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Presentation made by Kendall Cabe for the Joomla! Day Chicago event on August 5, 2011

Presentation made by Kendall Cabe for the Joomla! Day Chicago event on August 5, 2011

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  • Major third party developers?Akeeba (8 admin extensions)Anything Digital (6 extensions)Azrul (5 comprehensive extensions)CorePHP (about 20 extensions + Templates)NinjaForge.com (42 extensions, about half free)NoNumber.nl (21 extensions, many admin utilties)RS Joomla (15 extensions)Stack Ideas (36 extensions, key ones cost)Types of subscriptions – what you pay for with third party developers: support, advanced version, plugins, subscriptionCustom-built probably not for beginners (but mention it is possible and that there are extensions that provide frameworks for this)KC: you may not find exactly what you need, if you have specific requirements you may need to build.
  • How do you spot reasonable extensions?KC: reviews, rating, and count of users – is the product commercial? Check out the vendor site; if the site looks like crap, that may reflect on their toolsHow do you avoid reasonable extensions?KC: avoid old products that haven’t been updated. Check for development path to 1.6/1.7 to see that they are still developing and supporting
  • Editors – why must you have a WYSIWYGeditor? Your answer?KC: TinyMCE is minimal; the extras in an advanced editor will help you do more faster. For example, styles, media management, link management.FCK is now JCK, I think.
  • If we are getting into paid here, there are other options to mention : firewalls, eg.KC: Powerful tool with a lot of stuff you may not actually use.READ THE DOCUMENTATION. This is a powertool that can do lots of damage.Tell me about Salvus Alerting…Tom Canavan produced. Searches hacker and developer site looking for notices of problems with components or extensions.Biggest things is not just that you can subscribe, it is that you can be signed up for their notices.Do a google search on joomla firewalls. Rs firewall, etc.jHackGuard from SiteGround
  • Why not use hosting company backup?KC: do you know how often do they back it up? What does a restore cost? What happens if they restore something old? It’s on them to do the back up. They will restore on their own time frame.Store a copy OFF site from hosting company.Auto vs. Manual,E-commerce, at least nightly – depends on sales volume.
  • Why not use hosting company backup?KC: do you know how often do they back it up? What does a restore cost? What happens if they restore something old? It’s on them to do the back up. They will restore on their own time frame.Store a copy OFF site from hosting company.Auto vs. Manual,E-commerce, at least nightly – depends on sales volume.
  • Why use SEF urls?KC: Search engines is only part of it, but also people can remember them. People Friendly too.Why isn’t it a default?KC: Joomla doesn’t do it automatically as in olden days some hosts had issues. It probably should, maybe someday it will.Best solution?Why use a third party rather than Core Joomla SEF: Core will add a unique id, but not fully human readable. KC: if you want a landing page not on your menu, or you want redirects, or unique URLs.KC: Kendal uses sh404sef, see also JoomSEF. (in 1.6)Third party tools may have 404 managers.In 1.6, test the Joomla SEF urls first as they’ve made improvements to the core generator.Think this thru before going live!!
  • Why use SEF urls?KC: Search engines is only part of it, but also people can remember them. People Friendly too.Why isn’t it a default?KC: Joomla doesn’t do it automatically as in olden days some hosts had issues. It probably should, maybe someday it will.Best solution?Why use a third party rather than Core Joomla SEF: Core will add a unique id, but not fully human readable. KC: if you want a landing page not on your menu, or you want redirects, or unique URLs.KC: Kendal uses sh404sef, see also JoomSEF. (in 1.6)Third party tools may have 404 managers.In 1.6, test the Joomla SEF urls first as they’ve made improvements to the core generator.Think this thru before going live!!
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    • 1. Joomla Toolbox 101
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 2. Presented By…
      Partner and Co-founder
      Kendall Cabe
      Leadership Team
      Leadership Team
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 3. Overview
      Where to find extensions
      What’s in the Toolbox?
      Content
      Security / Site Administration
      Search Engine Optimization
      Data Gathering
      Communications
      E-Commerce
      Social Media
      File Access
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 4. Caveat about Suggestions
      The suggestions listed here are informed opinions from myself or other Joomla community colleagues. Your mileage may differ!
      Please test ALL extensions before purchase or before installing in a production site to verify it does what you want it to do - even custom ones!
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 5. Where to find extensions
      Custom-built Extensions
      Third Party Developers
      Joomla Extensions Directory
      http://extensions.joomla.org
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 6. Custom Built Extensions
      Why should I build it myself?
      You can get EXACTLY what you want
      Finding a trusted developer
      ASK! Check local user groups or ask other colleagues
      What do I get out of it?
      Do I get to keep the source or is it licensed to me?
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 7. 3rd Party developers
      Most extensions are developed by 3rd parties
      Not all extensions from these developers are on the JED
      Check the developers site of your favorite extensions for others you may not know about
      Ask around for advice on good 3PD’s
      Use differing models for software access
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 8. Some third party developers
      Akeeba
      Anything Digital
      CorePHP
      Stack Ideas
      RS Joomla
      Freaked Out
      NinjaForge.com
      NoNumber.nl
      Joomla Showroom
      Azrul
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 9. Joomla Extensions Directory
      Get started by creating an account
      Need an account to write reviews or rate extensions. This can help let developers know you like their products
      How to spot reasonable extensions and avoid the “questionable” extensions
      Always be safe and use a sandbox (development site) for testing
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 10. Words of warning…
      DON’T ADD IT
      IF YOU
      DON’T NEED IT
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 11. What’s in the Toolbox?
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 12. Content: Editors
      You WANT an advanced WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get)
      Why not TinyMCE?
      Suggestions:
      JCE Editor
      Install with file manager, advanced image manager, media manager, and JCE Media box; Other subscription plug-ins available.
      JCK Editor (formerly known as JoomlaFCK)
      Both of these suggestions are free!!!
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 13. Content: Photos
      Simple and easy to use
      Allows for resizing of images
      Suggestions:
      Jphoto by Corephp
      Phoca Gallery by Phoca
      Simple Image Gallery by JoomlaWorks
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 14. Security: General
      Suggestions:
      Admin Tools Pro from akeeba
      www.akeebabackup.com
      Adds another layer of security to help prevent unauthorized access to your site
      This is a powertool!
      Salvus Alerting (not an extension; subscription service ($80 / yr))
      Gives updates when security issues are found with an extension, Joomla, your server OS, etc. Good for developers who maintain many sites
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 15. Security: Firewalls
      Suggestions:
      Admin Tools Pro by Akeeba
      RSFirewall by RSJoomla
      jomDefender by CorePHP
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 16. Site Administration: backups
      Why do I need to backup my site?
      Why can’t I use the backup with my hosting company?
      Why should I take my own and what do I do with it?
      Suggestions:
      Akeeba Backup Pro
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 17. Site Administration: Memberships
      Without Payments
      Core Joomla Groups and ACL
      With Payments
      RS Membership by RSJoomla
      CB Subs for Community Builder by Joomlapolis
      Akeeba Subscriptions by Akeeba (still in beta)
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 18. Search engine optimization: SEF URLS
      Why do I need SEF urls?
      Doesn’t Joomla do it for me by default?
      Suggestions:
      Core Joomla SEF generator
      sh404sef by Anything Digital
      Other 3PD extensions available
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 19. Search engine optimization: Other
      Deals with other major aspects besides SEF URL generation:
      iJoomla SEO by iJoomla
      RSSeo by RSJoomla
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 20. Data Gathering
      What’s this and why might I need it?
      Doesn’t Joomla have some contact forms and why shouldn’t I use them?
      Suggestions:
      RS Forms / RS Forms Pro by RSJoomla
      Breezing Forms by Crosstec Solutions
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 21. Communications: newsletters
      Build interest in your site
      Bring return visitors back to your site
      Be aware of mail programs that use your domain to send mail
      Suggestions:
      JoomlaMailer by Freaky Web (works with MailChimp)
      RS Mail by RS Joomla (uses your domain)
      jNews by Joobi (uses your domain)
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 22. E-Commerce: shopping carts
      None available for Joomla 1.7
      Suggestions:
      iJoomlaDigistore by iJoomla (only 1.5 now; maybe 1.7 by end of year)
      kaGO by CorePHP and Joomlashack (not released)
      Virtuemart 2.0 by virtuemart.net (RC released)
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 23. Social media: General
      Very limited selection for social media sites
      Use to build site visitors or members to your site, i.e. facebook like interactions
      Suggestions:
      JomSocial by Azrul
      Community Builder by Joomlapolis
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 24. Social media: Blogging
      One of the easiest ways to generate traffic and visitors to your site
      Blogging isn’t just about writing, it’s about WHAT you write
      Suggestions:
      EasyBlog by Stack Ideas
      MyBlog by Azrul
      RS Blog by RSJoomla
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 25. File Access
      Why do I need access to my files?
      Can’t I get to my files through the theJoomla administrator and media manager?
      Suggestions *:
      eXtplorer – extplorer.sourceforge.net
      Ninjaxplorer by ninjaforge
      * Both suggestions are free!
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 26. Questions?Suggestions!
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 27. Thank you!
      Contact Information:
      Kendall Cabe
      Email: kendall.cabe@timestwotechnology.com
      Twitter: @rkendallc
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 28. Vendor List
      Akeeba – www.akeebabackup.com
      Stack Ideas – www.stackideas.com
      Freaked Out – www.freakedout.de
      Anything Digital – www.anything-digital.com
      Core PHP – www.corephp.com
      JCK Editor – www.joomlackeditor.com
      Phoca – www.phoca.cz
      JoomlaWorks – www.joomlaworks.gr
      RS Joomla – www.rsjoomla.com
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP
    • 29. Vendor List (Cont…)
      iJoomla – www.ijoomla.com
      Crosstec – www.crosstec.de
      kaGo Commerce – www.kagocommerce.com
      Virtuemart – www.virtuemart.net
      Azrul – www.azrul.com
      Ninjaforge – www.ninjaforge.com
      eXtplorer - extplorer.sourceforge.net
      Joobi – www.joobi.com
      Joomlapolis – www.joomlapolis.com
      JoomSEF – www.joomsef.com
      Presented at
      © Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP