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CloudFlare Brings Joomla Optimization and Security to the Rest of Us

CloudFlare Brings Joomla Optimization and Security to the Rest of Us

We, like many in the web development world, have been slightly obsessed with optimization lately. Joomla is somewhat known for being difficult to optimize well for both speed and security, so it's seen as slow and insecure by some in the web development world. It can even feel that way for Joomla site developers who can't quite get their heads around how to configure things properly. Is Joomla really that difficult to optimize? Is the bad rep it gets deserved? In this article, we discuss a solution that may solve most of the problem for almost everyone...and it's dead simple.

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pdc
Which Basic Joomla Optimization did you use? Just cached etc, or things like JCH in addition?
Thursday, 04 December 2014 04:08
Richard Pearce
Cache and GZip compression.
Thursday, 04 December 2014 15:51
pdc
why do you keep deleting my question in the comments???? nothing sensitive in my question I think...
Thursday, 04 December 2014 05:16
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Speed Up Your Joomla Website with JCH Optimize

Speed Up Your Joomla Website with JCH Optimize

How to speed up your Joomla website is a topic that's been discussed quite a bit in our forum lately. In this article we will look at just one technique, how to combine and minify your JavaScript and CSS files. The tool we'll use is a freely available Joomla Extension called JCH Optimize, and it can help speed up your Joomla site dramatically.

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Kevin Morrison
This is great Robert, I just ran it on a site that I have with lots of images and lengthy articles. I saw an instant 44% decrease ... Read More
Friday, 26 April 2013 11:44
Robert Wilson
Awesome Kevin! Thanks for reporting back with your results. We hope to do more articles on optimization in the future, so it's... Read More
Friday, 26 April 2013 17:56
Minnesota based Joomla expert
Slowness is one of the biggest pitfalls for Joomla, so great to post an article on speeding up Joomla sites. This is a quality ext... Read More
Friday, 03 May 2013 05:08
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Webinar: How to get Higher Rankings for your Joomla Site

Webinar: How to get Higher Rankings for your Joomla Site

Joomla is sometimes criticised for not being search engine friendly. Is this true? Can a Joomla-powered website rank high in the search engines? How do you create a perfectly optimised Joomla page? Join me for this free webinar where I unravel the mysteries of the search engines.

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Bruce
Hi Richard, the time of the webinar says last Wednesday (17th) evening, and you only posted today (Friday 19th) Can you confirm o... Read More
Friday, 19 April 2013 18:11
Richard Pearce
That's just a generic image to illustrate that on the registration page you should click the time zone image to convert the time t... Read More
Friday, 19 April 2013 18:28
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Going Old School with Image Maps in Joomla

Going Old School with Image Maps in Joomla

Image maps were very widely used for web design in the past. Hand coding them was almost impossible for most people, but tools like Dreamweaver made them quite easy to create. A large, prominent image with hot spots linked to various pages of a website were at the edge of creative web design. They improved the look and feel of a website and helped to make branding easier for many businesses. So, what happened to image maps?

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Sue
Thanks so much Rob for this blog. I was taught to make image maps when I learnt HTML... and actually coded some sites completely ... Read More
Friday, 19 April 2013 21:43
Robert Wilson
You're very welcome. I'm often surprised how large a percentage of people in the Joomla world seem to come from the "old school" ... Read More
Saturday, 20 April 2013 02:19
Pat Vanden Bosche
I never really worried about image mapping being an issue for a site until I read your post. I have used this tool in the past, t... Read More
Monday, 27 May 2013 08:20
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Webinar: How to Speed up Your Joomla Site

Webinar: How to Speed up Your Joomla Site

Join myself and Joomla Performance Guru Daniel Kanchev for this free webinar that will teach you tips and tricks to improve the performance of your Joomla website. Places for this event are strictly limited so register now!

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Ric Raftis
Got a question for you Richard with regard to Siteground. For years I have been redirecting sites to resolve without the www both ... Read More
Friday, 12 April 2013 12:10
Richard Pearce
Ric, A couple of things ... You should only have one version of the site "active". The convention is to use the 'WWW' version an... Read More
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 17:43
james ellis
Richard, Thanks for your efforts. Please keep up the good fight. I'm eager to hear of more opportunities in 2013. Sorry, mate, b... Read More
Saturday, 13 April 2013 05:09
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Administrator

Administrator

The Administrator back-end of a Joomla website is the area where a user such as a Manager, Administrator or Super Administrator manages all aspects of a Joomla website, including the content, much of the behavior and functionality, and the look and feel of the front-end as well.

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Front-end

Front-end

In a Joomla powered website, the front-end is the area that visitors interact with, as opposed to the Joomla Administrator that is used by developers and site admins to manage and update the site from the back-end. The site Template is used to display the Modules and other content in the front-end of Joomla.

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CDN for Joomla Makes Content Delivery a Snap

CDN for Joomla Makes Content Delivery a Snap

Every webmaster wants the sites that they manage to load faster. Highly optimized, quick loading pages are important for many reasons. A speedy site, according to Google, is good for SEO. Mobile devices, where bandwidth is limited, definitely need quick loading websites. This is also very important from a usability perspective as we all know how quickly we navigate away from a page that just hangs as everything loads. It seems that nothing is more frustrating these days than a slow loading web page. In a matter of seconds, people will decide to go elsewhere. Let's look at one way to prevent that from happening.

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Jana Jrik
CDN really powers up any Joomla, Wordpress or Drupal site. Described extension is really easy to use and make work your CDN to fa... Read More
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 22:04
Giovanni Yarabek
Well done Robert. Thanks for this in depth and time consuming trial and error report! should have a link available or code, so the... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2013 06:34
Dan
Thanks Robert... I started tinkering and went to the gmetrix.com site you pointed out... great link, btw!! dealt with the first it... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2013 07:10
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Get an Expert Joomla Website Review – for Free

Get an Expert Joomla Website Review – for Free

When you look at someone else’s finished website, it doesn’t look like it would be that hard to reproduce. However despite good planning, when you build your own site, you will face a series of hurdles. They’re not insurmountable of course and the whole purpose of this website is to help you smash through any barriers. But once you cross the finish line and your website is live, how do you know if you’ve run a good race? In this post I invite you to find out with a website review.

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Kevin Morrison
Very generous offer Richard, count me in as a tester if you want and I am sure many more that follow you would be happy to offer t... Read More
Thursday, 28 March 2013 08:54
Tom
Great offer Richard - I would be thrilled to be selected... you can't hurt my feelings. I am here to learn.
Thursday, 04 April 2013 07:20
Les Zetlein
I'm a complete novice Joomla user, and it's mainly through your invaluable advice Richard that I've been able to put my site toget... Read More
Friday, 05 April 2013 17:10
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Joomla 3.1 Beta is Released - and We Have Tags!

Joomla 3.1 Beta is Released - and We Have Tags!

Earlier this month The Joomla! Project released the beta version of Joomla 3.1. This gives the community a great opportunity to see what's in the pipeline for stable releases, and it allows extension developers the opportunity to test their code on the new version. Aside from finding out about this new feature, Tags, the biggest question will no doubt be...Should I upgrade?

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Robert Wilson
Hi Andrew, Tags are actually only implemented in the Joomla core starting with version 3.1, which is still in beta. There are ... Read More
Friday, 22 March 2013 05:03
Jack
Thanks dude. Been looking for this all day. I looked at a bunch of different extensions that convert meta keywords into tags. But... Read More
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 16:13
Robert Wilson
Hi Jack, Definitely check out StackIdeas. We use their EasyBlog product for this section, and yes it has built in tags. It work... Read More
Friday, 29 March 2013 17:15
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