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PHP Update and CDN Implementation Stats for a Typical Joomla! Web Site

I recently noticed that it had been a while since I updated the version of PHP used on my web site. Furthermore, I've not to date implemented a CDN on this domain. Both of those items (moving to PHP 7.x and using a CDN) are known to be good for site speed. So, I thought I'd do both of these things and measure the difference. Here are the steps I took and the site speed / page load results of this fairly easy task:

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Jdatabase Course at the Joomla! World Conference 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended my session at the 2016 Joomla World Conference in Vancouver, B.C., yesterday. For those who attended, and for those simply interested in learning a bit more about Joomla's class for handling database queries, this article will present the video and also the course notes for you.

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Joomla Administration Series: Part 4: Filters and Search Tools

The previous three articles covered creating categories, creating articles, and linking your articles to the menu. There's one other fundamental concept I should also cover, as it will help you find whatever you're looking for while navigating various screens within the Joomla interface. And that's the various search tools available to help you. Indeed, these tools are part of what makes Joomla among the more intuitive and easy to use systems out there. Anyone that tells you Joomla isn't easy to use simply has zero idea... it's very simple to find what you want in Joomla!

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Joomla Administration Series: Part 1: Categorization of Your Web content

This and the next few articles are some general Joomla usage guidelines I wrote up for a client. I figured others would benefit from these very basic guidelines, as well. Included will be some core concepts such as categorization of information (categories), article creation, and basic menu administration.

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Quick Way to Insert PHP in Gantry 5 Theme Head

Quick update on the topic of Gantry 5 / Joomla... Back in Gantry 4, I used to be a big fan of editing a theme's index.php file from time to time, as it offered a direct PHP scripting opportunity, and was super easy to get to. With Gantry 5, though, things run a bit differently and, for those wishing to insert some PHP code, especially into the head section, it could be a little tough to accomplish in a direct, easy, safe way. However, there's a pretty easy trick still...

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Integrating Web Sites with Youtube's API -- A Simple Example

Most web sites utilize Youtube for marketing purposes these days (or at least they *should*). Integrating videos is fairly straightforward, too; Youtube wouldn't be where it is today if it hadn't made embedding videos on web sites and on social media extremely simple and straightforward.

That said, when Youtube becomes a major aspect of a business' marketing (and, I'm talking about managing a growing list of hundreds or thousands of videos), then managing the web integration in a more sophisticated way can offer benefits for a web site. So, I wanted to cover that in a fairly broad way, but also show some basic examples of how to do it in a way most site owners are as aware of.

If you're a web developer, the entire article should interest you. If you're a business owner interested in ROI, I recommend skipping to the end where I offer advice on whether it makes sense to consider pursuing a Youtube API integration with your web site.

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