The issue isn't whether search engines need readable URLs; I hope that we all agree that they don't. The issue is whether having a readable URL (with keywords) confers better SERP for those keywords and, if so, how much better.arifur wrote:These days you really do not need SEF url. Search engines are more than capable recognizing the content of your site without SEF url. Yes it does help the users (humans) if you have SEF url but thats about it. Wel phpbb 3.1 is out and it does support extensions so we will not require to use any hack or mod. Some one will create a SEF extension.