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Joomla Hosting - :: Customize your Browser Caching for Faster Performance

clock June 28, 2013 07:36 by author Mike

Joomla! is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. In the race to the top of Search Engine result pages - ultimately higher SERP (Search Engine Ranking Points) the site speed is an important factor. There are lots of tricks to increase a Joomla site's speed, here is one wich does not need additional code to be installed and executed, but yet is powerful an let you fine-tune your site's performance.

Enter the Browser Caching arena. No, is not new or revolutionary, it's there for long - and often overlooked. Better, the best Joomla fine-tuning tools are ignoring it, or have a simple switch to turn it on or off, you basically can't fine-tune it. But it's a powerhouse, and you should fine-tune it. You can very easily assign different cache times for your visitor's browsers for different kind of files composing your page. And this is the honey-pot all other optimization tactics are missing. There are parts of the site which can be very persistent, but there can be others, which need to be frequently updated.

So go ahead, and boost your site's performance by simply adding the code below to your .htaccess file. Feel free to alter the code to change the cache timing of files until you match your site's specifics. For example if you have a site with imagery which is frequently updated, you might want to set the settings for images to a lower value. same is applying if you use some trickery which outputs updated Java Script files based on user actions. In contrary, if you have a static content, a brochure type of site, you might want to increase the cache time for your textual content.

ExpiresActive On
ExpiresByType text/html  "access plus 1 seconds"
ExpiresByType image/gif  "access plus 1 years"
ExpiresByType image/jpeg  "access plus 1 months"
ExpiresByType image/png  "access plus 1 months"
ExpiresByType text/css "access plus 1 months"
ExpiresByType text/javascript  "access plus 1 months"
ExpiresByType application/x-javascript  "access plus 1 months"
ExpiresByType image/ico  "access plus 1 months"

Joomla 3.0 Hosting :: Tips For Optimize The Performance of Your Joomla 3.0 Website

clock June 20, 2013 10:06 by author ben

The Joomla core is not inherently slow, however many Joomla webmasters are not taking the necessary steps to optimize their website. Along with some “traditional” steps to website optimization, there are also some tactics that are specific to Joomla itself.

     The first thing that most webmasters will focus on after they have their website up and running is speed. Now after Google have stated that website performance could impact SEO results in the near future, speeding up websites has become even more important. Joomla is similar to many other content management systems so many times the best way to speed up a Joomla website is the same as any other website. However, there are also some Joomla specific changes that can help speed up Joomla website. Let's take a quick look at some fundamental ways to speed up a website as well as some changes that are really only relevant for Joomla users.

      Fundamental Ways to Speed Up Any Website and How It Relates to Joomla
Optimizing Your Template
The template that your website is using is often the number one cause of speed loss. While it may look great, it could be slowing your website performance down to a standstill. Joomla has thousands of templates and more are being created every day, however many of them are very inefficient. Some templates use more than 70 small images per page. Even worse is the fact that these images are not always optimized, making your website even slower.

2. Optimizing the Rest of Your Website
There are a number of tactics that can be used to utilized on any website, including Joomla based websites. One of the first things that many people do make sure that they are encoding their pages with Gzip. This will almost always speed up your website, but not always. If your servers processor is the problem then Gzip will actually slow down your websites loading speed. However, this is rarely the case and Gzip will help website performance of almost everyone.Many of the other tactics relate to your CSS, PHP, and the like. The essence of all of these tactics is less is more. Remove all of the white space from your template files, especially your index.php file. Remove CSS commands that are not necessary. If there are CSS commands that are used, but only in rare circumstance, then it may help to take those commands and create another CSS file that is only used when needed.

Joomla Specific Methods to Speeding Up a Website
Use Joomla's Inbuilt Caching
Joomla has a built in way to ensure that your website is caching. This can even be used by webmaster who are using a server that doesn't have PHP caching installed by setting it to the file method.

4. Utilize Joomla Updates
While the biggest reason that you should always have the most updated version of Joomla is security, new versions of Joomla often have small changes to the core that will speed up the load time of Joomla itself. The same is true regarding the Joomla extensions that you are using. In fact, many of the biggest problems relating to a Joomla website often are rooted in the extensions that have been added.

Keep an Eye on Your New Extensions
The Joomla extensions directory has an extension that can do pretty much anything short of washing the dishes. Unfortunately, many of these extensions are often terribly inefficient and can slow down your website dramatically. If you want to single out which components that are slowing your website down the most, there is an easy way to accomplish this. Install a page caching component, but don't enable the caching. This allows you to see the load time for each URL. After four or five days, go through the list that was created and find all of the URL's that are the slowest. There is a good chance that all of the slow URL's have a certain component or two in common that is not on the faster pages.
Another great way to keep an eye on additional extensions is to enable Joomla's core content cache. Then take a look at all of the database queries that are being executed. The goal is to keep this number as low as possible, ideally under 30 although that isn't always possible. Using this information, take a look at any recurring queries and find out what component is the cause. The easiest solution is to simply disable and then uninstall the component. However, if you feel like the component is a valuable asset to your website, contact the components developer and ask them to optimize it, or find/hire a freelance developer to do it for you. Of course, if you can do it yourself then by all means do it yourself.
It is also important to ask yourself if you really need the component. Every component will increase your load time, so it is unwise to frivolously add every component that you see. It is also a good idea to completely delete any components that you will not be using. (The same is true for templates.

One the first things that most webmasters do is make their URL's more search engine and user friendly. The Joomla core does this to a certain extent automatically, however many webmasters want a little more control, or believe that it could be done better with an additional component. The problem is that most of these components are extremely inefficient. Many webmasters are willing to trade some load time to keep using SEF URL's, but it is worth keeping in mind.

Avoid Bridges at All Costs
While Joomla is considered to be a very functional CMS, many webmasters choose to bridge it with another program to further enhance functionality. While this seems like a great idea, because both programs work together well and seem to compliment each other, it is often not worth it. Remember, both of these programs function independently, which means that the core of both programs will have to load. This will always cause a huge hit to your websites performance because essentially two pages are loaded every time. If the functionality is vastly improved, then it might be worth it, but this is rarely the case.
There are a number of other tactics that people use to optimize their website and Joomla websites are no different. There are also a number of free tools that can be used to make optimizing your Joomla website easier. What tactics and tools do you use to optimize your Joomla website?

Joomla 3 Hosting :: Some Significant Changes From Generation of Joomla

clock June 14, 2013 06:56 by author ben

Joomla 3.0 was released on September 27th and it marks the first of the STS (standard term support) releases that will culminate with Joomla 3.5 LTS (long term support) release in September of 2013. Joomla 3.0, and the next STS version Joomla 3.1, are intended for early adopters and as such they are not recommended for the vast majority of people for developing their production sites.

What's new in Joomla 3?

Joomla 3 is a major new version of Joomla and as such there are some significant changes. From a users persepctive the first thing you will notice is the all new administration UI that is powered by Twitter's Bootstrap. This HTML and CSS scaffolding allows for consistent styling and more rapid development of HTML interfaces. This is a great bonus for Joomla as it has long suffered from a UI that has not evolved much since the early days of the project. A quick hilight of some of the key features in Joomla 3 include:

  • Twitter Bootstrap CSS/LESS files in a JUI package
  • New responsive administration template - Isis
  • New responsive bootstrap powered front end template - Protostar
  • Simplified installation process
  • ProstreSQL Database Drivers Support
  • New administrator statistic modules
  • Improvements to searching
  • More code standardization
  • Updated to use version 12.2 of Joomla Platform

Of course there are many other new features, changes, and additions, making Joomla 3.0 a very significant release with real usability and functional improvements.

Here is the list of new features in Joomla 3

1. Mobile Ready
Joomla! takes a big leap into the mobile space with a total overhaul of both its frontend design and administrator interface. With the adoption of the Bootstrap framework, Joomla! has become the first major CMS to be mobile ready in both the visitors and administrator areas. Now every website can have mobile friendly content for visitors and mobile friendly tools for administrators.

  • Fully Responsive Site Template
  • Fully Responsive Admin UI
  • Fully Responsive Core Output

2. User Friendly
Joomla administration has a brand new look and feel, built with the power of Bootstrap responsive framework, along with a touch of the awesome UI/UX work of the Joomla JUX team. Joomla comes ready to go and fully responsive for mobile devices, tablets, and normal computer screens. The entire backend of Joomla has a brand new look and feel that will improve your workflow with any type of device.

  • New User Friendly Interface
  • Streamlined 30 Second Install
  • Refined Admin User Experience

3. Developer Tools
Spend less time coding and building interfaces with Joomla 3. The Joomla User Interface (JUI) library gives you a standardized backend & frontend interface via CSS and Javascript Frameworks. LESS CSS and jQuery means you can write less code and the Icomoon font icon library provides a wealth of retina-optimized icons.

  • Build a Component with Zero CSS
  • Style a Site with 1 CSS File
  • Icomoon Font Icon
  • jQuery & Mootools

4. Whole Lot More
Joomla 3.0 is a whole new exciting world. We took a little from the top, bottom, and side to create a whole brand new look and feel, along with many features under the hood features that bring Joomla to the forefront of the content management system world.

  • Extensive work on code style standardisation and consistency
  • Incorporation of Bootstrap into a jui media package.
  • A new responsive administrator template Isis and interface.
  • A new frontend template Protostar built using Bootstrap and updated accessible template called Beez3
  • PostgreSQL Driver. You will be able to run Joomla 3.0 sites using the PostgreSQL database.
  • PHP Memcached Driver
  • Use of JFeed for feed management rather than SimplePie
  • Installation of language packages directly from the extension manager
  • Guest user group present by default
  • Saving blank articles allowed
  • New administrator statistics module
  • Update TinyMCE to version 3.5.6
  • Continued clean up of older unused code, files and database fields and tables and improved standardization of tables.
  • Improvements to Smart Search
  • Unit testing in the CMS
  • Updated system tests in the CMS

Joomla Hosting :: 12 tips and tricks to enhance Joomla Security

clock June 7, 2013 08:37 by author ben

Joomla is becoming one of the most popular websites Content Management System (CMS) with hundreds of millions of Joomla websites and thousands more be built every day, it isn’t surprising if many hackers want to attack it. In fact, there were many Joomla websites which were defaced because of the ignorance of their administrators.

1. Backup data
Take time to make a troubleshooting plan before your site visited by hackers. You always remember: “Backup early and often” to protect your data. This gives you the certainty that if something goes wrong with your Joomla website, you can restore it at any time you want. Then you only need to find vulnerabilities on a website.

2. Update Joomla
If your website is running Joomla 1.0 or 1.5, you should upgrade to Joomla 2.5 or 3.0. In the higher versions, there are many security improvements in the core elements of the application. However, you should do with caution “always backup your Joomla before proceeding with the upgrade”.

3. Careful management of installed extensions.
The extension of third-party make Joomla extremely popular, but it’s also a way to enter your website. In addition, you need to update regularly for each different extension. So, you should consider that expansion is really necessary.

Make sure the following steps:

- Run code review for any extension used.

- Review Vulnerable Extensions List to make sure any 3rd party extensions versions used appear on the vulnerable list.

- Update and patch for extensions when it’s necessary.

Remember that an extension, which isn’t safe, can be harmful to your entire website.

4. Remove unused files.
You install many extensions, but don’t use them? This is not only a weakness but also garbage for your website. Please use the uninstall function to totally get rid of the extension to avoid trouble.

5. Password protection:
The hacker usually attacks on weak passwords. You should regularly change your password and use all: uppercase, lowercase, special characters, numbers.

The database is very important. The SQL injection attack or any other attack on the database can make your effort lost. Make sure that your database access is protected at MySQL.

6. Use URLs search engine friendly:
Always use URLs search engine friendly. This not only improved the website's Google ranking but also prevent hackers exploit to use Google’s search results.

7. Change URL for administration security.
Standard Joomla address is In order to secure your site against attack, you can rename it to be something like

8. Remove version number, name of extensions.
Most of vulnerabilities only occur in a specific release of a specific extension. This is why you should remove the information about the version number of any extension is installed. Remove the version number may prevent an attack before it can happen.

Showing My Extension version 2.5 is really bad thing. You can modify this message with only the name of the extension by doing the following:

- Retrieve all files of the extension from your server

- Open up Dreamweaver.

- Load any file from the extension that you just downloaded to your local machine

- Use the Search function and set the search to Search through specified folder. Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the exploit.

- Set the search term to "My Extension version 2.5" and press OK.

- When found the correct file, remove the version number.

- Upload the changed file to your server and check if the changes are made.

9. Use the correct CHMOD for each folder and file

Setting files or folders to a CHMOD of 777 or 707 is only necessary when a script needs to write to that file or directory. All other files should have the following configuration:

• PHP files: 644

• Config files: 666

• Other folders: 755

10.  Change your .htaccess file:

########## Begin - Rewrite rules to block out some common exploits
# Block out any script trying to set a mosConfig value through the URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} mosConfig_[a-zA-Z_]{1,21}(=|%3D) [OR]
# Block out any script trying to base64_encode crap to send via URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} base64_encode.*(.*) [OR]
# Block out any script that includes a < script> tag in URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (<|%3C).*script.*(>|%3E) [NC,OR]
# Block out any script trying to set a PHP GLOBALS variable via URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} GLOBALS(=|[|%[0-9A-Z]{0,2}) [OR]
# Block out any script trying to modify a _REQUEST variable via URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} _REQUEST(=|[|%[0-9A-Z]{0,2}) [OR]
# Block out any script that tries to set CONFIG_EXT (com_extcal2 issue)
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} CONFIG_EXT([|%20|%5B).*= [NC,OR]
# Block out any script that tries to set sbp or sb_authorname via URL (simpleboard)
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} sbp(=|%20|%3D) [OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} sb_authorname(=|%20|%3D)
# Send all blocked request to homepage with 403 Forbidden error!
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php [F,L]
########## End - Rewrite rules to block out some common exploits

11.  Turn off Register_globals
You should turn off Register_globals, however, you must know that it can disable PHP script to work and maybe affect other programs that you are using on the website.

To make it, you just edit the php.ini file in the root directory of your domain name.

12. Review and action Security Checklist:
These checklists will point you in the right direction and inform you of typical security. So, make sure you went through all of the steps.



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