A Joomla hobbyist and active contributor on The Joomla! Forum™.  In a nutshell, his career in Information Technology spans over 40 years, nearly all of that working in various Australian Government departments and agencies.  For the last 15 years of that time, he’s had a keen interest in developing intranet sites and this naturally evolved into the Internet space. His experience covered most activities in the IT field:  systems analysis and design, programming, testing, project management, customer relationship management, knowledge management—you name it and he’s probably had something to do with it (or he managed teams of people who had the subject-matter skills).  He retired from the workforce in January 2007 and, if he thought he was busy when he was working, he’s been busier now than ever—mostly he’s busy having a great time!  When he’s not thinking about world events, Australian politics or making sure he’s not far away from coffee, Michael is involved in helping people make the best use of Joomla.

Most people will recognise Michael by his handle "sozzled".

How to create a reading bar in your Joomla website

October-ReadingBar

You may have noticed when you scroll down the pages in the magazine that there's a blue-coloured bar (just below the menu items at the top of the page) that moves.

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Do you logout from websites when you’re finished using them?

October-logout

Before we talk about Joomla, ask yourself how often you logout of websites after you’ve finished with them?

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Being part of a global community: where did my life go?

Sept-Community

My association with Joomla has mostly been enjoyable: I’ve made some good friends… although I have my share of frenemies as well.  I’ve travelled the country and the world and I even have a photo memento of me giving Brian Teeman* a smooch on the cheek at J & Beyond in 2013. But above all, I’ve learned so much from the almost-daily contact I have with Joomlers everywhere whether they’re first-time newbies or whether they’re hard-core web evangelists. I wouldn’t have missed it for quids.

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Who’s snooping around your website?

August-Hacking

What makes a website a target of attack?  Is your website a potential target?  Do you know if your website is being targeted?

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Confidence in Joomla! as a platform for building websites

August-Stats

It must be stated at the outset that Joomla! is a wonderful platform for building websites.  I also believe that J! 4.x is a good foundation for building websites and if you want to build a new website using Joomla! I would recommend that you use the latest version of J! 4.x.

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The “professional look”: Reasons to not use generic webmail with your Joomla! websites

The “professional look”:  Reasons to not use generic webmail with your Joomla! websites

It is possible to use generic webmail accounts (e.g. Gmail, Outlook.com, iCloud) with Joomla! but there are constraints on their use and some people have problems configuring their websites to use them. This article is not about how to fix webmail-to-Joomla! configuration issues. This article is about the appropriateness in choosing to use webmail accounts when developing Joomla! websites for your business or for your clients.

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