Got "no input file specified" or "404 - component not found" error messages?

After clean Joomla or quickstart installation there may occur that subpages don't work properly and you keep getting "no input file specified" or "404 - component not found" error messages on front-end while navigating a menu.
This issue is related to the server configuration and has nothing to do with Joomla 3.x/2.5 or quickstart package.

 

Search Engine Friendly URLs & Use URL rewriting

The option Search Engine Friendly URLs is set to YES by default after Joomla installation.
Go to Global configuration -> SEO Settings to check it.
If you disable this option all links should work fine but probably you would like to use friendly URLs so follow the instruction to configure SEO Settings in Joomla 3.x & 2.5 correctly.

 

SEOSettings-J3

 

To solve this issue you will need to set Joomla to use mod_rewrite to handle SEF URL's on your website.
How exactly it works? The server's rewrite engine is used to catch URLs that meet specific conditions and rewrite them as directed.

Before you start, you need to make sure that mod_rewrite is enabled on your server(probably it is). If you are not sure how to check this, you should contact your hosting provider.

For Apache users:
Connect to your FTP server using a FTP client, e.g. Filezilla, go to your Joomla directory and rename the htaccess.txt file to .htaccess

For IIS 7 users:
Connect to your FTP server using a FTP client, e.g. Filezilla, go to your Joomla directory and rename the web.config.txt file to web.config and install IIS URL Rewrite Module before activating.

 

For Joomla 3.x:

Next, log in to your Joomla administrator backend and go to System -> Global Configuration -> Site, then select "Yes" for the Search Engine Friendly URLs and Use URL rewriting options.

 

sefurls-J3

 

For Joomla 2.5:

Next, log in to your Joomla administrator backend and go to Site -> Global Configuration -> Site, then select "Yes" for the Search Engine Friendly URLs" and Use URL rewriting options.

 

sefurls-J25

 

Finally, press the Save button in the top right corner to save changes.
Now, subpages on your demo site should work as expected.

 

 
 

News

Special Offer - templates 30% OFF

2015-03-25 15:18:00
See our latest Special offer and purchase three Joomla templates cheaper. Take advantage of our 30% discoun ...

JM JoomClassifieds works with EF4 now!

2015-03-23 10:29:50
We are happy to announce that JM JoomClassifieds template is compatibile with EF4 framework now.This professio ...

Blog

How to submit Adsense and custom banners with Joomla 3 template?

2015-03-27 11:42:15
Every Joomla user can set custom image banners as well as adsense banners on the site. It's needed if a user w ...

How to get invoice?

2015-03-24 11:48:23
If you need to get an invoice for your purchase at our store you can download it at your account. Take a ...

Faq

Utility classes for showing and hiding content by device.

2013-11-04 14:02:29
When customizing your own Joomla 3 site for tablets and mobile devices, you may come to the conclusion that yo ...

What does the subscription mean in practice?

2013-10-10 11:35:35
Customers often have doubts what the subscription exactly means in practice.They seem to be surprised that the ...