Joomla Hosting BLOG

Blog about Joomla, Technologies and Hosting Service

Joomla 3.0 Hosting - Discover The New Joomla 3.0 Features

clock March 21, 2013 11:47 by author andy_yo

The new Joomla version 3.0 will provide the new markup and UI, based on the Bootstrap HTML/CSS/JS framework from Twitter. These changes will create a great overall User Experience for Joomla site administrators, thereby giving site users the same. Also, beside Mootools, jQuery will be included to Joomla 3.0, give developers more strength to create friendlier back-end user interface. Many new features are implemented which provides a impressive improvement versus current 2.5 version. I will introduce some main new features as follow:

Joomla 3.0 – New installer

Using the words “Short and simple” to describe about Joomla 3.0 installation process is truly right, since there are only 3 steps to install a Joomla 3.0 package.

 

New installer interface

Twitter Bootstrap

Bootstrap is a free collection of tools for creating websites and applications. It contains simple and flexible HTML, JavaScript and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, charts, navigation and other interface components.

Twitter Bootstrap – will be included in Joomla 3.0

Also, Bootstrap provides the basic common CSS for developers. They can use common user interface elements like buttons, layouts, alert messages, modal boxes, dropdown menus, tooltips, icons, tables, form elements and more from Bootstrap framework.

Great User Experience

The Joomla 3.0 is known as friendly User Experience (UX) since it is based on Bootstrap. That means the template and extension developers can  build the products which base on the same set of markup standards or consistent markup. You know, controlling your website would be much easier when all extensions look and work in a unified fashion. So you don’t have to get to be familiar with new interface on each extension.

Mobile Responsive Design

You might know the “responsive” feature from some Joomla templates. Now, it is included in Joomla 3.0, too. With the responsive design, you can control your Joomla site with mobile devices with ease. A responsive site will resize to the screen it is presented on any browsers or devices. Moreover, since it is responsive, it presented beautifully on mobile not only front-end, but also the back-end. This helps users manage the administrator easily on the mobile. For example, all the lists are put in one page that makes it more simply to control. 

Drag and Drop

The drag and drop feature is applied to make the item management more easily. All the old arrows on the ordering column have been removed, now you can drag-and-drop item freely in its categories to change the ordering of item list.

To use Drag & Drop feature, you must click on the 1st combo box at top right of table list, choose Ordering for “Sort table by”. Now you can see the “drag” icon at top right column of each item, move over to drag item and drop on position that you want.

The drag and drop feature

Tooltip

The tooltip in Joomla 3.0 is Boostrap based and provides a very easy way to use it in 3rd-extension.

The Tooltip display in Joomla 3.0

Context menu

Lists in Joomla 3.0 will have the “context menu” for each item, which helps you to access quickly to basic functions such as Edit, Publish/ Unpublish, Delete, Set default etc.

 

The Context menu in Joomla 3.0



Joomla 2.5 Hosting - Smart Search in Joomla 2.5

clock February 27, 2013 07:16 by author andy_yo

Joomla 2.5 shipped with many new features including multi-database support and much improved one-click upgrades.

One the most important of those features was a brand new search extension: Smart Search. Smart Search is destined to be the replacement for com_search which has been around since 2005 at least.

Smart Search is disabled by default but it's easy to enable and is a big improvement.

About ASPHostPortal.com

ASPHostPortal.com is Microsoft No #1 Recommended Windows and ASP.NET Spotlight Hosting Partner in United States. Microsoft presents this award to ASPHostPortal.com for ability to support the latest Microsoft and ASP.NET technology, such as: WebMatrix, WebDeploy, Visual Studio 2012, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC 4.0, Silverlight 5 and Visual Studio Lightswitch. Click here for more information

 

How to Enable Smart Search

Go to Extensions > Plug-in Manager and enable the Smart Search plugin.

Go to Components > Smart Search and click Index in the toolbar.

You'll see a progress bar as Joomla indexes your site. This is the first and last time you'll need to run this indexer.

When you're finished, you'll see all of the indexed content as in the image below:

Now that your content is in Smart Search, go to Extensions > Module Manager and place your Smart Search module live on your site.

The Smart Search module will look exactly the same as the normal Search module.

However, when you use the module, the Smart Search results will look very different:

There is also an Advanced Search feature to allow people to drill down more accurately:

Click on the Advanced Search and you'll be presented with the ability to filter your search by Author, Category, Country, Language, Region and Type.

 

 



Joomla Hosting - SEO Tips for Joomla Sites

clock February 8, 2013 07:33 by author andy_yo

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. The following are some SEO tips for Joomla sites:

About ASPHostPortal.com

ASPHostPortal.com is Microsoft No #1 Recommended Windows and ASP.NET Spotlight Hosting Partner in United States. Microsoft presents this award to ASPHostPortal.com for ability to support the latest Microsoft and ASP.NET technology, such as: WebMatrix, WebDeploy, Visual Studio 2012, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC 4.0, Silverlight 5 and Visual Studio Lightswitch. Click here for more information

1) 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!

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) 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]

6) 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.

7) 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.

8) 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.

9) 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.

10) 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 1.7 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to Place a Module in an Article in Joomla 1.7

clock March 27, 2012 06:37 by author Jervis

Modules you create are assigned to module positions and these module positions are displayed on your website as defined by the template you use. Sometimes it is useful to display modules within articles, and in this instance there is no module position defined for that purpose.

Overview of what you need to do:


1. Enable the “Content – Load Modules” plugin in the Plugin Manager

2. Create a module with custom module position in the Module Manager
3. Edit the article and insert custom module position code in Article Manager

Assign the module a position not used in your template. You can type it in and not select it from the drop down box. Afterwards edit your article and enter in the {loadposition moduleposition} command where you want the module to be displayed.


For example:


1. I want to display a the random banner module inside my ‘Beginners’ article.

2. I will create a module position = moduleinsidearticle1

Below are steps:


Enable the “Content – Load Modules” plugin in the Plugin Manager


1. Login to your Joomla 1.7 Administrator backend


2. Click on ‘Extensions’, ‘Plug-in Manager’


3. Search for “Content – Load Modules”


4. Make sure that the plugin is enabled


5. If not enabled, click on the checkbox and click on ‘Enable’




Create a module with custom module position in the Module Manager


6. Click on ‘Extensions’, ‘Module Manager’, New, Module Type = Banners


7. In the Module Manager Banner Details, set the following values:


- Title = Module In Article Title

- Position = moduleinsidearticle1
- Status = Published
- Access = Public
- Client = Joomla!
- Module Assignment = On all pages

8. Click on ‘Save & Close’




Edit the article and insert custom module position code in Article Manager


9. Click on ‘Content’,'Article Manager’, edit article you want module to go in. My example I edit ‘Beginners’


10. In the article content, place your mouse where you want your module to show up and enter in the code


{loadposition moduleinsidearticle1}


11. Click on ‘Save & Close’




You can refresh your Joomla website now. Open up the article that contains the article to test it out. See mine below. It worked perfectly.




Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.


You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:


- DELL Hardware

Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.

- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.

- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.

- Data Center

ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.

- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.

- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.

- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.

 



Joomla 1.7 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to Migrate website from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 1.7

clock November 28, 2011 05:32 by author Jervis

To migrating the joomla 1.5 website to 1.7, first we need to migrate the joomla 1.5 website to joomla 1.6 and then we can update the joomla 1.6 website to joomla 1.7.

With Joomla 1.7 the user community placed a large emphasis on making the CMS installation process as simple as possible and new versions more frequent.

This will allow users to more easily and frequently migrate to the latest version of Joomla, and take advantage of all the security benefits associated with running the newest code. We think Joomla users around the world will really embrace this new process.

Please check before upgrading

1.  Is your Joomla 1.5 version up to date? The most up-to-date version of Joomla 1.5 is 1.5.23. If your version is not up-to-date, upgrade to 1.5.23 before migrating, especially if you are running Joomla 1.5.11 or lower.

2.  Do all your extensions have Joomla 1.6 native versions? At the time of the writing of this tutorial there are 108 available on the JED. Please note that jUpgrade is not currently able to upgrade Joomla 3rd party extensions, so those will have to be done via their respective upgrade procedures. This is however a work in progress.

3.  Have you modified any core files? Any changes that you have made to core files in Joomla will be lost so please be forewarned.

4.  Is there a Joomla 1.6 compatible template available from your template provider? If not, do you feel comfortable making the changes yourself?

5.  Is your language pack available in Joomla 1.6? Find your Joomla1 1.6 Translation.

6.  Do you have folder or file permissions issues in your Joomla 1.5 installation?

7.  Do you NEED to migrate to Joomla 1.6? Joomla 1.5 is powerful and very mature. For many people there is not a need to rush into Joomla 1.6. Joomla will continue to support Joomla 1.5 for at least another year and three months, releasing security updates and bug squashing updates when needed.

Download jUpgrade

Download the
latest version of jUpgrade. It is highly advisable, especially when development still is progressing, to always use the latest available version!

Install jUpgrade

Go to your Joomla backend. e.g. www.yoursite.com/administrator
Enable Mootools Upgrade Plugin


1. Go to Extensions | Plugin Manager
2. Search for “System – Mootools Upgrade”
3. Enable the plugin

It is important that this plugin is installed and that it has been set to enabled, as the proper functioning of jUpgrade depends on it.

Configure Options

As of jUpgrade version 1.1.1, support is present to migrate to Joomla! 1.6, Joomla! 1.7, and an old Molajo build. As well, for jUpgrade to be successful, you must configure your current table prefix prior to beginning the migration. The following are the options that can be configured with jUpgrade:


Global:

·    Distribution – Select whether to migrate to Joomla! 1.6, 1.7, or Molajo

·    Prefix for old database – Your current table prefix

·    Prefix for new database – Your selected table prefix for your migrated site

Skips:

·    Skip checks – Skip pre-migration checks

·    Skip download – Skip downloading the package (Note: Must have a package already downloaded to your temp folder or set this and Skip Decompress if set to yes)

·    Skip decompress – Skip decompressing the downloaded package (Note: Must have a package already downloaded and decompressed to site_root/jupgrade if set to Yes)

Templates:

·    Keep original positions – Keep the currently defined positions for modules

Debug:

·    Enable Debug – Enable this to have messages displayed below the migration process concerning the progress, helpful if having issues

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

-
DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Joomla 1.7 Hosting is Available at ASPHostPortal.com

clock October 13, 2011 08:29 by author Jervis

ASPHostPortal is a premiere web hosting company that specialized in Windows and ASP.NET-based hosting. Now ASPHostPortal.com supports the latest Joomla 1.7 Hosting. For more information about this new product, please visit ASPHostPortal official website at http://www.asphostportal.com.

“Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone. Joomla is designed to be easy to install and set up even if you're not an advanced user. Many Web hosting services offer a single-click install, getting your new site up and running in just a few minutes.” Said Dean Thomas, General Manager of ASPHostPortal.com.

There are several benefits that you can get from Joomla. Joomla's powerful application framework makes it easy for developers to create sophisticated add-ons that extend the power of Joomla into virtually unlimited directions.

- Inventory control systems
- Data reporting tools
- Application bridges
- Custom product catalogs
- Integrated e-commerce systems
- Complex business directories
- Reservation systems
- Communication tools

For more details of our new Joomla 1.7 hosting, please visit our site at
http://asphostportal.com/Cheap-Joomla-Hosting.aspx.

Another features that you can get if you host your site with us:

1. ASPHostPortal supports the latest ASP.NET 4
2. ASPHostPortal supports the latest ASP.NET MVC 3
3. ASPHostPortal supports the latest SQL 2008 R2
4. And the other Microsoft technology

About ASPHostPortal.com:

ASPHostPortal.com is a hosting company that best support in Windows and ASP.NET-based hosting. ASPHostPortal.com have many great plans that can meet your business requirement. For more details about ASPHostPortal.com, please visit the official site at
http://www.asphostportal.com.



Joomla 1.6 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Why You Should Choose Joomla?

clock October 12, 2011 07:33 by author Jervis

Small business owners – regardless of whether you are going to set up a website yourself or outsource to third party web developers, you need to be sure about the CMS (content management system) to use. This article will explain a bit on why Joomla CMS is the one you should consider to build a small business website.

When you or your team build a small business website that is more than just company profile, you need to think about the possible integration with other software or plugins to extend the capability of your site.

For instance, when you develop a small business website that can help you capture and manage leads for your business, you need a CMS that can easily integrate powerful software into your website.

How Joomla rocks

When you are going to set up an online store, you need an extension or plugin that can “extend” the capability of your basic installation of CMS. With Joomla, all you need to install is VirtueMart – and start setting up a professional online shop with full order management capability.

Let’s take another example. Suppose you want to build a small business website that will capture leads and manage them – in other words, doing
CRM or customer relationship management – you will need an extension to help you with CRM, such as the powerful vTiger CRM. All you need is a plugin that can seamlessly connect your website with the CRM software; with Joomla, this is easily done by using CRMVJ Joomla extension.

Joomla and web hosting

To support those powerful features of Joomla, you need a Joomla Hosting. Joomla Hosting is actually similar to a “general” web hosting, except the fact that the web servers are configured and optimized for Joomla (yes, choosing the wrong web hosting provider CAN make your website setup a nightmare.) So, you need to be careful to choose your hosting provider. And for me it is more important to pay more to get best service than pay less but you get very inconvenience service.

Conclusion

Joomla offer unlimited possibilities for small business owners; whether you are going to establish an online business, a lead capturing business, or an extension of your corporate website from which you do CRM, the CMS can help you start your small business website on the right foot.

To add, Joomla has a great global community you can always turn for help and advice, as well as accessing new capabilities for your Joomla-powered websites – mostly available for free – developed by Joomla user, for Joomla user. How’s that for a CMS that is open source and free to use?

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

-
DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Joomla 1.6 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Tutorial - How to Use Joomla

clock July 13, 2011 06:26 by author Jervis

For those who spend most of their time on the Internet creating, designing, and maintaining website, Joomla is already a common and popular system to them. But for those amateur web developers, Joomla just seems to be an acquaintance. The good thing now is, I am bringing you closer to Joomla through this Joomla 1.6 tutorial article guide.

To start off, let me tell you what Joomla is. Joomla is one of the leading open-source content management systems. With this software, all web developers using this can maintain a hassle-free webpage because the system does all the managing for them. Joomla is like a library that stores personalized contents of developers, be it word files, music, or photos. Joomla can be used in array of functions such as personal websites or blogs, corporate sites, government applications, corporate intra and extranets, E-commerce, advertising, marketing, and community-based portals. Joomla can be downloaded and installed for free. And, has user-friendly panel and one-click installation processes.

Joomla is proud to present its newest version available for Internet users—the Joomla 1.6. Joomla 1.6 offers fully-functional system with new and more additional features to make your site more entertaining and interesting. There are four reasons why Joomla 1.6 is currently the best among all Joomla versions.

1. It has configurable user groups and viewing levels that give users total control and access to various site resources.
2. Multi-level categories at its best, which is a more improves site structure. Joomla experience has been less complex than the previous versions.
3. Improved maintenance system, which automatically updates the software.
4. Improved search engine optimization system, for more convenient indexing of search engine keywords.

To install the Joomla 1.6, create a MySQL database (cPanel->MySQL Databases) and then add a user first. Then, in the official website of Joomla, download the latest version of Joomla 1.6. Download the full archive file and then extract. Using an FTP client, upload all the contents from this folder to the directory on the server. Open the URL of the Joomla script. Use http://yourdomainname.com if the content you have uploaded is in the main web directory. However, if uploaded in a subdirectory, use http://yourdomainname.com/example. Only then you can replace the domain and the directory names of your own preference for your site. When done successfully, you’ll see that the Joomla 1.6 installation page will be loaded. Follow the step accordingly to start using the Joomla 1.6.

Wait for the confirmation towards the end of the installation page that you have successfully installed Joomla 1.6 on your webpage. Goodluck!

If you have any problem with Joomla installation, please let me know. Or you can always host your Joomla site with us. Very simple and easy.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

-
DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Joomla 1.6 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to Convert a Joomla! 1.5 template to 1.6 – the XML file

clock June 30, 2011 05:59 by author Jervis

Now that the dust has settled from the recent launch of Joomla! 1.6 and developers are releasing new 1.6 compatible components daily, you may be getting anxious to move your site from 1.5 to 1.6.

You might be asking yourself (or others), “Am I able to use my existing 1.5 template for my new 1.6 site?“  The answer is, in short, no.

Ok – while that’s not entirely true, there are a lot of changes that you’re going to have to make before even attempting to install your 1.5 template on Joomla! 1.6.  Although there are lots of changes that may be required, depending upon your template, we’re going to review 3 of the most common changes: the XML file, the index.php file, and your template overrides.

Changes with the XML file (templateDetails.xml)

As the old saying goes, “The one thing that’s constant is change.” Well this is true for the Joomla! XML file as well.  The XML file is essentially the database of information about an extension (yes, templates are extensions). When it comes to Joomla templates, the XML file must be named templateDetails.xml.


Let’s take a look at the differences in a Joomla 1.5 templateDetails.xml file and a Joomla 1.6 templateDetails.xml file:

Joomla 1.5 Template XML Introduction


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<install version="1.5" type="template">
<name>Your Template Name</name>
<version>1.0</version>
<creationDate>04/01/2011</creationDate>
<author>JoomDaddy</author>
<authorEmail>[email protected]</authorEmail>
<authorUrl>http://www.joomdaddy.com</authorUrl>
<copyright>(c) 2011 JoomDaddy.com</copyright>
<license>GNU GPL</license>
<description>This is my template description.</description>


This example contains detailed information about the template – the version of Joomla! for which it’s developed, the author, author contact info, and the license information. Now let’s look at the same section of a Joomla! 1.6 template XML file.

Joomla 1.6 Template XML Introduction

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE install PUBLIC "-//Joomla! 1.6//DTD template 1.0//EN" "http://www.joomla.org/xml/dtd/1.6/template-install.dtd">
<extension version="1.6" type="template" client="site">
<name>Your Template Name</name>
<creationDate>04/01/2011</creationDate>
<author>JoomDaddy</author>
<authorEmail>[email protected]</authorEmail>
<authorUrl>http://www.joomdaddy.com</authorUrl>
<copyright>(c) 2011 JoomDaddy.com</copyright>
<license>GNU General GPL</license>
<version>1.0</version>
<description>This is my template description.</description>

So far, the only major differences in this file are the use of a DocTypeDefinition (DTD) and the use of <extension> instead of <install>. The DTD is used to check the XML file’s content to make sure that it matches the structure needed by the application. Prior to 1.6, Joomla has not used DTDs in the XML file. The other difference is the extension element and version parameter – which must be set to 1.6 instead of 1.5. This let’s the system know that you’re installing a template developed for 1.6, instead of a 1.5 or 1.0 template.


The next section of the XML file is the used to index the files and folder.  This section has gone unchanged:

<files>
<folder>css</folder>
<folder>images</folder>
<folder>html</folder>
<filename>index.php</filename>
<filename>index.html</filename>
<filename>favicon.ico</filename>
<filename>templateDetails.xml</filename>
<filename>template_thumbnail.png</filename>
</files>

This list needs to be accurate or you’ll receive an error during installation. Note, however, that files and folders found within the folders of the <folders> element do not need to be listed separately. This feature saves developers a lot of time when creating XML files!

The next part of the XML file is defining your module positions. You can add as many as you need.  The position names cannot have spaces, but other than that can be named anything you want:

<positions>
<position>left</position>
<position>right</position>
<position>top</position>
</positions>

At the end of your XML file, you’ll need to include the </extension> tag to let the system know it has reached the end of the file.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Joomla 1.6 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Logging in the Joomla 1.6 admin area

clock June 27, 2011 07:28 by author Jervis

First, in order to build your web site you will have to log into the administrator area. This can be achieved by opening the corresponding URL in your web browser:

http://yourdomainname.com/administrator

Replace yourdomainname.com with your actual Joomla URL.

Next, you have to enter the admin login details which have been set during the installation:

After entering the Joomla administrator area, you can check the featured articles (the ones that are included in the sample data or created by you) published on the front page through Content->Featured Articles.



You can edit them, create new ones, remove existing from the front page, delete, publish and unpublish articles.

If you have installed the Sample Data, before adding new articles you can delete the sample ones. Select them and click on the Trash button. Then remove the menu links to the sample articles from
Menus->Main Menu.

After this you can add a new category from Content->Category Manager->Add New Category.




For example, you can put “Test” as the new category Title. The other options can be left blank or you can set their values as per your personal preferences. Click on the Save button to add your new category.

Next, navigate to Content->Article Manager->Add New Article.



Only the Title field is mandatory. Enter the article title. You can also select your category from the corresponding drop-down menu. Change the article State to Published. If you want to show it on the front page, set the Featured value to Yes.

Once you are ready with the settings you can proceed with the actual article content. Use the included text editor to type the article text, to include images or to directly edit the HTML code.



Under the text editor area you can set the permissions for the different user groups regarding your article.

You can also adjust the settings in the Publishing Options, Article Options, Metadata Options menus.



You can hover your mouse pointer over the options’ labels and get a brief description of each one of them.

Once you are ready, Save the article and check it on the front end. You can always edit the existing articles from the Joomla admin area->Content->Article Manager.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.


You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



About ASPHostPortal.com

We’re a company that works differently to most. Value is what we output and help our customers achieve, not how much money we put in the bank. It’s not because we are altruistic. It’s based on an even simpler principle. "Do good things, and good things will come to you".

Success for us is something that is continually experienced, not something that is reached. For us it is all about the experience – more than the journey. Life is a continual experience. We see the Internet as being an incredible amplifier to the experience of life for all of us. It can help humanity come together to explode in knowledge exploration and discussion. It is continual enlightenment of new ideas, experiences, and passions

Corporate Address (Location)

ASPHostPortal
170 W 56th Street, Suite 121
New York, NY 10019
United States

Sign in