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Joomla Hosting - Reorganizing Your Image Files in Joomla!

clock August 20, 2018 09:46 by author Kenny

So you've had a site for a really long time, like super long, and you've assigned your promising young intern to some simple tasks. Shouldn't take too long, maybe one hour max. Well, two hours later your intern comes into your office looking completely exhausted and hating his/her life. He/she comes to you explaining how they couldn't find any of the right pictures easily. The company folder was empty and the logo was found in some random folder named 'a'. Maybe it's time for some spring cleaning.

Why should I bother reorganizing my images?

An obvious reason would be to save time. A more organized media manager will save you the frustration and agony of scouring through that clunky program for hours for that one specific image. By having more organization, you can use that time to work on the more difficult parts of your site rather than wasting it looking for one measly image. Also, in case your client wants an image from a long time ago, you will have an easier time looking for it.

I don't want to touch my image files. I could get broken links.

Very true. If you decide to reorganize your files, you're going to have to do a lot of planning beforehand. Create a document that keeps all the information of the images displayed on your site. Some information I would recommend to document is where the image is being displayed and the name of the image file. As you go through you files, make note of the images you have moved and check back to your list in case there are any broken links you'll have to fix.

Okay, I want to reorganize my images, where should I start?

In this example, I'll be reorganizing a very old travel website's media manager. Before starting anything, it's always best to plan out your tasks ahead of time so you don't get confused along the way. To start, I drew a flow chart of a big basic idea and slowly moved to a smaller topic. This will give me a specific topic of images I should look for in my media manager. 


 
In my example, I started with the big idea of 'Location' and broke it down to three sub-topics of restaurant, tourists, and living based on the location. Then, I created the folders. I'll be looking for restaurant, tourist locations, and living images in the Bay area to start. Sadly, from here there is no secret quick way to reorganizing your files. You can begin searching through your media manager however you like, but I would encourage you to search in an order that's basic and easy to keep track of. Don't do all of this reorganization in one go though. I would recommend to take a few breaks and search your website to see if anything has gone horribly wrong because you moved a file. Also, while you reorganize, don't forget to make note of and delete the files once you have added it to the correct folder, nobody wants duplicates.

I have some broken links now, what do I do?

Fixing broken links are easy! Thanks to the wonderful document you have created and your excellent note-taking skills, knowing where and what the broken links are is a stress free activity now. Go to the article, module, etc. of wherever your image was before, and simply replace the old image link with the new one. Now your link should not be broken anymore.

The Media Manager in Joomla is too frustrating to organize!

I completely agree. An easier way to organize your files would be to go through your cpanel and rearrange your files that way. Organizing through the cpanel allows you to delete multiple files at once and lets you drag and drop files into different folders—something that you can't do on the Joomla media manager.

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Joomla Hosting - How to Applying Menu Class Suffixes?

clock August 13, 2018 13:06 by author Kenny

When creating a new menu while using the Protostar template, you may notice that the menu is vertical, but you intended it to be horizontal. There is an easy fix for this: applying a menu class suffix that is already in the template master file. 

Below is an image of what a vertical-style menu looks like in the Protostar template.

To make the menu horizonal, you can simply apply a preexisting menu class suffix directly in the back end of your Joomla site. To begin, log into the back end of the site, and open the menu module that you've created. Once the menu module is open, click on the "Options" tab and then click on "Advanced Options".

In the "Menu Class Suffix" field, type in " nav-pills". Please be sure to hit the space bar one time before typing "nav-pills" to successfully apply the menu class suffix. Be sure to save your work.

Return to the front end of the site, refresh the page, and your menu should be horizontal.

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Joomla Hosting - Tips to Speed Up Joomla Performance

clock August 6, 2018 12:54 by author Kenny

Latest Version

It is very important to always run the latest version of Joomla as it usually contains fixes such as code improvements and speed enhancements. Also, make sure to keep your extensions up to date.

Update Joomla Core

To update Joomla to the newest version you can either click on “Update now!” notification which should show up on your dashboard, or you can manually update by navigating to “Components” → “Joomla! Update.” Remember to back up your website, especially on major release updates.

Update Joomla Extensions

To update your Joomla extensions navigate to “Extensions” → “Manage” → “Update.”

Content Delivery Network

Implementing a Content Delivery Network (CDN) with Joomla is an easy way to speed up Joomla and instantly see decreased load times. By doing this, you will ensure you are serving your Joomla assets (product images, javascript, CSS) from multiple locations around the globe so they are delivered faster to your visitors.

Once the Joomla CDN integration is completed, the static content will be delivered from our global network of points of presence (POPs) around the world. All POPs are enabled by default and there’s no extra fee for locations in Asia or Oceania. Traffic spikes can easily be handled by the CDN (instead of the origin server). KeyCDN also supports HTTP/2 for even faster content delivery.

Joomla Cache

Joomla actually has some pretty powerful caching built-in already which you can enable. Cache is a way of serving pre-generated content to your users. This means that the server does not have to look up all information requested in the database every time a page is requested. There are two steps when it comes to enabling the cache in Joomla.

Image Optimization

As we mentioned in a previous post on smart image compression, on average 56 percent of a website’s page weight is made up of images. So optimizing images can drastically decrease your page load times and speed up Joomla. Unfortunately in Joomla there is no built-in option for image compression. So you can either compress and resize them beforehand in a tool like PhotoShop (using the “Save for Web” feature) or an online tool, or using a Joomla extension.

Joomla Compression

Joomla has a Gzip compression feature built right in which you can easily enable. Navigate to “System” → “Global Configuration” → “Server.” Then enable “Gzip Page compression.” Don’t forget to hit “Save.”

Optimize CSS & Javascript

By concatenating your CSS and Javascript files you can improve your frontend performance and download times, as your browser doesn’t have to fetch as many files and it reduces the total number of HTTP requests being made. Remember though if you are running over HTTPS and your server supports HTTP/2, this is no longer necessary. If you are unsure of whether your server supports it, you can use KeyCDN’s HTTP/2 test tool. Minification is also recommended, which is the process of stripping out whitespace, line breaks, etc.

Clean up Joomla (DB)

Sometimes you might have issues where your database tables need to be repaired and optimized. Joomla doesn’t have a feature built-in for this but you can easily do it via PhpMyAdmin.

Browser Caching

You can enable browser caching by editing the page cache plugin. This tells the browser whether they should request a file from the server or grab it from the browser’s cache.

To enable navigate to “Extensions” → “Plugins.” This is a large list so you will need you will probably want to search for the term “cache.” Then click into the “System – Page Cache” plugin. You can then enable “Use Browser Caching.” Don’t forget to hit “Save.”

Speed Optimization Extensions

If you are wanting to take your Joomla site one step further you might want to check out these additional Joomla extensions which offer additional ways to boost your website’s performance.

  • jQuery Easy (Call jQuery from Google CDN or locally)
  • LLFJ – Lazy load your images, prevent additional HTTP requests until the user scrolls down
  • Javascript Async and Defer – Improve your page loading time by allowing javascript loading asynchronously
  • ScriptsDown – Move your scripts down to the bottom of the page

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