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Fryerfuels Website Launched

Fryerfuels Recycled BiodieselThe new Fryerfuels Recycled Biodiesel website was launched today.

Although I have been testing Joomla 1.7 for a while and have migrated a few personal websites to 1.7, this is my first "official" Joomla 1.7 website launched for a client. Most extensions (or suitable equivalents) thankfully now seem to be available for Joomla 1.7.

As usual for the web design, I have customised a recent RocketTheme template, in this case, "Radiance".

The client wanted a visitor counter and I found "JV Counter" very suitable.

The fuel price is designed to be easy to update by the client. To this end, the "Text Magic" plugin is installed. Text Magic enables images generated on the fly from characters in a true type font to be inserted into an article (or in this case a custom HTML module).

"JV Counter" and "Text Magic" are both free and have versions available for Joomla 1.5 too.

Feedback is welcome!

Rosebery Primary School Website Launched

Rosebery Primary School

New Joomla 1.5 Website

The new Rosebery Primary School website was launched today. As usual, Joomla has been used to create the website.

Web Design

For the web design, a customised version of the RocketTheme "Maelstrom" template is installed with "RokStories" providing the banner slideshow on the home page.

Features

The "Easy Folder Listing" extension is used to make it easy for staff to add school newsletters etc to the relevant pages.

"Appointment Booking Pro" is installed to take care of parent teacher interview bookings and "JEvents" is installed to display events.

I used "Xpert Captions" for the first time to display thumbnails of the staff images. By hovering over a staff member, the beginning of the corresponding article is displayed and clicking on the text takes you to the article with the full details of the staff member and a larger version of the image.

Feedback is welcome!

Number 1 on Google!

When it comes to achieving a good search engine ranking it is important to choose a meaningful and relevant domain name. One of the latest sites we have created pngschoolbooks.com has only been on-line a few weeks and web development is still under way. Some basic search engine optimisation has been done on the web site. Searching on Google for PNG school books already shows the site ranking number 1!

Don't pay thousands of dollars to search engine optimisation experts if an appropriate domain name is sufficient to achieve a good ranking in Google!

Note that the amount of search engine optimisation work required is related to the competition for the particular key words. Successfully competing for popular keywords will require more than a well chosen domain name.

Joomla 1.5 "End of Life" Implications

Official support for Joomla 1.5 ended in September 2012.

Joomla 1.5 websites will, of course, still operate after this date but security vulnerability fixes may no longer be available and this could place your Joomla 1.5 website at risk.

Joomla 1.5 is difficult to support as extension developers concentrate on newer versions of Joomla and have dropped support for older versions.

Advice for Joomla 1.5 Website Owners

To keep websites secure, Joomla 1.5 website owners should update to the final release Joomla 1.5.26, apply end of life security patches if they haven't already and then migrate to Joomla 3.x as soon as possible.

Apart from official support, other advantages in moving to Joomla 3.x include new features such as esponsive tempates, tags, version control, improved security, PHP 7 support, improved security and custom fields.

The degree of difficulty in upgrading your Joomla 1.5 website to Joomla 2.5 will depend on a number of factors including the currently used template, other third party extensions and the content that needs to be brought across.

Migrating from Joomla 1.5 to 3.x

Joomla 1.5 is officially unsupported and potentially vulnerable if new security flaws are found and exploited by hackers.

Joomla 1.5 website owners can migrate directly from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 3.x using a migration tool such as "SP Upgrade" or similar.

More Information

Official Joomla 1.5 to 3.x Step by Step Migration instructions can be found on the Joomla Community website.

Webilicious can help with Joomla Migrations.

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Migrate from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 3.x

The cost of migrating from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 3.x depends on the number of third party extensions and whether there are Joomla 3.x equivalents, whether there is an equivalent Joomla 3.x template and other factors. A straightforward Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 3.x migration typically takes at least five hours and costs from around $450.

Contact me for a quote.

Migrate from Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.x

The cost of migrating from Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.x depends on the number of third party extensions and whether there are Joomla 3.x equivalents, whether there is an equivalent Joomla 3.x template and other factors. A straightforward Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.x migration migration typically takes at least three hours and costs from around $250.

Contact me for a quote.