Useful Tips and Tricks for Joomla 3.x

20 June 2014, 12:00 am
Published in Blog

Joomla 3.0 was released back in September 2012 but not until well into 2014 are we fully appreciating Joomla 3.x in full mode. Now that Joomla 3.3.1 is out, everyone is excited about this new Joomla which comes with a host of features including:

  •     Extensive work on code style standardisation and consistency
  •     Incorporation of Bootstrap into a jui media package.
  •     A new responsive administrator template Isis and interface.
  •     A new frontend template Protostar built using Bootstrap and updated accessible template called Beez3
  •     PostgreSQL Driver. You will be able to run Joomla 3 sites using the PostgreSQL database.
  •     PHP Memcached Driver
  •     Use of JFeed for feed management rather than SimplePie
  •     Installation of language packages directly from the extension manager
  •     Guest user group present by default
  •     Saving blank articles allowed
  •     New administrator statistics module
  •     Update TinyMCE to version 3.5.6
  •     Continued clean up of older unused code, files and database fields and tables and improved standardization of tables.
  •     Improvements to Smart Search

 

You may download the latest version of Joomla 3 from Official Joomla website.

 

If you are adopting Joomla 3 or have already upgraded to it, here are some hand picked useful tips for you:



Add article title to read more link

Some people want to add the article title to the readmore link. To achieve this you can set that on your menu item or in Article management options. By default the menu item settings point to the Article management Options settings by "Use Global".

Set it on your menu item:
Go to Menu management
Edit the menu item
Go to tab Advanced Options
Set "Show readmore" to Show
Set "Show title with readmore" to Show
Set it on Article management Options:
Go to Article management Options
Go to tab Articles
Set "Show readmore" to Show
Set "Show title with readmore" to Show
No need to set it on the menu items now.

Remove index.php from URLs in Joomla 3

In Joomla 3, once you enable Search Engine Friendly URLs (obviously for better Search Engine Optimization), you will probably get index.php in your address. Something like www.yourdomain.com/index.php/about-us.
If you want to remove the index.php, it is very simple. Besides enabling the Search Engine Friendly URLs, you'll also need to enable URL rewriting.
Quick recap:
Go to Global Configuration
Enable Search Engine Friendly URLs
Enable URL rewriting
If you want more SEO benefits it would be a good idea to install sh404SEF, one of our recommended Top 10 Free Joomla Components

Optimize the browser title for SEO with Joomla 3


Joomla 3 has a great feature for SEO - you are able to customise the page titles for any page to whatever you want to. If you want to target specific keywords for specific pages, you can easily do this. The title is a great place to put good keywords to improve the SEO of the current page. The drawback is that this is done on a menu item level, not at page / content level - to do this at page level you'll probably need to look for an external component. So on to how we do this:

Find the menu item which you want to optimize (say the home page) Menus > (Menu name) > menu item
Click on Advanced Options > Page Display Options
Find the "Browser Page Title"
Insert the title which you want to show, ideally using the target keywords you want
Save, close and refresh that page.

Don’t install any sample data when you set up a Joomla! site

When you launch your Joomla! Site, it’s very easy to forget to delete all the demo articles that come with it. That will give you pages, links and newsfeeds that are irrelevant to your topic. Delete your sample data and don’t forget to empty your trash as well!

Your Site Name should be your site’s name

There can be a temptation to cram as many keywords as possible into the “Site Name” field. It doesn’t help and when users register at your site, they get an email saying “Welcome to Widgets, Buy Widgets, Cheap Widgets, Bargain Widgets!” You don’t want that.

Turn off your PDF links

When we analyze Joomla! Sites, we often find PDFs ranking higher than the original pages. Because PDF pages have no menu links, they’re a dead-end. Users can’t move from the PDF to the rest of your site. So turn off those links.

Don’t waste your site’s link juice

Don’t waste your site’s link juice with lots of social bookmarking links. Let’s face it, very few pages have a chance to hit the Digg home page or do well on Reddit, so only place those buttons on your best articles. Your visitors appreciate clean, uncluttered pages — and so do search engines.

Redirect Both

Redirect the www and non-www versions of your site to the same place. All you need to do is add this little piece of code to your .htaccess file. Note: Replace MyDomain with your domain name and .com with your domain extension.

<code>## Can be commented out if causes errors. Options FollowSymLinks # mod_rewrite in use RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^MyDomain\.com$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.MyDomain.com/$1 [R=301,L] RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^.*MyDomain\.com [NC] RewriteRule (.*) http://www.MyDomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]</code>

Turn on your cache

Search in Google and you’ll see a size for each site. Smaller, faster sites are more popular with visitors and with Google. One easy way to make your site act small and load faster is to turn on your cache in Global Configuration.

Enter a full description for all your sections and categories

These pages are great for organizing your site… and for improving Page Rank. If you organize your sections and categories carefully, your site becomes very easy for both people and search-engine spiders to navigate.

Less is often more

Having thousands of Joomla! pages indexed in Google isn’t always a good thing, especially if those pages don’t bring value. Some components, for example, can produce lots of extra pages that are completely worthless. One easy way to check if your site is putting garbage on Google is to search for site: mydomain.com. If you find pages that don’t have good content, you might want to remove them.

Empty your global configuration metadata. I’m sure you’re all big fans of Joomla!, but I’m equally sure that “Joomla! – the dynamic portal engine and content management system” doesn’t describe your site. Take it out.


Be confident. Joomla! is fantastic software that allows you to easily create lots of high quality pages that are great for your SEO. If you keep a close eye on your site and take the time to learn how Joomla! works, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have top-flight search engine rankings!


# Reference:
http://www.ijoomla.com/blog/top-10-joomla-seo-tips-and-tricks/
http://docs.joomla.org/Category:Tips_and_tricks_3.x
http://www.dart-creations.com/joomla/joomla-tips-and-tricks/92-remove-indexphp-from-urls-in-joomla-3.html
http://www.dart-creations.com/joomla/joomla-tips-and-tricks/91-optimize-the-browser-title-for-seo-with-joomla-3.html

Flexible Social Locker

13 October 2015, 12:00 am
Published in Modules
version 1.0

Lock Any Content and Increase Your Social Share

Flexible Social Locker module helps to increase social interaction. This light weight module locks your desired content (promotion info, coupon code, download etc) at any module position. The locked content is only displayed to user when they share the article via their social channels such as Facebook & Twitter.

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Core Features

Custom Themes

Five Custom Themes are available.

Flexible Positioning

It can be placed anywhere through module positions.

Easy to Integrate

This Joomla module is very easy to use

Responsive

Work in all screensizes

Easy Control

Flexible and easy to Use

Video Documentation


Screenshot

Connect us Social Share


Admin Screenshots

Connect us Social Share adimin screenshots
Connect us Social Share adimin screenshots
 

Download Now

$7.00

Happiness Guaranteed: 30 Days Refund Policy



Joomla Version Support



Supports all Major Browsers



Commonly Asked Questions

Yes, you can customize it for any module position as per your template.
Yes, you have the control for the social buttons. You can show Facebook and/or Twitter.
yes, It has 5 different layouts & styles.

SUPPORT FORUM

Have Question? Go to Our Support Forum »


Version History

Version Date Change
1.0 13/10/2015 * Initial release

Flexible Social Buttons

29 December 2015, 6:57 am
Published in Plugins
version 1.5

Flexible Social Button

Social is Beautiful. With social button you have far greater chance that your visitors will share your content across their favorite social networks easily. Its help to increase your social popularity. 

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Core Features

Supported Multiple Social Media

It support Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus & linkedin.

Flexible Positioning

It can be placed on any position on your page.

Easy to Integrate

This System plugin is very easy to use


Easy Control

Flexible and easy to Use


Responsive

Fully Responsive for all size screens

Custom Color

Custom color for visible icon & hover.

Screenshot

Connect us Social ShareConnect us Social Share


Admin Screenshots

Connect us Social Share adimin screenshots
Flexible Social Button

Free Download Now!

$0.00

Happiness Guaranteed: 30 Days Refund Policy



Joomla Version Support



Supports all Major Browsers



Commonly Asked Questions

Yes, you can customize position, show Top and Left..
No, you have not the control for social Button.
It will work on mouse click or touch on smart device.

SUPPORT FORUM

Have Question? Go to Our Support Forum »


Version History

Version Date Change
1.5 02/052017 * Add Auto Update 
1.0 29/12/2015 * Initial release

Black Friday Promo Anywhere

1 March 2016, 5:49 am
Published in Plugins
version 1.5

Show Black Friday Promo Anywhere

A shortcode enabled plugin to display Black Friday Promo in Joomla Websites. You can easily show promo in any page using the simple shortcode. Just install the plugin and configure it. It comes with nice Black Friday related offer images to choose from. You can show custom text, description and other supporting buttons.

Live Preview » JED Approved » Support forum

Core Features

Simplified Control

No non-sense and easy backend control. Choose your desired new year image and message and thats it.

Place Anywhere using Shortcode

Use this simple shortcode {black_friday} to display on any page. Control vertical positioning too.

Responsive

Floating Effect

This Plugin can be floated in top-right corner of the Browser with Halloween icon.

Light Weight

The plugin is very light weight and thus fast to load without compromising site speed

Custom Color

This Plugin has custom color option.

Clean Coding

Made by Joomla experts and hence clean coded

Available Built-In Black Friday Icons / Images

Available Images to Choose From


Front End

 
Black Friday Button JoomlaBlack Friday Button Joomla

 

Admin Screenshots

Black Friday Button Joomla 
 
 
 

Download Free Now

$6.00



Joomla Version Support



Supports all Major Browsers



Commonly Asked Questions

Your promo image and offer will be visible as a floating image on side of your website. You will see a Black Friday icon floating with the browser at the top-right corner. Once you move your mouse cursor on the icon, the message / offer will be sliding out.
We have a list of about 9 very interesting images to choose from and also you can use your own image.
Yes you can adjust the position where you want it to show on site.

SUPPORT FORUM

Have Question? Go to Our Support Forum »


Version History

Version Date Change
1.5 06/05/2017 * Add Auto Update 
1.0 01/03/2016 * Initial release

Chinese New Year Promo

1 March 2016, 6:58 am
Published in Plugins
version 1.5

Chinese New Year Promo

A shortcode enabled plugin to display Chinese New Year Promo in Joomla Websites. You can easily show promo in any page using the simple shortcode. Just install the plugin and configure it. It comes with nice Chinese New Year related offer images to choose from. You can show custom text, description and other supporting buttons.

Live Preview » JED Approved »

Core Features

Simplified Control

No non-sense and easy backend control. Choose your desired new year image and message and thats it.

Place Anywhere using Shortcode

Use this simple shortcode {chinese_new_year} to display on any page. Control vertical positioning too.

Responsive

Floating Effect

This Plugin can be floated in top-right corner of the Browser with Halloween icon.

Light Weight

The plugin is very light weight and thus fast to load without compromising site speed

Custom Color

This Plugin has custom color option.

Clean Coding

Made by Joomla experts and hence clean coded

Available Built-In Chinese New Year Icons / Images

Available Images to Choose From


Front End

 
Chinese New Year Button Joomla
Chinese New Year Button Joomla

 

Admin Screenshots

Chinese New Year Promo Joomla 
 
 
 

Download Free Now

$5.00



Joomla Version Support



Supports all Major Browsers



Commonly Asked Questions

Your promo image and offer will be visible as a floating image on side of your website. You will see a Chinese New Year icon floating with the browser at the top-right corner. Once you move your mouse cursor on the icon, the message / offer will be sliding out.
We have a list of about 17 very interesting images to choose from and also you can use your own image.
Yes you can adjust the position where you want it to show on site.

SUPPORT FORUM

Have Question? Go to Our Support Forum »


Version History

Version Date Change
1.5 07/05/2017 * Add Auto Update 
1.0 01/03/2016 * Initial release

Share Quotes on Facebook for Joomla

7 August 2016, 7:21 am
Published in Plugins
version 1.0 Compatible upto Latest Joomla

Share Quotes on Facebook for Joomla Articles text Selection.

A great Joomla! plugin based on Facebook Share Quotes that enable you to select/highlight any portion of website text and have it shared on Facebook instantly. The plugin also inserts valid Open Graph tag into the website for perfect Facebook sharing. An essential extension to make your website pages Social Media friendly.

Latest Joomla 3.6 Supported

See Documentation

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Core Features


Quote Article Text

Highlight and easily share any text from article in Facebook


Light Weight

 Efficiently coded. Never tax your site loading time and works with any Template


No Tweaking of Code

No risk of screwing your Template files while editing codes or core files. This plugin save you tons of coding time


Support All OG Tags

This extension supports GEO Tag, type, description, multimedia and product object such as ISBN


Easy Configuration

The configuration of this plugin is very simple and it's a light weight plugin


100% OGP Compatibility

As bonus it makes your site fully Open Graph compatible in matter of seconds


VIDEO DOCUMENTATION

 

Front End

 Share Quotes
Share Quotes

 

Admin Screen Shots

Open graph protocol for K2 items

 

 

 

Buy Now

$8.00

Happiness Guaranteed: 30 Days Refund Policy



Joomla Version Support



Supports all Major Browsers



Commonly Asked Questions

Yes you need to create FB app id. Here is a tutorial on how to create Facebook app id, app secret etc. 
You have option to set default image to show as Open Graph tag.

SUPPORT FORUM

Have Question? Go to Our Support Forum »


Version History

Version Date Change
1.0 08/07/2016 Support J3.6
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