Top five Joomla extensions

June 6th, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, The Internet | 1 Comment »

Top five Joomla extensions

There is no denying the fact that the modular approach of Joomla has made it one of the most popular of its kind, as both users and developers have made the most out of it. There are several extensions available in Joomla, courtesy the huge community of developers. We pick some of the best and most popular of the extensions, chosen on the basis of user feedback!

JoomlaXplorer

This is a better version of the default FTP client, with lots of enhanced features and functions. One can view, edit, upload, and download files easily with this extension.

JoomlaPack

The web server is always vulnerable to attacks that can put it down for hours and can even result in loss of data. This extension helps in taking backup of the data and also helps in restoration of the backup data.

RSS Factory

This extension is a great SEO tool as it generates meaningful keywords for your websites and helps you get more visitors.

Security Images

This secures the registration process for Joomla sites, as it adds the functionality where users need to type in the text written in a distorted image.

VirtueMart

This is for all website owners who require e-commerce software enabled for online transactions. This extension has great features and is extremely secure too!

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Five things you can do with cPanel

May 22nd, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Software, The Internet | 1 Comment »

Five things you can do with cPanel

Cpanel or the control panel is an integral part of the web hosting service as it offers a lot of features that makes it easy for admins and owners to handle the technical aspects of web hosting without getting into the details. There are several reasons why cPanel is indispensable for fast and efficient maintenance of a website, and some of these are discussed below:

It gives you more flexibility in handling web files

There are provisions for uploading, editing, deleting, renaming web files instantly, and changes are updated on the website in a real-time basis. Moreover, features like uploading a zip file and unzipping it in the server makes website building an easier process.

Cpanel lets you use Content Management Systems (CMS)

The popular CMS like Drupal, Joomla, WordPress are generally available in cPanel, and anybody willing to use them to create their website can use it without much hassle.

It employs efficient methods for handling mailboxes

Managing email addresses and mailboxes become extremely easy on cPanel due to the large number of applications that help in setting up and maintaining mailboxes.

Cpanel maintains your website statistics

There are features and application, which help in monitoring the performance of a website.

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Installing Joomla in a few easy steps!

May 22nd, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Web Hosting | 1 Comment »

Installing Joomla in a few easy steps!

Joomla is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) used all over the world. One of the reasons of its popularity is its free availability and extremely easy installation. You don’t even require a paid hosting account to install and test run Joomla on your system.

The first thing that one needs to check whether the system has the following: PHP (4.4.3 and above), MySQL (3.23 and above) and Apache (1.13.19 and above). Generally, the requirements are met if one has a good web hosting account.

Once the requirements are fulfilled, here are the extremely easy steps that would help you install Joomla on to your machine!

Download the Joomla files

The Joomla files can be easily downloaded in the form of zip files from the download section of the official Joomla website.

Unzip the files on your server

Joomla would not run anywhere like EXE files do, and needs to be unzipped onto the server for further installation.

Name the unzipped folder according to your convenience

The unzipped file should be given a short and simple name, say Joomla.

Access the Joomla folder through the web browser

The unzipped folder at the server must now be accessed through the web browser as the first installation page appears!

Follow the simple instructions in the following pages, and your system would be loaded with Joomla!
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Tips and Tricks to make Drupal Hosting even better!

May 18th, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Software, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Tips and Tricks to make Drupal Hosting even better!

Drupal, the powerful and easy-to-use content management system, written in PHP is extremely popular among web designers. The reason why they go for Drupal hosting is its modular approach – every thing, including the core system files are in the form of modules. Barring the core ones, web admins can install, uninstall any module from the vast list of modules available in the Drupal website.

However, certain small tweaks and modifications can do wonder over and above the existing benefits you get. Here are some of the tips and tricks which can optimize your website:

Maintain the structure of the code

Organizing the program code by maintaining the structure and adding comments can help in further modifications and updates as the program gets larger.

Cron tasks should be done on off-peak hours

If your site needs you to do cron jobs, the preferred time would be when the traffic on the website is minimum.

Use English-readable URLs

Instead of using the default URLs provided by Drupal, one should enable Clean URLs, and install which enable English-readable URLs

Enable the used modules only

More the modules more would be the time to load a page. Thus, modules that are currently in use should be disabled from the administration section.

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Five great applications based on PHP

May 17th, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Internet Trends, The Internet | No Comments »

Five great applications based on PHP

People often talk about how PHP is being slowly eclipsed by other upcoming APIs that are not only about programming, but provide a complete environment for application development. However, the fact is, most of the popular applications and software are developed on PHP itself. Here, we discuss the top applications that have been made using PHP

Drupal

One of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) is completely based on PHP, which gives users and developers the flexibility and the ability to manipulate the system according to their requirements

Joomla

Another CMS that uses PHP for its core libraries as well as the modules developed by thousands of developers worldwide. The simplicity and efficiency of PHP gives Jooma a great advantage.

FFmpeg

The video-sharing module owes most of its development to PHP, and thus faces no compatibility issues with most systems it is implemented on.

Wikipedia

The user-interactive section of the famous knowledge-sharing website has been written in PHP, and has facilitated millions of user entry, apart from filtering the unwanted ones.

Facebook

The most popular social networking website makes use of PHP for user interaction, and thus most applications developed on the Facebook API are also written in PHP


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RvSiteBuilder and Templates

August 8th, 2009 | Posted under Computer Advice, Content Management Systems, FFmpeg Hosting, Miscellaneous, Software, Web Design Tutorials, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

RvSiteBuilder and Templates

RvSiteBuilder

If you want to get your hosting services to the higher level, you have you have to differentiate yourself and level by providing the RVsiteBuilder as one of the value added service. With this, you will be able to save time and money and make your clients to get higher profit.

RVSiteBuilder is a great addition to any web hosting. It’s basically a sitebuilder. Take a look at what BounceWeb has to offer:
View Site Builder Templates

View Site Builder Demo

Blog component: It helps the users to maintain their online webblog, diary or a complete home page.
New step5 interface: with which you will be able to create and configure the website easily.
Help and shortcut menu: Each step contains the screenshots, shortcut menu and flash tutorials guide so that user will know how create DIY template, add Youtube etc.
New navigator system: this shows the suitable color scheme.

RvSiteBuilder Features

RvSiteBuilder

Tryout Module
It is a separate application, which runs on your own disk and allows the users to try out the RVsiteBuilder and there will be no need of buying a hosting account. Here, the users can try to test and if they are interested, they can buy a hosting account.  With the click of a single button, you will be able to create both hosting account along with data as well.

Customizable template
If the default templates do not fit in, you can download other templates, modify and can upload to the system. The templates that are uploaded by you can be used only you.

Completely integrated to cPanel
Based on your existing package, you will be allowed to control the user access of the RvSiteBuilder using the features of both RvSkin and WHM

Advanced WYSIWYG editor
Supports all the browsers with the equivalent gecko layout engine.
New website templates
Multi lingual support

Template
It is a standardized type of file used by the computer software as the pre-formatted example on the base of other files.

Some of the template categories include

Art and Gallery
Books
Beauty and Fashion
Family
Computer and technology
Travel and leisure
Restaurant and bar
Gifts and collectibles
Health and medical
Sports and Recreation
Hotels
Home and garden
Internet services
Music
Jobs and career
Pets
Industrial
Business
Hosting
Plain templates
Hosting

Some of the template styles include

Flash
Two tone
Bright
Vector
Monochrome
Contemporary
Clean
Cartoon
Nouveau
DIY templates

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Benefits of using cPanel with Fantastico

July 25th, 2009 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Software, The Internet, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

Benefits of using cPanel with Fantastico

Hi all,

If you have a website, and actively participated in its development and hosting, then there are high chances that you came across the magic software application called cPanel. cPanel is the control panel of your web hosting space, and it generally covers every customization option that you can probably think of with your site! There are certain basic features of cPanel such as the web based and FTP servers that help in uploading, and other manipulation operations associated with web based files. One can also change the setting of the applications used to develop the site.

However, in order to have the applications installed in the system without any fuss, cPanel has a magic solution: Fantastico. Like the name suggests, it is a fantastic script library containing nearly most of the scripts required to install applications in the website. So, if you are looking forward to install a blog application or a picture gallery to your website, look no further! CPanel along with Fantastico can do it in minutes. So, what are the benefits that one can get while using cPanel with Fantastico? Well, it is a win-win situation for both the viewers and the site developer, as it helps in making the website more efficient and interactive, and without stressing the developer!

cPanel and Fantastico Scripts

A few applications that make it worth to have a Fantastico enabled cPanel are:

a. Blogs – This is the latest mouthpiece of the netizens. Be it views or information sharing or just a glimpse of a new idea, all people do is blog about it. So, for website owners, its great to have a blogging application in their site! Though most blogging applications come embedded in Content Management Systems (CMS), we can also add standalone blogging applications through Fantastico scripts.

b. Content Management System (CMS) – This magic application can help you create a site in hours! Moreover, there are several options like changing, deleting, uploading etc that makes it more convenient. Therefore, most cPanels have options for installing a CMS to work upon. However, installing a CMS on a server is generally a highly complex process. With Fantastico, it is just a matter of couple of minutes!

c. Image gallery – Websites without images are unthinkable today, unless the website is highly content specific, and is required to be like that. Therefore, in most cases, we either need to provide a image tour or a tutorial to enhance the viewer experience. Coding and designing an image gallery on our own would be much more difficult than installing a third-party software application. If you choose to go by the easy path, then there’s Fantastico with its fantastic scripts.

d. Email lists – Websites need to be interactive. While forms can help, there are times when one needs to mail. It could be newsletters, confidential information or even user-generated messages. In case of mailing lists, if you are a member, then you can send and receive mails to other subscribed members in the last month. Fantastico has a few scripts that look after email lists and other mailing applications.

While cPanel provides all the functions that is necessary to build a website, the whole installation process is made easy by Fantastico scripts!

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Fantastic Features of Fantastico

July 25th, 2009 | Posted under Content Management Systems, The Internet, Web Design Tutorials, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Fantastic Features of Fantastico

Hi all,

Ever wondered how your favorite web applications get added to the website so easily? Well, there’s a commercial script library, known as Fantastico that executes script from the control panel of the website. According to the official website of Fantastico, it is operating on over ten thousand servers and is used by a million users all over the world.

One may add several popular and useful systems with the help of Fantastico scripts and it includes shopping cart software, wiki sites, blogs and photo sharing applications. So, what is it that makes Fantastico so fantastic? Read on, and we will discover.

The vast range of software applications that Fantastico scripts support is a big argument for its popularity. We’ll discuss some of the scripts available in Fantastico that make it so indispensable for website control panels.

Fantastic Fantastico Features

i. Blogs – Blogs have become an integral part of any community-based websites, especially after the advent of Web 2.0. Writing blogs or even commenting is a sign of collaborative approach towards the Web content creation, which happens to be the essence of Web 2.0. There are certain blog applications that are supported by Fantastico scripts.

While some applications provide features like multiple blog support, advanced search options and search engine friendly links, others provide future post option, bookmarks and many more. WordPress arguably the most popular blog application also provides password-protected posts, cross-blog tools, multiple author facility and many more.

ii. Content Management Systems – Content Management Systems or CMS is the future of web development. People no longer write codes from the scratch to make websites. CMS provides in-built templates for adding content and customizing the features. With plug-ins, modules and extension, developers can also add new features.

A few CMS that are supported by Fantastico generally have the features of search engine friendly URLs, online help, rich text editors, user-made templates, third-party applications and many more. The script library of Fantastico also supports Drupal, the most popular CMS.

iii. E-commerce – This is becoming an important part of the World Wide Web with each passing day. People are now shedding their inhibitions and transacting online for purchasing or even managing financial accounts. E-commerce comes with the added benefits of real-time transactions, dealing from your comfort point, etc.

E-commerce applications supported by Fantastico include shopping carts where one can add unlimited products and categories and many payment gateways with easily modifiable designs. These shopping cart applications also come with a certain modules that can be installed for enhanced functionality.

iv. Image sharing applications – The web is the newest place to share things ranging from documents to images to videos. With higher bandwidth available, people are now more eager to upload images on to the WWW, so that others can view and appreciate them.

Fantastico features a host of scripts for applications dealing with Image galleries. Most of these applications allow both web-based and FTP uploads, along with unlimited uploads, search features, thumbnailing pictures and other specific customization options.

Fantastico scripts do a lot more than what is mentioned above. However, one would argue in Fantastico’s favor that it makes adding web content a lot easier, and thus the whole web designing process truly becomes fantastic!

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Make mobile-friendly view on your Joomla hosted website

June 22nd, 2009 | Posted under Computer Advice, Content Management Systems, Web Design Tutorials, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | 1 Comment »

Make mobile-friendly view on your Joomla hosted website

With the number of mobile devices going past the number of desktop machines by a large margin, making a website viewable in a mobile phone is of utmost importance. However, making mobile-optimized website views are not easy because of the phone screen size. For the millions who use their cell phones to browse the web, it is a pain to zoom in and out to check things or access the mail. Moreover, the limited speed is a big factor as pages having a big size will take huge time to open, and may not open at all.

In general, mobile viewable sites should be trimmed off extra scripts, images, and should concentrate on the content representation than the design. However Joomla, one of the most popular Content Management System (CMS) has a solution to all the problems of mobile browsing with the help of its extensions, namely PDA Plug-in and iPhone Auto-template Switcher and many more. Joomla is a web-content management system that is structured into different extensions. Once an extension is added to the core part of Joomla, a new feature of that extension starts working.

The PDA Plug-in comes with two different files – the original plug-in and a template. Both of them have to be installed and then some options needs to be set on the Plug-in Manager console. Some web developers like the idea of giving the users a choice between the regular version and the mobile-optimized version while the site is being visited from a mobile device. These options can be set from the plug-in manager, and if a choice is being provided, the control panel of the web space must be configured likewise. The template view of the Joomla extension would let you manipulate how the site would look on a mobile device. You can set the modules that would come up in the mobile-optimized website, with the minimum number of modules being one and the maximum being five. However, the challenge for the extension right now is to support newer mobile platforms that are being launched currently.

The other extension that was mentioned earlier takes care of the problem mentioned above. The iPhone Auto-template Switcher is specifically made for iPhone, which have revolutionized the process of mobile Internet browsing. Although it is targeted to the iPhone users at large, it is not exclusively for iPhone. Its basic functionality is that it can toggle between three different templates according to user preferences and browser choices. It currently supports the popular Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and the iPhone browser. However, users of a few other browsers can also use it. The installation to Joomla is very simple, but you need to make some modifications in the core Joomla package and also install templates since the original extension does not come with one.

Joomla has certain other extensions like simulators to help one see whether the plug-ins are working properly or not. Besides, they also have a huge collection of mobile optimized templates to choose from. Mobile websites have definitely become easier to make, courtesy Joomla!

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Creating CSS templates in Joomla

June 22nd, 2009 | Posted under BounceWeb Company, Content Management Systems, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Creating CSS templates in Joomla

Hi all,

In the world of Content Management Systems, it is no more a difficult task to build a website. With CMS like Joomla, you could probably create a brand new site of yours within a day. Joomla comes with a lot of in-built features, and what makes is so popular is the fact that you can add third-party features to the core Joomla component in the form of extensions.

Apart from extensions, Joomla users can choose from different templates for their websites. Templates are just like dresses that are pre-made and can be used on any content. However, making templates for Joomla websites are more challenging! Generally Cascaded Style Sheets (CSS) is purely used for the purpose. So, how do we create a CSS template for Joomla? Read on to know more.

The templates are stored in the “template” directory of the Joomla installation package. So, if you are creating a new template, make sure that you create a folder under the “template” directory. In most cases, the name of the folder is the name of your template as well! Now, Joomla templates require a few files to be created.

a. index.php – This happens to be the main section of the complete Joomla template. It will specify the module positions and also the location of your css files.

b. templateDetails.xml – This XML file contains data about the complete template. This helps the Joomla application to extract information about the template.

c. css folder – This folder contains all the css files required for the template. In the most basic template, you will find a single file named .css

These files can be created on any text editor and then uploaded to the control panel of your web host! However, besides knowing CSS, one must also know certain aspects of Joomla, PHP and XML to create the above files.

1. The index.php file will contain certain tags that are specific to Joomla only. For example, will display the main content in any web page created in Joomla, thus all styles associated with the main content can be applied on it.

2. The XML file will contain a lot of information like the version that is suited to the template, the name, author, description, list of files present in the template directory, and the positions enabled in the template. These information should be filled up in order to be recognized by the core Joomla components.

3. The basic design of the page will be contained in the CSS files of the css folder. The design that you want to provide to the template must be coded in a clear way and also should conform to the W3C standards.

More than anything else, imagination is what makes a great template. Joomla, being an efficient tool for developers too, keeps the content section separated from the design section, thereby making it easy for designers to concentrate on their creativity to come up with great templates.

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