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Joomla Hosting - All You Need to Know About Joomla and the GDPR

clock July 30, 2018 08:38 by author Kenny

 The GDPR privacy laws come into force next week on May 25!

If you're new to the GDPR, we've got some reading resources at the bottom of this post.

In this guide, I'm going to focus on how Joomla is dealing with the GDPR.

The Joomla team aim to release a new version of Joomla 3. Originally, they were focused on Joomla 4 and had no plans to add more features to Joomla 3. But, the GDPR changes are considered important enough that there will be a GDPR-focused release: Joomla 3.9.

What Joomla GDPR changes will you see?

The Joomla developers are doing an excellent job outlining their plans for 3.9. The Joomla team plan provide three new GDPR-focused features:

  1. Tools to make it easier to submit and manage user requests. These will make it easier to the users to submit information requests and to download their data. You can track discussion of these tools here.
  2. Features that enable site owners to gain the consent of the registered users. You can read discussion of the consent tracker here.
  3. An API for extension developers so they can report the data they collect. This info can be displayed in a new com_privacy extension. You can track discussion of com_privacy here.

Joomla GDPR Feature #1. Managing user requests

These features are already close to completion. You can already test these tools by downloading the latest version of Joomla's privacy frarmework. This is a normal copy of Joomla 3, but with the GDPR tools added.

Michael Babker, who's leading the 3.9 release, explained the user-facing part of the main Joomla GDPR com_privacy extension:

  • There's a new frontend for com_privacy so users can submit and confirm information requests. There will be new menu links to make this frontend visible to users.
  • Joomla will send an email to the user after they submit a request. Users will have to click a confirmation link.
  • Initially this feature will be restricted to authenticated users. This might change in the future. However, the GDPR is less important to anonymous visitors, and a form like this could also become a spam target.

And here's Michael's summmary of the admin area of com_privacy:

  • There are new screens available via Components > Privacy. All requests sent from the frontend of the site will be stored here.
  • The administrator can move requests from Pending > Confirmed > Completed. There's also an "Invalid" option if users don't respond to the confirmation email.

Joomla GDPR Feature #2. Gaining user consent

The plan here is to port an existing plugin. This will add consent boxes when people send you data. For example, the image below shows a consent box on Joomla's contact forms.

To be honest, getting and tracking consent is a difficult problem and there's a lack of clarity around the law. Do you need to store this consent data for a fixed period of time? Does the consent expire after some time?

Joomla GDPR Feature #3. An API for extension developers

These features are the most difficult of all. Not only does Joomla need to build the platform to store data, but extension developers need to build their own integrations.

This discussion explains that the Joomla team are using a Google Summer of Code project that was created as a user activity tracker. Here is the plugin where we can choose which actions to track:

And this next image shows how the data may be stored in com_privacy:

Once this is done, it will be time to build the API for extension developers and encourage them to start reporting their data. This discussion kicks off the process of building the API. I've seen some ideas on how to encourge extension developers to integrate their code. One good idea is updating the JED to show which extensions support Joomla's privacy tools.

What can you do now?

As you can see, Joomla 3.9 won't be released in time for the arrival of the GDPR.

You will not run into legal problems if you're not compliant immediately. You may not ever run into legal problems if you're outside of Europe. But, this is a great opportunity for all of us to think more carefully about our customers' data.

The most important thing is to start the process of complying with the GDPR and show that you're taking it seriously. Some ideas:

  • Update your privacy policy to be clear about what data you collect and why you're doing it.
  • Add consent check-boxes if you're using contact forms.
  • Update your "Contact Us" page to allow people to reach you about privacy issues.

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Joomla Hosting - How to Send Email in Joomla using the Gmail SMTP Server?

clock July 16, 2018 12:25 by author Kenny

Sending any kind of email through your Joomla website is possible as long as you configure it to use an authenticated and reliable SMTP server. In this tutorial we will talk specifically on how to use the Gmail SMTP server to send all your Joomla e-mails.

Why and When You Need Gmail SMTP Server for Joomla Emails

ISPs around the world define if an email is spam or deliverable by the reputation of the server which sends it. Joomla has 3 ways to deliver your emails. The first one is using an SMTP server, the second is using PHP Mail and the third one is Sendmail. The last two can be considered more or less the same for the majority of the cases.
Regarding the reputation of the server which sends the emails, if you choose PHP Mail or Sendmail you are counting on your own server's reputation to send your emails. If your server is basically a shared hosting plan, chances are your email will end up in a Spam folder or won't be deliver at all. On the other hand, if you choose a trust SMTP server, like Gmail's, then your email is very unlikely to end up in a Spam folder.

How to Send Joomla Emails Using Gmail SMTP Server

First, log in to your administrator panel and navigate to System > Global Configuration

Then, click on the Server tab to reveal the Server related configurations. In there we will find the Mail Settings.

Now we can start setting up our Gmail SMTP. Let's see the relevant fields and their values.

1. From Email

In this field you need to fill in the email from which your Joomla will seem to send emails from. We highly recommend that you use the Gmail one you will be using to authenticate the SMTP server later on.

2. From Name

In this field you should type your Joomla Site Name. Specifically, this is the name of the email Sender.

3. Mailer

For this selectbox you much choose the SMTP option for this tutorial.

4. SMTP Host

The SMTP Host for Gmail is

5. SMTP Port

Gmail's SMTP Port is 465. If for some reason this port is blocked in your web server, use 587 instead.

6. SMTP Security

Gmail needs SSL/TLS for its security layer.

7. SMTP Authentication

This choice needs to be Yes. Gmail does not let you use its SMTP without authentication.

8. SMTP Username

The SMTP Username for Gmail is the email itself.

9. SMTP Password

The SMTP Password is the password you use to log in to that specific Gmail Account.
Now that you have filled in all the values click the green Save button and your Joomla is ready to send emails through Gmail reliably!

Useful info

If you are using Gmail with 2-step verification you need to add a new password in Settings > Accounts > Change accounts settings > Other Google Account settings > Security > 2-step verification > Manage your application specific passwords.
When the new Application Specific Password (ASP) is presented in groups of four characters separated by spaces, make sure that you do NOT enter the spaces into the SMTP password in the mail server settings in Joomla.
Also, if you are using WAMP on Windows the OpenSSL module is not enabled by default and you need to enable it.

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The Ways to Speed Up Your Joomla Website and Improve Conversion

clock July 9, 2018 12:07 by author Kenny

Is your website loading slow? Really? Do you know, what can happen if your website is loading with a one-second delay? You can lose around 11% of your page views. You can lose 7% of your conversions. 16% decrease in customer satisfaction. You are helping your competitor to grow faster than you. And this is just a one second delay. And a few extra second delays in website loading can damage your website as well as your business. So, now you must be aware that how important it is to have a fast loading website to grow. Fast loading website is also vital to rank on Google as well because page load speed is also considered as a ranking signal as well.

Why website loading speed matters?

It is true that slow loading speed kills conversions. Let me prove it. If you are purchasing something online and you are just getting loading and loading. Would you wait for it? I am sure, you will not and will go to another website to purchase that item. Same will do your customer as well. So, to retain the potential customers, you have to make your website load within 2 seconds otherwise you are losing your potential customers even without visiting your site. Now, the question is how to check Joomla website loading speed.

Tools to test website loading speed

There are a lot of online tools available in the market to check your Joomla site speed globally except China. These tools help you to analyze your website performance and give you actionable information to assist you in improving website speed and make it load faster.

PageSpeed Insights

PageSpeed Insights is an online Joomla site speed test tool developed by Google itself. It helps you to analyze the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster. It creates you the following details: Page Load Distributions, Page Stats, Optimization Suggestions like optimize images, Leverage browser caching and few other with how to instructions.


GTmetrix is a fantastic tool that gives you a report about your website that how well it is performing and provides you with actionable tips to optimize your site for fast loading. GTmetrix not only checks your website loading speed but also check your website for YSlow matrix and assign your website grade between A to F. Its reporting is divided into six parts: Page speed, YSlow, Waterfall, Timings, Video, History.

Pingdom Speed Test

Pingdom speed test is a popular and well-known tool to test website speed online. This Joomla speed test tool allows you to check website performance from 4 different locations: Melbourne, Australia; New York City, New York, USA; San Jose, California, USA; Stockholm, Sweden. The results of a Pingdom speed test provide you with performance insights, similar to Google Page Speed Insights with actionable recommendations. Its report is divided into performance grade, Load time, Page size, Requests by content type and domain.

Web Page Speed Test

All the Joomla speed test tools work same, but the difference is that some provide more information and more functionalities. Same Web Page Speed Test is also another tool mentioned in the article, but it offers you 40 locations and around 25 browsers including mobile to test your website performance. Same the way, it also breaks its results in different parts on the based on various performance tests.


It is not that favorite tool as compare to others, but it is too powerful comes with lots of features. It offers you to test your Joomla website from a different location and different browsers. You can also check mobile loading speed with the help of Uptrends. These are the some of the best tools to check loading performance of your website. But if these show you that your site is loading slow, then the question is how do I make my site load faster? So let’s check out.

How to make my Joomla site load faster?

Enable Joomla cache

Enabling Joomla cache can help you to reduce the loading time of your website when a user visits on your site. If you enable the Joomla cache, the system stored all the static elements on visitor’s hard drive or temporary storage. So when the visitor returns on your website, if all the parts will load from your temporary storage instead of the server, it takes less time to load your website. In technical terms, the next time, when visitor visit on your website, his browser can load the page without sending the HTTP request.

Choose a Good web hosting

Web hosting is an integral part of the website. If your website hosting is not good, you will face lots of downtimes, and also the performance of your website will be down. If you are not choosing a good web host, it doesn't matter how much you have optimized your website. You will end up with server downtime and slow website loading speed.

So before choosing a hosting for your website, consider checking the following things. The public reviews on social media, forums. Never trust on less reputed blog’s reviews. Most of the times these are sponsored reviews. Never go with cheap or free web hosting. They can damage your website. Don't forget to compare the shared and dedicated plans. I will recommend you to go with dedicated plans. Of course, they will be expensive, but they are worth to buy.

Enable GZip compression

The smaller your web pages, the faster they will load. Compression is the latest technology to load the web page fast. Joomla offers you the functionality to compress your files before sending to the visitor with Gzip compression. It reduces the page size and makes your Joomla site load faster. To enable the option, please go to "System → Global configuration → Server → Server Settings", find the option “GZIP Page Compression” then enable it. We have a detailed article on how to enable Gzip Compression on Joomla site. Have a look at it.

Optimize Website images

Images are the most critical part of the website. But these are also the primary factor to slow down your site. But removing images is not the solution. Because if we take an example of an e-commerce website, can you imagine the conversion rate without having the excellent quality of product images? It will be damn low. So, you can’t go without the photos. So what is the solution? You have to optimize the images so these can be load fast. There are numerous online tools available to compress the images without losing the image quality: If you are a photoshop user, consider saving the image Save for Web and Devices; Avoid using a .png image unless these are necessary; Use (I am a big fan of it.); You can use; is also a great tool to compress images.

Use a CDN

CDN stands for Content Delivery Network. CDN is the most useful way to improve a site’s performance. But the question is how a CDN make a website load faster? As the name suggests that it helps you to deliver your content to your visitors. Beyond the server that hosts your website, you can use another server as well to decrease the loading time of your website. And it is possible with the help of a CDN. It helps your website by shortening the distance between a visitor and the server delivering your content.

Optimize CSS + Javascript

This is the time to show more creativity on your website. And to make your website more creative, you need to use different CSS and JS files. This will lead to increase the website load time. Because they will block the content from rendering before they are executed fully. But luckily, we have a solution for this. You can compress these files. Once you have squeezed all your CSS and JS files, this will remove the lots of white space from your files, but also it will affect the code readability. So if you want to edit your code again, you have to beautify it. But it will save a lot of sizes and will help you to make your site load faster. Most of the time, we use different CSS or JS files to develop a website which leads to slow down your site. So instead of using separate files, copy the code of all the files and create a new large file. So when a visitor visits your website, it will load only one file instead of too many.

Use a defer or async attribute in the scripts to delay the execution.

These optimizations can be done on Joomla template level only. So what about the files that load from the Joomla core? Don’t worry, and we have a solution for that as well. Check out the next point.

Use Speed Optimization Joomla extensions

You can combine the external CSS or JS files on template level as discussed in the last point. But how to optimize the CSS/JS files that load directly from the Joomla Core.

Minimize HTTP requests

According to Yahoo, 80% of the load time of a web page is consumed to download the different part of the website like stylesheet, scripts, media etc. An HTTP request is made to download one of these components, so the more elements on a web page, the more HTTP requests required and the longer it takes for the page to render.

Use asynchronous loading for CSS and JavaScript files

You can optimize the way they will load. You can load the Synchronous or Asynchronous way. In Synchronous, browser load one file at a time so if one file takes time to load it will stop loading another file and will wait for the loading. On the other hand, in Asynchronous, if one file takes time to load, browser keep that file loading and start loading other data simultaneously.

Optimize for mobile devices

Yes, it is most important to have a mobile-optimized website. Your website should perform well on all kind of devices from small screen to large screen. It should load fast and should be fully responsive so it could make a better user experience.

Use external hosting platforms

Images, videos, and large files take more time to load so if we host them on an external hosting platform, the website loading speed can be improved. There is the number of websites available in the market which allows you to upload your videos or images on their website and then you can use those on your site: YouTube - Allows you to upload video; Vimeo - Allows you to upload and share videos; Pinterest - Allows you to host images; Flicker - Allows you to host images.

Reduce the number of Joomla extensions you use on your site

When you use any third party extension, they load their CSS and other scripts which affects your website very severely. So it is always recommended to choose less Joomla extensions and if you need to use, choose them wisely. The major trouble makes extensions are: Social Media Counter to cont the share and likes on your website; Google Analytics, Google Adsense or fonts etc. also slow down your website. So always choose lightweight extensions so your website speed could not affect. Using optimization rules in the .htaccess file. If you have renamed your htaccess.txt file to .htaccess, you can use it to add some code which tells your browser not to request specific image types from the server if they are already present on your PC.

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