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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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'corePHP' and Joomlashack team up to create kaGO Commerce, an exciting new Joomla shopping cart extension

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May 10, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

And so, after over a year of intense development, it gives me great pleasure to announce the upcoming release of kaGO Commerce, an exciting new e-commerce solution brought to you by ‘corePHP’ and Joomlashack.

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http://www.joomlashack.com/

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Solving Joomla! Module publishing frustrations - A Site Builder's Blog

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May 10, 2011 Category Joomla Tips & Tutorials

The wonderful thing about Joomla! is that you can find an extension to create just about any web experience you can imagine. This flexibility makes Joomla! incredibly powerful, and in most cases very easy to use. But with flexibility comes a degree of complexity, and sometimes these complexities lead to frustrating little issues. In this post we'll look at some of the common frustrations that Joomla! site builders inevitably come face to face with

Read full article at http://www.cgawebdesign.com/blog/entry/solving-joomla-module-frustrations.html

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Music Collection - The Music Management System for Joomla!

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May 08, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Music Collection is an easy-to-use, highly configurable and intuitive Music Management System for Joomla! that will help you list all your albums, songs, artists, mp3 and more in your web site, under your classification preferences and with all sort of details. Let your users upload their content and make your Music Community grow in your Joomla site. Highly integrated and network friendly, Music Collection is the definitive music player and music classification manager for Joomla 1.5 and 1.6. Includes flash and HTML5 player for iPad, iPhone and mobile devices.

Get this extensions http://www.joomlamusicsolutions.com/

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Pro Google Maps

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May 05, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Pro Google Maps is based on latest Google Maps API v3 

Release 1.0.1:
In latest release added support for Panoramio layer. Now you can display on map all photos or just defined user photos from Panoramio.

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

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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