Friday, November 30, 2007

Sidling Up to Search Engines

Want your pages showing up in Google? You can increase the likelihood with SEF URL's and sh404SEF. sh404SEF has great support for all the top Joomla! plug-ins, like VirtueMart and Community Builder, offers enhanced security protection, and features fast caching and low overhead. He updates frequently though so be prepared for maintenance on this plug-in.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Security and Joomla

Recently many Joomla! sites, particularly those that have not performed the 1.0.13 upgrade, have attracted hacker attacks. While using open source software has many advantage and is especially well-suited to non-profit organizations, OSS content management systems like Joomla! require special attention to security.

If you have not upgraded your Joomla! installation to the latest version and checked all your plug-ins for security patches, you may want to do so as soon as possible - hack attacks cost time, and sometimes data as well as users. In addition to upgrading, several server features, like a hardened php.ini (including turning off register globals, magic quotes, and safe mode) and htaccess file, as well as other settings, should be in place. Regular backups outside the www folder should also be part of any good security plan - joomlacloner is a good bet for backups and has a chron tab for scheduling regular backups. Any time you or the webmaster uploads files to the site, he or she should use SFTP not FTP as FTP is not secure.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Elegant Additions SEO

Elegant Additions is looking to move up the ranks in keyword phrases like designer kitchens and baths, european and contemporary faucets, and related industry terms.After a revamp of the Elegant Additions site a year ago, where we put them on the Joomla platform and added a product catalog, Collabowrite is doign search engine optimization for Elegant Additions. We will be adding a blog on design ideas and product trends, and other content, putting in search engine friendly URL's, as well as going through the usual SEO paces. Look at for more great content on bath and kitchen plumbing and hardware in the coming months.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Leaves Leaving Trees

Since Central Park is once again aflame in color - "L'automne est un deuxième printemps où chaque feuille est une fleur" (Camus) - Collabowrite follows suit with fall imagery and colors.