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.

Migrate My Joomla Website

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.

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Migrate from Joomla 3.x to Joomla 4.x

The cost of migrating from Joomla 3.x to Joomla 4.x depends on the number of third party extensions and whether there are Joomla 3.x equivalents, whether there is an equivalent Joomla 4.x template and other factors. A straightforward Joomla 3.x to Joomla 4.x migration migration typically takes at least three hours and costs from around $250.

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Brookwood Realty Website Launched

brookwood_realtyAfter a longer than expected time in development, the new Brookwood Realty website was launched today.

The site uses ChronoForms and ChronoConnectivity to save and retrieve property details from the database together with Google Maps API v3.

New techniques (for me at least) included:

  • combining search and sort into one ChronoConnection
  • displaying information from the database using Google Maps API v3
  • using CSS to overlay property status information over property images
  • incorporating a JavaScript slideshow into ChronoConnectivity


Feedback is welcome!

Keeping Joomla Updated

Last week the Joomla Security Strike Team issued another high severity alert for Joomla version 1.5. This is hot on the heels of a moderate alert in April. All 1.5.x installs prior to and including 1.5.17 are affected.

joomlaUpdating Joomla is not especially difficult but streamlining the process is worthwile if you look after more than just a few sites! Hosting tools such as cPanel and Installatron can help automate this process for you but it can take a few weeks for the updates to be made available via these tools.

The best way to do updates is to use the excellent (and free) Update Manager from Sam Moffatt you can find this extension on the Joomla Extensions web site: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/core-enhancements/installers/9332

Before doing any changes, make sure you have a recent backup of your website!

Install Update Manager (you only have to do this once):

  • Go to: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/core-enhancements/installers/9332
  • Click on the "Download" button and download the com_jupdateman_151.tgz file to your local machine
  • Log in to the back-end of your Joomla site www.yourdomain.com.au/administrator and click on Extensions -> Install/Uninstall
  • Browse to the com_jupdateman_151.tgz file on your local machine and click on "Upload File and Install"

Update Joomla to latest version:

  • Go to Components -> Update Manager
  • Click on "download the update file >>>"
  • Click on "Patch Package"
  • Once downloaded, Click on "you can proceed with the install >>>"
  • If all is well, you will see the message, "You have successfully upgraded your Joomla! install! Congratulations!" and your update is complete

Depending on how big the latest patch is (and how far behind you are), updates can now be done in a few minutes or even a few seconds.

How do you keep your Joomla sites up to date?

Update: Admin Tools from Akeeba also has a "one click" update process that is very easy to use.

Website Health Check

To find out how well your website is configured, order a Website Health Check for $90.

The Health Check includes:

  • check CMS and third party extension/plugin versions
  • check Google is seeing the website as responsive
  • check website page load speed
  • check robots.txt
  • check free space
  • check backup is enabled and suitably configured
  • check web hosting configuration and suitability
  • recommendations on how best to address any discovered issues

Note that no changes are made to your website during the Website Health Check without consulting you first.

The cost of a Website Health Check is refundable if you purchase a 12 month Website Maintenance and Backup Subscription within 30 days of the check.

Website Maintenance and Backup Subscriptions

  Economy Business Enterprise
Monthly Cost $39 per month $69 per month $99 per month
Annual Cost $390 per year* $690 per year* $990 per year*
Third party extensions up to 10 extensions up to 20 extensions up to 30 extensions
Monthly Report Yes Yes Yes
Free initial security audit (valued at $220) Yes Yes Yes
Monitor new CMS and third party extension/plugin updates Yes Yes Yes
High priority CMS updates installed within 24 hours Yes Yes Yes
High priority third party extension/plugin updates installed within 24 hours Yes Yes Yes
Non-critical CMS and third party extension/plugin updates installed quarterly Yes Yes Yes
Monthly off-site backups Yes Yes Yes
Non-critical CMS and third party extension/plugin updates installed monthly No Yes Yes
Installation of web application firewall (e.g. Akeeba Admin Tools Pro) No Yes Yes
Weekly off-site backups No No Yes
Monthly malware scan No No Yes

* Pay 12 months in advance and get 2 months free.