As the owner or maintainer of a Joomla web site, you have likely been in the position of hearing about security vulnerability and having to scramble anxiously to manually check each and every site to see if it was safe and perhaps even upgrade all your sites.
Or perhaps you maintain a spreadsheet with all your clients where you track the version of Joomla and any extensions you have installed and each week or month you accept the tedious task of updating your list.
If you are a new Joomla user, perhaps you have not yet considered the best ways to backup and protect your web sites.
Regardless of the situation, a development agency with hundreds of clients or a hobbyist with a handful of sites each know how difficult it can be to keep two or more Joomla sites current and safe.
The primary problem facing Joomla web site developers and maintainers is that there is no centralized way to be notified of required updates or perform maintenance.
As Joomla users ourselves, we have also long-struggled with this very problem and last week we quietly announced a new service — Watchful.li — that will change how you manage your sites.
If you are using a modern web platform such as a content management system to power your web site, you are well aware that many URLs can be generated for each content item.
For example, lets consider a movie blog with posts for each movie. An article about an upcoming movie release might have the following URL:
Your site may also have a printer-friendly version of this URL:
In this very simple example, there are now two URLs for one content item.
While Joomla is a powerful publishing platform, it presents many challenges to users who want to maximize their placement in search engine results. In particular, Joomla web sites violate numerous best-practice guidelines for search engine optimization or SEO.
My talks — see slides below — were based around ranking factors, the on-page and off-page factors that search engines use to determine how important a given page is for a given search term. For example, if my search term is elvis memorabilia, then having this exact phrase in the title of and used broadly throughout a content item are positive factors that a search engine will use to rank the content relative to that found in other content items and on other web sites.
With over 8 million users, Pinterest — the image-sharing web site that allows users to Pin images to a user's activity stream — is now the third most popular social network and thus represents an excellent new opportunity for web site owners to improve their rank on a search engine results page or SERP.
As with Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest allows you to install a Pin it button on your web site — similar to the Tweet This and Like buttons to which we are all now accustomed — to make sharing your images fast and easy.
By placing a Pin it button on your web site, you provide another way for folks to share your content with their followers. For your Joomla SEO campaign, the act of sharing the content itself — in the case of Pinterest, image sharing — has a number of SEO-related benefits.
One of the great new features in Joomla 2.5 is the native multilingual system that can be used to create a site with content translated into 2 or more languages.
As we’ve discussed in the past, using a native solution for Joomla translations provides performance benefits and guarantees the smoothest possible upgrade path to future versions of Joomla compared to 3rd-party translation tools.
Unfortunately, using the native multilingual system in Joomla 2.5 is tedious and time consuming.
In the last 2 weeks two important Joomla upgrades have been released.
Together, version 2.5.5 and 2.5.6 address 125 issues from the bug tracker, adds 11 new features and patches two security issues.
Today we are proud to announce the immediate availability of sh404SEF® 3.5.1 (build 1299), which is fully compatible with Joomla! 1.7 and 2.5.
Release notes: Maintenance release: translations and a couple of bugs. But still: Google shuts down old Analytics API on or before July 10. sh404SEF® versions prior to 3.5.x will see their Analytics stop working after Google shuts off its API (sh404SEF® itself will keep working as usual). Also in 3.5.x: Pinterest support AND analytics tracking of pinning actions! And full support for rel="prev" and rel="next" headers tags, for improved SEO for paginated content!
Today we are proud to announce the immediate availability of Josetta® 1.2.4 build 350, which is fully compatible with Joomla! 2.5!
This is a maintenance release.
Release notes: Maintenance release. Improved frontend user interface. A couple bug fixes for Joomfish importer, for sites with 3 and more languages
As the leading search engine optimization (SEO) tool for Joomla, sh404SEF® is continually pushing the envelope and innovating with new features.
Not surprisingly then, we watch the major search engines very closely to ensure that sh404SEF® delivers the very best improvements in Joomla SEO for your web site.
Google retires the Data Export API
This past December we noticed a Google announcement describing changes to their the Data Export API, the interface responsible for communicating with their analytics platform.
In other words, they are changing the way in which 3rd-party applications communicate with Google Analytics.
This change affects one of the popular features in sh404SEF® and one that is critical for Joomla SEO — the integration of Google Analytics data in the administrative back-end of Joomla.
Today we are proud to announce the immediate availability of sh404SEF® 3.5.0 (build 1295), which is fully compatible with Joomla! 1.7 and 2.5 and sh404SEF® 126.96.36.1990 for Joomla! 1.5.
Important release: Google shuts down old Analytics API on or before July 10. This release can work with new API. Older version of sh404SEF® Analytics will stop working after Google shuts off its API. Also in this release: Pinterest support AND analytics tracking of pinning actions! And full support for rel="prev" and rel="next" headers tags, for improved SEO for paginated content! Plus many updated translations
Last week we published the slides from my Josetta® talk at J and Beyond entitled Rethinking Internationalization. that compares soultions for Joomla translation in detail.
The video from this talk is also available now.
On Monday, June 4, an internal server error resulted in some unexpected downtime as well as a small number of users receiving erroneous "subscription expired" notifications via email.
We have resolved the issue and added measures to prevent a recurrence. I want to assure you that no user data was lost and no accounts were "expired" early, despite the email notifications.
On behalf of the Anything Digital team, please accept our apologies for any confusion and inconvenience caused.
After a number requests from users, I am glad to report that our "simple notifications" add-on for Joomla now supports the UTF-8 character format.
In other words, if you use Shotimoo to add pop-up notices to your Joomla web site, you will now be able to use the full UTF-8 character set. This is essential for non-english language implementations and accented characters for example.
Shotimoo is a free module for Joomla 2.5 and can be obtained from our Public Downloads area.
Joomla 1.5 is also supported.
Today we are proud to announce the immediate availability of Shotimoo 1.1.6 (build 38), which is fully compatible with Joomla! 1.5 and 2.5!
Shotimoo is a Joomla! module and can be download from our site for free.
This is a maintenance release.
Notes: This release includes URF-8 Support
Today we are proud to announce the immediate availability of Advanced Site Search 3.0.5 (build 1361), which is fully compatible with Joomla! 1.5 and 2.5!
This is a maintenance release.
Notes: This release fixes several bugs in the cron processes and syndication.