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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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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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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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Forcing files to download with Skyline Simple Download

Forcing files to download with Skyline Simple Download

The web browser was invented to interpret HTML content and display it accordingly. But as it became practical to deliver other file types such as PDFs and MP3s, the browser become a multimedia viewer. However this isn't always desirable as there are times when you would rather have the browser download a particular file, rather than display it within a browser window. There are various ways to force a file to be downloaded using Joomla, but they either require an extension which is unnecessarily complicated or tweaking server settings which is not for the faint-hearted. In this review I take a look at a simple solution that is aptly named Skyline Simple Download.

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Watchful.li Review: First Look

Watchful.li Review: First Look

This week we examine a new service that allows you to monitor and update multiple Joomla websites from one easy web portal dashboard.

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Mail In Vote Makes Web Polls Portable

Mail In Vote Makes Web Polls Portable

If you've ever polled your online audience or asked them to vote on something, you might be interested in Code Haiku's new extension, Mail In Vote, which offers a bit of a different way to get feedback from your followers and friends. Instead of relying on them to come to your site for a poll, you can now easily send a quick ballot to them directly through email.

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Apptha Lets Joomla Developers Have Their Very Own Pinterest Site

Apptha Lets Joomla Developers Have Their Very Own Pinterest Site

Extensions for Joomla can range anywhere from a small plugin that sits inconspicuously in the background performing some small function to full blown applications. Social Pinboard for Joomla is definitely the latter. Apptha has created an extension that is in iteself an entire web build. In fact, your only template option when setting up Social Pinboard is the Social Pinboard template, making it much more of a web solution than only a Joomla extension.

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Free Joomla Form Builders

Joomla form buildersOne of the first things I looked for after discovering Joomla was a free form builder. Most sites require a basic contact form. Other sites might need to collect unique data or conduct a survey or create a simple order form. This post reveals the current state of play of free Joomla form builders.

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ACL Manager Review

ACL ManagerThe access control list (ACL) feature in Joomla 1.5 is quite basic and this was seen by many as its greatest weakness. Version 1.6 changed everything, but for some the opposite became true - the ACL was now too complicated. If this is the case for you, learn how to gain control again with this review of an extension called ACL Manager.

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AceShop Review: First Look

aceshopThe latest contender for the Joomla ecommerce crown has arrived. AceShop integrates the popular OpenCart application into Joomla. Does the combination of the stable OpenCart platform and the flexibility of Joomla lead to the ultimate ecommerce solution? We decided to find out.

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