The Viperfish Blog

A few thoughts on Joomla, web development and the business of building websites.

John Pitchers

On December 31st 2014, Joomla 2.5 will reach it's end of life and no longer be officially supported. This means Joomla 2.5 will no longer be actively developed or maintained but your website will continue to function as normal.

Twitter cards are awesome. When they are set up properly on your site Twitter can display a summary of your article, with an image, right there in the users stream when ever your content is shared. But, by default Twitter isn't able to show images from Joomla sites. It's a very easy fix.

10 years of Joomla!

  • Monday, 21 April 2014

It's hard to believe. This month marks 10 years since I uploaded my first Mambo website. Mambo forked into Joomla a year or so later in September of 2005. Here's a quick look back on 10 years in business building Joomla - and a few Mambo - websites.

We've all heard that we need a strong username and password to secure the Joomla Administrator. But, nobody's going to guess your password, right? Well... 

If you hate using Captcha on your forms as much as I do then try the Honeypot technique. It works wonders and is invisible to real people. This is how to set it up using Breezing Forms. And it only takes about 3 minutes.

Have you ever had one of those forehead slapping moments? You know. When you read an article or a tweet that makes you shake your head and say "that is so obvious. I can't believe I never thought of it." Well, I had one of them this morning.

When posting content to your site, if you really want it to stand out make it red and bold. And, if you bump up the text by 20px and change the font then everyone will see it. Right? Wrong.

SEO is not rocket science. Here is what to do to ensure your pages rank really well. You can do it right now in your CMS and you don't need to pay an SEO specialist.

The single most underestimated task and the number one cause of over runs when building a website will be writing and delivering the content. Most of that task will be the clients responsibility, unfortunately.

We maintain many different types of websites across a diverse range of industries. So when requesting assistance, it's best to treat us like children. No need to be condescending, just be as specific as possible.

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