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What's Involved in Getting an SSL Certificate?

Many web site owners have noticed lately that browsers are now displaying a "not secure" warning when they try to login to the back end of their own Wordpress, Joomla, or other CMS. What's going on?! Well, don't worry -- nothing has changed on your server or in your web site's code. What's happening is that browsers are now issuing warnings on login pages that aren't secured via an SSL certificate. Your site's actually as secure as it always was; it's just that now you're being shown an example of a page that's a little more vulnerable (if only technically / potentially) than other pages on your web site. If it's just you using your site, there may be no actual need to take action. But, many site owners nevertheless do not like to see such warnings. So, this article will explain what an SSL Certificate is, why you might want to get one, and the costs involved in doing so. It'll be pretty basic and straightforward, and also customized to Array Web Development's approach. So, take this advice for what it's worth. :-)

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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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