Joomla! Day chicago 2011 - Joomla Toolbox 101 by Kendall Cabe

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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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  • Joomla! Day chicago 2011 - Joomla Toolbox 101 by Kendall Cabe

    1. 1. Joomla Toolbox 101<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    2. 2. Presented By…<br />Partner and Co-founder<br />Kendall Cabe<br />Leadership Team<br />Leadership Team<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    3. 3. Overview<br />Where to find extensions<br />What’s in the Toolbox?<br />Content<br />Security / Site Administration<br />Search Engine Optimization<br />Data Gathering<br />Communications <br />E-Commerce<br />Social Media<br />File Access<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    4. 4. Caveat about Suggestions<br />The suggestions listed here are informed opinions from myself or other Joomla community colleagues. Your mileage may differ!<br />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!<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    5. 5. Where to find extensions<br />Custom-built Extensions<br />Third Party Developers<br />Joomla Extensions Directory<br />http://extensions.joomla.org<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    6. 6. Custom Built Extensions<br />Why should I build it myself?<br />You can get EXACTLY what you want<br />Finding a trusted developer<br />ASK! Check local user groups or ask other colleagues<br />What do I get out of it?<br />Do I get to keep the source or is it licensed to me?<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    7. 7. 3rd Party developers<br />Most extensions are developed by 3rd parties<br />Not all extensions from these developers are on the JED<br />Check the developers site of your favorite extensions for others you may not know about<br />Ask around for advice on good 3PD’s<br />Use differing models for software access<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    8. 8. Some third party developers<br />Akeeba<br />Anything Digital<br />CorePHP<br />Stack Ideas<br />RS Joomla<br />Freaked Out<br />NinjaForge.com<br />NoNumber.nl<br />Joomla Showroom<br />Azrul<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    9. 9. Joomla Extensions Directory<br />Get started by creating an account<br />Need an account to write reviews or rate extensions. This can help let developers know you like their products<br />How to spot reasonable extensions and avoid the “questionable” extensions<br />Always be safe and use a sandbox (development site) for testing<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    10. 10. Words of warning…<br />DON’T ADD IT <br />IF YOU <br />DON’T NEED IT<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    11. 11. What’s in the Toolbox?<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    12. 12. Content: Editors<br />You WANT an advanced WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get)<br />Why not TinyMCE?<br />Suggestions:<br />JCE Editor<br />Install with file manager, advanced image manager, media manager, and JCE Media box; Other subscription plug-ins available.<br />JCK Editor (formerly known as JoomlaFCK)<br />Both of these suggestions are free!!!<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    13. 13. Content: Photos<br />Simple and easy to use<br />Allows for resizing of images<br />Suggestions:<br />Jphoto by Corephp<br />Phoca Gallery by Phoca<br />Simple Image Gallery by JoomlaWorks<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    14. 14. Security: General<br />Suggestions:<br />Admin Tools Pro from akeeba<br />www.akeebabackup.com<br />Adds another layer of security to help prevent unauthorized access to your site<br />This is a powertool!<br />Salvus Alerting (not an extension; subscription service ($80 / yr))<br />Gives updates when security issues are found with an extension, Joomla, your server OS, etc. Good for developers who maintain many sites<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    15. 15. Security: Firewalls<br />Suggestions:<br />Admin Tools Pro by Akeeba<br />RSFirewall by RSJoomla<br />jomDefender by CorePHP<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    16. 16. Site Administration: backups<br />Why do I need to backup my site?<br />Why can’t I use the backup with my hosting company?<br />Why should I take my own and what do I do with it?<br />Suggestions:<br />Akeeba Backup Pro<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    17. 17. Site Administration: Memberships<br />Without Payments<br />Core Joomla Groups and ACL<br />With Payments<br />RS Membership by RSJoomla<br />CB Subs for Community Builder by Joomlapolis<br />Akeeba Subscriptions by Akeeba (still in beta)<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    18. 18. Search engine optimization: SEF URLS<br />Why do I need SEF urls?<br />Doesn’t Joomla do it for me by default?<br />Suggestions:<br />Core Joomla SEF generator<br />sh404sef by Anything Digital<br />Other 3PD extensions available<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    19. 19. Search engine optimization: Other<br />Deals with other major aspects besides SEF URL generation:<br />iJoomla SEO by iJoomla<br />RSSeo by RSJoomla<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    20. 20. Data Gathering<br />What’s this and why might I need it?<br />Doesn’t Joomla have some contact forms and why shouldn’t I use them?<br />Suggestions:<br />RS Forms / RS Forms Pro by RSJoomla<br />Breezing Forms by Crosstec Solutions<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    21. 21. Communications: newsletters<br />Build interest in your site<br />Bring return visitors back to your site<br />Be aware of mail programs that use your domain to send mail<br />Suggestions:<br />JoomlaMailer by Freaky Web (works with MailChimp)<br />RS Mail by RS Joomla (uses your domain)<br />jNews by Joobi (uses your domain)<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    22. 22. E-Commerce: shopping carts<br />None available for Joomla 1.7<br />Suggestions:<br />iJoomlaDigistore by iJoomla (only 1.5 now; maybe 1.7 by end of year)<br />kaGO by CorePHP and Joomlashack (not released)<br />Virtuemart 2.0 by virtuemart.net (RC released)<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    23. 23. Social media: General<br />Very limited selection for social media sites<br />Use to build site visitors or members to your site, i.e. facebook like interactions<br />Suggestions:<br />JomSocial by Azrul<br />Community Builder by Joomlapolis<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    24. 24. Social media: Blogging<br />One of the easiest ways to generate traffic and visitors to your site<br />Blogging isn’t just about writing, it’s about WHAT you write<br />Suggestions:<br />EasyBlog by Stack Ideas<br />MyBlog by Azrul<br />RS Blog by RSJoomla<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    25. 25. File Access<br />Why do I need access to my files?<br />Can’t I get to my files through the theJoomla administrator and media manager?<br />Suggestions *:<br />eXtplorer – extplorer.sourceforge.net<br />Ninjaxplorer by ninjaforge<br />* Both suggestions are free!<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    26. 26. Questions?Suggestions!<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    27. 27. Thank you!<br />Contact Information:<br />Kendall Cabe<br />Email: kendall.cabe@timestwotechnology.com<br />Twitter: @rkendallc<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    28. 28. Vendor List<br />Akeeba – www.akeebabackup.com<br />Stack Ideas – www.stackideas.com<br />Freaked Out – www.freakedout.de<br />Anything Digital – www.anything-digital.com<br />Core PHP – www.corephp.com<br />JCK Editor – www.joomlackeditor.com<br />Phoca – www.phoca.cz<br />JoomlaWorks – www.joomlaworks.gr<br />RS Joomla – www.rsjoomla.com<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />
    29. 29. Vendor List (Cont…)<br />iJoomla – www.ijoomla.com<br />Crosstec – www.crosstec.de<br />kaGo Commerce – www.kagocommerce.com<br />Virtuemart – www.virtuemart.net<br />Azrul – www.azrul.com<br />Ninjaforge – www.ninjaforge.com<br />eXtplorer - extplorer.sourceforge.net<br />Joobi – www.joobi.com<br />Joomlapolis – www.joomlapolis.com<br />JoomSEF – www.joomsef.com<br />Presented at<br />© Copyright 2011 – Kendall Cabe and Times Two Technology LLP<br />

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