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4 easy tools to keep up your 24-hour Twitter feed - TNW Social Media

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Apr 17, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

By definition, social media is meant to be just that, social. The argument to automate your Twitter feed or not can be hashed and rehashed over and over, but some facts remain the same; there are people behind the mechanisms. And as human beings, whether we like it or not, we’re not meant to work 24/7, and occasionally need to sleep.

Read the full article at http://thenextweb.com/

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Joomla 1.6 and Beyond: Should I upgrade? Should I build my new sites in it?

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Apr 10, 2011 Category Latest Joomla News
People are asking questions about how the upgrades from Joomla 1.5 to 1.6 are going for client sites. They're also debating whether to build sites in Joomla 1.5 or 1.6 as of this writing (February 2011).
These are great questions to consider, but for 4Web, the answers are very clear.
First of all, Joomla's leadership has made an announcement concerning the roadmap to Joomla 1.7 and 1.8, as well as support of Joomla 1.5. All companies relying on Joomla for their websites need to read this very important post. This deeply impacts your business.
People are asking questions about how the upgrades from Joomla 1.5 to 1.6 are going for client sites. They're also debating whether to build sites in Joomla 1.5 or 1.6 as of this writing (February 2011).
These are great questions to consider, but for 4Web, the answers are very clear.
First of all, Joomla's leadership has made an announcement concerning the roadmap to Joomla 1.7 and 1.8, as well as support of Joomla 1.5. All companies relying on Joomla for their websites need to read this very important post. This deeply impacts your business.
Read the full article at http://www.joomla4web.com/

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Announcement: Joomla Security Release 1.6.2 and How to Upgrade

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Apr 08, 2011 Category Latest Joomla News

Joomla 1.6.2 was released today (Apr 15, 2011) and we recommend that everyone running Joomla 1.6 upgrade their version to Joomla 1.6.2 A.S.A.P. Joomla 1.6.2 is a security release and contains a number of bug fixes as well.

Read the full article at http://www.ostraining.com/

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Plugin Photofeed for Joomla! 1.6

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Apr 05, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
Plugin Photofeed for Joomla! 1.6
The extension has been converted successfully to Joomla! 1.6
Photofeed can inline a set of images from your favorite online gallery: Smugmug, Flickr, Picasa or any RSS feed in any article.
Plugin Photofeed for Joomla! 1.6
The extension has been converted successfully to Joomla! 1.6
Photofeed can inline a set of images from your favorite online gallery: Smugmug, Flickr, Picasa or any RSS feed in any article.
Read the full article at http://www.waltercedric.com/

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Seven Thousand Listings and Counting

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Apr 01, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions
In October 2010 I had the privledge of writing a blog post about the JED reaching 6000 listings.  Little did I know that 4 1/2 months later I would be writing a "7000 listings" post.  The Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED) reached 7000 published listings this week.
Not only are there now 7000 ways to extend Joomla, but those 7000 are very popular.  In October we also announced that there were over 138 million downloads of these extensions.  Now, there have been over 177 million which shows phenomenal growth in a very short period of time.
In October 2010 I had the privledge of writing a blog post about the JED reaching 6000 listings.  Little did I know that 4 1/2 months later I would be writing a "7000 listings" post.  The Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED) reached 7000 published listings this week.
Not only are there now 7000 ways to extend Joomla, but those 7000 are very popular.  In October we also announced that there were over 138 million downloads of these extensions.  Now, there have been over 177 million which shows phenomenal growth in a very short period of time.
Read the full article at http://community.joomla.org/

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Barnes & Noble Uses Joomla | Joomla! Community Portal

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Mar 28, 2011 Category Latest Joomla News

 

Barnes & Noble is the largest book retailer in the United States with over 1300 stores. Their company history goes back to 1873.
They're also known for the Nook e-book reader that was launched in 2009. The company is encouraging developers to create apps for the Nook and as part of that effort they've just launched a new Nook Developer site, built on Joomla.
Barnes & Noble is the largest book retailer in the United States with over 1300 stores. Their company history goes back to 1873.
They're also known for the Nook e-book reader that was launched in 2009. The company is encouraging developers to create apps for the Nook and as part of that effort they've just launched a new Nook Developer site, built on Joomla.
Read the full article at http://community.joomla.org/

 

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jomCalendar

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Mar 25, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

An Enhanced, Feature-Rich Joomla Calendar System

Got a workshop, live chat, podcast, or any kind of special event you’d like to promote on your website? Perhaps you’d like to easily share your personal daily, weekly or monthly activities with your friends and family.

Maybe you just need a quick way to remind yourself about an upcoming trip or scheduled appointment. Wouldn’t it be great if 1 extension could do all of these things for you, displayed for all to see (or maybe just a select few) as a beautifully-styled, completely customizable calendar on your website?

Introducing jomCalendar: the most affordable, powerful & feature-rich events calendar system for Joomla! ever created. Period.

It’s here!

Get the extension herehttp://extensions.joomla.org/

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Facebook Like and Share button PlugIn

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Mar 20, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Facebook Like And Share Joomla Plugin enable Facebook "Like button" and the "Share This button" on your published articles, with feature to include and exclude certain articles and categories to give you more flexiblities. With Facebook Like Button plugin, let a user share your content with friends on FB.

So when the user clicks the Share or Like button on your site, a story appears in the user's friends' News Feed with a link back to your website. You can enable show faces and comment, change fonts with this plugin.

Get the plugin http://extensions.joomla.org

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Joomla Facebook Integration

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Mar 16, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

No more long registration forms to get the information you need. One click registration means you can get the user's Facebook email address, full name, and profile information without scaring away potential customers.

Read the full details at http://www.sourcecoast.com/

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iJoomla Ad Agency - Joomla! Extensions Directory

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Mar 15, 2011 Category Joomla Extensions

Joomla Ad Agency is the ultimate ad management system for Joomla! It was created specifically for Joomla so no bridges or hacks are necessary. It works right out of the box and supports all standard ad types and ANY AD SIZE at all. With iJoomla Ad Agency, you can: 

* Created unlimited advertising zones
* Manage your advertisers, ads, campaigns
* Integrate with JomSocial
* Create packages based on clicks, impressions or time
* View real-time reports

Read more here 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