The Joomla menu system includes the menu's parent name in the URL structure for sub-menu items as follows:


I'd like to remove the parent directory from the url as follows:


How can that be done?

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A "clean" way of addressing this problem from within the Joomla is to create the child menu item in a hidden menu, and then reference (in the real menu) the child menu item using a menu item of type "Menu Item Alias". I'm usually against all those URL rewriting plugins as they generally cause more harm than good, especially on high traffic sites.

  • I like this advice because keeping extensions to a minimum makes a site more sustainable in the long term (or it should, anyhow). Are you able to dumb this down and/or offer some screenshots to show new Joomla users how to do this in the backend? Aug 11, 2019 at 22:40

Can’t be done with core, but there are numerous extensions that allow uri rewriting. The simplest one for your request is https://extensions.joomla.org/extension/direct-alias/

  • That is right on the money. I'm surprised that the Joomla team hasn't implemented the option in core if it's that easy.
    – steveorg
    May 16, 2018 at 13:59

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