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Joomla Design

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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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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.

Tags: Joomla SEO, Joomla Design, Joomla Tips
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HOW TO: Get Started With Google Analytics

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May 31, 2013 Category Joomla Design

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.

Read the full article here http://mashable.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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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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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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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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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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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