Auto SSLs as part of our hosting

Firstly, what is an SSL?

SSL Certificates are an essential and powerful tool used to secure your website. They consist of small data files that contain information to authenticate the ownership of a website and digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organisation's details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.

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Joomla 1.5 is obsolete

What‘s wrong with Joomla 1.5? Joomla 1.5 has been end of life now for years! In fact Joomla 1.5 has serious security issues. You must upgrade Joomla as soon as possible to continue to be secure. Moving to Joomla 3 is critical.

 "Joomla 1.5 reached its end-of-life on 30 April 2012. It will never be secure in 2018, and you can be expect to be hacked repeatedly. Time is up on these sites - you should replace them asap with new sites running the latest version of Joomla, or just delete the sites from the internet!" - MyJoomla

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Joomla 2.5 is obsolete

What‘s wrong with Joomla 2.5? Joomla 2.5.28 is now end of life! At the end of 2014, Joomla 2.5.28 became "end of support" meaning that no new releases in this series will be made. Moving to Joomla 3 is critical.

 "Joomla 2.5 reached its end-of-life on December 31st, 2014. It will never be secure in 2018, and you can be expect to be hacked repeatedly". - MyJoomla

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What is Wordpress?

WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool in non-geek speak. It is one of the most user friendly blogging and website content management system (CMS) available.

Good Windows / Network support techs

G'Day All,
Here's our shortlist for IT support people. We'd suggest you speak to all of them and see who seems to be the best fit for you. But basically if we were looking for someone, this would be our shortlist. They've all done work for us and/or our clients and received good feedback.

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Web Hosting Phishing Spam Warning

I guess it had to happen! phishing scammers are now targeting business owners' webhosting usernames and passwords. This lets them use your website to host viruses, add links to malicious sites or send spam.

Most people are aware of phishing email scams that target your bank passwords. However this new nasty idea of targetting website owners is easier to get caught by. Basically by sending an email with web hosting jargon they aim to con website owners into revealing their login details. Please read the full article for simple  tips on spotting the scam.

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Read more Link not appearing on my Joomla site

We recently received a phone call from a client who had all of the 'Read More' links dissappear from their Joomla web site. We carefully checked the articles in question in the administrator interface and could clearly see the 'Read More' link indicator in the desired place in the articles. But they would not display in the front end, no matter what we tried. It turns out the problem and the corresponding solution was so obvious, it fooled us for a few hours. (Yes, hours!)

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Famous Joomla Sites

We often get asked about high profile Joomla sites. One of the really nice things about Joomla is that its powerful enough to run even the most complex or high traffic websites while still being simple enough for "normal" humans to use. We mostly use Joomla for small and medium business websites. Still its nice to know that it can grow with you if you ever need to run a huge empire!

So here's a list (in no real order) of well known or large websites that we find using Joomla. 

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Claim your Google Map listing

The purpose of this article is to give you all the information you need to claim your Google Places listing for your business.  If either of the following are true, then you need to 'claim' your listing:

  • When you go to Google Maps and look up your business, it is not there; or
  • When you click on your business within Google Maps, a link above the top-right corner of the map asks if you're the "Business Owner?".
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Google Tune Ups / Performance Review

Its easy to win with Google. The sad thing is most businesses don't even bother...

This Google stuff; is it nerdy and hard?

No not at all. We speak to a lot of businesses about Google. Nine times out of ten when we look at what they need to do to rank more highly in Google its pretty basic. Most of it is fairly common sense and we are adding articles with more detail all the time. 

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