Archive for August, 2011

Drawbacks of Joomla

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Joomla is an open source content management system which can be downloaded and used completely free of charge. You can use it to build any type of website that you might desire from a personal website through organization website to a fully functional and secure commercial website. There are a huge number of Joomla extensions which are available to extend the functionality of your website to allow it to do whatever you could ever want it to do.

However, like everything else in the world, Joomla is not perfect. It does have some downsides. However, by having a look at the potential downsides of Joomla now, you will be able to see that its problems are far outweighed by its advantages.

First, Joomla plug-in extensions make an awful lot of things possible, but the more Joomla extension you have, the slower your Joomla website will load. Be very careful that you are not adding functionalities for the sake of them and that they are truly needed by the people who will be using your Joomla website and it will probably work just fine.

Like with all other extensions, there may be incompatibilities between your Joomla plug-ins. For instance, certain l;ibrary plug-ins may clash with other similar functions that are already installed within your Joomla website. The thing to do is do your homework before you install a Joomla plug-in. Read forums on Joomla. There are a lot of them. Has anyone else had a problem with this particular Joomla extension? If they have, think twice about using it yourself or see if the problem was overcome with a patch which you may need to get.

Another downside of Joomla is that you are totally reliant on the work of other people. This can be frustrating when you need a fix for a problem and the developer is reluctant to help. However, this problem is not unique to Joomla and goes along with the territory of all open source content management systems.

Some people have expressed the concern of the security of Joomla. However, if you are careful to only install tried and tested extensions that do not come from a third party whom you are unsure whether you should trust, Joomla is a pretty secure system.

Joomla is a complex system, small problems are bound to arise from time to time. This can be through rogue plug-ins or file permission errors. Like with all content management systems, it takes a little while to get your head around it in order to make the most of it. But that can be said of anything to do with website building.

In short, there are problems with Joomla, potentially, but they are no different to the problems associated with any other open source content management system. There are ways to overcome the problems and the downsides of Joomla are far outweighed by its advantages. Go into Joomla with your eyes open, being realistic about what you need your website to do and being prepared to learn and you wonít go far wrong with Joomla.

Easy Blogging: Tips And Tricks For Using WordPress

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

WordPress is a wonderful tool for creating impressive blogs. It is easy to use and has the features you need to create a stunning blog. Keep reading to discover more about WordPress.

If you’re serious about keeping up with your blog, make a posting schedule for yourself. You may actually do it, if you set a time. In fact, you can sit down one day and create posts for the rest of the week, then you can use the schedule feature to have WP upload the posts for you.

You can increase your rank by including keywords with your pictures. Add in the tags for the alternate text and titles. If someone pins your image to the site Pinterest, your title tag is what will appear on the screen.

Work on creating a better greeting for the top of your WordPress website. This allows you to communicate better with your audience. A possible plugin to use is WP Greet Box; using this will make the things feel less robotic.

Be sure that your readers can forward your posts to their emails whenever they desire. This is essential for sharing since many people can’t access many popular social networking sites when at work. They may wish to share articles with friends, regardless. WP-email plugins are a great way to accomplish this.

Don’t use something boring, such as “admin”, as the name you use on your site. When you are showing as “admin”, your site has a higher chance of being targeted by bots. This is a security risk. If you see these usernames on your pages, delete them. Then, choose a different name.

Use titles and descriptions that have targeted keywords. These are a few of the first words your audience will see when they find your posts in the search engines. They are crucial to your site. Use Scribe, from SEO software, to exert greater control over this on WordPress created sites. This lets you edit pages to gain more readers.

Make sure that all your media is in order. It may be tempting to just upload images directly into the library, but things can become chaotic really quick. Set up your folders from the beginning, even if you do not have content for all of them yet. This makes it easier later on if you’d like to reuse images.

Make sure that your plugins remain up to date. You can really improve your website with WordPress plugins. However, as with any other software, there are updates. If you don’t wish to keep up with the update installation, you may miss important upgrades, or they may stop working.

WordPress is a lot of fun to use and simple to understand. When you have enough knowledge, it won’t take much to come up with an attractive blog of website. If you choose, there are even higher level skills you can master to really take your websites to a new level. WordPress changes every day, so monitor developments to learn how they might help your site.

If I Can Nearly Double My Search Engine Traffic, So Can You!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

If you’ve been reading WBB for a while, you probably know how I feel about SEO – I am NOT an SEO expert, but I wrote, 5 SEO Tips for Bloggers that Won’t make People Gouge Their Eyes Out” over a year ago and in that post, I encouraged people to write first, then optimize for search engines second.

To this day, I follow the same tactics, I chose my topics first without trying to fit in with the keywords that are popular, then, just before I make my final decision on the title, I may (but not always) conduct a keyword search, just to see if there’s one phrase that’s better than the others.