We are Joomla designers and as a result we use a lot of different templates, extensions, modules and other add-ons that make Joomla so great. Our Joomla Solutions Blog is a collection of our own posts, and those we've found the most helpful from other Web sites. We trust they'll contribute to your ability to create and manage the most awesome Joomla sites ever.

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Packt Award - Joomla is the Best CMS

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Jun 03, 2014 Category Joomla Design

The Packt Open Source Awards were announced recently and Joomla won Best Opensource CMS!

Winner: Joomla!

1st Runner up: Drupal

2nd Runner up: Plone

The Open Source Awards is a contest that aims to encourage, support, recognize and reward Open Source projects.

Formerly called the Open Source CMS Award, the contest has been going for the past six years and is generally regarded as one of the most prestigious platforms for recognizing excellence in Open Source Software.

To identify the excellence among Open Source projects, public votes for the finalists in each category were combined with ratings from a panel of Judges.

This news comes as no surprise to those of us who have been using Joomla, but hopefully it will bring some notice and credibility that will attract new users and contributors to this robust Web system.

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What Is Joomla?

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May 31, 2014 Category Joomla Design

I've been doing Web design for seventeen years, and Joomla design exclusively for about five years. I believe Joomla is the best platform for the majority of Web sites for many reasons.

A few of these reasons are:

  • Open Source
  • Easy for my clients to manage
  • Thousands of great looking Web 2.0 themes to start with
  • Over 8,000 Extensions
  • Strong Community of Developers
  • and more

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RokGallery - A Gallery Extension from Rocket Theme

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Apr 29, 2014 Category Joomla Extensions

There are a number of pretty good gallery extensions for Joomla, but nothing that really stands above the rest. I'm still not sure RokGallery does either, yet, but it's a really good start.

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Tags: Joomla Components, Joomla Design, joomla extensions, Joomla Tips
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How to Learn Joomla SEO

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Feb 06, 2014 Category Joomla Design

I've been studying and unitilzing SEO strategies on my own, and client's sites for years. I know that the practices I use work by the numerous page one, and even #1 rankings in Google, Yahoo and Bing. Even after the infamous "panda" adjustment by Google, all my sites held their positions, or even moved up.

seoThe challenge in sharing this information in a simple blog post, is that each situation requires a different strategy. Some niches are too small, some are too large and it takes experience and patience to maiximize the results.

I came across the article referenced below, and it appears to have some good resources for any small business owner wanting to learn about SEO. Let me know what you think.

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JError Unable to load Database Driver

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Dec 17, 2013 Category Joomla Tips & Tutorials

errorThis is just a quick tip for those who come later having experienced this error, JError Unable to load Database Driver.

I was in the process of migrating a new client's site from GoDaddy (hate it, as it sucks with Joomla) to their new Hostgator server (love it, it's tuned up great for Joomla) using Akeeba Backup. The process went as normal (database updated just fine) until I tried to access the admin and home pages.

I saw nothing but a white page with, "JError Unable to load Database Driver" across the left side. Not good.

Just to be sure I made another backup, created a new mysql database and tried it again... same result. [read more for the solution]

Tags: Joomla Troubleshooting, Joomla Help, Joomla Tips
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Joomla Blogging: Use WordPress in Joomla

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Jun 02, 2013 Category Joomla Extensions

I've tried a number of blogging solutions for Joomla over the years, and I've settled on EasyBlog. (the one used for this site, and I LOVE it much more than WordPress) But, many users prefer WordPress because they are used to it, or because someone they trust told them that's what they should be using.

CorePHP just came out with a solution that incorporates a WordPress blog into your Joomla Web installation. You check it out here, or read on for more info.

Tags: Joomla Components, joomla blogging extension, joomla extensions
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When Should You Upgrade to Joomla 1.6?

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May 02, 2011 Category Joomla Design
There is lots of confusion among Joomla designers about if and when to upgrade to Joomla 1.6. This article from theartofjoomla.com provides some useful thoughts and guidelines on this topic. Tags: Joomla Design, Joomla 1.6
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30 Mind Blowing Joomla Site Designs

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Apr 29, 2011 Category Joomla Design
Although Joomla is considered by many to be the best CMS out there, it never gets that much recognition from designers and average users. It’s commonly thought Joomla best suits business and corporate websites. However, in this post we will show you amazing and extraordinary designs that match or sometimes exceeds of that of regular CSS website, all powered with Joomla. [Read Full Story]
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This is the place for all your Joomla news and How To's

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Jan 29, 2011 Category Latest Joomla News

This Joomla Blog will be populated with the best in original commentary and reviews, as well as the best curated articles from around the Web.

We are Joomla professionals and we are putting our practical experience to work bringing you the most useful information available anywhere.

thanks for showing up,

Bram Larrick

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Best Extensions

The Joomla Extensions listed below are some that we highly recommend.

  1. Easy Blog ($) The best blogging solution for Joomla [review]
  2. WordPress for Joomla ($) If you don't want to use Easy Blog, try this. [review]
  3. JomSocial ($) Build a social network
  4. JoomlaMailer (free) Brings a MailChimp interface to your site.
  5. ccNewsletter ($) An extremely easy to use newsletter component
More to come soon.

SEO Tools

Some of the best resources for better ranking of your sites.

  1. Keyword Density (free) Tried but true way to get the details for on page keyword densities
  2. SEO in Practice ($) An easy to follow, DIY Guide On Search Engine Optimization
  3. SEO Powersuite ($) SEO We've used this for years. It's the de facto standard software for anyone who promotes websites.
  4. Rank Tracker ($) SEO tool designed to research keywords and track search engine rankings. Is included in SEO Powersuite, this link is for for the stand alone version
  5. SEO Spyglass ($) Have you ever wondered why your competitors are ranked #1 in major search engines, while your own site is stuck on page 24 in Google? Not anymore! SEO SpyGlass will take the mystery out of why your competition are ranking well -- instantly! Copy them and watch your rank increase.
  6. Directory Maximizer ($) Slick, easy to manage way to get hundres of links in Web directories

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Web Hosting

These are among the best Hosts for trouble free Joomla sites.

Hostgator - The biggest and possibly the best for most sites. Great prices, unlimited domains, bandwidth and storage, and supurb tech support.

Lunar Pages - A very good host, very compatible with Joomla. (as you may know, not all are) Great prices, expecially by the year, and unlimited domains, bandwidth and storage