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Joomla with Free ASP.NET Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Choose the Best Joomla Template for Your Website?

clock April 27, 2015 07:46 by author ben

Joomla website templates can help you create a website easily — even if you don't have design skills, time or a huge budget. They can save you time, effort and money. But with thousands of Joomla website templates to choose from, you might be confused about how to choose the perfect Joomla website template for your website?
As you consider different Joomla website templates, you must be clear about your website goals. Once you know what you want to say and what you want visitors to do, you're ready to choose the template and create a website!
Today, I will help you find your answer through some easy steps with simple questions. If you focus your goals, you can make an informed decision before creating a website.

1. WHAT TYPE OF WEBSITE DO YOU WANT TO BUILD?

 

Joomla Website templates determine a site's structure, look and feel. Are you creating a single page? Do you need a responsive website? Or, do you want to open an e-commerce website which requires a catalogue of thousands of product images? If you are a freelancer or working at and agency, so you need to build a portfolio website? While figuring out what kind of site you need, there are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Decide what kind of color scheme you need to match your brand
  • What template genre are you going for?
  • Take a closer look at what similar industry websites are doing.
  • Before you decide if a template is the right one for you, dig into it a little.

So the first thing is you have to know what your objectives are when running a website and choose the types that will meet your needs.

2. WHAT LAYOUT FITS YOUR NEEDS?

The layout determines how the information will be structured when you create a website. The key to using Joomla design templates is choosing the one that works exactly as you need and want without making too many changes. Determining what you need will help you when you demo some of these templates. One distinction that it helps to know is that a lot of functionality with templates has been moved to their underlying framework. Look at the structure of the home page and the interior pages when you create a website. Will you include graphics, tables, and links? Do you like the navigation bar at the top or to the side? These are your choices.

3. WHAT ABOUT THE PRICE OF THE TEMPLATE?

After choosing the perfect Joomla website template which meets your needs, the layout works exactly what you want, so what about the next step? Check the template pricing.
There's not one simple way to understand pricing with template companies. Some offer unlimited templates for a flat monthly rate, some charge a yearly rate for a set number of templates, and some charge you a one-time fee. To help with your search you can start by asking yourself a couple of questions:

  • Am I going to need long-term upgrades, support, or a new template from the same company? - This determines the subscription length you can plan for.
  • Am I hi-tech enough to handle template issues if they arise? - Helps you decide if you need technical support.
  • Am I going to need more than just a template? Maybe an extension or added functionality? - Choose whether you can make your website with just a template or if you will need added functionality.
  • How much does my budget allow me to spend? - This could be the easiest way to decide on a template. If you have to be under a certain budget, then your choices will narrow down.

4. WILL CUSTOMER SUPPORT BE THERE TO HELP?

The final step is you should check the after-sales service - the last but also the most important one.
No matter how "simple to use" or "easy to update", website templates must be supported by an expert you can talk to if you run into any problems. 24/7 support is invaluable when you create a website – if you've been up all night in a marathon effort to get your Joomla website up and running, it can be crushing to find you've skipped a simple step and can't publish online. Make sure you can reach someone via phone, email or online chat so that you really can get your website uploaded "in an instant", any time of the day or night.

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Joomla with Free ASP.NET Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: CRUCIAL TIPS ON JOOMLA! SECURITY

clock April 14, 2015 07:40 by author ben

Joomla! is considered as one of the most powerful CMS platforms out there and as with every web application its security is essential.

The folks from Joomla! have created an official article on Joomla! security which encourage that you read thoroughly. In this blog post we made our own security check list – adding couple of extra tips.

As a matter of fact, you will be surprised to how many web applications these security tips can be applied.
And as promised, here is the MUST do list:

  • Make sure that you have the latest version of Joomla! – you will hear this for any application that you use for your site(s). You have to update to the latest version available, it is not only advisory, this is obligatory. The new versions are improved with less options to be attacked, so make sure that whenever there is an update for your applications, you install it.
  • Select a strong password – Selecting a strong password ensures better Joomla! security. A good advice to follow is to use different passwords for the different programs and to change them every few months.
  • Change the default ‘admin’ username to a different username – this is the first user a hacker would try to guess, so create an additional boundary by changing it to a non-common word.
  • Remove unused templates – The same rule that applies for WordPress is valid here as well. If you don’t need a certain template anymore, make sure that you remove it, otherwise you leave a back door open for a potential hacking attack. Also, keep in mind that when you need a template, you should use up to date and original templates. In any case avoid using “nulled” templates, since there are very often infected with “back doors”, left with the only purpose of infiltrating your site and content.
  • Install only secure extensions – Joomla! extensions are applications created to enhance the performance of the CMS and to add valuable features. Joomla! has an official site listing a lot of extensions, and it is highly recommended to select your extensions from this list. You can check for rating, last update, reviews and any other characteristic you find to be relevant.The above couple of tips were easy to be implemented. The next couple of tips are for the more advanced users and require certain manual changes to Joomla configuration which we do advise to be implemented with care:
  • Remove the version from your site - As already discussed for WP, displaying your current version is something you should avert – keep in mind that when installing Joomla!, in the site code a meta tag will be added, revealing the version. Make sure that you have removed it. Having the version published is like a banner for people who attack the sites, since it will allow them to attack the site specifically for this version concentrating on its specific weak points. You can either set another value by inserting it in the head tag of your index.php file<?php $this->setGenerator(‘live blank or type something’); ?>or remove it from /libraries/joomla/document/html/renderer/head.php. If you don’t want to completely remove it, you can simply comment this line:$strHtml .= $tab.’<meta name=”generator” content=”‘.$document->getGenerator().’” />’.$lnEnd;
  • Change the admin folder – this will respectively change your administrative URL and make it much more difficult for a potential hacker to access your data. An easy way to do so is to rename your htaccess file to .htaccess which basically creates a cookie allowing you to access your site. In case you delete your cookies, error 404 will be displayed. The code and the changes needed to be done are explained here,
  • Avoid the jos_ prefix for your databases – this is the default option and every person trying to breach your security will assume that this is the prefix you have left. When you install manually Joomla!, during the installation process you are given the option to change this prefix with one of your choice.
  • Do not choose the root user in mySQL to be the user for your databaseas well – this is made for restriction purposes and is available for our VPS and Cloud solutions. When you create a new database that you will use for a new site, you should create a separate user and provide the rights only for this database. Also consider restricting the permissions of this user, so that if a user do not need to create new databases, then this is not allowed. In case of a shared plan where you don’t have access to the root user, make sure that for each database you create, you allocate a different user.
  • File permissions – Do not use CHMOD 777! This is very straight forward and as recommended, not only for Joomla!, set 644 for files and 755 for directories. A little detour for those of you not familiar for what these numbers stand. The first number is the permissions for the owner, the second for the group and the third for other. The numbers themselves are created based on what permissions you would like to set, with ‘read’ having the value of 4, ‘write’ of 2 and ‘execute’ of 1. Their sum in a certain situation shows which ones are allowed – for example 6 stands for ‘read’ and ‘write’, 5 for ‘read’ and ‘execute’, etc. So 644 means that the owner will have ‘read’ and ‘write’ permissions, and the group and other only ‘read’. You can set these settings from your control panel.
  • Create a backup – whenever you deal with sensitive data create a backup. The supported by Joomla! backup extensions are listed here.

As with every CMS you should also keep in mind something very important – you are giving access to other people to your data. Which means that not only you need to secure your information, but you have to be very careful with the level of access you are providing the users with. Following the instructions above will make your Joomla! site much more secure and will leave you manage your sites without the thread of being hacked

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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to Use Slideshow CK for Joomla

clock March 4, 2015 04:59 by author ben

Slideshow CK is one of the most popular slideshow modules in Joomla.
Slideshow CK supports images and videos, is fully responsive and is really easy to use. Oh, and it's completely free.
So when our members ask us for a slideshow extension, we often recommend CK Slideshow.
Here's our guide to getting started with CK Slideshow.

Step 1: Download and Install

  • Go to the Slideshow CK extension page and click the download button.

  • Login to your Joomla administrator area.
  • Go to Extensions > Extensions Manager.
  • Click Upload a Package File and browse for the zip file.
  • Click the Upload and Install button.

Step 2: Create a module

  • Go to Extensions > Module manager > New
  • Click on Slideshow CK

Step 3: Create slide images

  • Editing the module
  • Go to Slides manager tab. Here you will add and edit your slides.

  • To add a single image, click the "Add a slide" button.

  1. Select your image
  2. Set the title
  3. Set the description
  4. Click on “Link options”
  5. Set a link for this slide

  • Repeat the same process to add more slides.

Finally, publish the module and see what it looks like on the front of your site.

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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to remove Joomla SEF URLs

clock January 8, 2015 06:53 by author ben

You've bought a genuine copy of Artio Joomla SEF 3.4.2 and you can't get rid of the text that appears on the bottom of each and every page: "Joomla SEF URLs by Artio". Why do you want to do it? Well, perhaps you don't want to advertise someone else's prodct or services on your website? or perhaps you think that Google spiders will see this link, assume it is spam and mark down your site accordingly? or perhaps you think it does not look professional to have an unrelated link on the page.


Perhaps you want to disguise the fact that the site is a Joomla site from botnets that are attacking your Joomla site - regardless of your reason for wanting to do so, the boys at Artio have spent a lot of time and money creating this JoomSEF product and their reason for placing the link on the page is to mark the product as being the unregistered, free version. They want some payback from you using their component for free. The advertising they get from each and every site that uses the component and displays that link is a small payment in return. Some organisations give their software out for free, that is the beauty of open source software. Artio are in that half-way house where you can obtain their software for free, you can analyse and change the code freely but you need to read their terms and conditions before you do so. By removing that text from the free version you may be doing something morally or legally 'wrong'.

There are reasons where you might want to legitimately remove it, perhaps you have paid for support are trying to upgrade to the commercial version of the product but you are getting no response from Artio's forum (response times even for paid queries are notoriously slow) Perhaps you have paid Artio but don't want to upgrade to a later version for a technical reason (later version has a bug or lacks a feature) so you are stuck withn an older version that you can't upgrade to the paid version... then you might want to make the changes to remove this inserted, unwanted text and may feel entirely justified in doing so.

I've written this article a few times for different versions of Artio JoomSEF and every now and then I regurgitate it as Artio change their method for placing the text on the screen. In the past they used various means to obfuscate the code but of late the string is in plain text. This makes it easier to remove.

So, down to the nitty-gritty. To remove the that appears on the bottom of each and every page: "Joomla SEO powered by JoomSEF" you need to edit the file joomsef.php in your components/com_sef folder.

If your ftp tool has downloaded this file properly at about line 818 you will see the line:

        $buf.='<'.'d'.'i'.'v'.'>'.'<'.'a'.' '.'h'.'r'.'e'.'f'.'='.'"'.'h'.'t'.'t'.'p'.':'.'/'.'/'.'w'.'w'.'w'.'.'.'a'.'r'.'t'.'i'.'o'.'.'.'n'.'e'.'t'.'"'.' '.'s'.'t'.'y'.'l'.'e'.'='.'"'.'f'.'o'.'n'.'t'.'-'.'s'.'i'.'z'.'e'.':'.' '.'8'.'p'.'x'.';'.' '.'v'.'i'.'s'.'i'.'b'.'i'.'l'.'i'.'t'.'y'.':'.' '.'v'.'i'.'s'.'i'.'b'.'l'.'e'.';'.' '.'d'.'i'.'s'.'p'.'l'.'a'.'y'.':'.' '.'i'.'n'.'l'.'i'.'n'.'e'.';'.'"'.' '.'t'.'i'.'t'.'l'.'e'.'='.'"'.'W'.'e'.'b'.' '.'d'.'e'.'v'.'e'.'l'.'o'.'p'.'m'.'e'.'n'.'t'.','.' '.'J'.'o'.'o'.'m'.'l'.'a'.','.' '.'C'.'M'.'S'.','.' '.'C'.'R'.'M'.','.' '.'O'.'n'.'l'.'i'.'n'.'e'.' '.'s'.'h'.'o'.'p'.' '.'s'.'o'.'f'.'t'.'w'.'a'.'r'.'e'.','.' '.'d'.'a'.'t'.'a'.'b'.'a'.'s'.'e'.'s'.'"'.'>'.'J'.'o'.'o'.'m'.'l'.'a'.' '.'S'.'E'.'F'.' '.'U'.'R'.'L'.'s'.' '.'b'.'y'.' '.'A'.'r'.'t'.'i'.'o'.'<'.'/'.'a'.'>'.'<'.'/'.'d'.'i'.'v'.'>';

Simply replace this line with the following text:
      
$buf.="";

Make sure you back the original file up in advance so you can restore it in case your edits go awry.




Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: What's New in Joomla 2015

clock January 7, 2015 06:04 by author ben

Web Joomla Design Trends in 2015

What Joomla web design trends do you think in 2015? Will it be a focus on more simplicity and smaller screen sizes? So let’s have a look at the Joomla Web Design Trends for 2015:

1. EVOLUTION OF FLAT DESIGN

For those of you who haven’t heard of the term, “flat design” is the term given to the style of design in which elements lose any type of stylistic characters that make them appear as though they lift off the page.
2014 became the Flat Design era, so what about 2015? Will it disappear or it will be improved?
2015 is the year we can call: “The evolution of Flat Design”. Goodbye outdated textures, so long to awkward shadows, adios bubbles and gradients. 2015 is all about beautiful, minimal flat design. As more and more hand held devices are being adopted, designers are keen on constructing design elements that appear smoothly on flat screens. Though flat design has been a favorite for a while, we’re predicting a huge growth in dazzling and painless flat user interfaces. However, flat design in its most basic form is here to stay for a while.

2. LESS TEXT, RICHER CONTENT EXPERIENCES

The websites made with Joomla seem to use less text. Instead of information in a paragraph or huge block of text, the focus has turned more into creative, visual storytelling. Text has been dramatically cut down to the bare necessities, while imagery such as icons, info graphics and large images, are employed to communicate important information. For example: you can see on some portfolio or e-commerce websites that they have almost no visible text, and instead rely on images and icons to convey information to the users.
Generally, a website with less text will appeal to users but you also need some text so the user can read information about what are the website is doing. So that is the reason the trend is towards richer content experiences. Text combined with videos, pictures and interactive functionality is integrated to tell a story that will hold the attention of users.

3. RESPONSIVE, AS ALWAYS

The year 2015 finally see the shift to where more individuals are browsing on mobiles rather than on traditional computers. With the numbers increasing monthly, mobile users will soon be in the majority, so having a website that can be easily viewed on an Android device or iPhone or any other mobile device will be vital. A responsive design will allow your website to detect the screen size of the customer’s device and then scale to the proper fit to give them the best user experience possible.
While many companies were still opting for a dedicated mobile website along with a regular web front, we’re predicting an almost exclusive take over of timesaving designs that are both impressive and mobile-responsive. The trend has a tremendous amount of marketing potential and web designers are scrambling to hone their skills in the tech.

4. THE OUTBREAK OF TYPOGRAPHY ART

This year will be the outbreak of typographic art. You can say goodbye to boring old fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial. Next year, typography gets serious, and is now on the fast track towards the mainstream. High quality fonts are now available at affordable prices, which spare the small business owner from paying through the nose for complete font sets for their marketing materials. As web fonts are on the rise, designers are favoring bigger font sizes than ever, and mix and match is proving to be very popular. In addition, responsive typography should become a bigger part of responsive web design. With an increased emphasis on content, rich typography will continue to be a dominating design element into 2015.

5. HTML5 VIDEOS

HTML5 markup language will stay a core technology for structuring and presenting content for the web. HTML5 sites will be long and narrative with a strong focus on storytelling, similar to online magazines. Alternatively, check out a few of these rather creative agency websites, which blend dollops of HTML5 with sprinklings of CSS3 and jQuery.
There would also be videos, not merely promotional ones but HTML5 videos, which would run in the background of the web pages. There are many methods by which videos can be embedded in HTML pages and a number of brands have already included this element in their web design. As there are several types of websites coming up with innovative design methods, you would definitely prefer a website which is composed of properly adjusted images with proper content. It is essential that the website you are visiting should not have design elements arranged in an unconventional way..
Thank you so much and hope the article is helpful for you.



ASPHostPortal :: How To Setting SMTP for Joomla

clock December 18, 2014 08:47 by author ben

SMTP settings for Joomla

Configuring an SMTP server for Joomla and start sending out emails is extremely easy. You just need to enter the right SMTP settings and your outgoing server will be configured.
Remember however that if you use a normal SMTP server on Joomla – like the ones associated to Gmail or Hotmail – you will be always exposed to deliverability issues, especially if you're sending mass emails. Only a professional SMTP service will guarantee a full delivery rate, so if you plan to set up a newsletter campaign you should consider this option seriously.

Now here's how to configure an SMTP server on Joomla:

1. Enter your Joomla dashboard.
2. Click on "Site", "Global configuration".
3. Choose the server "Server" tab and find the "Mail settings" section:

4. Fill the fields with the following information:

•    Mailer: SMTP Server
•    Mail from: your email account (the one from which you want to send emails)
•    From Name: your name or company name
•    Sendmail Path: /usr/bin/sendmail
•    SMTP Authentication: select Yes if you want to send it authenticated, No if you don't
•    SMTP Security: select the type of security (SSL or none)
•    SMTP Port: 25 or 465 (if you want to know more check our article about SMTP ports)
•    SMTP Username: your email address on the server's domain
•    SMTP Password: your password
•    SMTP Host: your SMTP hostname. If you don't know it, have a look at our handy list of the major SMTP host settings

That's it, you're done.




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