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Sneak Peek: Build a Joomla Website from Scratch #3

Sneak Peek: Build a Joomla Website from Scratch #3

I dropped into the Joomla Beat studios this week to share some Joomla installation tips. This coincided with some recordings I made this week for the latest version of our upcoming Build a Joomla Website from Scratch course, so I thought I should share these lessons publically. These tutorials demonstrate how to install Joomla using Softaculous and how to save time if you install Joomla manually. 

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Andrew
As always detailed explanation without going overboard on technical stuff to frighten us. What I did notice when I loaded Joomla ... Read More
Friday, 02 August 2013 11:17
Richard Pearce
I'm not quite sure what you mean, but keep in mind that frontend and backend logins are treated as separate sessions. If you have ... Read More
Friday, 02 August 2013 11:28
Andrew
Hi Richard, Yes what you describe is not a problem, standard from my first adventures with Joomla 1.5. What I am trying to descr... Read More
Friday, 02 August 2013 11:57
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Sneak Peek: The Next Big Extension to Hit the Joomla World

Sneak Peek: The Next Big Extension to Hit the Joomla World

The folks who brought you groundbreaking Joomla extensions such as EasyBlog, EasyDiscuss and Komento will soon release their latest creation. Read on to discover what it is and if you should be adding it to your Joomla website.

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Andrew
"Last time I counted," Richard you have too much time on your hands :-) Having looked at the intro site it appears to cover the ... Read More
Friday, 26 July 2013 11:31
Richard Pearce
Andy - I don't know if this is the best solution for your goals. Rather than try to compare it to WordPress, think of it as your o... Read More
Saturday, 27 July 2013 10:28
Michael Ellis
Richard, great overview of the Joomla social extensions. You didn't mention JFBConnect which seems to be attracting a lot of users... Read More
Friday, 26 July 2013 19:19
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Finding the Real Cause of Your Joomla Problems

Finding the Real Cause of Your Joomla Problems

Problems happen. Because of this simple fact of life, we've decided to create a series of posts on troubleshooting. Knowing where to start investigating when the inevitable happens and you encounter a problem is winning half the battle. This first article introduces you to the most common cause of Joomla related problems.

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Stella Lindblom
1) Don't do anything in a panic! When you are panicked it's as if you have a sieve in front of our eyes. You just don't perceive ... Read More
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 03:26
Robert Wilson
Awesome response Stella! Thanks! How about a new mantra...."Keep Calm and Stay in Your Comfy Zone"?? I think it's great advice ... Read More
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 02:47
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How Safe is Your Website?

How Safe is Your Website?

Who is Hosting This? has produced an interesting infographic with some security stats for Joomla and WordPress.

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Minify

Minify
The process known as minifying, or minification, happens when all of the unnecessary characters are removed from source code in order to reduce file size. This can greatly improve page load times for websites since the files being sent over the internet are much smaller.
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Have you got the Joomla Beat?

Have you got the Joomla Beat?

You might think podcasts are on the decline thanks to the rise of social media and video. However there are tens of thousands of podcasts listed on iTunes including Joomla Beat - a weekly production overflowing with Joomla news, views, reviews and interviews. Find out all about it and see if you recognise this voice ...

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Egg Bramhill
Interesting interview. I first learnt how to use Joomla via Richards free tutorials and listening to his own self-taught way of te... Read More
Friday, 28 June 2013 11:37
Giovanni Yarabek
Smooth professional interview with interesting content. Thanks for sharing!
Saturday, 29 June 2013 07:24
Peter Bui
Glad you enjoyed the podcast!
Saturday, 29 June 2013 08:54
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Win User Engagement Extensions from StackIdeas

Win User Engagement Extensions from StackIdeas

That's right, it's contest time again and this time we're focusing on user engagement. Have you been avoiding this vital aspect of your website strategy? Well, there has never better a better opportunity to get going because we have three great commercial extensions up for grabs.

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Top 7 Things to Learn This Summer to Improve Your Joomla Website Skills

Top 7 Things to Learn This Summer to Improve Your Joomla Website Skills

The start of summer signifies lots of things for people around the world. For many of us it means hot weather, maybe some time off and of course kids running around everywhere being noisy and generally being kids. It also means that with some of this time off, many people look for a good summer project. In this post I'll list seven ideas for you to research and discover that will really boost your productivity when working with Joomla, and I'll even throw in a bonus idea for free if you read through to the end. So, whether you plan on lounging on the beach with your laptop this summer or not, there's something here for you to discover.

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William Stonehill
I'm learning Joomla to get away from all this stuff!
Friday, 14 June 2013 20:19
Blake Burroughs
Robert-- Great post, sir. This is just what the doctor ordered-- I agree that starting with CSS is a great way for people like me... Read More
Saturday, 15 June 2013 04:31
Robert Wilson
Thanks so much for the kind words Blake. It's really nice to see people come along in their skills! I think we'll come back to G... Read More
Saturday, 15 June 2013 05:42
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Optimizing Joomla Websites with GTmetrix

Optimizing Joomla Websites with GTmetrix

We all want our Joomla websites to perform well. How to get there is sometimes a mystery. The quote, "You can't improve what you don't measure," has been used often in almost every field, from management to sports. If you want to make something better, you better know where you're starting from. There are plenty of website tools out there, and many of them are free. In this article, we'll be taking a look at one that we've already referenced in previous articles. GTmetrix.com is a site that you should know about if you don't already, but be careful, it can be addicting.

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steve
My "leverage browser caching" tab on the gtmetrix.com website was showing "F" and "9" as a high status fault ! I took on board wh... Read More
Thursday, 06 June 2013 20:17
Robert Wilson
Hi Steve, Glad you at least TRIED to take my advice of not freaking out. It will get less scary as you do more of these. One re... Read More
Friday, 07 June 2013 05:38
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Website Review: Daniel Kaminsky Attorney

Website Review: Daniel Kaminsky Attorney

This is the first of a series of website video reviews. There are three main points covered - but do you think I covered the most important ones?

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Younes Aitouazdi
can you please review my website: http://www.transgateslimo.com, I did submit it before, and I am not using it yet, I am trying to... Read More
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:08
Richard Pearce
If it was submitted then it is in the list. There are no guarantees that I will do them all, and as there are 57 more to consider,... Read More
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:55
Lyndon Baxter
Thanks Richard, very informative and I agree with most of what you said, however, I think you could have gone further with the com... Read More
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 12:25
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