Issues by Year

Read up on the latest news and views from Joomla authors around the world.

Google’s algorithm is constantly being modified to show “quality sites” in their search results. Many things like site speed, information architecture, and page design are all contributing factors to your SEO. Search Engine Optimization has many aspects; one of the most important is the integration all of your online marketing tactics and making them work together. If you have a Joomla! Website, your techniques need to be adjusted to work with this particular Content Management System (CMS).

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Neuling oder Erfahrener Benutzer? Wir alle haben ab und zu Mühe, die richtige Erweiterung für unsere neue Seite zu finden. Manchmal geht das ganz einfach - manchmal könnten wir aber mit unseren Köpfen auf die tastatur hauen und den Kunden zur Hölle wünschen. Jedenfalls sind Erweiteungen die Bausteine für bessere und mächtigere Joomla! Seiten. Wir sehen uns in diesem ertsen teil des Artikels einige Richtlinien an, wie man gezielt eine Erweiterung auswählt.

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Im ersten Teil haben wir einige grundlegende Auswahlschritte angeschaut, jetzt werden wir tiefer in die Materie eintauchen. Nämlich in den Schritt "Bitte, bitte, ich brauche dringend Hilfe ...", oder kurz: Support. Erinnern wir uns, der Support einer Erweiterung ist im Grunde genommen das A und O - aber auch unser Beitrag (oder Input) zu Supportanfragen spielt eine wichtige Rolle! Schauen wir uns einige Tipps an, und denkt daran - das ist alles meine persönliche Ansicht ...

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Wir alle hören seit einiger Zeit, dass die Ladezeit einer Seite für die SEO-Bewertung je länger je wichtiger wird - also haben wir kürzlich in einer tiefgehenden Übung untersucht, wie wir die Ladezeiten unserer eigenen Seiten auf ein absolutes Minimum reduzieren können. Wir glauben, dass sich unsere Ergebnisse in GTMetrix durchaus sehen lassen können: 85% für die PageSpeed, 95% für YSlow sowie eine Ladezeit von 1.29 Sekunden. Wir möchten unsere Erfahrungen und unser Vorgehen an dieser Stelle gerne teilen. Einige der verwendeten Mechanismen sind Joomla! spezifisch, die generellen Konzepte sind aber für jedes CMS und jede Webseite gültig.

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Wir alle haben doch schon manche 404-Seite gesehen - erinnern wir uns doch mal: Wie haben wir reagiert?

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When we approach a development project based on the Joomla CMS, we must treat it in the same way as if it was any other development project. A common mistake is to compare the developments made with Open Source Software for Freelance (in our case Joomla) with other projects which involve full development teams.


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JoomlaDay San Francisco will be taking place September 27-29, 2013 at the gorgeous Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

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According to W3Techs, as of the beginning of July 2013, 63% of all Joomla sites are running version 1.x. Of these, some 92% are running version 1.5. That works out to a rather large 58% of all Joomla sites running 1.5! The other 5% are mostly version 1.6 and 1.7. [Aside: if your site is one of those 5% please just upgrade now. It's not going to be that painful and you are a sitting duck for hackers. By "now" I mean stop reading this and go upgrade. Seriously.]

So why is the number so high? There are usually a long list of factors, and most of them are valid. Here are the ones I hear regularly:

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A few months ago, I adapted the great Bootstrap framework to Joomla, basing it on a few of the versions seen before. After a period during which I left it untouched, I revised and refined it, getting it ready to be used, at least on test sites.

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The new characteristic of Google’s search results can be used with Joomla, helping us to improve the appearance of our site and to improve our position in Google.

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Over the past couple of years we've seen a huge evolution in the way designers and developers are approaching UI/UX design. Responsive, Twitter Bootstrap, jQuery, Less, Sass, and HTML5 all come to mind. And now for the first time in a long time, a new graphic design trend has emerged out of accessibility. I'm talking about Flat Design.

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This is the first of a series of articles where we will study the use of graphic elements to reinforce the website’s message in a subliminal manner, given that the message is also provided “explicitly” by the website’s text and images.

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Dans la partie 1, nous avons vu quelques étapes de sélection, regardons plus en détails certaines de ces astuces. Celle que nous appelons “S'il vous plait, j'ai besoin d'aide...”, ou en un mot : Support. Souvenez-vous que le support d'une extension est crucial. Regardons quelques astuces, et souvenez-vous que ces astuces viennent de mon point de vue personnel.

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Eden Orion likes astronomy. Specifically, he’s into telescopes. His personal website offers a complete history of the telescope, tips on buying telescopes and he even recently repaired one of Albert Einstein’s telescopes donated to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem by the theoretical physicist himself. Eden also likes Joomla.

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Most websites have a newsletter option, which allows the owner of that site to collect emails from visitors and stay in contact down the road. For a lot of us, this is an "everyone else does, so I do too" practice. But if we're collecting emails with no clear goal, we're going to end up with a list of contacts and a big question. What now?

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What is a brand? No, it isn't just your logo, or your identity, it's deeper than that. All of these elements work together to define your company, but your brand can often be dismissed. So what is your brand? Your brand can be described as being the way your company is perceived on an emotional level. I'm going to go over a few things you can do as a designer, to make sure you are clearly depicting a company's brand the right way through identity design.

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Let's begin by asking ourselves what is the similarity of a web portal which offers online “Media Manager” courses and a virtual campus portal of a university with more than 4,000 professors, and more than 45,000 students enrolled in different courses?

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How international can you get? Joomla! comes in many flavours, and now it's starspangled green too. You might assume that J! has been 'international' from the start - it's in English, isn't it? - but that is, in my opinion, a fallacy. The need for something else is mirrored in the list of translations. We have more than 50 translations of J!2.5 to date.

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If you’ve been listening to the various Joomla discussions about the Framework then you’re somewhat aware of what the Joomla! Framework is. If not, then this article will introduce you to the concept and then build on those concepts to provide some very specific examples.

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Get ready for a breath of fresh air for a Joomla property website that has been neglected over the past few years! That’s right – the Joomla Resources Directory has been a resource that has gone widely underutilised, and that’s something the current JRD Team is gearing up to turn around!

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