Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:56

Joomla SEO Performance by Simon Kloostra Simon Kloostra’s book, Joomla! 3 SEO and Performance, is a very focused, short book that is chock full of useful tips and links to resources that Joomla! website developers and administrators may not be aware of. As a long-time Joomla! user and founding member of the Northern Virginia Joomla! Users Group, I find that this book fills a gap on my Joomla! bookshelf.
Simon Kloostra (see his site at joomlaseo.com) is clearly an authority on Joomla! and SEO, but he avoids unnecessary jargon, provides context, and explains SEO in a clear and pleasant style. As of the date of this review, the book is quite current, which is usually a challenge with books. It includes evaluations of and recommendations for dozens of resources to consider for your toolkit.
One frequent question in user group meetings is which commercial template provider is best. This book does get specific and list well-regarded template providers, and also delves into the SEO considerations of template design. This which gives the site developers something more to consider in making their template selection or development decisions.
Perhaps even more valuable is his coverage of ways to maximize Joomla! performance. We have all seen sites that are slower than they need to be; this book explains what to do about it and provides a clear explanation of caching options and ways to optimize both css and javascript files.
Even those with good backgrounds in SEO and Joomla! will find additional insights that will justify their investment in buying and reading this book.

 

 

Saturday, 14 March 2015 03:23

Hey, folks, Joomla! 3.4 has front-end module editing and "I am not a Robot" recaptcha!

These are two things among many that I know my customers will enjoy.

Read all about it!

I will expound on it more when I have a few minutes!   Just didn't want to tive the impression that I'm napping!

Thursday, 07 November 2013 23:53

Joomla! LogoJoomla! 3.2  was released November 6, 2013. Key new features include:

  • Version Control - Enables a Joomla administrator to revert to an older version of content on a website and compare side-by-side to see what changes have been made.
  • Rapid Application Development (RAD) - RAD simplifies the process for a developer to write their own Joomla extensions; apps that enhance a Joomla site like calendars, videos or polls
  • Extension Finder - This simplifies the process of searching for and installing Joomla extensions by allowing users to do all that directly from within their admin view with just a few clicks. The previous processes included separate steps to first search for and download extensions to a desktop, and then log in to the Joomla admin view and install those extensions.
  • Bcrypt - A strong encryption method that scrambles passwords stored in a Joomla website's database.
  • Two-factor Authentication - In order for a change to be made to a Joomla website, there can be an optional requirement for a user to fill out another form of authentication (other than a username/password). Two-factor authentication can be anything like entering an auto-generated code that is texted to a person's mobile phone.
  • User Interface Improvements - The new Joomla 3.2 administration interface is more streamlined and task-focused.
  • Iimproved template manager
  • Multi-lingual site installer,
  • Improved WYSIWYG editor
  • Micro-data semantics library
  • HTML form fields and attributes.

We will discuss Joomla! 3.2 at our November 20, 2013 Northern Virginia Joomla! Users Group Meeting. See the event on Meetup.

In addition to the press releases all around the web, here is Tim Plummer's briefing on the new features:

 

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 17:18

I have finally gotten to posting my presentations from the Northern Virginia Joomla! Users Group on SlideShare.

Here is the most recent, Timeless Tips extracted by Dorothy Firsching from Jen Kramer's book, Joomla! Start to Finish: How to Plan, Execute, and Maintain Your Web Site, Wrox, 2010.

Jen Kramer is president of 4Web, Inc., a company dedicated to building highly customized Joomla! web sites.

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