30 Minutes to Truly Understand Joomla Permissions

Joomla Access ControlAny software with more than one user requires permisssions.

However, managing those permissions is never easy and the more users you have, the more difficult it gets.

If you've been confused about Joomla's groups and access levels, you need to watch this video.

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How to Build Multi-Lingual Joomla 3 Sites

Joomla Multi-lingual sitesLast week we edited and posted all of the videos from Joomla 3 Day.

One of my favorite sessions was from Ron van Schaik, who talked about how to build multi-lingual sites with Joomla 3.

Ron takes you through the process you'll need to follow, explaining each step carefully and pointing out common mistakes.

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Web-Design Social Media Update

Social media is a pervasive part of today’s culture, whether you’re looking at it from a user standpoint or a marketing standpoint. The social web has the largest amount of traffic, endless user engagement and is the place to be to maintain any sort of web presence. Sharing buttons and integrated features are a commonly touted tool for Joomla templates, but with new social medias popping up practically every day, it’s important to figure out a good sharing balance, where to position your sharing buttons, and how many buttons are too many.

Which Sites to Share?

The first order of business is figuring out which social media sites are most appropriate for your website. You want to go with the high-traffic social media sites to start, such as Facebook, Google+, Reddit and Pinterest. Expanding further depends on your audience and your niche. Niche social media sites give you targeted traffic of those who are more likely to be interested in the topics you’re talking about, at the expense of having lower traffic volume. Take a look at where your target demographic likes to spend their time before deciding on other social media sites.

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Joomla.com Will Be a WordPress.com Service for Joomla

joomla selfhosted serviceThere was big news from the Joomla community today which announced a new WordPress.com-style service for Joomla.

This service will be hosted at Joomla.com and will offer free hosting accounts for life.

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Joomla 3 Day Videos Now Online

joomla 3 explainedAbout 10 days ago, we held a special online event called "Joomla 3 Day".

Joomla 3 Day was like a free, online Joomla Day.

We had a series of 30 to 45 minute presentations. The expert speakers talked about speeding up your Joomla website, building multi-lingual websites, the new features in K2, and much more.

We held the event to mark the publication of Joomla 3 Explained, so all the presentations focused on Joomla 3.

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OSMeta, a Very Simple Joomla Metadata Manager

Over the last 6 months we've been working on OSMeta, which is a metadata manager for Joomla sites.

We created OSMeta because we couldn't find a metadata extension that was simple and usable enough for our needs.

We've been using OSMeta on our own sites and on customer sites. We've also been recommending it to OSTraining members. The most gratifying thing is that most of our members didn't require any explanation. They just installed it and were able to figure out how to use it with no explanation.

So, the feedback has been good, and we're ready to release OSMeta to the public.

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Fix Broken Joomla User Groups

Fix Broken Joomla User GroupsJoomla's user groups can be really powerful.

You only have to watch Randy Carey's presentation at Joomla 3 Day to get an idea of the possibilities.

However, it's also possible to cause problems for yourself by making errors while setting up the user groups.

One OSTraining member remained a super administrator and able to log-in to their site, but they lost the ability to see the administrator menu links and edit their site.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to rescue yourself if your super administrator account no longer has the permissions it should.

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Sample Media Queries for Responsive Joomla Templates

joomla media queries responsive cssEveryone wants a responsive Joomla template for their site. 

However, if you buy or download a responsive Joomla template you will probably need to edit certain elements to meet the needs of your site. You may also need to fix problems on certain screen sizes.

In this tutorial, we're going to show you some CSS examples so that you can see how to customize your site for different screen sizes.

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A Wider Perspective on Joomla Security

joomla securityBrent Laminack is one of the most experienced developers I've had the privilege of working with.

Brent's been a coder and sysadmin for over 30 years. He's been involved in the open source community in Atlanta for many years.

So, it won't surprise you to hear that Brent takes a much wider view of security than simply keeping your site up-to-date.

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How to choose the best Joomla Template for your project

Invest your time better when desiging a site

You already know that Joomla is a versatile platform with a theming system that provides great features and flexibility. As a Web developer working on your own projects or a client site, you also already know that it’s a great idea and the best use of your time to invest in purchasing a professional template to build upon. When you do this, you don’t have to focus on laying out the groundwork for your web-design project, because the template will take care of that. Instead, you can spend your time on the small details, the customization, the incorporated features, and the site design.

The Joomla theme market is huge, so it’s important to go into the process with a list of features, requirements, and theme characteristics that will work best for your needs, skill level, and the particular project.

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