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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to enable two-step authentication in Joomla

clock January 25, 2017 05:01 by author Armend

How to enable two-step authentication in Joomla

Two-step authentication is a safety feature that adds an extra layer of security on your Joomla site. Two factor authentication (2FA) is widely used in most of the popular online services. Here is how to enable 2-step authentication in your Joomla site.
First login to your Joomla administrator area. Go to Users > User Manager. It will show a link to your profile with name, username, email address etc. You need to edit your profile to enable two step verification. So, click on your name to open the profile editing page.


Navigate to the Two Factor Authentication tab.

There are two methods for using the two-step authentication. One is powered by Google Authenticator and another method provided by YubiKey.

 

We will explore both of them one by one. Let's start with the Google Authenticator (GA) method.

Enabling Google Authenticator

To use this method, select Google Authenticator from the drop-down menu. It will bring the initial setup page.

 

Step 1: Get the Authenticator App

Get the official Google Authenticator app in order to activate and use the service in your Joomla site. There are some unofficial apps as well that can be used with Google Authenticator.

Step 2: Setup the Feature

Run the Google Authenticator app on your device. It will show two options to add the site to GA. You can either scan the barcode or enter the provided key on the setup page of your site.

Step 3: Activate GA

 

This step checks whether your device is compatible with the Google Authenticator app. Open the app after linking the site with the service using the QR code or the key. It will display a security code for your newly added site. Enter that code into your site's specific field and press the Save button.
Note, the Google Authenticator app generates new codes in every 30 seconds. A code directly provided by the app is usable within 30 seconds after it is created.

Enabling Yubikey Authenticator

Yubikey is a physical two-factor verification tool. If you have this option enabled, you will need to insert the key token into the USB port of your computer. In login area, type your username-password and click inside the security key field. Then press the Yubikey golden disk- you will be signed in.
To enable Yubikey, select it from the drop-down menu.

Now insert the Yubikey tool inside your computer's USB port. Click inside the security code field and touch the golden disk for one second. Save the profile settings.

The Yubikey authenticator will be enabled for your site.

After enabling a two-step authentication method, you will get 10 backup codes (on the edit profile page) that can be used in case you ever lose access to the two-factor authenticator device. Keep these codes in a safe place. Please remember, you won't be able to sign-in to your site if you don't have any valid security code. So, print the backup codes and preserve safely. You have been warned!


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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Tips to Keep Your Joomla! Website Secure

clock June 15, 2016 20:02 by author Armend

Tips to Keep Your Joomla! Website Secure

Joomla is a popular Content Management System (CMS) that is used by thousands of people across world. If you own Joomla sites, it is important for you to take the necessary and practical steps to protect them from the most common security holes, malicious attacks, hackers, and spammers and help keep your site safe and secure.
Here, we provide you with some simple hints and tips to optimize Joomla! security

1. Make sure your Joomla site is kept up-to-date

If you leave your website without updates for a long time, the potential chance of being hacked will increase accordingly. Older versions of Joomla usually contain security holes, vulnerabilities and bugs. Therefore, with the installation of the latest Joomla version, they will be fixed and resolved with the latest fixes and security patches. Keeping your site up-to-date, the risks of attack will minimize.

2. Ensure that you are not using out-of-date and vulnerable extensions and only install reliable and community-trusted extensions

You need to make sure that you always have and update the latest version of the extensions whenever there’s a new one. Keeping your Joomla extension up to date both helps improving security at high level and makes your joomla run faster.
Besides updating Joomla extensions, using trusted extensions is the important part of securing your Joomla website. Before installing any extension, you should check: how many people downloaded/reviewed the extension. If the number is small, you should find another one instead. Don’t forget to see the reviews by other users. Do they complain about security issues about the extensions?...
Lastly, cleaning up unused extensions also can eliminate unseen vulnerabilities and help speed up your joomla too.

3. Use strong username and password for login details and change your passwords regularly

You need to use unique username and password, especially, pay attention to your password. Instead of choosing random passwords, a safe password consists of at least eight characters and includes letters, capital letters, numbers and special characters. You should avoid personal information in passwords like your personal or family name or birthday which is guessed easily. Not only to choose a secure password but also change them regularly including: the password of the “admin” user, the FTP password, the MySQL password, the hosting password (e.g. the cPanel password).

4. Change the default Joomla database table prefix

When you're installing Joomla, you had better change the table prefix for the database Joomla uses from the default value. But if you skip this part and move to the installation, you still can easily change the prefix by clicking the 'Database Table Prefix Editor' button, it will open the Prefix Editor and display your current database prefix along with automatically suggesting a new one (although you can override this with your own preferred prefix). Simply click the 'Change my prefix' button to immediately perform the change, helping prevent any potential hackers from trying to access tables in the database.

5. Use a SEF component that makes your Joomla more secure

As you know, a SEF component is used to make your Joomla url get a higher rank in Search Engine Friendly. But a good SEF component can do more than that, it also increases security for your Joomla. Using a SEF component to re-write your URL's will prevent hackers from finding the exploits.

  • Login into the Administration area
  • Click on “Site/Global Configuration”
  • Click on the “Site” tab
  • Select "Yes" next to Search Engine Friendly URLs

You can click here to see SEF components

6. Install security extensions

Joomla! security extensions (website firewall) assist to protect your Joomla! website from intrusions and hacker attacks. There are several additional extensions that you can view and download from the Joomla Extensions Directory. You can search and install a suitable and highly recommended one to increase your sites security.

7. Disallow User Registration

If your webpage isn’t a community or social network, you should disallow user registration for security reasons by following these steps:

  • Login into the Administration area
  • Go to "Users/User Manager" and find the Options tab at the top of the page
  • You will see the option "Allow User Registration", and then set “No” for “Allow User Registration”
  • Click “Save” button

8. Use a secure web host

A good host will ensure your site safe. You need to check your hosting provider is using the latest version of PHP, Apache, MySql, phpMyAdmin, and cPanel. Contact to your server to update them.

9. Change the default permissions on your Joomla .php files to restrict editing or overwriting

You can set permissions on some important .php files to control what other people can do with your files, also to make it harder for hackers to overwrite your files:

  • Set the permission of /index.php to 444
  • Set the permission of /configuration.php to 444
  • Set the permission of /templates/*yourtemplate*/index.php to 444
  • Set the permission of the folder /templates/*yourtemplate*/ to 555

10. Change your .htaccess file

Adding .htaccess file to block out database and some common file exploits.

11. Disable the FTP Layer

For the majority of Joomla installations the FTP layer is not required, so we recommend that you disable this.

  • Login into the Joomla administration
  • Go to “Site/Global Configuration/Server”
  • In “FTP Settings”, select “No” for the “Enable FTP” option.
  • Click on the “Save & Close”

12. Do not allow users to upload scripts to your website

Allowing a user to upload files or scripts to your website is like opening another door for a malicious file to compromise your server. Although uploading files is a necessity for any web application with advanced functionality, you should take caution and think carefully. If you feel scripts necessary for your website to have a feature, ask some Joomla security experts for advice if it should allow people to upload them.

13. Review the joomla security checklist

Joomla Security Checklist will allow your site to be always protected. It is good to review and follow the hints and steps in checklist to keep your Joomla site secure

14. Run a vulnerability scan

Vulnerability scan analyzes and helps to search and eliminate security vulnerabilities of applications, installed on your computer, and in operating system settings.
Here is some vulnerability scans you should know

15. Setup a backup and recovery process

Take time to make a strong backup and recovery protocol for your live website. Having a full backup of your website is important to the recovery process.
You don't need to create a full backup often. Because Joomla stores all the data you create in a database, you only need to do it when you've installed or updated extensions.



Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: why joomla is suitable for government and education websites

clock June 3, 2016 00:05 by author ben

 

 

Joomla is fast gaining approval as one of the most used content management systems in our planet. The first and foremost attraction of Joomal is that it is free and open source. However there are several other free and open source management systems too. Even then most of the government and educational institution websites are built on this software. Government and educational institute websites are revered even by the search engines and they give much preference for the back links from such websites. When Joomla is used mostly for such sites, there should be many advantages.

Joomla is highly user-friendly and search engine friendly. There are thousands of extensions and applications which can be used to make the website a unique one. Active Joomla groups and forums are other attraction where you will get an answer to all your queries. Joomla is 100% risk free and it is regularly updating with latest technology.
Although there are several advantages, you need the touch of a professional hand to create a highly performing website from Joomla. The crucial area is PSD to Joomla conversion. Here the design in the PSD format should be converted to HTML and then to Joomla. The original charm of the design can be maintained only when you do it perfectly and precisely. Here you need to have the help of a professional PSD to Joomla conversion service provider.

Once the website is created professionally, you can certainly enjoy the benefits. A properly constructed Joomla website will be search engine friendly and will get high ranks naturally. Besides, the users will not find any problem in navigation or in any other areas. These are the two reasons for government websites and educational websites to go with Joomla.

A website can any time meet with some technical problems. Here you need timely help. Active Joomal communities will take care of such situations and will come forward for your help. As you know the government websites and educational institution websites are the two categories browsed quite frequently. Here they cannot afford more down time and hence they depend on Joomla.

However, the most fascinating fact is that Joomla developers have built a large number of templates and extensions over a period which more than any commercial content management systems. When such good facilities are available free of cost, how can we avoid using Joomla? As they keep on updating their technology and coming out frequently with new versions, there is no doubt that Joomla will be the major content management system in the future.

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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: 7 tips to optimize Joomla! security

clock May 31, 2016 20:21 by author Armend

7 tips to optimize Joomla! security

Joomla! is a great CMS that is used worldwide. For this reason, hackers often try to find a way to hack a Joomla! website. Here are 7 tips to optimize your Joomla! security, preventing your Joomla! website getting hacked.
Always remember to make a regular backup of your website and database. If you still get hacked, you can always get back to an older version of your website. Make sure you find out which extension caused the vulnerability and un-install it.

Change the default database prefix (jos_)

Most SQL injections that are written to hack a Joomla! website, try to retrieve data from the jos_users table. This way, they can retrieve the username and password from the super administrator of the website. Changing the default prefix into something random, will prevent (most / all) SQL injections.
You can set the database prefix when installing your Joomla! website. If you've already installed Joomla! and want to change your prefix, do the following:

  • Log on to your Joomla! back-end.
  • Go to your global configuration and search for the database
  • Change your database prefix (Example: fdasqw_) and press Save.
  • Go to phpMyAdmin to access your database.
  • Go to export, leave all default values and press Start. Exporting the database can take a while.
  • When done, select all code and copy it to notepad (or any other text editor)
  • In phpMyAdmin, select all tables and delete them
  • In notepad, do a Search & replace (Ctrl + H). Set the searchterm to jos_ and change it into your new prefix (Example: fdasqw_). Press "Replace all".
  • Select everything in your notepad file and copy it. In phpMyAdmin, go to SQL, paste the queries and press Start.

Remove version number / name of extensions

Most vulnerabilities only occur in a specific release of a specific extension. Showing MyExtension version 2.14 is a really bad thing. You can modify this message to only the name of the extension by doing the following:

  • Retrieve all files of the extension from your server.
  • Open up Dreamweaver.
  • Load any file from the extension that you just downloaded to your local machine.
  • Use the Search function and set the search to Search through specified folder. Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the exploit to.
  • Set the search term to "MyExtension version 2.14" and press OK.
  • When found the correct file, remove the version number.
  • Upload the changed file to your server and check if the changes are made.

Use a SEF component

Most hackers use the Google inurl: command to search for a vulnerable exploit. Use Artio, SH404SEF or another SEF component to re-write your URL's and prevent hackers from finding the exploits.
Additionally, you'll get a higher rank in Google when using search engine friendly URL's.

Keep Joomla! and extensions up to date

This one is pretty obvious. Always check for the latest versions of Joomla! and the extensions you're using. Many vulnerabilities are resolved most of the times in later versions.

Use the correct CHMOD for each folder and file

Setting files or folders to a CHMOD of 777 or 707 is only necessary when a script needs to write to that file or directory. All other files should have the following configuration:

  • PHP files: 644
  • Config files: 666
  • Other folders: 755

Delete leftover files

When you installed an extension that you didn't like, don't set the extension to unbublished. If you do, the vulnerable files will still be on your website. So simply use the un-install function to totally get rid of the extension.

Change your .htaccess file

Add the following lines to your .htaccess file to block out some common exploits.

########## Begin - Rewrite rules to block out some common exploits
#
# Block out any script trying to set a mosConfig value through the URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} mosConfig_[a-zA-Z_]{1,21}(=|%3D) [OR]
# Block out any script trying to base64_encode crap to send via URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} base64_encode.*(.*) [OR]
# Block out any script that includes a < script> tag in URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (<|%3C).*script.*(>|%3E) [NC,OR]
# Block out any script trying to set a PHP GLOBALS variable via URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} GLOBALS(=|[|%[0-9A-Z]{0,2}) [OR]
# Block out any script trying to modify a _REQUEST variable via URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} _REQUEST(=|[|%[0-9A-Z]{0,2}) [OR]
# Block out any script that tries to set CONFIG_EXT (com_extcal2 issue)
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} CONFIG_EXT([|%20|%5B).*= [NC,OR]
# Block out any script that tries to set sbp or sb_authorname via URL (simpleboard)
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} sbp(=|%20|%3D) [OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} sb_authorname(=|%20|%3D)
# Send all blocked request to homepage with 403 Forbidden error!
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php [F,L]
#
########## End - Rewrite rules to block out some common exploits


I Hope this article helpful for you. Happy coding

 



Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Tips on Speeding up Your Joomla Site Efficiently

clock May 24, 2016 03:03 by author Armend

Tips on Speeding up Your Joomla Site Efficiently

As Google keeps on updating its algorithms, most of the Joomla website owners show a lot of concern towards boosting up the loads of their sites. These changes have a great impact on the page rank if a website loads slowly. Most of the Joomla site owners consider speeding up as a secondary issue; however, it now holds a lot of importance. Therefore, you have to speed up the performance of your Joomla website if you want to improve the page ranks.
As Joomla is a good option for hosting a website and many people are looking for the methods to speed up Joomla sites, we worked out the following easy-to-follw article to help you get to know about the best ways which will help you to speed up Joomla in an efficient way.

Ways to Speed up Joomla sites

Here are some most effective ways which help you in enhancing the performance of your Joomla website:

7 Tips for Joomla

Optimization of Templates

Templates might be the most prominent reason of the speed loss of your site. You may have a good looking site but its slower performance may act as a hurdle in your way of getting a good page rank. There are thousands of templates which are created for Joomla every day. However, there are many templates which do not work out efficiently. Most of these templates utilize 70+ images in a day. The bad thing is that these images are not at all optimized and they make the working of your website slower. So, you have to work on it.

Optimization of your website

You can use a lot of techniques for optimization of your website. These tactics include websites which are based on Joomla. The best thing which could be done is that you have to ensure that you are encoding your website pages with Gzip. This is going to speed up Joomla site for you. Other tactics include the use of PHP and CSS. You have to remove white space from the files of templates. Also, remove the commands of CSS, which are considered important. These tactics are surely going to work out for you.

Joomla Upgrade

You must use the upgraded version of Joomla for the security of you websites. Each update has small changes in it, which speed up the time of loading of Joomla to a great extent. This is also true for extensions of Joomla that you are utilizing. There are a lot of other problems which are related with the use of Joomla websites becuase of the use of certain extensions added in the site. You have to be careful regarding the use of updated and recently upgraded versions of Joomla extensions and updates.

Joomla Updates

There are many Joomla extensions which can do dish washing for you. Many of these extensions are not considered efficient and they can become a major cause of slow down of your sites. In order to remove this issue, you need to install a component of page caching. However, do not enable it. In this way, you will be able to see the time of loading for each of your URL. Find all those URLs which are showing a slow performance. All of the sites showing slow load times will have a common component in them which won’t be present in the fast sites

Search Engine Friendly URL

The foremost thing which is done by most of the webmasters is that they make their website’s URL user-friendly and search engine friendly. This is also done by Joomla core in an automatic way. There are some webmasters that want a lot of more control and they believe that this could be done by incorporating an extra component. The issue is that most of these components do not work out efficiently. Therefore, it is suggested that webmasters must focus on the creation of such URLs which are user-friendly and search engine friendly.

Costs

Joomla is regarded to be a feature packed content management system. Most of the web developers select it for bridging with other programs for enhancing the working. When both programs are used together, they complement one another. This is not usually worth doing. This is becuase both the programs have independent functioning and the core of the programs will need to be loaded. This will create a hit to the performance of your website becuase two pages need to be loaded at the same time. The functionality needs to be improved.

Joomla Tools

You are allowed to install a large number of tools and plugins within a few seconds using Joomla. All of these tools have been created with different practices of coding. All of them require different frameworks for their functionality. This is a massive bloat of codes, which actually brings you server to the knee. It makes you site perform quite slowly. If you want to prevent yourself from further headaches, then you must load very small amounts of Java Scripts. Keep yourself confined to a limited usage of plugins and extensions if you want to speed up Joomla.



Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Tips to secure your Joomla site from Hackers

clock May 18, 2016 20:07 by author Armend

How to secure your Joomla site from Hackers ?

Here we will take you through the steps you need to know so that your Joomla website is as safe and secure as possible online!

Consider a Joomla security audit

Consider having a Joomla security website full audit and you will have taken the first step on the road to online security. A security audit will result in a list of potential security issues being created. The highlighted issues can then be resolved. Sometimes it is the simple things that are missed such as setting file permissions correctly, implementationof strong secure passwords and SSL certificates with data encryption.


Sometimes more complicated issues will be highlighted. For such issues you may be better off if you do have web development skills, if in any doubt though we would recommend that you appoint a professional web developer to avoid potential mistakes!

Secure Joomla hosting

Your website should be hosted on a secure server, so make sure that your hosting provider has implemented a strong security policy into their hosting servers. If they do not then you must move your website to a more secure Joomla hosting provider, this is very important.
The task of securing a website that has been developed using the Joomla development platform can be a tricky job. However, most professional website hosting companies would normally be pleased to help you move your site from one hosting provider to another.
Check they offer the following:

  • Automatic Joomla Updates
  • Multiple layers of Server-side Security Filters
  • Firewall
  • Antivirus
  • Malware detection
  • IP Address blocking where necessary
  • Fast Response to Zero-day Mass Attacks
  • Insistyour Joomla installation and extensions are kept up-to-date

Always keep your Joomla installation updated to the latest version, this helps to make life difficult for both new and old exploits to be utilised by online hackers. Fixes for security issues are included with most Joomla releases.

Many attacks utilise security issues in Joomla extensions than the Joomla 3 core files.

Implement use of Strong passwords/ User names

This may seem obvious but ‘password’ is not a good password and an admin login named ‘admin’ is not a good login name! But you would be amazed how many times these are used! Try to implement the use of logins like £R5UU9(!SSw#88 and passwords like $4FfOq0&b””#k9hh, we are sure you get the idea!

Correctly set your File Permissions

Make sure that you do set the right permissions for your Joomla files and their folders. We would suggest the following permissions settings, in general:

  1. Set Joomla folders permission to 755
  2. Set Joomla Files permission to 644
  3. Never ever set 777 permission – this would allow anyone access!
  4. Set configuration.php file permission to 444

Restrict access to your Admin Page

  • Restrict access to your admin page. Password protect the /administrator folder for your installation.
  • Once done, an additional password will be required for any user to gain access to the admin login form.

Use Joomla security extensions

Joomla security extensions are available such as OSE Secure, JHackGuard and RSFirewall.

Always Back-up your Joomla Site

Ensure that you back-up your full Joomla installation often. Test that your backups are always available and perform periodic test restores to make sure that the process works!
You must ensure that you have a reliable backup and restore recovery procedure should there be the need to back out the current version of your website and/or database etc.



Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: 5 Tips to secure your Joomla website

clock April 29, 2016 20:56 by author Armend

5 Tips to secure your Joomla website

Website security has become the talk of the internet. With security loopholes discovered almost every other day, we know you’re concerned about your website.
and this time we want to talk about a few tips to secure your Joomla website.

 

  1. Updates: Your Joomla website and the supporting extensions should always be updated. Updates add more features or a security patch which is essential for your website in order to block any possible loop holes. These updates are generally very easy to install and won’t take much of your time. Think about this, it’s easy to update your website and it’s components than to figure what caused your website to crash and rebuild it again. Remember to take a backup before you apply the updates.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions: Keep only those extensions that are required for your website, the rest need to be deleted. Many beginners tend to try a lot of extensions to see how it will help them with their website. Only a few extensions end up actually giving value to the website, the rest are just lying there with absolutely no additional benefit to the website. They simply take up your hosting space and can also become a potential threat to your website if they are not regularly maintained (updated).
  3. Use strong login details: We are all aware that we need to set up strong passwords to secure the login page but we also need to setup an equally strong user name. The default usernames are generally ‘admin’ or ’administrator’ which are vulnerable to brute force attacks. Think of usernames as passwords and make it strong and not easy to guess. This way you’re adding another barrier for an attack on your website’s login gateway.
  4. Setup right permissions: A very important tip to secure a Joomla website is setting up correct permissions for your website’s files and folders. We recommend setting the permissions of the folders to 755 and the files to 644. If you’re not aware on how to make changes to the permissions then you can check out this blog post.  Never use 777 for either your files or folders as this gives read, write and execute rights to everyone.
  5. Security extensions: If you need an easy solution to take care of your website’s security then you can utilize one of the many security extensions available. You can try jSecure security extension, which covers a lot of security features that you will need to secure your Joomla website.

These tips should be good enough to give you a head start in securing your website. We would love to know of any security tips that have worked like a charm for you. Don’t forget to share them by leaving a comment below.



Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com | How to Building A Business Website with Joomla

clock April 27, 2016 21:53 by author ben

How to Building A Business Website with Joomla

Joomla is one of the most popular free content management systems (CMS) in the world that allows you to easily create and manage a dynamic website. It has an intuitive management interface to control all the features and functionality this powerful CMS possesses. Furthermore, there are hundreds of free extensions written for Joomla that allows users to extend its functionality and customize it to their own objectives. Joomla Content Management System is supported by a large and friendly community where newbies could really rely on assistance from more experienced members. Joomla counted more than 30 million downloads in 2012 and is growing.

Design Your Website Pages

  • You have to define what your website looks like. Even you are not a designer, you should draw the website layout carefully and note down which content you will show on your website. Following are 04 common pages that almost websites need: Homepage, About us, Service, Contact.
  • You should define clearly the position of content on each page. A deep research on user’s experience will help you convert customer easier.

If you have much information to present on your website, you can build each page separately. But if your business is small or you do not have much information, one-page design is more suitable.

Install your Suitable Template

The template is very important to a business site. Here important criteria for a good template:

  • Suitable for your purpose
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive
  • Professional design
  • Compatible with popular Joomla extension

Install the Joomla Page Builder Extensions

To save much time and effort in website building process, you should install a Joomla page builder extension – a new category of extension, which provides you many short codes and useful website building tools.

Install other necessary extensions

Next, let’s install the extension for your need. Joomla extension directory is a popular place for you to pick suitable Joomla extension.

Add the Content for Each Page

Well, after drawing the layout, it’s time to bring it to reality.  You are advised to use theJoomla page builder extension to create the first page.

The next step is selecting suitable short codes from Joomla page builder extension to build your desired content. Display your services in tabs or text and images. You also can add the pricing table or embed the Google map to locate your address. All can be done within some clicks.

Review the website

When you fill up your website with all the content, you are ready to launch it. But you should review all structures to make sure there’s no trouble. You can ask someone to review your website and share you their experiences.

Best Joomla Hosting Recommendation

ASPHostPortal.com provides our customers with Plesk Panel, one of the most popular and stable control panels for Windows hosting, as free. You could also see the latest .NET framework, a crazy amount of functionality as well as Large disk space, bandwidth, MSSQL databases and more. All those give people the convenience to build up a powerful site in Windows server. We offer Joomla hosting starts from $5/month only. We also guarantee 30 days’ money back and guarantee 99.9% uptime. If you need a reliable affordable Joomla Hosting, we should be your best choice.



Joomla Hosting - ASPHostportal.com :: Tips To Speed Up Joomla Websites within 5 minutes

clock April 26, 2016 20:57 by author Armend

Tips To Speed Up Joomla Websites within 5 minutes

Whether you are running your personal blog or a enterprise level of Joomla eCommerce store, your heartiest exception sticks with highest pick of traffic and record breaking conversion, right?
To turn your dream into reality, there are plenty of technical aspects need to kick in along fresh and professional site contents. Without going to describe them all mediocrely, I am going to share proven tactics to speed up Joomla websites, which is considered one of the most significant ranking factors according to Google. Are thinking why speed is important?

Choose a reliable Web Host

Taking right decision while selecting best Joomla hosting is considered the key for adding lightning bolt speed in Joomla website. Thinking why? The files of your website are virtually hosted on a remote server. When a end user hits for your site URL in the browser address bar, and If it takes time to retrieve data from server to your end clients, definitely your site loading time is going to be increased and your are going to lose a significant amount of traffic. So what would be the best solution? To cover the question, we prepared a wonderful guide to select best Joomla hosting. I be your find them amazing, enjoy the reading.

Use updated Joomla and its extensions

Latest technologies includes new opportunity to keep your websites away from numerous limitations of past and add finest smoothness in the overall site performance. Whereas Joomla is growing everyday for open-source contribution, so the consequence presents us the frequent update of Joomla with possibilities of site speed, because each updated version comes with multiple code improvements. Same happens for 3rd party plugins, keep them updated to consolidated with your need.

Use must-have and remove unused extensions

The plugin based model for feature extension sometime loads unnecessary features and bloated codes in maximum CMS. Nothing different for Joomla. With several years of Joomla template development, I used many of tremendous Joomla extensions comes with awesome features. But your site may required to use single features, but other remain unused and become reason for poor site speed and conflict. So, remove the unnecessary plugins and install lightweight and need specific Joomla extensions.

Enable Joomla Caching

When you look for a website or its content in the browser, Browser sends request to the server to serve requested contents back. If you are using Joomla website, on the every page load or request browser retrieves associated plugins, components, modules, images and other more. It’s really a weightlifting work for site database. Suppose you have a website visited by 1000 visitors at a time, I bet your site loading get down to 5 to 10 seconds. What’s the solution to comprehend this issue?
The answer is - enable joomla caching. Caching allows to present pre-generated contents to the end users without annoying server all the time. In a cache enabled websites a saved “view” is offer to brower. If any content is changed or updated by site owners, users momentarily get older version of cached information, but after a defined interval, cache version gets update automatically.  Want to enable Joomla caching, just follow the beneath tutorial

To enable the Joomla caching, first head the System from Global Configuration, select ON - Conservative caching option from cache dropdown field, and select Save button.
To ensure Joomla caching system starts working correctly, you have to check whether core Joomla 3 plugin System - Cache is published or not. To check status of the plugin, head to the Plugin Manager from Extensions menu. search for System - Cache. If the plugin is enabled that would great, but not publish it on your own. Have a look in the following image.
Congratulation, Now Joomla caching system is running successfully.

Enable Gzip Compression

Gzip is the popular tool for file compression. It lessen the file size and helps to shrink server response time.
Yahoo says "Gzip is the most popular and effective compression method currently available and generally reduces the response size by about 70%. Approximately 90% of today's Internet traffic travels through browsers that claim to support gzip,"
To enable Gzip in Joomla! CMS, head over to Global configuration > server and click on option 'Yes' for Gzip compression.

Leverag speed using CDN

Content delivery network (CDN) is an incredibly simple way to supercharge your Joomla website. A CDN is an interconnected system of cache servers that use geographical proximity as a criteria for delivering Web content. If you enable a Content Delivery Network, your static files will not be served from the location of your web host, but from the global network of servers of your CDN provider.
In a CDN, multiple copy of your web contents strategically exists on disseminating servers, allow you to serve the same content to many requesting clients computing devices with high availability and high performance - even when bandwidth is limited or there are sudden spikes in demand. CDNs are especially well suited for delivering web objects (text, graphics and scripts), downloadable objects (media files, software, documents), applications (e-commerce, portals), live streaming media, on-demand streaming media, and social networks.
If you want to know which CDN provider is best suited for your Joomla website, read this detailed guide.

Summary

Speed up Joomla websites is the key to boost up conversion and sales simultaneously. I’ve discussed only the techniques worked for me precisely. If you think, I missed any of them, let me know in the comment below, I will add your recommendation to the above tips.



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clock April 21, 2016 20:24 by author Armend

The Key Reasons Why Joomla is One of the Most Sought After CMSs

Joomla is a popular open-source content management system (CMS) used by millions around the world to build powerful websites and online applications. It is an award-winning solution, well-known for its user-friendly features. Joomla has been designed for easy set-up and simple kick-start, even for new users. Since it is easy-to-use, it can be used to quickly build dynamic websites. In this post, you will discover the reasons why businesses prefer Joomla CMS for their website development.

 

  • It is open-source and is free to use under General Public License (GPL). It is a user-friendly and easily understandable CMS.
  • Joomla is very popular and is used by worlds biggest and most well-known companies like Pizza Hut, Kelloggs, Sony and Ikea to list a few.
  • It has a wide range of plugins and extensions for developers to build customized robust Joomla sites.
  • Joomla websites are easier to maintain, allowing users to systematically manage the content, pages, images and more through a secured admin system.
  • Joomla can easily be integrated with WordPress, which is one of the best blogging tools of the recent times.
  • Joomla is an excellent platform to build responsive websites, giving users an enhanced experience across all the platforms.The sites built on Joomla are easily navigable. They can be properly organized and their layout can be made attractive for users.
  • You can even start your online business through your Joomla site as it has several eCommerce components that can help you to efficiently manage your products, their images & description, shipping, payment gateways and more.
  • Joomla is easy to install; it hardly takes a few minutes to get downloaded from internet. Once the installation is over, you can easily start using it.
  • The framework behind Joomla is well organized and uses Model View Controller standard (MVC), thus ensuring robustness in the website.
  • Joomla provides a variety of in-built SEO features to help your website get higher ranks in the major search-engines, thus driving more traffic to your site.
  • It has a variety of attractive themes and templates, helping you to design impeccable website to entice visitors.
  • Joomla is a secure platform to build websites with features like reCAPTCHA and UploadShield Code to prevent your site from malicious uploads and spam.
  • Joomla is widely used by organizations of all sizes, different businesses and private as well as Government organizations. It can be used to build websites for small ventures to enterprise-level businesses.
  • Joomla helps designing multi-lingual websites, thus helping you reach a broad range of audience.
  • It is backed by large online user communities from where developers can easily get advice and tips. There are online tutorials also available, thus providing solutions to your queries quickly.

Joomla is thus one of the best CMSs available for businesses to build highly-intuitive and feature-rich websites. It also allows customization to a great extent, allowing you to have a website that caters to your precise business needs!
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