One of the common questions we see regularly in various Joomla communities is how to speed up a slow Joomla site. It's a reasonable request on the surface, with Google putting more emphasis on user experience, the speed of your site is more important than ever.
All too often I see business pages on Facebook that still have a really long URLs - that's the web address - that would be impossible to remember, much less tell someone about. In typical Facebook fashion, there is a simple solution to the problem, but it's buried so most users don't even know it's possible to have a shorter page address.
One of the topics that always seems to come up when discussing Joomla is the extensions you can't live without. This list changes as Joomla, extension developers, and the web changes so I figured I'd put down our current list of must haves based on Joomla 2.5. I'll stick to the extensions that we use in every install (or at least nearly every one). Here are the top 6+1 in no particular order.
In a not very shocking blog post, Google announced Search, plus Your World last Tuesday. Unless you've been ignoring anything with an internet connection, you probably already knew that Google has been pushing hard in the social media arena, and this is just the culmination of months of small changes to how Google works.
In an effort to "do no evil" Google announced last month that logged in users would default to using their encrypted search. That's just fancy tech talk for search being done over HTTPS. This is the same technology that protects your private information when you buy stuff online through secure websites. Basically, it jumbles up any information exchanged between a website and your browser so anyone snooping around can't read that information. Sounds like a good idea right? Right?
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