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Splash pages (those annoying pages with some sort of fancy graphic or flash intro that say "Click to Enter" or "Skip Intro") are bad. I could spend a whole article trying to convince you of this fact, but I think this article does a better job of it than I could ever do.

One of the most common mistakes made by Joomla! designers is to assume that just because you loaded Joomla! in a directory called "" or "" or "" rather than your root web directory, you are stuck needing to create a splash or intro page in your root directory to point your users to the real site. Nothing could be futher from the truth. As a webmaster, you have a couple of options for pointing users to your content without the need for a splash page. I will try to cover those options in this tutorial.

Ever wonered how to link to a content item without first creating a menu item? Read on if you want to find out the shortcut.

Written by Paola Gómez

Since the launch of Internet Explorer 7 I struggled with ways to test sites on IE6 & IE7.

One solution which was suggested to me by Dean is to have multiple OS's installed on emulation software such as VMWare.

I installed VMWare as I'm sure it'll come in handy but the 4GB of space it requires to install a second version of Windows XP seemed a bit like over kill for my liking so I searched for another solution.

Here's that solution: - I now have a standalone version of IE6 alongside my updated IE7

Written by Paola Gómez

If you have a website (Joomla or otherwise), and you have a vague interest in getting traffic, then pay per click (PPC) need to be part of your Search Engine (SEM) strategy.

Why is pay per click so useful? If you put an ad in a magazine about your product, you pay the magazine the add fee and it goes in. At that point you are hoping that the ad is compelling enough to get people to call/email/visit your site. If you get no leads from the ad, then you still had to pay the magazine the fee.

Written by Paola Gómez

What exactly is email marketing?

It can be any number of things, at its most basic it is using email to communicate with your users, customers or stakeholders. Don't get confused by the word "marketing" here, I am using it in a very global sense:

  • A information site might send out news about new content that has been added
  • A non-profit organization might send news about its projects
  • A subscription site might use a series of autoresponders to create e-courses
  • A resteraunt site might send out coupons on a hot day for summer food specials
  • A ecommerce site might use it to send follow up emails to customers, or emails to people that abandoned your cart
  • A political campaign might send out emails to initiate donation drives
Written by Paola Gómez

There are a number of great improvements to menus in Joomla 1.5. These are focussed on providing more flexibility to template designers and making Joomla sites more accessible and W3C valid. Specifically, significant improvments have been made to bulleted lists to now allow better submenus (for things like dropdown menus) and image replacement.

Written by Paola Gómez

I found a story on Digg today which sounded interesting. If you use Firefox 2 or Internet Explorer 7 then you'll notice a litle search bar at the top of your window which looks something like this. The way to achieve this is so simple. You can read more into it here or just follow along to get it working in Joomla!

Written by Paola Gómez

I've received a few inquiries lately on how I make our screencasts and video tutorials so I've compiled a review if want to make some for your own clients. Last year I switched my systems over to Mac but when I was using Windows the two best applicaions were Camtasia, Captivate and Wink.

Written by Paola Gómez

Many Joomla users, particularly newbies (newcomers or beginners), fall victim to a variety of issues which have the same root cause. The so called www domain mismatch causes a wide variety of issues such as login failures (both core and Community Builder logins, and administrator logins), WYSIWYG editors failing to load or failing to save content, javascript execution halted with error messages. At JoomlaShack our own Flash based JPG Rotator is triggered by javascript and this module is amongst those affected.

Written by Paola Gómez