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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Backing up your Joomla Site

When it comes to backing up your Joomla site, there is really only one choice at the moment and that's the Joomla Extension called JoomlaPack. JoomlaPack installs quickly and integrates quite well with your current Joomla site. After installation, you are presented with a nice big Backup Required button on your Joomla administration home page.

Clicking this button automatically begins the automated backup process.  Just sit back and watch as it backs up your whole site.

To check on your backup, you can enter the JoomlaPack administration area by clicking on the JoomlaPack menu item under the components menu of your Joomla administration page.  For most users, it's best to keep JoomlaPack running in "Easy Mode", which allows for some quick access to some simple configuration options, a backup now button, and a way to administer the backup files.  By entering the "Administer Backup Files" area, you will be able to select a backup file and download it to your computer for safe keeping.  Depending on your site, it's a good idea to do this at least once a week...or better yet, once a day to be safe!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Art Sexy Lightbox - Picture Display

On the Alexander Furniture Agencies website, I used a Joomla extension call Art Sexy Lightbox to do the photo displays throughout their site as seen below:

Art Sexy Lightbox can be bought for $20 and is one of the first Joomla extensions that I purchased because it was easy to implement and did exactly what it said it would with a decent amount of customization.  There is a great demo site that they have set up to show you what the extension can do.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Recent Portfolio Addition
Alexander Furniture Agencies

Alexander Furniture Agencies was looking to create an online informational brochure for future clients. The idea was to clearly present the client with examples of Alexander Furniture Agencies' completed projects including a detailed photo gallery, reference letters, company background and contact information.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Joomla and Captcha

Looking to prevent the amount of spam that one of my clients was receiving, I investigated how to install a CAPTCHA utility on a Joomla contact form.

You can see it in action at Ryan Gibbons Real Estate

After looking at a few Joomla extensions, I settled on a solution called "Captcha Plugin for Joomla!" (yes, a creative name), a simple yet effective plug-in created by JoomlaXi. You need to register to download the extension from the JoomlaXi page, but it's free.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Recent Portfolio Addition
Ryan Gibbons Real Estate

Ryan Gibbons approached us to start a site to represent his real estate business. Working closely with Mr. Gibbons, we worked to create a site that presented his clients with the information they needed to either buy or sell with him as their agent. We constructed the layout of his site using Joomla (a content management system), which allows for him to easily go in and edit, and keep up to date, the information throughout his site.

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2BlueSolutions prides itself on listening to the wants of each independent client. We strive to create a website as unique as your company.

This blog will be used to post tips and tricks that I have learned while developing web sites.  I also plan to provide some tutorials on using Joomla.

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