Simple Contao extension to allow news URLs without its reader page fragment

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3.0.2 2019-02-18 13:12 UTC

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Contao Simple News URLs

Simple Contao extension to allow news URLs without its reader page fragment. Instead of having an URL like

all news entries will instead be reachable via their alias directly, e.g.

This is done through Contao's getPageIdFromUrl hook. All links to news entries generated by Contao will also be rewritten to its short URL via Contao's generateFrontendUrl hook. Furthermore, this extension also implements a parseArticles hook which will generate a 301 redirect to the short URL, if the newsreader was accessed via the news' long URL. This avoids having duplicate content. You can change this behavior with the following setting in your localconfig.php:

$GLOBALS['TL_CONFIG']['simpleNewsUrlsRedirect'] = …;

Valid values are 301, 302, 303 or 'canonical'. The latter will not create a redirect, but insert a canonical tag into the <head> instead.

The extension also works with different URL suffixes, or none at all.


The only requirement is, that you enable the auto_item parameter (it is enabled by default) and do not disable the usage of aliases (they are not disabled by default) in the settings.


The usage of the generateFrontendUrl hook might have a negative impact on the website's performance, since there will be an additional database query for every URL that Contao generates with additional parameters.