Life as a web developer is a changing one - all the time. The online tools I used a couple of years ago might not be around anymore. Other tools, like the Adobe Photoshop, are tried and true. They stay with me year after year. I’d like to share some of the online tools I currently use in my business.

A change to the default robots.txt files was made in Joomla 3.3 to allow Google to access templates and media files by default to improve SEO.

This change is not applied automatically on upgrades and Joomla users are recommended to review the changes in the robots.txt.dist file. This file is located in the root folder of your site after upgrading to 3.3 or later versions.

Joomla and WordPress training company OSTraining has a great offer for aspiring Joomla developers. 

A basic Joomla site is simple to build. However, if you want more advanced features on your site it's easy to get in over your head. With the expert training provided by OSTraining, no job will be too big. You will be able to take control of the project and build your Joomla website.

Now, you can get up to 70% off of membership with OSTraining.

The "Handboek Joomla!" is a 148 page magazine dedicated to Joomla that is just about ready to go to print. The Dutch Joomla community has worked together with some international community members on the issue. Over 40 people contributed in some way to this magazine, which is made made by the Dutch Webdesigner magazine.

Brute-force attacks on Joomla sites are common these days. The reality website owners must face is that hackers are in control of large farms of hacked computers. These computers can be used to coordinate massive brute-force attacks on a website.

As a website owner, in fact I'm hosting several sites, I'm constantly getting these types of attacks on my servers. In this post, I look at a few ways to reduce the chance that someone gains unlawful access to your Joomla websites by way of brute-force attacks.

The Joomla® project has just launched a new service: Joomla.com. Users worldwide can now create and build Joomla websites and have them hosted for free. The service is offered in corporation with web hosting company SiteGround, who’s built the server infrastructure for the service.

Free hosting of Joomla sites has not been available in this form before. By introducing the Joomla.com service, Joomla takes a big step in terms of spreading the use of the CMS. Users will be able to set up a fully working Joomla website, hosted for free for an unlimited time. The site will run on a mysite.joomla.com type subdomain, not unlike the service found at WordPress.com.

On August 14th and 15th, OSTraining hosted an event called Joomla3 Day. During the event, several people from the  community did presentations on various aspects of using Joomla.

One of the presentations was an hour-long presentation on the new version of K2 which is now in beta stage. The stable version of K2 v.3 is set for release late September / early October 2014.

In the presentation, Fotis Evangelou, main developer of K2, goes through K2 in general and then goes into detailed explanation of K2 version 3.

To create a successful Joomla website, you need several different skills. Building a Joomla site will challenge you in various areas, and you will learn a lot along the way. Still, there are some areas in which you should acquire at least some basic knowledge and proficiency before starting. These are some of the skills you will need:

  1. Basic Joomla skills
  2. HTML skills
  3. CSS skills
  4. Patience
  5. Writing skills
  6. SEO skills

In this post, I'll go through these skills and elaborate on what it all means.

The organizer have just announced that the 6th J and Beyond conference will take place from the 29-31 May 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The motto for 2015 is "Golden Times ahead". The early bird ticket price will be only 199 Euro for the three day conference.

Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template you can use for your Joomla projects. In this post, I'll give you an overview of the business Joomla templates released in July 2014.

This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, JoomlaArt, JoomlaXTC, JoomlaShack and Gavick Pro are on display. Enjoy these fresh templates!

K2 is one of the most popular extensions for Joomla. The CCK (Content Construction Kit) has been a favorite for a lot of devs for years, me included. Since Joomla 3 was released, K2 has started to seem a bit outdated, though. That's soon to change, with the release of K2 version 3.x.

In this post, you will find a short demo video from JoomlaWorks, showing the responsiveness of the new User Interface. In the example, K2 v3.x is running on a remote (busy) dev server.

Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template you can use for your Joomla projects. In this post, I'll give you an overview of the business Joomla templates released in June 2014.

This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, JoomlaArt, JoomlaXTC, Nuevvo and Gavick Pro are on display. Enjoy these fresh templates!

Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. You'll find an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during May 2014.

This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, JoomlaXTC, Nuevvo and Gavick Pro included in this post. Enjoy these great additions to the world of Joomla templates!

Every month, each of the major Joomla template clubs release a new template. In this post, you'll get an overview of the premium business Joomla templates released during April 2014.

This month, templates from Yootheme, RocketTheme, Joomlabamboo, JoomlaXTC and Nuevvo are on display. Enjoy!

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