Install SmartSEF

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Copy the .htaccess file to your web server root directory.

Install the SmartSEF component. It pretty much just works.

I ended up removing this -- but maybe prematurely. The contact form was not working and it looked like it was due to the url's getting rewritten. After I remove SmartSEF they worked fine.

....however, I then enabled Joomla's native SEF, without .htaccess, and they stopped working again. I can construct a url and as long as it doesn't get rewritten, it will work. If it does get rewritten, the contact form doesn't show.

To minimize the problem, I've turned off contact search.