Common problems when enabling Search Engine Friendly (SEF) URLs
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Revision as of 10:29, 25 October 2008 by Jabama
Usually this has something to do with your host's settings. One solution that commonly works is to enter a value for the livesite variable in configuration.php. This must be manually entered.
Typically, it would look like this:
var $live_site = 'http://example.com';
But, if you access your Web site in a folder, it would be like this:
var $live_site = 'http://example.com/joomla';