How to Enable Search Engine Friendly URLs in TomatoCart

We will show you in this tutorial in a few simple steps how to enable the SEF URLs for your TomatoCart store.

You should first login to our TomatoCart administrator panel:

If you have installed the script under a subfolder for an example public_html/store the above URL will be:

As the SEF module functions are included already in the TomatoCart installation we will need to just enable them and ensure that if the store is under a subfolder the .htaccess rewrite rules are correctly set. If there isn’t the .htaccess file in the directory, please create it and add the following content into the file:

# $Id: .htaccess $

# This is used with Apache WebServers
# For this to work, you must include the parameter ‘Options’ to
# the AllowOverride configuration
# Example:
# <Directory “/usr/local/apache/htdocs”>
# AllowOverride Options
# ‘All’ with also work. (This configuration is in the
# apache/conf/httpd.conf file)

# The following makes adjustments to the SSL protocol for Internet
# Explorer browsers

SetEnvIf User-Agent “.*MSIE.*” \
nokeepalive ssl-unclean-shutdown \
downgrade-1.0 force-response-1.0
# Fix certain PHP values
# (commented out by default to prevent errors occuring on certain
# servers)

# php_value session.use_trans_sid 0
# php_value magic_quotes_gpc 0

RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /

RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)–(.*)$ info.php?articles_categories&articles_categories_id=$1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^([a-zA-Z0-9-]*)/([0-9]+)–(.*)$ info.php?articles&articles_id=$2&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)-f-(.*).html$ info.php?faqs&faq_id=$1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)-([a-zA-Z0-9-]*)/([0-9]+)\-([a-zA-Z0-9-]*)\.html$ products.php?$3&cPath=$1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)_([a-zA-Z0-9-]*)/([0-9]+)\-([a-zA-Z0-9-]*)\.html$ products.php?$3&manufacturers=$1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^([a-zA-Z0-9-]*)/([0-9]+)\-([a-zA-Z0-9-]*)\.html$ products.php?$2&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)-t-(.*).html$ products.php?tell_a_friend&$1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)-(.*).html$ products.php?$1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)-(.*)$ index.php?cPath=$1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)_(.*)$ index.php?manufacturers=$1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^contact.html$ info.php?contact&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^sitemap.html$ info.php?sitemap&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
RewriteRule ^faqs.html$ info.php?faqs&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]

After you have logged into your store admin panel navigate to Start > Modules > Services tab:

The menu which will load has the “Search Engine Friendly URLs” which you may install using the green button right from the name of the module:

That should be all if your store is accessible via If you have installed the store under a subfolder one last step is required for the SEF function to work. You should navigate to your cPanel > File Manager and edit the public_html/store/.htaccess file:

RewriteBase / — before the changes
Rewritebase /store/ — after the changes

When the file changes are saved your store SEF urls should load without issues now.

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