Looking at the latest Release Candidate of Joomla, version 1.5 RC3 you will find some Differences as it comes to the SEO functions.
First off, the difference in Options in RC2
The SEO Settings in Joomla RC3
So what are the results of this settings:
With the Suffix Active
As you might notice, the last new option attach's a .html to the URL
The URL itself is build on the basis of the menu type used:
After that you will find the /section-name/ID-Number-Categorie/ID-Number-Article-Title
There is no option to reduce the length of the URL to (my favorite) /category-name/article-title.html
So there will still be a need to have an SEF Component like sh404SEF for 1.5
The Feed Option
An Other thing that changed is the Feed option, which was placed below the SEO Options in the Global Configuration screen.
Is is know part of the Site settings.
But although there is a small text below the Syndication module, the Feed is still only the Frontpage but the Layout is better now, not just the Text without HTML.
One thing that has radically changed in Joomla 1.5 is the place where you set your standard Content Options…
It is now in the Article Management control panel under preferences.
Here you can also set if you want to publish Full text feeds, or only intros.
But what I find most troublesome, is that I can't seem to edit the Language File anymore from within Joomla itself.
There is no edit option… so I cannot change some of the standard text that have been translated.
As for the Read More option, which is now a Plugin, there is no parameter to change the way is might read differently.
Guess we have to wait until the Stable release will be ready for download, or will there be an RC4 before that…
I still would like to have more options and parameters for SEO, but that might just be me :-)