How do I get rid of the /index.php/ parent of my webpages? When you click through my pages, they are always /index.php/about-us, I just want it to be /about-us.
Your are running in the default SEF mode. To change it you have to enable any of the alternatives. Check Joomla documentation, here:
Enabling Search Engine Friendly (SEF) URLs https://docs.joomla.org/Enabling_Search_Engine_Friendly_%28SEF%29_URLs