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clock March 23, 2017 06:57 by author Jervis
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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Joomla Tips for Getting to Google Top 10

clock March 15, 2017 05:56 by author Armend

You may disregard this article if starting a website on Joomla solely for your personal needs and are not interested in making it visible to the whole Web community. Oh, you are still reading – in this case, you definitely decided to make Google fall in love with your website and show it up on the desired 1st page of the search results. Search Engine Optimization is no easy task, but with time and perseverance you’ll pursue your goal. Here are the first simple, but really indispensable steps from iJoomla.com which will take your Joomla site closer to top rankings in Google.

  • 1. Your Site Name should be your site’s name. There can be a temptation to cram as many keywords as possible into the “Site Name” field. It doesn’t help and when users register at your site, they get an email saying “Welcome to Widgets, Buy Widgets, Cheap Widgets, Bargain Widgets!” You don’t want that.
  • 2. Turn off your PDF links. When we analyze Joomla! Sites, we often find PDFs ranking higher than the original pages. Because PDF pages have no menu links, they’re a dead-end. Users can’t move from the PDF to the rest of your site. So turn off those links.
  • 3. Don’t waste your site’s link juice with lots of social bookmarking links. Lets face it, very few pages have a chance to hit the Digg home page or do well on Reddit, so only place those buttons on your best articles. Your visitors appreciate clean, uncluttered pages — and so do search engines.
  • 4. Redirect the www and non-www versions of your site to the same place. All you need to do is add this little piece of code to your .htaccess file.
  • 5. Turn on your cache. Search in Google and you’ll see a size for each site. Smaller, faster sites are more popular with visitors and with Google. One easy way to make your site act small and load faster is to turn on your cache in Global Configuration.
  • 6. Enter a full description for all your sections and categories. These pages are great for organizing your site… and for improving Page Rank. If you organize your sections and categories carefully, your site becomes very easy for both people and search-engine spiders to navigate.
  • 7. Less is often more Having thousands of Joomla! pages indexed in Google isn’t always a good thing, especially if those pages don’t bring value. Some components, for example, can produce lots of extra pages that are completely worthless. One easy way to check if your site is putting garbage on Google is to search for site:mydomain.com. If you find pages that don’t have good content, you might want to remove them.
  • 8. Empty your global configuration metadata. I’m sure you’re all big fans of Joomla!, but I’m equally sure that “Joomla! – the dynamic portal engine and content management system” doesn’t describe your site. Take it out. Now you know what to start with for great Joomla SEO. This platform has great possibilities for creating a website that will rock the Net. If you’re considering migration to Joomla from your current CMS platform or in case your Joomla 1.5 or 2.5 requires an update, check out ASPHostPortal.com which can handle your Joomla content migration or update easily and totally automatedly letting you focus on promoting your online project.

 

Joomla Hosting Recommendation

ASPHostPortal.com provides our customers with Plesk Panel, one of the most popular and stable control panels for Windows hosting, as free. You could also see the latest .NET framework, a crazy amount of functionality as well as Large disk space, bandwidth, MSSQL databases and more. All those give people the convenience to build up a powerful site in Windows server. We offers Joomla hosting starts from $1/month only. We also guarantees 30 days money back and guarantee 99.9% uptime. If you need a reliable affordable Joomla Hosting, we should be your best choice.



Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Deploying Joomla Containers using Docker Compose

clock March 8, 2017 04:56 by author Armend

Deploying Joomla Containers using Docker Compose

Docker Compose is a tool that allows you to deploy an application composed by multiple containers. For example, imagine that you want to deploy Joomla. It requires two containers, the web application (which it also runs the web server apache) and the database.

 

Deploying using the docker CLI

First, let's deploy Joomla using the Docker command line interface.

  • Run the database container. We do it first because the database is a dependency of the application.

docker run --name db -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=my-secret-pw mysql

  • Run the application container, link it to the database and map the port 80

docker run --name my-joomla --link db:mysql -d -p 80:80 joomla

Executing containers in the background

The previous commands allows you to run the containers and all the logs will be shown in the terminal. If you want to run the containers in the background, you need to add the parameter -d
docker run -d --name  db -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=my-secret-pw mysql

Stopping containers

If you want to stop and delete a running container, allowing you to start another container with the same name, you just need to execute the following command. The last parameter is the container name.

docker rm -f db

NOTE: you can get the name of all running containers executing the command docker ps )

Installing Docker

You can install Docker by executing the following command:

curl -sSL https://get.docker.com/ | sh

Deploying using Docker Compose

Docker compose makes things more simple. It allows you to create a simple YAML file that will contain everything required to orchestrate both containers. Let's run the previous example using Docker Compose.
Create a file called compose-joomla.yml with the following content:
joomla:

  image: joomla
  links:
    - db:mysql
  ports:
    - 80:80
db:
  image: mysql
  environment:
    MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD: example
and run docker-compose up
docker-compose up

Installing Docker Compose

If you do not have Docker Compose installed yet, you can do it by executing the following commands:

curl -sL https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.5.2/docker-compose-`uname -s`-`uname -m` > /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Deploying Containers in the Cloud using Manageacloud

First, in our account, we create a server configuration, called docker_compose_joomla, using shell, for Ubuntu 14.04 and using the following content:

#!/bin/bash
set -x # enable debug
# install docker
curl -sSL https://get.docker.com/ | sh
# install docker compose
curl -sL https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.5.2/docker-compose-`uname -s`-`uname -m` > /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
# add the configuration for joomla using Docker Compose
mkdir ~/compose-joomla
cat > ~/compose-joomla/docker-compose.yml << EOL
joomla:
  image: joomla
  links:
    - db:mysql
  ports:
    - 80:80
db:
  image: mysql
  environment:
    MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD: example
EOL
# execute both containers
cd ~/compose-joomla/ && /usr/local/bin/docker-compose up -d

Running applications in the cloud

A server configuration is everything that is required to run applications in the cloud using Manageacloud.
Deploying from the web interface
There are two ways to deploy a server from the web interface:

  • By clicking "Quick Deployment" from the server configuration view
  • By clicking "Production" or "Testing" from the advanced deployment page

Deploying using the mac cli

You can also deploy from the command line interface:

mac instance create -c docker_compose_joomla

Installing mac Command Line Interface

You can install mac cli by executing the following command:

curl -sSL https://manageacloud.com/mac | bash

Deploying using Manageacloud triggers

The mac cli and the web interface requires credentials and some other minor tweaks to run. However, if you use triggers , you will isolate all that complexity. You can deploy just by executing a POST into an URL.

  • First, create a new trigger at you account
  • Comment out the lines that contains the credentials:

export MAC_USER=[...]
export MAC_APIKEY[...]

  • Add the following line to the trigger

mac instance create -c docker_compose_joomla

Now you can run the trigger, deploying the application, just executing a POST to an URL. Example:

curl -X POST https://manageacloud.com/trigger/my_trigger_65rov8bpp6pl8dr

Triggers and Webhooks

Triggers are bash scripts that isolates all the credentials and complexity. Triggers are specially ideal to run in Webhooks as part of the Continuous Integration or Continuous Deployment pipeline.

Deploying using macfiles

Sometimes is just not good enough to deploy single servers as you need to use infrastructure resources such as load balancers, autoscaling groups and more.
macfile is a technology agnostic framework that allows you to integrate any technology that uses bash . Access to the quickstart guide for more information.

Deploying using API

If you want to integrate the deployment of Joomla with an application, you should use the API to create the server. For example:

$ curl -X POST -i -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
-H "Authorization: ApiKey username:myhashedpass" -d \
'{"hardware": "512mb", "cookbook_tag": "docker_compose_joomla", "location": "sfo1", }' \
https://manageacloud.com/api/v1/instance

Deploying using Manageacloud scripts

Sometimes you need to deploy server configurations in existing servers. In this case, you can deploy using the Manageacloud script, accessible from the deployment page. For example:

curl -sSL https://manageacloud.com/api/cm/configuration/docker_compose_joomla/ubuntu/manageacloud-production-script.sh | bash

When should I use Manageacloud scripts ?

You can use Manageacloud script in many different cases, for example:

  • In the Dockerfile to create the configuration of your container
  • If you create development servers using Virtual Box
  • and more

Conclusion

Docker Compose is a fantastic tool to deploy containers and microservices in the cloud. Using it along ManageaCloud offer us the flexibility required to deploy applications in the cloud, covering many different use cases and deployment scenarios.

Joomla Hosting Recommendation

ASPHostPortal.com provides our customers with Plesk Panel, one of the most popular and stable control panels for Windows hosting, as free. You could also see the latest .NET framework, a crazy amount of functionality as well as Large disk space, bandwidth, MSSQL databases and more. All those give people the convenience to build up a powerful site in Windows server. We offers Joomla hosting starts from $1/month only. We also guarantees 30 days money back and guarantee 99.9% uptime. If you need a reliable affordable Joomla Hosting, we should be your best choice.



Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Top 10 Joomla! SEO Tips and Tricks

clock March 1, 2017 04:56 by author Armend

SEO may sound complicated and expensive, but there are a number of things you can do to improve your search engine ranking that won’t have you spending a dime or tearing your hair out. 

  • Don’t install any sample data when you set up a Joomla! site.

When you launch your Joomla! Site, it’s very easy to forget to delete all the demo articles that come with it. That will give you pages, links and newsfeeds that are irrelevant to your topic. Delete your sample data and don’t forget to empty your trash as well!

  • Your Site Name should be your site’s name.

There can be a temptation to cram as many keywords as possible into the “Site Name” field. It doesn’t help and when users register at your site, they get an email saying “Welcome to Widgets, Buy Widgets, Cheap Widgets, Bargain Widgets!” You don’t want that.

  • Turn off your PDF links.

When we analyze Joomla! Sites, we often find PDFs ranking higher than the original pages. Because PDF pages have no menu links, they’re a dead-end. Users can’t move from the PDF to the rest of your site. So turn off those links.

  • Don’t waste your site’s link juice with lots of social bookmarking links.

Lets face it, very few pages have a chance to hit the Digg home page or do well on Reddit, so only place those buttons on your best articles. Your visitors appreciate clean, uncluttered pages — and so do search engines.

  • Redirect the www and non-www versions of your site to the same place.

All you need to do is add this little piece of code to your .htaccess file. Note: Replace MyDomain with your domain name and .com with your domain extension.

## Can be commented out if causes errors.
Options FollowSymLinks
# mod_rewrite in use
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^MyDomain\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.MyDomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^.*MyDomain\.com [NC]
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.MyDomain.com/$1 [R=301,L
]

  • Turn on your cache.

Search in Google and you’ll see a size for each site. Smaller, faster sites are more popular with visitors and with Google. One easy way to make your site act small and load faster is to turn on your cache in Global Configuration.

  • Enter a full description for all your sections and categories.

These pages are great for organizing your site… and for improving Page Rank. If you organize your sections and categories carefully, your site becomes very easy for both people and search-engine spiders to navigate.

  • Less is often more

Having thousands of Joomla! pages indexed in Google isn’t always a good thing, especially if those pages don’t bring value. Some components, for example, can produce lots of extra pages that are completely worthless. One easy way to check if your site is putting garbage on Google is to search for site:mydomain.com. If you find pages that don’t have good content, you might want to remove them.

  • Empty your global configuration metadata.

I’m sure you’re all big fans of Joomla!, but I’m equally sure that “Joomla! – the dynamic portal engine and content management system” doesn’t describe your site. Take it out.

  • Be confident.

Joomla! is fantastic software that allows you to easily create lots of high quality pages that are great for your SEO. If you keep a close eye on your site and take the time to learn how Joomla! works, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have top-flight search engine rankings!

Joomla Hosting Recommendation

ASPHostPortal.com provides our customers with Plesk Panel, one of the most popular and stable control panels for Windows hosting, as free. You could also see the latest .NET framework, a crazy amount of functionality as well as Large disk space, bandwidth, MSSQL databases and more. All those give people the convenience to build up a powerful site in Windows server. We offers Joomla hosting starts from $1/month only. We also guarantees 30 days money back and guarantee 99.9% uptime. If you need a reliable affordable Joomla Hosting, we should be your best choice.

 



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