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Just hiring a web designer for a Joomla web site is asking for a half done job. They tend to focus on the look and style of the a web site, but you need to take your web site beyond just branding and company message. Other aspects have a major influence on how a web site performs and such things as:

  • Functionality
  • Business integration
  • SEO and google site views
  • Security
  • Performance analysis
  • Hosting domain and web

are all important aspects of a well performing site that need to be addressed.

Ensure you have a developer not just a designer so you get the complete solution.

At NZJoomla we provide the full solution.

Joomla has stopped support for the 2.5.X stream at 2.5.28 so if your site is still running on this version it is time to start planning for upgrading your site.

There a a number of advantages to upgrading to 3.X series:

  • SEO
  • Security
  • Mobility

are all improved with the latest version of Joomla.

Contact us now if we can help.

If you are running Joomla 1.5 you should consider upgrading to a more recent version of Joomla. This is because later versions are more secure, have access to better features and functionality and more 3rd party addons.

As long as you have a fully patched Joomla installation with current supported 3rd party addons, your site will be OK. However with the upgrading of technology used by Joomla PHP and MySQL, more issues are being found inparticular with 3rd party addons and in some cases specific recoding is required to ensure sites run well. Rather than let this drag on it is better to upgrade your site and enhance it's functionality.

Recently we have worked on sites in which the client has never had a contact form submission. This means  the contact form has never been tested. So if you've got a new site, don't rely on your webmaster for all testing. Make sure you also test an email addresses, contact forms or data submission forms your self to ensure if clients want to contact you they can!

How do you tell what version of Joomla you are using?

Simply log into the administrator area of Joomla and look either top right on bottom middle of the page. Where it will be displayed in the formate similar to 1.5.22 or 2.5.11.

If it reads 1.5.XX where XX is any number - your version of Joomla is outdated and you really need to consider upgrading to improve security. Contact us now to discuss.

 

Although Google will eventually locate your site and spider it and hopefully start indexing your pages on a site. Using Google web master tools will speed this process up and also provide additional support for your site, telling you if software needs to be upgraded or your site has been compromised and infected with malware.
Using a google approved site map in web master tools speeds up google's ablity to locate pages on your site.

Contact us now if you want your site added to google web master tools.

Having your Joomla site running fine is great, but as with any data it is important to have backups. The same applies to Joomla based web sites.

Your host should have a backup option in place, maybe 14 days of archived daily backups. However this is often inadequate and your should have an additional backup option.

Akeeba provide an excellent alternative including a free version.

The following should be considered with any backup solution.

  • Automate backups regularly to off site storage.
  • Run manual backup prior to a site change for example 3rd party addon or upgrade
  • Run backup once again once site changes have been made
  • Manual backups to be copied off site

Security Risk?

If your current Joomla install is version 1.5.26 or below - it is out of date and it's security is at risk - YOU SHOULD'T use it as part of your business tools.

Joomla have now also stopped support for 2.5.X series and hence it's time to consider upgrading your site if you are running this stream of software on your web site.

If you have a series 3.X version of Joomla running your site, you must ensure it is updated to Joomla 3.9.13 at a minimum as lower levels of Joomla 3.X have a security risks.

Current version of Joomla 3.9.13

Contact Us about upgrading.

Google it

Want to add any of the following google services to your Joomla Site?

Google Adwords
Google Analytics
Google Webmaster tools
Google URL submission

Contact Us as we can help.

Mobilise your web site

The growth of browsing on smart phones is one of the fastest changing aspects of the WWW, with 49.2% of mobile users browsing the internet on their phones.

Is your site mobile ready or are you still penalising visitors to your web site who are using mobile devices with large downloads and incorrectly proportioned layout?

A responsive web site reacts to the device your visitor is using to view your site.

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