Management

Have you ever accidently deleted the content in an article and clicked save? Well when version control comes into play with Joomla, you can revert back to an older saved version of your article before that accidental deletion of your content.

Furthermore, in a corporate environment, changes and modifications to the website can be tracked and traced. This means that you can find out who made the edits to an article and if additional training is required for that user to prevent incorrect usage of the website in the future.

The new version feature in Joomla enables the user to view multiple versions of an articles that have been saved within the Joomla CMS. A user can then do a comparison of the different versions, get a real preview of older versions and track who made the changes. It also allows you to go back and restore prior versions of an article, category and even potentially other extensions that may take advantage of this new feature. Very exciting!

Guide to Joomla Web Hosting with SiteGround

When it comes to web hosting at this point in time I suggest SiteGround.

They tick all of the boxes when it comes to everything that I need for my own Joomla websites from customer support, technical expertise from the support team, security, back up procedures, web hosting performance and of course cost.

All of these factors make SiteGround a very desirable hosting solution and I this more in quite a few blog posts on Joomla Beat.

Painless and Secure Web Hosting Sign Up with SiteGround

SiteGround make signing up and getting started with hosting just that much easier!

As a Joomla service provider I've used many different hosting service providers in my time. Everything from Windows server environments, to Unix base ones and even Mac OSX servers. I've even setup numerous CentOS and Windows servers and for Joomla from scratch!

The sign up process for many hosting providers that I have used are mainly based on a piece of software called Web Host Manager CS (WHMCS) which is a brilliant piece of software that hooks into web host manager on a server and brings together an integrated support, billing and server management all into one place.

From a hosting point of view it is great and very straight forward in terms of setting up packages and selling what you have to offer.

I thought this was the same with SiteGround. Now I've never have signed up to SiteGround myself before, my clients have always signed up for their accounts and I've been given pre setup accounts from SiteGround for other projects, so I've never had to do through that sign up process.

The other day I had a personal project that I've been working on called Niche Extensions and of course the first place I turned to was SiteGround for the hosting and I thought it might actually be good to go through the process and document it so that others can see what they need to do and I was pleasantly surprised with the difference.

Joomla Tags in 3.1

In the new Joomla 3.1.0 update, we see the welcomed addition of a tag field.

The key features of the tag field are:

    • Multilanguage.
    • Nested tags structure.
    • Integrated in all core components.
    • Selectable tag field mode (AJAX or nested).
    • On the fly tag creation.
    • Easily integration in any extension.

Tags give the user and website administrators the ability to assign keywords to certain items and group them together under the one tag.

For example, assigning the tag 'joomla' to all items that are associated with the topic of joomla, will enable you to group the items together.

Have you ever been hacked or managed a websites for a client that has been hacked? Or have you spent hours trying to optimise a website and get the best speed out of it?

If you haven't heard of CloudFlare yet then it might be something worth having a look at. Not only does it help block possible security threats at the DNS level but also helps speed up your website by caching certain elements to make it faster.

Check out this short 90 second video which explains how CloudFlare works.

One of the most common security breach is an insecure password. We've come across many clients with the passwords, "password", or "Password123". Anything else other than that word password would have been more secure!

This article goes through some basic tips in making your passwords more secure.

Please keep in mind that this advice all comes from personal experience and I am by no means a security consultant. Please also refer to the Joomla Documentation on Security.

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