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As Joomla has matured over the years it has become more and more search engine friendly which is very important to anyone considering using a content management system to build a website site. One of the great built-in seo tools it has to offer is the option to use search engine friendly URLs. This blog post will guide you through how to enable SEF URLs for the latest version of Joomla.

Why enable search engine friendly URLs

Before we get started we want to outline some of the benefits of enabling SEF URLs.

  • Website visitors are more likely to remember the SEF version of the URL.
  • People are more likely to visit the SEF version of the URL which appears in the search engine results or on social media websites rather than visiting the non search engine friendly version of the URL.
  • If other websites or social networking sites want to reference an article you have published at your website it is easier to link directly to the SEF version rather than linking to the non SEF version.
  • It helps the website visitor to understand what the article is about based on the information included in the URL.
  • It adds an additional layer of security to your website. Their are bots which crawl the internet every minute of the day looking for ways to exploit websites and one of the approaches they use is to look at the format of the websites URLs. A website can be easily identified as running Joomla based on formatting of the URLs which include PHP, ?, component name.

You have built a great Joomla website and now your ready to share it with the world. However, if you have not thought about which hosting company or service to go for, chances are you wonโ€™t get the results you might have been hoping for even if your site is perfect in every way.

Choosing the right web hosting service plays an important part in building a website. The last thing you need when launching a new website or running an established website is server downtime or a slow loading site which will have a serious impact on your business. You only get one chance to make an impression on the internet, if your site is slow or down or maybe has a technical issue then you could loose an important sale and the visitor will move onto the next website.

The Joomla project announced the release of Joomla 3.4 which is available for download at the official community website. You can also complete a one click upgrade via the administrator area of your website to upgrade to the latest version of 3.4. The latest version of the CMS comes with a number of new features including enhanced front end module editing, removal of the web links component, security improvements with the introduction of UploadShield code which can detect most malicious uploads and it also supports the more user friendly version of Google reCaptcha.

Goodbye weblinks component

The development team took the decision to remove the web links component and all its associated modules from the core of Joomla 3.4. This only applies to new installations of 3.4, if you upgrade directly from version 3.3 to 3.4 the web links component and its associated modules will still be available.

This was a good decision by the development team as it reduces the overall size of the core code base to make the CMS lighter plus not so many people use the web links component and there are a lot of alternatives available for download via the extensions directory which offer more features and functionality.

No one likes getting spam especially when it comes via the contact or registration forms at your Joomla website. The default contact and registration forms are subject to abuse from automated spam bots which crawl the internet every minute of the day looking for ways to automatically spam websites. One of the best solutions available to reduce spam is to use Google's free reCAPTCHA service which can be setup at your website by following the simple steps outlined in this blog post.


reCAPTCHA is one of the most popular free spam protection services on the internet which is designed to protect websites from spam and abuse. It uses an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive CAPTCHA's to stop automated bots.

If you visit the Joomla extensions site you can be over whelmed by the number of extensions you can download and install. Whether you need a forum, photo gallery, chat, document management or backup extension you will find it at the website.

Before you get over excited and download and install every extension under the sun we have put together a list of really useful, tried and tested extensions which we believe will add real value to your website in terms of improving it's functionality and the day to day management of the website.

Akeeba Backup

Akeeba Backup is one of those must have extensions which is essential for everyone running a Joomla site. The developers of Akeeba Backup have been around since 2006 and the extension has been downloaded thousands of times over the past few years plus it has some amazing reviews from people who use it.

The extension comes in two flavors, the free version and the paid version where you signup for a one year support subscription which costs only 40 Euros.

What Akeeba Backup basically does is allow you to easily create a backup of your whole website from the administrator area. The backup will take a snapshot of all the core Joomla files, extensions, modules, templates, MYSQL database and store them in a single file. Taking a backup is simple and you can also schedule backups to run every day, week or month. Akeeba Backup also allows you to easily restore the website in a couple of minutes. If your site gets hacked or the hosting company closes down or maybe something goes wrong when you upgrade your site or a 3rd party extension you can always easily recover the whole site using this really useful extension.

Find Out More About Akeebabackup

Have you forgot the Joomla super administrator password to log into the administrator area of your website? If yes then the step by step instructions outlined in this document will help you quickly and easily reset your admin password.

Before you get started you will need access to your web hosting control panel (cpanel) and also access to phpMyAdmin where you will be required to update one of the Joomla user mysql tables included in the MYSQL database to reset the admin password.

Cpanel is one of the most popular control panels used by a lot of hosting companies. If you do not have access to Cpanel or phpMyAdmin then contact your web hosting company for information about how you can access the above.

Is your Joomla website loading slowly? If yes then you can make changes to the site to make it load faster which will in turn increase conversions and also keep visitors and Google happy.

The internet is an unforgiving place, you only get one chance to make an impression and if you get it wrong it's very difficult to recover from it.

A fast loading website plays an important role in the overall user experience the visitor expects to see when they visit a website.

Many other factors influence user experience and conversions at a website but speed has now become an important factor especially since more people now use mobile devices to visit websites. Google also uses website speed as a ranking signal in its algorithm which can influence a sites position in the search engine listings.