Magento Open Source, 1.9.x

Configuring URL Rewrites

URL rewrites make it possible to make “search engine friendly” URLs by adjusting the format and content. Initially, all Magento URLs include a file called “index.php” that resides in the root folder. By default, the file name appears in the URL just after the name of the root folder. When Web Server Rewrites are enabled, the system rewrites the URL to omit “index.php.” The rewrite has no impact on performance or site rank, and is more of a usability issue than anything else.

  • URL without Web Server Rewrite
    http://www.yourdomain.com/magento/index.php/storeview/url-identifier
  • URL with Web Server Rewrite
    http://www.yourdomain.com/magento/storeview/url-identifier

To enable URL rewrites:

1. On the Admin menu, select System > Configuration. Then in the panel on the left under General, select Web.
2. Click to expand the Search Engine Optimization section.
3. Set Use Web Server Rewrites to “Yes.”
4. When complete, click the Save Config button.