BNR Website and Digital Marketing Blog

BNR Branding Solutions is based in Huntersville, N.C., and is a full-service web development and digital marketing company.

This week, a vulnerability was discovered in encryption software used by the majority of sites on the Internet. This flaw, the Heartbleed Bug, potentially reveals normally encrypted information like passwords and other personal information, to potential attackers. A fix has already been issued for this bug, and the OpenSSL project has also issued a Security Advisory.

Top 3 ways to speed up your Joomla! Site

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:45

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.

New Extension - BNR K2 Comment Notify

Thursday, 11 April 2013 22:22

If you are like most businesses, you have a love/hate relationship with commenting on your website. As attractive as it is to allow users to interact with your site, having the possibility of spammers using your comments or worse, someone posting inappropriate or derogatory remarks about your business is not worth the benefit of allowing comments. This means that you have to have some sort of comment moderation before anything is published on your live site.

For us K2 users, there is no built in comment notification system. For some time, BNR used a third party extension that offered many subscription and notification options. It really did a lot more than we needed, but it worked. Unfortunately, the extension has not been updated for Joomla 2.5 or the latest version of K2 (which has undergone some pretty big changes). So we went without, that is until we finally decided to get off our duff and do it ourselves.

We decided to take the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) approach and create a plugin that just fills the basic needs of comment notification. After seeing how our clients were using their sites, this is what we came up with -

  1. Make the extension a plugin, no core hacks to Joomla or K2.
  2. Allow the admin to enter and email address or list of addresses to send the notifications to.
  3. Include the content of the comment in the notification so the admin does not have to go looking for it.
  4. Include a link in the email to allow for easy approval of the comment.

See? Simple. Someone leaves a comment, you get an email with everything you need to quickly approve the comment. There are already some features we can think of that would be nice to have, so we'll eventually add more based on the feedback we get from our users, but we think it's a pretty simple way to address the issue without overly complicating the administration of your website.

Claim your name!

Friday, 09 March 2012 22:29

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.

Oops, they did it again!

Friday, 02 March 2012 23:23

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Facebook is once again changing things up, this time for pages. Over the last year or so Facebook has been migrating pages away from the FBML style to the newer iframe style tabs. Just when you thought you had your Facebook page sorted...

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