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Joomla! Search Engine Optimization by Ric Shreves

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SEO terminology

The SEO field is replete with esoteric terminology and peculiar expressions. An awareness of the discipline's vocabulary is essential for clear understanding. In this section of the chapter, we provide definitions for the most commonly used terms.

.htaccess

The .htaccess file is a Linux configuration file for your Apache web server. In the context of SEO, it is used to help your web server determine how to route HTTP traffic. In the world of SEO, the .htaccess file is most commonly discussed in the context of URL aliases for the purpose of creating search engine-friendly URLs.

Note

Note that .htaccess is only applicable to sites running on the Apache web server. On Microsoft IIS, the web.config file is used to perform similar tasks. ...

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