Why we use Joomla as our main CMS platform

on Tuesday, 06 December 2016. Posted in Web Development

Or why we do not use WordPress very often

Why we use Joomla as our main CMS platform

First off what this post is not about. It is not an article about why one of these excellent open source CMS (Content Management System) platforms is the best. It is about the strengths of each and why we prefer using Joomla over WordPress and Drupal.

There are three large players in the open source CMS world. Wordpress, the largest user base, then Joomla and Drupal. Each of these platforms have there own strengths and weaknesses, both from an end user perspective and a web developer perspective.

Responsive Websites

Written by Bruce Wilson on Friday, 01 February 2013. Posted in Web Development, Design

...or how to make your website display nicely on any device whether it’s an iPhone or a 27" iMac

What will it take to make your website work on any device it is viewed on? Well, the old way was to build different versions of your website for smartphone, small tablets, and desktop monitors. That can cost a lot of money to cover all your bases, plus you have separate sites to maintain.

Now we have responsive websites— sites that scale and reconfigure their layout on the fly. So you only have to build it once and then watch it work on any device that connects to the internet.

How do you keep your information safe on the web?

Written by Bruce Wilson on Tuesday, 06 November 2012. Posted in Security

How not to be hacked

Using secure passwords and practicing safe email work habits are pretty much the top two things you can do to keep your information safe on the web. This article will deal with secure passwords; I’ll write a separate blog that’s all about safe email work habits.

One of my jobs at Formations is to keep our clients’ database-driven websites from being hacked and used for something the client certainly would not want their site used for. One of the benefits of being in this position is the ability to see what passwords and user names the would-be thieves/hackers use to try to break into a website. It’s really pretty basic. They run an automated dictionary system to enter user names and passwords at a very fast rate to try to hack your system. Here are some of the common words and number combinations they use to try to gain access to the website administrative side of a website: For the username they often try using “admin” — the default username on many web applications. Then for the password they start with common names like Kathy, Bob, Dustin, or they try number sequences like 123456 and so forth. They progressively combine the strings together until they hopefully hit upon the right one.

So how do you outsmart the hackers? For starters, always choose a username that is not a common word in a dictionary. For your password, create one that is at least eight characters long— 10 is even better. Make sure the password contains at minimum one upper and one lower case letter, one number and one symbol. Here is a good example: RtkNK44(pB.

Holiday Giveway

on Monday, 05 January 2015.

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