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CrazyEgg Plug-in for Joomla

This plug-in allows for the easy integration of the CrazyEgg.com tracking JavaScript into your Joomla website. No messing with the web templates, just install the plug-in, enable it and enter in your 8 digit account number from CrazyEgg and start your click tracking. CrazyEgg is a third party application that allows you to track your users click patterns on a website and then displays that information in various visual…

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Moving a Joomla Site Using AkeebaBackup

In one of my previous posts on migrating a Joomla website, we looked at a manual method of migrating a web site using simple tools such as FTP programs and simple database access such as phpMyAdmin.

That was so 2008 and there has been much development since in terms of quickly and easily migrating your Joomla website from one server to another.

This tutorial will look at a new method of Joomla…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!

We hope that everyone has a fantastic and safe festive break. We'll be on holidays from the 21st of December 'til the 4th of January.

We're still contactable via email and our office line.

See you all in the New Year!!!

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Communication is the Key

We're now in possession of some awesome new microphones communicating with our clients over voice over IP, and Skype.

These new Blue Snowball microphones give us studio quality audio to be broadcasted over the internet. It makes a huge difference to our voice recordings and the best bit, it looks really cool.

Contact us on Skype to see the difference in call quality.

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Fine Tuning a Joomla Server for High Levels of Traffic

This particular Joomla based site averages roughly, 6000 unique visitors a day with user registering on the site every few minutes to interact with the site's functions.

So here are a few tips and tricks that can be done to optimise the server environment to help handle the high server loads after you have optimised your instance of Joomla. I must also add that these tweaks are for an Apache based web server.

1) Modify the Server KeepAlive settings.

KeepAlive

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Basic Website Usability Tips

Here is a short video that give a great introduction to web usability. Take a few minutes out and watch this short presentation from CanadaHelps.org.

It's a great starting guide in identifying factors on how to make your web site more easy to use and create a better user experience for your web visitors. It also starts you off on creating a basic usability test for your web site.

Basic Website Usability Tips from CanadaHelps

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Replace Default Joomla Mootools with Compressed CDN Version

There are some minor benefits in replacing the default Mootools library with a compressed version called from a Google server. The main advantages being that the file is highly compresses from the original 73kb to a tiny 18kb. Secondly the response time from the Google server is much higher than our own web hosting environment. Perhaps we should upgrade? Lastly, the final advantage is that this file may already be cached in the user's browser from another website meaning that it won't have to…

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Removing the Meta Generator tag from Joomla 1.5

Just recently I had to remove the default Joomla meta from the header of a few sites that we had made here. It is a very simple and easy step that can be done by anyone with a little HTML knowledge and not afraid to open up their main template files.

Navigate to the main index.php file of your template. Usually found under /templates/ and open the index.php file with your favourite HTML editor.

Simply add in this line of code in the header of the file right…

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Reducing Your Joomla Website’s Load Time

So you've made your website, and it looks great! You've started to drive customers and traffic to your website but you're finding that the money that you're spending on pay per click advertising, search engine optimisation and online marketing isn't converting to leads or sales.

On close inspection of your web stats you may notice that there is a high bounce rate on your site or that people are only spending a few seconds on the landing pages of your site simply to exit on the same page.…

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Semantic Web Design

This week's search engine optimisation tip is going to be about semantic web layouts and how they can help with the optimisation of a website. This is a a very good technique that I use for a lot of my clients. Completely removing all of the design aspects from the website template and then optimizing content and heading tags in the body works wonders and is a fantastic basis to start working on a search engine campaign.

What is the Semantic Web and Semantic Web Design

"The…

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