changes. Assuming you did a new browser session the next day, you cleared your browser at least.

Thanks for the points!
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