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“If you value a Joomla extension, you will also value and appreciate the work that goes into making that extension.” A few weeks ago in a Joomla user group, a user shared a link to a website encouraging the purchase of various Joomla extension licences, sharing them with those who had paid for this pirated 'membership'.  
Published in 2014 July
With the latest updates in Joomla 3, many improvements have been introduced regarding Microdata (sometimes also called Rich Snippets or Structured Data). Some recent articles in the Community Magazine already explained the technical backgrounds of the implementation and the workflow for developers. However, many still struggle to understand where they can see this and how they can benefit from the SEO advantages that microdata give on a practical level.
Published in 2014 July
Saturday, 31 May 2014 16:00

Using SobiPro as a CCK

After evaluating several CCK’s, it appeared that SobiPro met all my requirements for building a portfolio website. The single unknown for me was the degree of difficulty in learning the EXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSLT) technology. For those not familiar, XSLT is a “template” technology that parses an XML document and generates HTML. I liked the idea of being able to manipulate the data model along with the view. I did not like the idea of learning a new technology.
Published in 2014 June
Installing Joomla in learning environments - In this article, I describe the benefits of Joomla learning environments, list the software packages you'll need to build your own, and provide step-by-step instructions on installing the software on local computers and USB thumb drives.
Published in 2014 June
So, if you followed my tips in Part 1 of this series, you’ve hopefully carefully planned out your migration strategy, identified all the links you need to migrate, created your redirects, and at some point, you’re ready to push the button and migrate your site. Before you do this, and for a period of time after the new site launches, you’ll need to make sure you monitor your website traffic in case you missed anything, or ended up with problems such as redirect loops or drops in conversion rate. This article will focus on how you can ensure you are monitoring your website appropriately using Joomla and other tools so that you quickly pick up on developing problems in the few weeks and months following a migration.
Published in 2014 May
Sitebuilders, you know the scenario; a new client has no idea about Joomla and what it does. They want a new web site or web app and they don’t care what CMS you use and they need it do something very specific, something bespoke.
Published in 2014 May
We’ve all done it – worked for months on a migration, put in all the finishing touches, uploaded it to our server and closed our eyes (and probably crossed our fingers) while turning our shining new website live to the world. I expect many of us have also done this without thinking about the changes we might have made in the process, and particularly without considering any impact this might have on our position in search engines. I hope that this series of articles will give you some ‘top tips’ of things you must do before, during and after your migration to maintain your hard-earned search engine optimisation and avoid incurring penalties post-migration.
Published in 2014 April
The “core” components provide several valuable features like tags, versioning, and ACL settings per category. These features are available for integration and use in third-party components, but too often these components ignore them. Here is a list of the ”core” features I look for when I evaluate components. Think about them, and you might find that you want them, too.
Published in 2014 April
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

10 Tips for a Fast Joomla Website

Is your Joomla website slow? You should definitely work on that: users hate slow websites, and they may leave your site earlier then they otherwise would, resulting in low conversion. Any site that needs more then 2 seconds to load could be at risk. Also, Google even says that site speed is used to determine your place in their rankings. What is nice to know: it should not be that hard to improve the speed of your Joomla website. While sometimes you can hear stories that Joomla is slow, this will usually be because of incorrect setup or bad hosting companies, and you can work on both. Especially if you know what to look at, improving the speed of your Joomla website may not be too hard, and making it load in less then a second should be possible.  
Published in 2014 April
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

Using Hidden Menus

Have you ever wanted to add a link to an article from within another article,without adding that linked article to your site's Main Menu, but but were frustrated trying to get your favorite selection of modules to be displayed with the article? The answer to managing the display of modules lies in using a Hidden Menu. (Also called an Invisible Menu.)
Published in 2014 March
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