Joomla Hosting – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/files/2016/01/cropped-favico-32x32.png Joomla Hosting – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk 32 32 How to Improve Your Small Business Blog https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1694/how-to-improve-your-small-business-blog/ https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1694/how-to-improve-your-small-business-blog/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:01:56 +0000 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/?p=1694 Blogs can be a powerful marketing tool for small businesses, helping you talk directly to your customers and build your brand.  Blogging tools such as WordPress, Open Blog and Serendipity make it quick and easy to create a blog, and a study by IBM shows 63% of business blogs increase consumer interaction with products and new services. When written and published in the right way, creating content online can help grow a community of customers who want to learn more about your services and help to generate business from your website.

With fierce competition and more and more businesses now publishing information on the web, it has never been more important to optimise the quality and content of your online posts. In order to really reap the benefits of blogging, if you want to project your brand and generate more traffic to your site, there are some key areas to look at. These include the length, content and the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) of the words in your blog. We have created a checklist of the most important steps to improve your online content below.

Tips and Tricks For Improving Your Blog

  1. Create Useful Content – The most successful blogs are those that find a niche in the market and explore it. Some questions to ask yourself include: Does my web page serve a need for specific information? Does it entertain, clarify, inform or educate? Writing for the sake of writing won’t necessarily retain an audience.
  2. Make it Reader-Focused – It is essential for any small business to write for the end user, rather than focusing on your own business interests. Research your audience through social networking sites and forums. Browse similar business pages to yours and find out what customers want to hear about and comment on. How can you best address and answer these questions over other sites?
  3. Keep Blogs Up-To-Date – News is constantly updated on the web. Is your blog doing the same? An online sport retailer might keep customers informed of the latest sportswear they stock through blogs, for example. In order to gain a strong following and to address key issues, you should ensure your writing keeps up to date with your customers, their needs and with what’s happening now.
  4. Include Links to Other Sources – Linking to other writers, media and websites (like your Facebook company profile) in your post gives your customers some context and can strengthen trust and reputation. A small garage, for instance, might benefit from customer reviews and recommendations on their blog.
  5. Keep your Message Simple – Your post should present its message in an easy-to-read manner. Cutting out descriptive words and making sure you only have one main message keeps your articles concise. Try to tell your story with a beginning, middle and end. An average reader’s attention span is 96 seconds per blog, so you want to catch your customers’ attention immediately. Shorter, regular posts generate stronger readership over longer and irregular blogs.
  6. Presentation – Presenting information in bite-sized chunks is another way to keep your content engaging: try using lists, vary the formatting and use headers and pictures to liven up your blog. A florist’s small business blog, for example, may scatter images of plants among the text in the post to add interest.
  7. Use Titles Carefully – Imagine telling a neighbour what your post is about in the space of five seconds. Use this summary to create a short and snappy title to clearly outline your post for your customers. Those finding your blog through Twitter and search engines want to get the gist of an entire article in the title.
  8. Catchy Content – Studies show people remember just 60% of what they have read online. Improving your SEO in blogs addresses this reality. Tagging posts with buzzwords and keywords will help get content featured in search engine results – which helps customers reach your blog.

Heather Gorringe, founder of online horticultural business Wiggly Wigglers (lywwww.wigglywigglers.co.ukigglers.co.uk), has run a blog since September 2005 to promote her company and had this to say about blogging: “Google and other search engines really do like websites that are updated with new content regularly and that means that we are more likely to appear higher in the search rankings when people are looking for things we supply. Interesting and informative content on our blog helps us to build our reputation as a brand, a thought leader, and somebody worth listening to.”

Successful blogs tackle important issues and start up a conversation between the business and the end user. With the sheer amount of posts online, and competition for readers increasing, think carefully about how you present your content.

To integrate your blog into your website and for more apps to help bring your content to life, take a look at Names.co.uk’s 1-Click Installs, which include the World’s number one blogging tool WordPress at Namesc0’s wordpress hosting page

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Joomla Security Tips Part 3 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1402/joomla-security-tips-part-3/ Tue, 08 Jun 2010 19:45:34 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1401/joomla-security-tips-part-3/ Joomla configuration
In the two previous parts of the Joomla security series, we looked at various configuration settings both prior and after installation. Here are some important security steps to take during installation.

1. Move the configuration.php outside of the root document directory. For example, if you directory is /home/user/www/public_html, you can move configuration.php up to /home/user/www where outside visitors cannot possibly access it. Read this guide for the detailed procedure.

2. Disable XML-RPC, if not needed. Unless you need to access and publish to your Joomla installation from another application (without logging into your website), this component just presents a security risk.

3. Check 3rd-party extension vulnerability. Joomla publishes a list of vulnerable extensions. Avoid them.

4. Use SSL for all logins and publishing. Joomla 1.5 has increased support for SSL.

Previous Joomla Security Tips:

Part 1

Part 2

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More Joomla Security Tips https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1388/more-joomla-security-tips/ Thu, 03 Jun 2010 20:14:15 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1388/more-joomla-security-tips/ joomla sucirityYesterday, I highlighted some of the critical Joomla security issues that you should consider. Here are a few more you should add to your list:

All of these can be set within your local php.ini directory (if your server allows it), rather than manipulating the global one for the server.

1. Use the “disable_functions” to prevent the use of some dangerous PHP functions:
Example: disable_fuctions = show_source, exec, phpinfo

2. Use open_basedir. This will limit which files PHP can opened to the directory tree specified (i.e. in your home folder)
Example: open_basedir = /home/webguy/www/html

3. Disable register_globals. Joomla will actually warn you if you have this enabled:

Example: register_globals = 0

4. Disable allow_url_fopen. This is used when you want to create PHP wrappers to open remote URLs. You can probably imagine the dangers that would create if exploited.
Example: allow_url_fopen = 0

Source: Joomla Security Checklist

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Joomla Security Tips https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1385/joomla-security-tips/ Wed, 02 Jun 2010 15:45:37 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1385/joomla-security-tips/ Joomla configuration
Joomla is a powerful free and open source content management system. It has become very popular, and many web hosting provider offer instant installer scripts that can automatically install Joomla onto a customer’s website. In certain, situations, however, you may prefer to install Joomla yourself. When you do, there are certain security issues you should know.

1. Delete the “install” directory. Joomla tells you to do this, and if you forget, the results can horrific.

2. Chmod configuration.php to at least 644. No one should be able to access your configuration.php file. The only reason to even leave it as 644 and not 600 is that some web servers on shared hosts require PHP files to be readable by the web server, which is a different user than the site owner.

3. Backup early and often – Create backups of Joomla’s MySQL database. If anything ever does go wrong, you will have a backup.

4. Install mod_security – ModSecurity is an application firewall designed for web applications like Joomla. It will protect you where a network firewall cannot.

5. Secure your database – Setup Joomla to access the database with a user with limited privileges, and make sure the password is not easy to guess.

There are many more security issues you should consider. Over the coming days, I will highlight some of them. Hopefully, they will help you keep your Joomla installation stable and secure.

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How to Remove "Welcome" Header from Joomla https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1367/how-to-remove-welcome-header-from-joomla/ Fri, 28 May 2010 15:29:40 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1366/how-to-remove-welcome-header-from-joomla/ Joomla page with welcome message
Joomla is a very powerful free and open source content management system (CMS), and its upcoming release, version 1.6, is expected to continue its tradition of stable and efficient website management. There are, however, certain settings in Joomla that are not so obvious, and a webmaster that has not learned how to fix those little nuances can usually be identified by the appearance of his website.

One such annoyance is the “Welcome to the Frontpage” message that appears in the blog section of the front page of a new Joomla website. Even after adding your own custom content and tweaking your template, you might still find that awful message staring back at you. Fear not! There is a way to remove it, and it does not even involve any magic hacking. Just follow these steps:

1. Login to your Joomla installation as administrator (http://yourdomain.me/administrator)
2. Click “Menus” and then click the name of the menu you are using.
3. Find the default page, designated with a yellow star in the “Default” column.
4. Click the name of the page.
5. On the right side, click Parameters (System)
6. Next to “Page Title” you will see the dreaded welcome message. You can can change it, delete it, and/or click “No” next to “Show Page Title” to remove that title section completely.
7. Click “Save”, and you are all finished.

Photo Source: Flickr

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How to install Joomla extensions https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1222/how-to-install-joomla-extensions/ Mon, 19 Apr 2010 19:48:43 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1222/how-to-install-joomla-extensions/ Joomla extensions
Joomla is one of the most popular content management systems (cms), and one feature that people love about it is its free extensibility. Even if you do not have web design or programming experience, you can easily customize your site using pre-designed Joomla templates and extensions.

With a few easy steps, you can install new extensions in Joomla.

1. Visit http://extensions.joomla.org to find the extensions you want.

2. If you have a new Joomla installation, make sure the extension you find has a “1.5 Native” compatibility. Also look for free extensions, unless you want to pay for commercial ones.

3. Click download and save the zip file to your computer.

4. Login to Joomla, go to Extensions, and click Install/Uninstall

5. Click “browse” or “choose file” (depending on your browser) to find the file you downloaded.

6. Click Upload File & Install

If you installed components, they will now appear in the Components menu. All that is left is to configure the new extension and enjoy it.

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Joomla vs WordPress https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/537/joomla-vs-wordpress/ Thu, 01 Oct 2009 17:55:40 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/536/joomla-vs-wordpress/ Joomla and WordPress logos
Question: I’m torn between two content management systems (CMS). Should I choose Joomla or WordPress?

Answer: There are hundreds of content management systems and tens of really good ones, but two very popular ones: Joomla and WordPress, are often highlighted. The truth of the matter is that there are benefits and drawbacks of both, and the one that will work best for you mostly depends on your needs and preferences.

Joomla is a large multi-functional CMS that is highly extensible and very customizable. Your website could be anything from a storefront with an ecommerce shopping cart to photography portfolio featuring a gallery of your work. The frontend, templates, and arrangement of modules are all subject to your imagination. It can also function as a blog or news magazine, but in that category it is a sloppy second to WordPress.

WordPress was primarily created as a blogging application. Since then, however, it has grown into a full-featured news creation and management tool. With it you can have a single user blog or a multi-user site complete with user bios, advertisements, etc., all extended through the plugin interface. Installation, setup, and extending of WordPress has become very easy, arguably easier than Joomla, and WordPress suits those who do not need all of the extra bells and whistles of Joomla.

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Search Engine Friendly URLs https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/525/search-engine-friendly-urls/ Tue, 29 Sep 2009 14:35:57 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/525/search-engine-friendly-urls/ Search engines
In a previous post, we learned about dynamic websites. One of the drawbacks of dynamic websites that we did not mention was the incomprehensibly long URLs that often result. The URL to a page might looks something like: yourdomain.com/indep.php?reallylongname&somethingelse&sid003234.

Content management systems like Joomla, provide a solution that works fairly well. Relying on Apache’s mod_rewrite feature, the web server will translate your long URL into something simple that looks like a traditional HTML URL. The SEO theory is that these URLs are friendly to search engines and improve rankings.

Aside from that, a URL that looks like yourdomain.com/somethingelse.html is much more appealing to users, particularly if they want to find that page again and forget to bookmark it. It adds the appearance of permanence to your dynamic pages and will improve your site’s user experience.

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The Database Dilemma https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/191/the-database-dilemma/ Fri, 19 Jun 2009 19:22:17 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/191/the-database-dilemma/ dilemma databaseOne feature some consumers forget to look over before signing up for a hosting package is the number of MySQL databases offered. The most common type of database, MySQL is required to use any of the most popular blogging or CMS platforms.

One clever trick hosts use to keep usage down is limit the number of MySQL databases a customer can use. It’s not uncommon for entry-level hosting plans to have only one or possibly no databases. Because each CMS or blog installation requires a separate database, a limit on MySQL limits the number of sites you can run. Hosts may also achieve the same effect by restricting the number of domain names that can be added to an account.

Before signing up for a hosting package, make sure you have enough databases. Higher-end plans will give you at least 10. Of course, you can always use static HTML instead to get around a MySQL limit, but most hosters these days prefer the ease of use offered by a CMS.

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