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How to Choose the Right CMS For Your Website

November 27, 2011

Ever since the arrival of Content Management Systems, it has created a lot of buzz in the world of internet. CMS is defined by Wikipedia as “A ‘web content management’ (WCM) system is a CMS designed to simplify the publication of Web content to Web sites, in particular allowing content creators to submit content without requiring technical knowledge of HTML or the uploading of files.” It is an efficient system that can manage the content of the website very easily. In short, it enables a layman with no knowledge of HTML to create, modify, or remove the website content without typing a single code.

Open source CMS is popular for several reasons with the web development companies as well as the clients. Some of the reasons are as follows:

– Better control over the creation, publishing of the content as well as uploading images and files.

– The clients can have a dynamic blog style of content display right from the change in the fonts to read more links.

– To have an integrated web administration control of the website.

– The owner can make the website content highly interactive as the visitors can add content easily too with CMS.

– The owner of the website can have public as well as private sections of web content that can be accessed by a registered user.

There are several kinds of Content Management Systems available these days such as WordPress content development, Joomla content development, Drupal and many more. However, not all CMS have the same features and therefore, it is essential to make the right choice for your website. Web-based publishing, format management, revision control, indexing, search, and retrieval are some of the features that are commonly found in all the content management systems.

The two main aspects to consider while choosing a CMS for an organization are:

1. The size of the organization definitely is the first and foremost factor to take into consideration. If the company is very large and has several international offices then it becomes quite difficult.

2. The different electronic data forms used by the company are the second point of concern. The content management can become difficult if the there is too much use of text documents, graphics, videos, audio and diagrams and so on for communicating the message.

Hence, a large company needs to assess the needs and also the Content Management System they choose to manage website content.
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Why Use a Backhoe Loader?

November 26, 2011

One of the first pieces of construction equipment that kids learn about and recognize is what is called a Backhoe Loader. This machine has long become one of the most popular machines on job sites all throughout the world because of its versatility and maneuverability. If this is a machine that you are wondering if you should purchase or not, as with any purchase, it is a good idea to do some research to see if your business can get enough use out of this piece of equipment to make the cost worthwhile.

A lot of new contractors have only enough money to purchase one machine so they end of going with a backhoe loader because it is one of the only machines you can purchase that can do two machine’s jobs fairly well: A Wheel Loader and an Excavator. Here is some information on the task you can do with a backhoe loader.

1. Loader End: The front end of this machine is the part of the machine that functions closely to a wheel loader. There is usually a bucket around 2.5 cubic yards that one can use to move material, dig into a bank, or fill a trench. If all you will be doing all day long is digging material and loading a dump truck, a wheel loader will probably suit your needs better but if you have a use for this application once in a while, a back hoe loader will work just find. Also on this front end you can attach a pair of forks for lifting up pallets, a broom for cleaning off surfaces, and even a clam bucket that will allow you to pinch material or stumps between your bucket. Remember that because this machine is not a wheel loader, you will not have the visibility that you normally have in that type of machine nor the stability because of the excavator back end.

2. Back End: The back end of a back hoe loader is very similar to an excavator. What the operator will do is spin his or her chair around and then operate the back end of the machine. Usually the back end of the machine is used 70 percent of the time and the front end of the machine 30 percent of the time. This stat means that if you are going to purchase one of these machines, you will want to make sure if you demo or try out the machine that you are sure to run the back end to see how well you like it. The controls that work the excavator portion of this machine should be of keen importance as well because different operators like different types of controls.
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How to Build a Website With Joomla

November 23, 2011

Joomla has emerged as a popular content management system used to create websites from the beginning. Its user manual focuses more on the functionality instead of end user’s perspective. This open source software was developed in 2005 and has been adding to its flourishing list of users with every passing day.

Developers across the world have been able to develop Joomla templates as per project-centric requirements. Most of them absolutely free of cost while others are put on sale. Some of the free Joomla templates have high quality and they can be shared with other Joomla community members with great ease.

Making a website with Joomla… a fun exercise!

It’s a low-cost affair to create a website with Joomla. Its vast range of free templates has made creating a website so easy. Creation of a website with Joomla entails some basic steps as enumerated below:

Step 1: Make a clear sitemap and compartmentalize the same into Home, Categories and Articles (or web pages in Joomla context); home being the top level and categories being the middle level.

Step 2: Now you can generate sections in Joomla with the help of Section Manger in Content. Under each section, create a category and tag it correctly under the apt section. You can tag the categories with the help of Category Manager in the Content section.

Step 3: Create the web pages of your website in the form of articles with the help of Content -Article Manager. Joomla is such a robust CMS that its content editor enables you to create content for the web pages of your website even without the code knowledge.

Step 4: Build a menu for your link with the help of Menu option so that netizens can click on the same to gain access to your articles.

Step 5: Now enable the menu, a step commonly missed by many and perhaps one of the primary reasons why menu does not appear. We need to instruct Joomla about the placement of menu and hence you need to go to Module manager and find out the exact location of menu name so that you can enable it properly.

Step 6: Customize the layout and supplement it with additional extensions.

Currently, there are many hosting companies that offer reliable and affordable Joomla hosting to netizens on the World Wide Web such as LimeDomains, BlueHost, HostGator etc.

Get started with your Joomla website today!
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Content Management Systems – An Overview

November 17, 2011

 Content management system, is the most important computer application for the handling of a project. It is more like a computer administration system, which is used for work management. The content management system is used for the stocking, versioning, controlling and the publishing of documents that are industry specific. Under these documents come various sales guides, operational manuals, news articles, technical manuals etc.

There are different types of content management systems like the web CMS, Enterprise CMS, Component CMS, mobile CMS, Document management system and many more. It is imperative that you choose the content management system that is appropriate to your industry requirements.

Form the general and operational point of view when you opt for a content management system then look for a vendor that is reliable and with whom you can have a long-term relationship. Check for the background of the company from whom you are going to subscribe the content management system. In case you are looking for a system for managing a single project then mention your accurate functional requirements and ask for technical support during the beginning of the project.

It is essential that you understand the pros and cons of each type of the content management systems.

Commercial CMS: This has the widest features among all the types of CMS. Its main benefit is the quick provision of consistent solution. However, unless your have a first hand experience with the functioning of this system it would be difficult to assess the evaluation and quality.

Homegrown: This is supported by, single web development companies for, their own projects. The major advantage is that the system can be hacked and customized according to the individual requirements however on the other hand you would be dependent on a single vendor.

High-end CMS: There are limited vendors for this type, but the main feature is that they deliver high quality enterprise solutions.

Open Source: With this the software is available free of cost to anyone, the advantage is that you can escape the license fee and on the same hand you can customize your product. The looming point is that some of the features might not have a high quality commercial security and stability.

When selecting the content-management system for your project mull over, the licensing costs, the application platform availability and the total cost of the system. Having a content management system to organize your work is a true blessing that can be of great help to increase the incorporation and the mechanization of the process.
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Drupal, Joomla, etc — Which to pick?

November 14, 2011
Hi, I need a CMS that allows for:

(1) registering users, (login/passwords), each able set a profile (with attributes, like picture, education ec)
(2) integrate with paypal, so only after the person who wants to register pays the registeration fee, then open their account
(3) allow to filter or summarize them by attributes. (e.g. (4) people have height more than 180 cm, and clicking on it would show the names and attributes of the 4).

Which CMS is better for this? Drupal? Joomla? others? (phpnuke etc)
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Top Rated SEO Tools For Joomla

November 13, 2011

These are some of my, must have tools, to be installed for Joomla 1.5. If you are small business building an IN House CMS website or a web developer, using Joomla, I suggest looking at these Top Rated Joomla tools to get your site optimized, verified and tracked quickly.

These are pretty much straight out of the box with very little configuration or modification necessary.

1. JoomSEO Developed by Phillip Brown – JoomSEO is a Search Engine Optimization BOT making Joomla content more Search Engine Friendly. JoomSEO dynamically creates meta keywords, meta descriptions, changes the title on the fly, adds heading tags to content titles and more…..

2. Google Verify Developed by Michiel Bijland – Small Plugin to make Google Webmaster Tools site verification a bit easier. Works with the Meta Tag method and no template adjustments are needed. This is ideal for website with multiple templates or demo sites, no templates adjustments needed when you add a new template this plug-in ….

3. Missing Meta data Module Developed by Dan Rahmel – Missing Metadata module adds a panel to the Control Panel of the Joomla Administrator interface that lists any published articles that have empty meta description or meta keys fields. Search engines (particularly Google) use the meta description text as the summary text for site-listings displayed in search results. Any articles that fail to include this metadata will suffer…..

4. Big Shot Google Analytics Developed by Kenneth Crowder – This Plug-in will add the Google Analytics Tracker Code to your site automatically.

5. JoomlaWatch Developed by Matej Koval – JoomlaWatch allows you to watch your website visitors and bots in real-time from the administration menu. Especially their IP addresses, countries they come from, geographical location on a map, which pages they are viewing, their browser…..

More resources and links on optimizing your Joomla ROI and Top Rated SEO Tools for Joomla.
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how can i learn joomla? where can i get free domain and free web hosting from?

November 9, 2011
this question is two fold. first i would like to know is joomla the best way to start learning web development? do i need to learn html/css first. i would also like to learn php/mysql and other languages like perl,python,java,.net. can i implement all those into Joomla.
second is do i need to purchase a domain or get a free one like co.cc or get a free webhost and use there subdomain? also another option is to get xampp and use that as localhost and do it that way.
also are there any good resources online to learn these things. please share. thanks for looking
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Move a Joomla Site to Another Host

November 5, 2011

Perhaps you’ve got an offer you couldn’t refuse for your website. How do you go about moving your joomla site to the new owner? Or maybe your old host provider is no longer able to fit your needs. In either case you will need to be able to move the site and retain all information with the least amount of interruption. If any of the information is lost then you will be up the creek and your potential sale might be lost or worse yet you cannot duplicate the information. Follow these important tips to ensure that this doesn’t happen.

Create a new account with your new host provider. All of this will need to be completed and accepted before anything is done. You will need somewhere to move the site. You might have to wait a couple hours to a day or two until this is activated. Once this is completed you should now change your name servers. This will point your site to its new location so that it can be viewed.

Make sure that you have everything copied and a backup of your site. You should be constantly backing up your site anyway. But in case you haven’t you can start now. You also need to make sure that you have ftp software to complete the site transfer. Without this you can’t do anything.

Paste your information into the directory on new host provider site. Upload the copied or backup information that you stored. Export the new database. Now you need to go to the cpanel or control panel to change your settings. You are halfway through the process. Once you’ve changed your settings you may still need to modify it. It may not perform or look the way it needs to. Keep making necessary changes until it is the way you want it.

Now comes the fun part. Does everything work? If something isn’t functioning properly you need to go back and make sure everything is copied, and all your links are working. Before you cancel off the old host service keep it until you are certain that the new host doesn’t have any problems. You don’t want to lose any traffic to your site while this process is occurring. Make sure that you let your visitors know that you are in the process of moving the site and that you don’t expect any problems but should they happen you will get it fixed right away. The idea of a site no longer working is confusing to your traffic and they may eventually be lost if you don’t remedy the situation right away.

Moving your website doesn’t have to be difficult. Remember the key to any big move is to backup your files in case of loss. You can get plenty of help from your new host provider at no additional charge. After all they want your business and will make sure that you have the least amount of problems.
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