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Flex your modules

One Joomla article feature I'm using a lot at the moment is the Finish Publishing date. You'll find this in Administrator on each article editing page under Parameters (Article). However this feature is not available for modules. Get around this by using a fantastic free extension called MetaMod.

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Securing your Joomla site

Last week, over two dozen US Government websites were defaced and many of them were powered by Joomla. Although the cause of the security breach is yet to be announced, there is every chance that Joomla itself is not to blame. But if government sites can be hacked - what hope have you got to secure your site? In this post, you will learn some steps to take and some extensions to consider.

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Improve your anchor text

How many links do you encounter that contain the words "click here"? There's nothing wrong with this from a user perspective, but did you know that the words you use in your links are VERY important to search engines?

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Extending Joomla

The big buzz in the Joomla world last year was CCK which stands for Content Construction Kit. Joomla uses a simple storage system for articles; there is a title, description and several supporting fields such as author name and published date. However if you have a lot of data as you might find in a directory or a catalogue, you might find it messy to store your records in articles. And that's where a CCK comes in.

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You can't improve what you don't measure

I hope you've been busy this week setting your website goals for 2010. It all starts with measuring your site's performance and I have previously mentioned Google Analytics which is fantastic. But some people prefer to have all the information right within their Joomla site, so let's take a look at how to achieve this using a free extension.

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How to add Sudoku to your site

Here's something a little different for the holidays. Give your site visitors something of value by including a game of Sudoku on your Joomla site.

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Add some Christmas cheer to your Joomla site

There's a Joomla extension for just about everything and this week I'll show you how to quickly and easily give your site a Christmas feel.

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How to add a YouTube video to an article

Adding a YouTube or any other third party video is easy with a static website. However when you add the required code to a Joomla article, the editor alters the code which prevents the video from working. I explained how to avoid this in a previous newsletter but here's an even easier way to add videos using a free extension.

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How to hide unneeded components

Joomla comes with several components that are accessible from the Components menu in Administrator. If you add a lot of extensions to your site, this menu can become cluttered. Or if you are developing a site for a customer who is not using these components, they might get confused.

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Customize your "Site Offline" page

If you are making major changes to your site, you might not want people to see any pages until your changes are complete. You can activate the "Site Offline" feature in the Global Configuration page within your Joomla Administrator. 

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