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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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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Morph 2.0 - the optimized template development framework for Joomla

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May 01, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Morph is a template development framework and toolset for Joomla. You use Morph to develop and manage Joomla websites faster and easier compared to a classic Joomla template.

Try the demo here http://www.prothemer.com/

 

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RokEcwid: Ecwid Shopping Cart

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Apr 30, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
This extension makes integration between Ecwid and Joomla very easy and simple. Just install it, adjust its settings in your Joomla’s backend and your Ecwid store is ready.
Instruction on how to setup your free Ecwid store: http://kb.ecwid.com/Joomla
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Ecwid is a free full-featured shopping cart and an e-commerce solution that can be easily added to any Joomla site or Facebook profile. It ensures performance and flexibility you need, with none of the hassles you don't.
"Ecwid" stands for "ecommerce widgets".
This extension makes integration between Ecwid and Joomla very easy and simple. Just install it, adjust its settings in your Joomla’s backend and your Ecwid store is ready.
Instruction on how to setup your free Ecwid store: http://kb.ecwid.com/Joomla
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Ecwid is a free full-featured shopping cart and an e-commerce solution that can be easily added to any Joomla site or Facebook profile. It ensures performance and flexibility you need, with none of the hassles you don't.
"Ecwid" stands for "ecommerce widgets".
Get this extensions http://extensions.joomla.org/

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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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Mouse Over Zoom

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Apr 28, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

A plugin to zoom images on mouse over event.

Upload a pair of images: thumbnail and double sized. The in your HTML code

 

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

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J!Update Pro

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Apr 26, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
J!Update Pro is an extension that will allow you to list all your Joomla sites in one place to get the Joomla version of all of them, but above all, to do in one simple click the update to the last current Joomla version for all the listed sites.

How this could be possible? Well, on each site you have to install and activate the J!Update Pro plugin and in one secured site (local site if possible), the component. Then, once you filled the information of one of your Joomla site like the URL, the Super Admin username and password account and the Secret Word from the global configuration, the component will be able to ask to the plugin, the client’s site Joomla version but also to apply the correct patch and do the upgrade to the last current Joomla version.

Read the article at http://extensions.joomla.org Tags: joomla extensions
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Introducing Akeeba Subscriptions!

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Apr 25, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

We are very pleased to announce the very first version of our subscriptions management component, Akeeba Subscriptions! Akeeba Subscriptions allows you to sell and manage subscriptions to your Joomla! 1.5, Joomla! 1.6, Nooku Server and Molajo sites. It is currently in public beta, which means that you are allowed to download, install and use it on as many sites as you please. Licensed under the GNU GPL version 3, it has no hidden costs or royalties no matter how many sites you use it on or how many subscriptions you sell with it. Even though it's announced as beta, it is stable enough to power our very own site's subscriptions handling.

Read the full article here https://www.akeebabackup.com/h

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More Than 3100 Free Joomla CMS Templates - Ol_Vakar - Joomla 1.5 / 1.6 Template

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Apr 23, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Thousands of quality templates for joomla here

Visit the site http://www.joomla24.com

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MailChimp integration for Joomla!

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Apr 21, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Whether you're a small-business or a multi-national, if you're running Joomla! and want the peace of mind that your email campaigns are in good hands, search no more. Inject Joomla! with MailChimp, one of the greatest Email Service Providers on the market. By pushing MailChimp to its limits we offer you unprecedented features, plus integrations with popular 3rd party extensions, such as K2, JomSocial and more...

Visit the site http://www.joomlamailer.com/

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Behind the Joomlatools curtain | Joomlatools Blog

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Apr 19, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
The beginning of 2011 introduced three new faces in the Joomlatools scene – Israel Canasa, Ercan Ozkaya and Myra Jill Siason. Three vibrant, young, passionate experts in their own fields who have joined our team since February to bring you the next big thing: DOCman 2.0!
Israel and Ercan are taking charge of the DOCman 2.0 development while Myra is making sure sure that the team is running smoothly. Together with our Joomlatools regulars, we tripled our team size to bring you the best document manager for Joomla ever!
DOCman 2.0 is completely being re-written from scratch and built on-top of the Nooku Framework. It will work on both Joomla 1.5 & Joomla 1.6.
The beginning of 2011 introduced three new faces in the Joomlatools scene – Israel Canasa, Ercan Ozkaya and Myra Jill Siason. Three vibrant, young, passionate experts in their own fields who have joined our team since February to bring you the next big thing: DOCman 2.0!
Israel and Ercan are taking charge of the DOCman 2.0 development while Myra is making sure sure that the team is running smoothly. Together with our Joomlatools regulars, we tripled our team size to bring you the best document manager for Joomla ever!
DOCman 2.0 is completely being re-written from scratch and built on-top of the Nooku Framework. It will work on both Joomla 1.5 & Joomla 1.6.
Read the full article at http://blog.joomlatools.eu/

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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