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HOW TO: Get Started With Google Analytics

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Whether you built a personal site from the ground up or oversee digital strategy for a huge corporation, many of us are managing a web presence these days.

There are millions of websites out there, and tracking how people are getting to your site and what’s performing well is a must for being competitive in the online market.

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EasyBlog - the best blogging extension for Joomla?

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May 31, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

easyblogWe use EasyBlog for this blog, and we'll be writing a more in depth review soon. In the meantime, if you are looking for a full featured blog solution for your Joomla site, look no further. I've used MyBlog, K2, Joomla's blog layout, as well as TypePad and WordPress on non-Joomla blogs, and I like this the best BY FAR!

It's easy to use, and has many features that make life easier for the blogger who doesn't have a lot of time to kill writing and posting blog posts. Check it out here.

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Modules Anywhere - place modules anywhere in Joomla! | NoNumber! | Joomla! Extensions Directory

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May 30, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
With Modules Anywhere you can include a single module or complete module positions anywhere in your site, including within 3rd party components and even within other modules.
Why use Modules Anywhere, and not the plugin?
It works anywhere, not only in articles. It even works in modules!
You can load a single module, not only complete module positions.
You can control the html display style from within the tag, not only one global setting.
You have some security setting, so you can disable this feature for lower user types.
It comes with a very easy to use editor button.
You can set Modules Anywhere to also handle the tags. In that case, you can safely disable the plugin all together.
With Modules Anywhere you can include a single module or complete module positions anywhere in your site, including within 3rd party components and even within other modules.
Why use Modules Anywhere, and not the plugin?
It works anywhere, not only in articles. It even works in modules!
You can load a single module, not only complete module positions.
You can control the html display style from within the tag, not only one global setting.
You have some security setting, so you can disable this feature for lower user types.
It comes with a very easy to use editor button.
You can set Modules Anywhere to also handle the tags. In that case, you can safely disable the plugin all together.
Get this extension here http://www.nonumber.nl/

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Ep. 60: How to create Joomla! membership websites with RSMembership!

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May 30, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

With RSMembership!, you can configure a fully functional membership website. You can impose restrictions to Joomla! categories, sections, articles, menus, components, folders and modules.

Read the full article here http://www.rsjoomla.com/

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Why use Joomla for Small Business Website?

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May 29, 2011 Category Joomla Design
mall business owners – regardless of whether you are going to set up a website yourself or outsource to third party web developers, you need to be sure about the CMS (content management system) to use. This article will explain a bit on why Joomla CMS is the one you should consider to build a small business website.
When you or your team build a small business website that is more than just company profile, you need to think about the possible integration with other software or plugins to extend the capability of your site.
For instance, when you develop a small business website that can help you capture and manage leads for your business, you need a CMS that can easily integrate powerful software into your website.
Small business owners – regardless of whether you are going to set up a website yourself or outsource to third party web developers, you need to be sure about the CMS (content management system) to use. This article will explain a bit on why Joomla CMS is the one you should consider to build a small business website.
When you or your team build a small business website that is more than just company profile, you need to think about the possible integration with other software or plugins to extend the capability of your site.
For instance, when you develop a small business website that can help you capture and manage leads for your business, you need a CMS that can easily integrate powerful software into your website.
Read the full article here http://www.noobpreneur.com/

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How to Add Social Media Buttons to Your Joomla Site

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May 29, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Social media buttons have made spreading the word about your website easier than ever. Users love the “like”, “share” and “tweet” buttons because they can easily recommend Web pages to their friends, family and followers. Website owners love them because they get free exposure and incoming links.

Read the full article here http://www.ijoomla.com/blog/

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Powerful tools to turbo charge your Social networking websites on JomSocial or CB

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May 28, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Experience freedom with our extensions Licensed under the GNU GPL License Install on any number of sites as you want (Support is restricted to a single domain) Superb Support Get access to Updates with bug fixes & feature additions in your support subscription period

Get the extensions here http://techjoomla.com/

 

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Create a Template with Joomla: Step by Step

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May 28, 2011 Category Joomla Design

A Joomla template is a series of files within the Joomla CMS that control the presentation of content. A Joomla template is not a website; it’s also not considered a complete website design. A template is the basic foundational design for viewing a Joomla website. To produce the effect of a “complete” website, the template works hand-in-hand with content stored in Joomla databases.

Read the full article here http://net.tutsplus.com/

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Introducing jomLike! Our new 'like' extension for Joomla!

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May 28, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Like many of you, we really 'like' JomSocial's new "like/dislike" feature, but it still falls short of doing the kinds of things we think a robust "like" system should do.

We wanted it to do more, much more.

Despite your community members now being able to "like" community photos, profiles, videos, groups and events in JomSocial 2.2, believe it or not, JomSocial still cannot add "like" activity to your community activity stream (a glaring omission); it does not allow admins to change the default "thumbs up/thumbs down" icon set... and worse yet, you can only use it in your JomSocial community.

Get this extension here http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/

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OSE Anti

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May 28, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

OSE Anti-Hacker Version 3.0.0
* Enhancement -- Completely rewrite the whole component to make it Ajax-powered in the backend
* Enhancement -- Completely rewrite the rules for Layer1 and Layer2 Attacks management which makes easier for administrators to manage the attacks
* New Feature -- Added a feature to whitelist attacks based on the targeted URL to avoid false alerts
* Enhancement -- Security Level can be changed easier in the configuration section
* Enhancement -- Allow disabling the scanning of cookies to avoid false alerts
* New Feature -- Allow adding meta keywords and meta description of your website in order to retain page ranking if the search engine bot is blocked by false alerts
* New Feature -- Added a monitored IP list function to show IPs that triggers rules, which are not blocked
* New Feature -- Allow the scanning of the key of the REQUEST variable
* New Feature -- Uploaded file type scanning to ensure that the files are not faked
* New Feature -- Allow adding an IP Range to blacklist, whitelist or monitored list

The major technical features include:

* Double Firewall system providing Three Layers of protection:

Get this extension here http://extensions.joomla.org/

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Restrict Joomla Article Editing to a Specific Article

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May 27, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
By default, the Joomla User Group Author has editing access only to articles in which they are the Author. As a result, it is very simple to restrict front end article editing to specific articles by assigning a Joomla Author user to the article.
For example, say you have a user who needs to have editing access to a specific article, but you don’t want that person to be able to edit any other articles.
By default, the Joomla User Group Author has editing access only to articles in which they are the Author. As a result, it is very simple to restrict front end article editing to specific articles by assigning a Joomla Author user to the article.
For example, say you have a user who needs to have editing access to a specific article, but you don’t want that person to be able to edit any other articles.
Read the full article here http://writenowdesign.com

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MailChimp Announces Expanded Integration for Joomla

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May 26, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

tlanta, GA MailChimp today announced the launch of Joomlamailer, a new integration for the popular Joomla! platform. With this new integration, Joomla! users can manage their MailChimp lists, create campaigns and manage reports all from the comfort of their Joomla! dashboard. This is the first extensive integration with a CMS essentially replicating most of the MailChimp web-based features in a 3rd party site.

Read the full article here http://www.prweb.com/releases/

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JPhoto for Joomla! 1.5 | JPhoto

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May 22, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Now you can easily display your photos in attractive, customizable galleries and in multiple layout possibilities on your Joomla website with JPhoto--Joomla’s premier photo gallery extension.

JPhoto is highly customizable, loads fast, is search engine friendly (supports Joomla! SEF, sh404SEF & AdvancedSEF), and comes packed with powerful features that set it apart from other gallery extensions

Get this extensions here http://www.corephp.com/

 

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5 Free tools to tweak your Joomla! template in minutes - A Site Builder's Blog

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May 22, 2011 Category Joomla Design

For many applications and budgets a well designed professionally designed template from a template club makes a great base for your website. There are always some quick changes that can make the site look like it was custom designed. This template customization can be performed by a small suite of free high quality tools.

Read the full article here http://www.cgawebdesign.com/

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'Google Doesn't Laugh': Saving Witty Headlines in the Age of SEO - David Wheeler - Technology

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May 15, 2011 Category Latest Joomla News

There are headlines you can write which, because they're so clear and have so much of the subject in them, you will get a little bit more SEO," Plotz says. "But if you write a really clever headline that your most Slate-like readers love, and they think, 'I'm so in on this joke,' you will deepen that relationship with them.

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ITPFacebookLikeBox

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May 14, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

ITPFacebookLikeBox

Is a simple and fast, module that adds Facebook like box on your website. It is easy to use and configure. You can show or hide the faces of people in the box. You can display the latest postings from your Facebook page.

The extension uses native Facebook JavaScript code.

The extension is multilingual and you are able to choose a language for the FB widget. You can also set an option for automatic language detecting.

Get this extension here

http://extensions.joomla.org/

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jomDefender — Joomla! Security | jomDefender

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May 13, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Each day, Joomla websites all over the world come under attack from ruthless hackers who deface front pages, delete critical data, upload malicious viruses, and steal sensitive customer information. Sadly, most hacker attacks cost owners dozens of hours and hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars to repair--if the damage can even be repaired at all.

Get this extension here http://www.corephp.com/

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SEOSimple

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May 12, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

This simple Joomla 1.5 plugin simply takes the starting chunk of text from the page’s content and applies that as the value for the meta description tag in the page’s head. Search engines often use a Web page’s meta description in the SERPs, and as such it is important that these meta descriptions have relevant text related to the page’s content.

Get this extension here http://extensions.joomla.org/

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Comparing WordPress, Joomla and Drupal | Knowledge Base

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May 11, 2011 Category Joomla Design
Joomla, WordPress and Drupal are some of the most famous content management system. All of these are famous for their features and benefits. Considering the advantages offered by these CMS, a majority of website owners are opting for CMS web development. However, when one is spoiled for choice, it is difficult to make a decision. Here is a detailed comparison of the three popular CMS that can help in selecting the right CMS design for a site.
You can build any type of website using any of them. However, each of the CMS has its own limitations and strengths as well.
Joomla, WordPress and Drupal are some of the most famous content management system. All of these are famous for their features and benefits. Considering the advantages offered by these CMS, a majority of website owners are opting for CMS web development. However, when one is spoiled for choice, it is difficult to make a decision. Here is a detailed comparison of the three popular CMS that can help in selecting the right CMS design for a site.
You can build any type of website using any of them. However, each of the CMS has its own limitations and strengths as well.
Read the full article at http://cms.pixelcrayons.com/
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Ep. 55 - Create recurring events in Joomla! with RSEvents!

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May 10, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
With RSEvents!, you can create recurring events that repeat itself on certain dates or periodically: daily, weekly, monthly or yearly, using the "Repeat" option available on the "Events" tab.
The recurring event option can be enabled in both, backend and frontend Joomla! panels.
With RSEvents!, you can create recurring events that repeat itself on certain dates or periodically: daily, weekly, monthly or yearly, using the "Repeat" option available on the "Events" tab.
The recurring event option can be enabled in both, backend and frontend Joomla! panels.
Get this extension http://www.rsjoomla.com/

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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