Migrated to a new host or restored a backup but your Joomla site urls are all not found or broken? The fix is quite easy.

One of the biggest fears of a post site restore is fixing what breaks AND not knowing what did. The forms, its always the damn forms! 😭

If your web host does their job right, a restore is first tested in a private sandbox, and only migrated after everything is carefully reviewed. Never during the frantic, end-of-month-or-Dec.-24th-at-4:30-on-a-Friday hot swap! 😩

They also should be migrating to a hosting service provided by gripfastistech.com or alternatively somewhere sane like Digital Ocean. We can help, just contact us!

A new web server (e.g. Ubuntu 18.04) running Nginx will by default produce something like this for your $uri location block:

location / { try_files $uri $uri/ =404; }

That works perfectly for a static site not serving any PHP content and will completely destroy a Joomla site running SEO friendly urls or url rewrites.

To the initiated we know the correct Nginx location directive should be the following:

# Support Clean (aka Search Engine Friendly) URLs
  location / { try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args; }

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