• How to speed up your website in Joomla 3.x.

    The loading speed of your website depends on hosting provider, server performance, location of server, bandwidth allocation in particular area, ISP and it's connection settings, clients' network settings.

     

    By default, Joomla isn't slow but you can do a lot to optimize ait and achieve great speed for your site.

    Below you will find the most essential things you can do in orer to speed up your Joomla website.

     

    1. Keep Joomla! engine and all the extensions updated. Though, make sure to back up your website prior performing updates.

     

    2. Enable the Joomla Compression . To do this, navigate to System> Global Configuration. Open the server tab;

     

    3. Remove unused and unoptimized extensions, as each extension added to your website requires additional system resources.

    4. Reduce your images size. Never use large photos and then scale them using HTML - it takes the browser time to scale the images and they look worse than the original.

     

    In case your website still loads slowly, contact your hosting provider.

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  • Branding & Identity (EN)

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  • SEO Assistance (EN)

    SEO Assistance

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  • Website Transfer (EN)

    Website Transfer (EN)

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  • Update Website (EN)

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    Updating a CMS website such as Joomla consists in updating the software that is the structure of the entire web site.

    But the most important thing is ...

    What risks am I facing if i don't keep my website up-to-date?

    1. Your website can be hacked.
      We can say a lot when we're talking about the risks of not keeping your website updated. Security weaknesses can, and probably will give you the most painful headaches. On 14th of december, 2015, an important vulnerability in Joomla's security system was unveiled. At that time, one out of three websites have been registered as extremely vulnerable. The good news is that the newer versions have made these weaknesses come to an end thus Joomla was never as secure as today.
    2. You're missing out the new functions!
      Every Joomla! version comes out with significant improvements. Update your website  to find out what's new.

    3. You risk working more than you should.
      In previous Joomla! versions, things that took so much time are now a piece of cake. For instance, try to remember when you had to put an article inside a category only to find out that you have not created that category yet. Now you can create a cateogry directly via the editing article screen. This feature wasn't provided in the previous Joomla versions.
     
    At this moment maybe you're wondering...

    Why should I upgrade my Joomla website?

    Here's why!

    1. Your site will not stop working when the PHP version is updated.
      Every software needs to be upgraded - even the hosting provider needs to periodically update their software (if it is a good hosting provider). If the host updates the PHP interpreter to a newer version, it is possible that if you do not correctly update the Joomla module, the site will no longer work because it is no longer compatible with the PHP version. That's a thing to keep in mind for sure.

    2. The update should no longer be a problem now that it is so integrated into the system.
      In the past, Joomla upgrade means you must log in to your FTP account and unzip the update package. Now, to make an update, you must sign in and click on an upgrade button. We recommend that you apply the updates as soon as possible to make sure your site is secure. For a healthy process, it's best to first set up an offline mode and disable all plug-ins that you are not sure about running on the next version of CMS (see developer websites). After completing the Joomla upgrade, you can reach the next natural step of updating the extensions and templates installed on your website. Ultimate control is required to ensure that all features work correctly and that the website is working properly.

    3. Reduce the risks by protecting your website.
      A good tip is to have a professional Joomla firewall installed on your site if you want to minimize the risks of potential threats and also get technical assistance if some hackers want to mess up your work. Experience has shown that users who upgraded websites to the latest versions available for Joomla and who have installed a firewall extension were less vulnerable to attacks. Every little thing you do will add another level of protection; While you can not make your site unhackable, you can greatly minimize the chance of being hacked.

    4. Joomla has gone a long way
      If we look at multiple repairs and improvements in Joomla history, we can say that this CMS has become more stable and safer. It seems that the virtual battle between hackers and Joomla superheroes is becoming more and more fierce. It's hard to find out if and when it's over, but if you follow the directions on Joomla's official website and keep up with the latest releases, the risks you may encounter are much smaller.
       

    Continuous updating is a task that you can not lose and must be at the forefront of the maintenance schedule for your site, even if it is not done in Joomla!
    However, if you find it too complicated and you want to be sure that you are not experiencing problems and save time and effort, address those who have the necessary experience for safe and efficient maintenance.

     

  • Web Design (EN)

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    Wikipedia defines it as:

    Web design or web design, literally design for the world wide web, is an English expression also used in the Italian language to indicate the design and technical development phase of a website.

    The web designer is the one who designs the visual communication of a site and creates the individual web pages: basically he is responsible for the graphic appearance of a site, its communicative success and the emotional involvement of users who visit it (user experience) . The web designer is also the ultimate quality manager of a website and ensures that sites that are graphically captivating, have a good visual impact, are easy to navigate, compatible with visitors' needs, and accessible using browsers and different components: it is up to him to combine design and navigation through the use of available digital technologies.

    Web design, born with the development of the World Wide Web, presents theoretical similarities with architecture: as well as an architect in building a palace, in fact, the web designer must have the skills ranging from the study of the single element to the complexity of the project, and have expertise in digital communication, usability and accessibility.

    But a simple definition can not help you understand its usefulness within your business, so here are the reasons why you cannot do without.

     

    10 reasons why your business needs a website

    1. Your customers are expecting it.
      You should already have this statement alone to make you understand the importance of having your own website. Six out of ten consumers expect the brands to provide online content on their business on any form of digital content and more than half goes directly to the brand site to get information about their products.
      If you do not have a business website, the most cunning (and impatient) customers may go elsewhere without even considering it.
      Take a look at this list of features consumers say they want from a corporate website.

    2. Provides social proof (just that of Cialdini).
      Ninety per cent of consumers claim that online ratings affect their buying decisions.
      You could trust FourSquare, Yelp and other reviews sites to host your business, but you can take two birds with a tree plant using your website. Since potential buyers are already looking for online information about you, just through the testimonials of who's already your customer, doing so on your site is a great way to impress them, and they will already be on the buying platform.

    3. Control the narration of your business message.
      True, you can not control what other people say about you on social networking channels, but it's also true that you can influence your audience's perception by creating your own story through a corporate website.
      A corporate blog helps entrepreneurs communicate their business message, their mission, and their personality to their audience more quickly than with traditional advertising or brochures sent by mail.
      In addition, social icons that link to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social networking platforms make it easy to share content from our site visitors who love and share what they see.

    4. More effective for your investment.
      When you even use a free web site creation tool such as Joomla.com, targeting your business to reach thousands of potential customers with less than what you would spend to send ten brochures through traditional mail.

    5. You do not need to know about programming or having technical skills.
      Since Jomla - like many other platforms for creating CMS websites - offers online tutorials and user community support, virtually anyone can get a basic web site running in about thirty minutes.

    6. Your competitors already have corporate web sites.
      Consumers usually begin their buying process with research and recommendations from their own colleagues or from their own social networking contacts. Studies show that once a consumer has an idea of ​​what he needs or desires, he starts searching and 72 percent of them go online to find teaching materials, reviews, and testimonies, according to a recent report. So if you do not stay competitive with your competition, you are offering buyers a reason to buy from another brand.

    7. You no longer have to put the "closed" sign.
      No one wants to work at 3 in the morning, but some people like to shop even at that hour.
      Having a corporate website or an e-commerce store means that you can sell your products or services 24 hours a day - not just in "office hours". An on-line store can mean a substantial increase in sales, especially when you want new customers not affected by their geographic location.
      Your online presence also helps with marketing campaigns, customer service, customer relations, brand recognition, and almost all other revenue stream elements. Combining your website with marketing tools, such as email marketing, helps you reach new customers and retain those already acquired.

    8. You will be included in Google search results.
      You should consider that 81% of consumers conduct online searches before making a purchase. That means they go to Google and type one or more keywords, such as "the best leather shoes" or, if they already know what product they want, "handmade Italian leather shoes in Los Angeles".
      If you do not have a website for your business, the chances of appearing on the search engine results page (SERP) are obviously zero, so you've already missed the opportunity to ssatisfy that customer.
      But if you have a site, you can optimize it for search engines, thus increasing your chances of appearing at the top of Google's results and getting more visibility to potential customers. Long tail keywords, meta descriptions, and titles are just some of the things you can customize on your site to improve search engine optimization (SEO).

    9. Create a resource center for your staff.
      In addition to helping customers, your corporate website can also help your employees. Create an orphan page (one that is not visible directly to the site so it can not be found unless someone has the direct link) with self-service videos, educational materials, or even internal forms to help your team to learn everything they need to know about their programs.

    10. Show your products and services.
      Not only can you view your products or detail your services with beautiful, well-stocked images, but you can also provide short video tutorials or downloadable PDF instructions to get hesitant customers every reason to go elsewhere to buy.
  • How to get the entries in the menu vertically arranged

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    If you've already tried to enter a joomla menu at a location other than the main menu, you will be sure that once it is published it appears with vertically arranged entries.

  • How to create a Blog in Joomla 3.5.x

    We are glad to present you a tutorial that will show you how to create a Blog page in Joomla 3.x.

    In order to create a Blog page, you should perform the following steps:

    1. Log into your Joomla

    2. Make sure that you created posts and assigned them to the category which you want publish on your Blog page:

    3. Navigate to Menus -> Main menu -> Add New Menu Item:
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    5. Under the Details tab, click Select in the Menu Item Type* field and choose Category Blog:

    6. Under the Choose a category* field, chose the category for your Blog page:

    7. Save the changes. Refresh the browser to see your Blog page.

    Now you know how to create a blog page in Joomla 3.5.x

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  • Mission Statement Content (EN)

    The SOS-Joomla project

    Our objective is to help those in need who had just gotten in touch with Joomla for the first time, or even an expert who simply wants to deepen his knowledges and have a better understanding of this powerful CMS.
    At the same time, we want to help small and medium businesses in achieving their presence on the internet through a dynamic, high-potential website.
    On one hand, sos-joomla.com offers free resources of any kind because we help the "Do it yourself" lovers in building their own website, and on the other hand we offer professional services for the companies that want to get the most out of their digital businesses, which is currently becoming the protagonist of the economy not just in Italy, but worldwide.