Basic Joomla Tutorials

Although Phoca Gallery is a great photo management tool for Joomla, I had forgotten the steps to upload and create a gallery. I jumped on over to where I found the Basic Joomla Tutorials channel. Tim Davis from Cybersalt Consulting and Communications has a number of tutorials on all sorts of Joomla related subjects. He also uses some of my favorite tools from Regular Labs, Akeeba, MyJoomla, and of course Phoca Gallery. The tutorials are very easy to watch since Tim is such a likeable guy. Every Monday he has a live "Maintenance Monday" video with chat and it has been fun to pop in and chat up some Joomla :) I encourage all of my clients to subscribe to his youtube channel.

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Joomla! wins best free CMS 2017

Joomla! wins best free CMS
Once again, Joomla! has won the award for the best free CMS for 2017. The runner up was WordPress. Joomla! was also the winner in 2016 and 2015. No surprise to me ;)

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Joomla User Groups and User Group Access

A simple overview on the basics of Joomla user group access.

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SEO - WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal

Over the years there have been many opinions on what CMS offers the best search engine results for your web site. Many of these opinions deserve some consideration, but the bottom line is...

Search engines don't care what you use for your web site !

That's right, unless you are using a system that obscures your site content, you're good. Yay ! Now here is the bad news.... Content is King. Talk to anybody who is working on organic search engine rankings and they will confirm the mantra, Content is King.

You need a web site that has a lot of information (content) and somebody has to write it and prepare it. This has proven to be a big stumbling block for some business owners. Search engines read text to compile the rankings they calculate. CONTENT, and lots of it ....and your rankings will improve regardless of the web site generation.

Thinking that I will rank high for anybody searching for "web designer" is unrealistic and very expensive so considering my SEO budget I will go for some alternative, reasonalble search results. I specialize in Joomla so I want to be found by somebody searching for somebody who works with Joomla. My nearest keyword friendly town is Vancouver, WA and it would be nice to do work with local companies.

With that in mind, I am targeting people who are searching for a web designer in Vancouver, WA and/or need somebody who works with Joomla and all my content reflects that.
I will use my own site as an example of some "good practices" to consider in content creation. Ideally every part of my site will reflect the keywords I have chosen. Menu names /aliases will be specifically chosen with my target keywords in mind. Image names, links, titles, and meta information will all include specific words. A photo I use might be named "Joomla-New-XYZcompany.jpg" instead of "IMG4589254.jpg" and my portfolio page title is "Portfolio web design Vancouver,WA" instead of "Portfolio".

Once you have the content of your web site managable, (note: it is never "done") the next consideration would be incoming links. That is, other credible web sites that link to yours. Lets consider "Cher" - Search for Cher and the official site for the performer Cher is #1. Is filled with content and optimized in every way to rank #1 ? No. There are so many other web sites that link to the official Cher site that is all they need to rank at the top.

Mobile Display - if Google doesn't think you have a mobile display. Your site won't rank on mobile devices. Don't miss on this huge market, check your site here : and if it fails get it fixed.

This is a simplictic overview of what could be a very complex process. There are many other things to consider, page load time, sitemap creation, social networking, open graph urls, structured data, .. and the list goes on. These extra considerations become more important in a competetive marketplace, but the good news is that my experince has shown that good content alone can organically rank high in no time for niche markets without a lot of additional marketing $.

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Are you staying safe ?

Having your website hacked is more costly than keeping it up to date. Joomla 3.6.4 released today.

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Security Updates

Security Updates

Security updates - Joomla! 3.4.6 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses a critical security vulnerability and 4 low level security vulnerabilities. We strongly recommend that you update your sites immediately.

All versions of Joomla need a security update so if you are on an older version, here are instructions courtesy of OSTraining:

Need help updating your site to the newest version or making your site secure ? Contact Us today.

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Bring on Joomla 3.5

Bring on Joomla 3.5

Really looking forward to some new improvements in Joomla 3.5 to be released some time in December 2015.

Item/article count in categories.

This is one of those things you just assume is already included, but isn't. For smaller sites this is a non issue, but large sites with many categories and thousands of articles will be thrilled to have this available to them.

New Media Manager

Drag and drop images from your desktop. Nice ! This will make it so much easier for clients to maintain their sites.

Download System info

Most users won't care about this, but this is very handy for designers and developers.

Let us know if you are ready to make the jump to Joomla 3.5

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The new Google algorithm is here. Your web site may be penalized by Google if it is not mobile friendly. You can test any site at :

Contact us if you need assistance getting your Joomla! web site mobile friendly and responsive.

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Joomla! 3.4 is here !

So many long awaited features released with Joomla! 3.4 - yay !

True front end editing of modules will be so great for my clients to manage their entire site from the front end without needing access to the administrative control panel.

Everybody hates captcha and the integration of Google's new no CAPTCHA CAPTCHA API is fantastic.

Sure wish I had time to play with it, but there is work to be done.

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Thinking of buying your way to Facebook Sucess ?

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook awhile back. If you are thinking about buying "likes" you may want to take a minute out of your day to see this video. He explains that this could actually hurt your business. Sometimes throwing money at an issue doesn't replace hard work.

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