Administrators Toolkit
Monday, 01 April 2013 00:00

CDNs for Joomla - A Beginners Guide

Ever wondered why pages load so fast on large sites? It's because they have good servers and use a Content Delivery Netowork (CDN). I use them on most of my sites and will explain what a CDN is, how it works, and how you can add one to your Joomla web site.
Published in 2013 April
Choosing the URL to use for your business can be a difficult decision - so many factors to consider!  Will customers remember it?  Does it say what you do?  How well will it optimise in search engines?
Published in 2013 March
Thursday, 28 February 2013 08:00

Joomla Security Tips 101

Hackers enjoy the “low hanging fruit.” Sophisticated hackers know the benefit of pivoting off of compromised sites and servers to launch their attacks.
Published in 2013 March
Since 2006, when I for the first time "saw the light" with Joomla! I have fortunately not been exposed to more than a few hacker attacks of my websites. In both cases there was only a so-called de-faceing, but still it was frustrating to be hacked and time consuming, in the first case, to get the website up and running again. Luckily, I had learned when the next attack was inevitable. I had a backup.
Published in 2013 March
Keeping up with changes from Google can be rather challenging at the best of times, and some of the more recent changes and advanced features added to their popular analytics platform have gone largely unnoticed by many people. This series of articles will take you through some of the more recent additions, and also highlight some useful features that you may not have previously explored.
Published in 2013 February
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

How Secure is Your Joomla! Website?

Joomla! is fast becoming one of the most popular content management systems in the world, powering almost 3% of the web and exceeding 30 million downloads - the chances are during your day you probably browse at least one website using Joomla!. Many businesses rely on Joomla! for their web presence, but often business owners are not empowered to ensure that their website is being managed properly, or is up to date with the latest security patches.  This article gives Joomla! website owners some simple tips to ensure that your website is up to date, and some tools to make that process easier!
Published in 2013 January
Maintaining a secure web site is a top concern for many people. Everyone is looking for the one way to make sure their site is always running, safe, and secure. When someone expresses concern about the security of their site, I usually ask them how old their most recent backup is. Most don't know, or don't have any backup at all.
Published in 2013 January
Saturday, 01 December 2012 06:00

A New Way to Protect and Accelerate Your Site

After three articles in the Joomla Community Magazine about security [1], [2] and performance, I was invited to the Incapsula session during the last amazing Joomla World Conference to learn about a new solution that provides security, performance, and much more.
Published in 2012 December
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:00

Simple Performance Guide

Performance and optimization for websites are important especially when 20% and above of your visitors come from mobile. Mobile visitors often use slower connections than what is required from your website to load fast. Once a new website is finished, deployed and everything is working correctly, it can slow down as more and more as visitor traffic increases. What can you do in these cases? How can you improve website performance and optimize Apache? Read on for the answers...
Published in 2012 October
Saturday, 01 September 2012 00:00

Implementing Role-Based ACL

A role represents the permissions and access needed to do a task. Once roles have been set-up, one can intuitively assign, aggregate, transfer, and share these roles among CMS users. Here is a straight-forward approach to implementing roles in Joomla.
Published in 2012 September
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