cms – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 cms – 32 32 How to Remove "Welcome" Header from Joomla Fri, 28 May 2010 15:29:40 +0000 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 (
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.

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Pligg hosting Mon, 12 Apr 2010 15:09:53 +0000 pligg
Pligg is an open source CMS that lets users submit and vote on content. If you’re looking to create the next Digg or reddit, this is the software to use. But what about Pligg hosting?

Any host that can handle more popular CMS’s like WordPress and Joomla should play fine with Pligg. Look for a provider that uses a LAMP configuration (Linux + Apache + MySQL + PHP). Unfortunately, other database types like PostgreSQL and SQlite are not supported.

When determining how much space and bandwidth you will need, keep in mind that dynamic content management systems tend to use quite a bit of CPU and memory.

You will likely need to move to a VPS or dedicated server before you start using huge chunks of data transfer or fill up a 1 TB hard drive. Consider how many simultaneous users your site will have when determining hosting requirements.

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Data migration tips Fri, 09 Apr 2010 22:39:22 +0000 XML code
Anytime you move to a new web host or upgrade to a new server, you will need to migrate your data. In the old days, data was often stored in flat files or simply directly within the HTML files. While the management eventually proved to be inefficient, it was much easier to move files. With databases, it can be trickier. Here are a few things to consider:

1. If you are moving to an identical setup (i.e. same version of the same content management system), a basic SQL export will work just fine with minimal to no data loss.

2. If you are changing versions of a CMS, you should read its documentation to see if migration is even possible and what steps you need to take to make it happen. If at all possible, upgrade to the identical version before migration.

3. When moving to a completely different CMS or database system, you will need to prepare your data. This can involve manipulating large chunks of a MySQL database or even exporting everything to XML. Some software like WordPress will import RSS posts from an XML file without any extra configuration, making a migration rather painless.

4. Backup everything as often as you can. If you mess something up, it is better to have to start over with your backup copy than to have to fix the only copy you have.

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Save time with automated installation Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:48:51 +0000 woman using computerLooking to run a CMS like WordPress or Joomla, but don’t know how to install it? Thankfully, many hosts offer automated installation of the most popular scripts and content management systems out there.

Often called one-click installation or Fantastico (cPanel hosts only), the service is generally offered for free. Simply choose the software you want, enter a few details, and go! Depending on the control panel used, you may or may not need to create a mySQL database.

Some of the most popular content management systems available via one-click installation include the forum software phpBB, blogging platforms like WordPress, MediaWiki for wiki sites, image galleries, and Joomla/Mambo. Offerings vary significantly from host to host, however.

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Enterprise content management with eZ Publish Fri, 19 Feb 2010 22:06:04 +0000 OpenOffice import in eZ publish
At one time, managing a website meant manually updating dozens of HTML pages or using some type of local site management software like Netscape Composer, Microsoft Frontpage, or Adobe Dreamweaver. There are now a plethora of content systems available that include web-based backends. Pages are now actually dynamic representations of database content, and the market is thick with options.

When speaking of enterprise-quality CMS options, a few names come to mind immediately: Joomla, Drupal, and eZ Publish. Voted by many as the number one CMS, eZ Publish is known for its ease of use (as the name implies) and its scalability for small, medium, and major enterprise sites.

Some of the major websites now using eZ Publish include: Vogue, Elle, National Geographic, Virgin, and Marie Claire. It includes features such as multiple file uploading, the ability to publish from Microsoft Word, multimedia publishing, and multiple user and site management tools. Best of all, like Joomla and Drupal, eZ Publish is free and open source software released under the GNU General Public License.

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Web hosting provider script and CMS installation Fri, 19 Feb 2010 22:01:09 +0000 Fantastico De Luxe screenshot
Many web hosting companies offer free script and CMS installation. In most cases, the installation is automatic and done through the host’s control panel system. For example, users of cPanel might have an option for Fantasico De Luxe, which installs a number of web applications, such as Joomla, WordPress, and OS Commerce.

There are a few things you should consider when using such services:

1. Does the provider’s service provide updates for the scripts?
2. Are they standard installs that can be modified the same way a manual install would?
3. Is the software open and common so that if the user decides to leave that host, they can take their data and design elsewhere?
4. What type of the support does the host offer for these third-party packages?

Depending on the answers to these and other questions, you may decide to use your web host’s services or install the applications you need on your own.

What is OSCommerce? Tue, 22 Dec 2009 18:53:52 +0000 shopping cart
These days, it seems like every small business wants its own web store. There are a variety of ways to set one up, but one popular solution is osCommerce, a free Open Source CMS that will quickly and easily set up an online store for you.

OsCommerce will work on any web host that supports the latest versions of MySQL and PHP. There are thousands of free themes and add-ons as well, so if it doesn’t already do something you need, getting the software to do so shouldn’t be a problem. And of course, a shopping cart, account registration, and support for a variety of payment methods are included.

Create your own website Wed, 02 Dec 2009 16:16:25 +0000 Amaya HTML Editor
Before you decide to create your own website, you should evaluate your own skill level. If you have made websites before and have experience with XHTML and CSS, you can skip to the next step. If you do not, you should start learning or consider one of the alternatives.

The second step is to decide if you want a dynamic or static site. If you choose dynamic, you should then choose a content management system (cms). Some web hosting providers will install a cms for you. Make sure you check with them. Finally, you will need to setup some type of management policy for updating the site regularly. Gone are the days of sites that can just sit there unchanged and receive thousands of visitors.

If you have no experience in web design, cannot afford to hire someone, and have no intention of learning, you still might be able to get by if your host will install your cms for you. Then, you can download a free template or purchase one. If you do not like that option, consider a site creation tool or software.

Secure your server and save space with a little spring cleaning Mon, 16 Nov 2009 22:09:55 +0000 maid
Winter is quickly approaching, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some spring cleaning on your shared hosting account or dedicated server. After just a few months of use, your main directory can be full of all sorts of garbage needlessly taking up space, including:

  • Unused CMS or script installs
  • Duplicate or unused files, including pictures and videos
  • Ancient backups you forgot even existed.

Of the three things listed above, CMS platforms for scripts you installed some time ago but never touched again pose a major security risk. This is because they are often outdated and thus easy for hackers to target. Even worse, the CMS or script may have never been fully configured. Anyone who visits the right page could be able to continue the installation process.

I also find cleaning out my server files makes it easier for me to find the stuff I want later on. Not only that, but it goes a long ways towards conserving disk space.

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Joomla vs WordPress Thu, 01 Oct 2009 17:55:40 +0000 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.