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Developing a Website Using the Joomla CMS

July 20th, 2012 Comments off

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Purpose of a CMS (Content Management System)

As the webmaster of a busy website you will be familiar with the process of updating the content of your website on a regular basis, regardless of how you achieve this. Some websites are still based around the static HTML model which means that a website must first be modified on a desktop computer using website design software before the modified pages are uploaded the hosting server, often through FTP although there are other methods of file transfer available. The process of modifying a static website can be time consuming and there is always room for error that could impact on the design or layout of the website; CMS (content management systems) systems have been developed to improve the way in which webmasters manage their websites by only allowing the modification of content and no code. A CMS can be seen as offering webmasters and web developers benefits such as:

  • The application that will run the core of your website is solid and well tested; all you need to do is perform a professional installation and install a theme that matches the design of your business and you are set to go
  • There are a number of plug-ins available for popular open-source applications, such as Joomla, that can be used to add additional functionality to the application and improve your overall experience as a webmaster.

Joomla is a popular PHP and MySQL based CMS that is one of the most advanced platforms available for developing a website on, having been developed to be a CMS from the start whereas WordPress, another popular platform, is better served as a blogging application. As PHP and MySQL are technologies supported by both Windows and Linux, any web hosting service from Host.co.in can provide you with the features necessary to run an effective installation of Joomla.

Installing Joomla

Host.co.in offers a software management application with our Linux shared web hosting plans called Softaculous; this can be used to install a number of popular web applications, including Joomla, in your web space in just a few clicks and saves you the time and hassle of having to setup databases and the correct permissions. If you are using any other form of hosting then you will probably need to investigate other installation methods that are available and suit your hosting environment.

For the most part the manual installation of Joomla is a simple procedure that consists of the following steps:

  1. Download the latest version of Joomla from the software’s official website, located at www.joomla.org
  2. Unzip/untar the package that you have downloaded to your desktop
  3. Login to your web hosting account using FTP or any other method of file transfer
  4. Upload the contents of the unzipped/untarred file to your web space
  5. Login to your web hosting control panel and create a new MySQL database for your website
  6. Navigate to your website or the directory on your website in which you have installed Joomla where the Pre-installation Check screen should be visible; following the installation steps and you should then have a fully working Joomla installation at the end.

If you require assistance with the installation of Joomla then Host.co.in’s 24×7 support team can assist you with the installation process if necessary. Our highly knowledgeable staff can perform a clean and professional installation for you at no cost.

Themes and Plugins

Like a majority of third-party applications that are designed for open source use, Joomla has large repositories of themes and plugins for you to choose from that can be used to provide your website with a fresh new design and to extend the core functionality of the application. There are of course APIs available for you to develop your own themes and plugins if you are an advanced user with knowledge of the PHP scripting language, so even though you are going to be basing your website on a third-party application, there is a lot of room for customization.

Creating a theme that is consistent with your business’s branding is an important aspect of developing a web presence because you want your website to stand out to your visitors as being your brand. Developing a theme for Joomla will require knowledge of CSS and HTML as well as a slight bit of PHP so that you can create an effective layout. If you feel that you don’t have the skills required for this then you can always use one of the freely available themes.

Even though Joomla is one of the most feature-rich web applications available, there may be something that you’re looking for that it doesn’t appear to have. Such thoughts can be remedied with the addition of plugins to create new features for Joomla that aren’t part of the core of the software. In order to create effective and stable plugins it is necessary for you to be competent with the PHP scripting language as your code will need to be secure, but also function correctly with the rest of the application.

How can I disable new registrations for MediaWiki?

December 23rd, 2010 Comments off

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If you are looking forward to disabling the option for your MediaWiki visitors to register new accounts at your website then you would need to add the below mentioned code to your LocalSettings.php file :

$wgGroupPermissions[‘*’][‘createaccount’] = false;

Below mentioned is a detailed description as to how to do this on your website hosting account with the use of cPanel Control Panel :

*First you need to login to your cPanel control panel for your website hosting account.

*Navigate to the File Manager

*Click on the public_html folder

*Then click on the folder placed next to the folder where MediaWiki is installed

*Click on the file names LocalSettings.php

*In the top right corner you will see various management options for LocalSettings.php, you need to click on Edit File

*Lookup for a file named $wgGroupPermissions. If the file is not available, you would need to add it manually. But if it is available, you need to edit to :

$wgGroupPermissions[‘*’][‘createaccount’] = false;

*Once you save the edited LocalSettings.php file, new users would not be able to create new accounts.

If you are facing any further issues with the same, we recommend you to contact the support staff for you web hosting service provider.

How can I reset my Mambo administrator password?

December 9th, 2010 Comments off

Mambo is one of the very popular and powerful Content Management System (CMS) available in the market. Websites cab be created easily with the web based interface and the user friendly features of Mambo CMS.

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Mambo administrator password can be changed or reset using its MySQL Database available in your control panel provided by your web hosting services provider.

The most easy way to manage the database is through the phpMyAdmin tool. You need to go to your cPanel provided with you cPanel Hosting account and click on phpMyAdmin in the Databases box.

In phpMyAdmin you need to select Mambo’s database from the drop down menu at the left side. The page will automatically refresh and the table of database’s will be displayed. Access the SQL tab, it can be found at the top navigation bar.

Write the below mentioned SQL Query in the text field available :

UPDATE `mos_users` SET `password` = MD5( ‘new_password’ ) WHERE `mos_users`.`username` = “admin_username” LIMIT 1 ;

“new_password” – replace with the new password to be used.
“admin_username” – replace with the username the password for which should be updated.

Once done, click on the GO button to submit your query. If the query completes without any errors, you would be able to login to Mambo with the newly assigned password.

Upgrade Magento

December 7th, 2010 Comments off

Its involves certain level of risk while upgrading an application, thus its recommended to take

precautionary measure before jumping on to an upgrade.

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Its very important to create a back up before you upgrade any application. This will ensure avoidance to any kind of inconveniences.

You can gather more information on how to perform an upgrade from the Official Magento Forum. Most of the issues related to the up gradation process are listed on the Official Forum for Magento with suitable resolutions provided. Many individuals find it difficult to execute a script upgrade, thus seeking assistance from an expert. Assistance from experts normally come with a monetary value accompanying them.

Updating Magento can be done easily by using Magento Connect Manager. It involves two steps to upgrade Magento, below mentioned are the two steps:

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Step 1: Log in to Magento Connect Manager

You need to log in to the Magento Content Manager first. If this is the first time you are upgrading Magento, you need to prepare the down loader and then click Install. Refresh the page once the initial procedure is complete.

Step 2: Select packages to upgrade

Then you need to click on the Check for Upgrades tab. All the available upgrades will be published and highlighted in yellow. Then you need to select the “Upgrade to” option from the Actions drop down menu. The application will now start upgrading your Magento Store.

Many web hosting services providers provide various automatic applications and tools for installation and upgrades. Web Hosting providers provide customized Addons to assist you with the application upgrades, many also make sure that the requested upgrades are performed on your behalf. Its recommended that you create a back up before scheduling an upgrade on your account.

If you are facing problems installing Magento or Upgrading Magento, we recommend you to contact the support department of your web hosting service provider for further assistance.

Content Management System :MAMBO.

August 10th, 2009 Comments off

Content management system (CMS):  This is a special type of computer application which is used to manage the work flow. This includes managing the work flow needed to collaboratively create, edit, review, index, search, publish and archive various kinds of electronic text.

mambo-cms The CMS used for maintaining web sites is Mambo. If you think of websites, Mambo is actually the engine behind the websites that manages and simplifies the work for creating, managing and sharing the content.

Mambo is freely available Open source which is licensed under  GNU. CMS software with a simple web interface. It has gained a wide attraction of the user for the easiness of the use.  If we think of the Web host providers they generally provide the support for Mambo. According to the survey 2005 it is the most popular for blog-sites or for personal use, it is also widely used for portal sites, e commerce sites and community sites. However now corporate people and enterprises are moving towards it. It is very user friendly and provides the best features that the novice users can also use it. It offers an interface which is very friendly with point and click functionality such that novice can easily use it. IT has Admin panel to configure your site, no need to know HTML.

It has a support for product support. The development team is constantly changing or updating the website or product. The best thing is that the good hosting companies offer Mambo through their Control panel.

Features of Mambo:

It include the advanced features like Page caching, which is help full to improve the performance on the busy sites.
Advanced Templating techniques and a very robust API.
It has support for RSS FEED and can automate many tasks including the web indexing of static pages.
Printable Versions of the pages, news flashes, blogs , forums, polls, calendars, websites searching anad many others.
It is data driven and used for Dynamic web pages.

IF you think of installing this software , your system must have the following
Apache (Version 1.3.19 or above)  OR Windows IIS
MySQL (Version 4.x or above).
PHP (Version 4.3.x or above)

Many times Mambo is confused to be a “portal”  solution. It is mostly aimed to the squarely at the corporate websites or small and medium websites.

With Mambo you can gather your content and add it to your web site through the web browser interface. This content is added to the database. Mambo allows you to determine the way your content will be served to your site visitors. When the visitors come to your site then Mambo determines which content to display according to the request of the page and delivers the page.

When we talk about Mambo ” Dynamic” and “data driven” are the two words that comes into mind.  When we see the static web pages the content of such pages are hard coded into the page itself, however the Mambo stores the content in the database. The page does not exists until it is requested by the visitor. When the visitors request the page, Mambo determines which content should be presented and how to deliver it. This is how this technology is one of the best Content Management System.

Drupal Web Hosting : Explained

June 4th, 2009 Comments off

Drupal is one among the different Open source Content Management Systems (CMS). It enables a user with an ease to publish, organize and manage large variety of content on a web-site. Many enterprises and Organisations use Drupal for their Community Portals, Blogs, E-commerce and other purposes.
Drupal Logo Many web hosting service providers offer Drupal Web Hosting packages. Once a relevant domain name is chosen, you can choose an appropriate web hosting plan. You should be clear with your web hosting requirements such as bandwidth, disk-space etc. The web hosting provider can suggest you the best suitable plan for hosting your Drupal website. Drupal offers  an advanced portal with collaborative book, search engines friendly URLs, online help, roles, full content search, site watching, threaded comments, version control, blogging, news aggregator. Drupal can be installed through cPanel which can be used with any Linux Hosting package.

Drupal application is developed by PHP and can be run against MySQL and PostgreSQL. Hence, one should search for a web hosting provider that offers support for PHP alongwith MySQL database support and PostgreSQL. Therefore, a Linux Web Hosting package is the perfect for your requirements. It is also important that the web host enable mod_rewrite module.

A hosting control panel along with the package can help you in multiple ways for managing the account. It can ease you to use the tools to create MySQL or Postgre SQL database as well as grant the access to others. You can execute back-ups as well  as restore it. With a control panel, you get an editor to modify the Cron jobs, which is extremely important for shared web hosting solution. There are many tasks that needs to be run at the same time, hence a permission to change the Cron file proves helpful for the Drupal Webmasters. With it you also get the privilege to access permission of the file and directory.

Before choosing a web hosting provider, you should get convinced about the connection speed between the web server and the database server. Usually, due to un-optimization of the connection speed between the two servers can run Drupal real slow. A stable server environment is very important for Drupal. One should make use of the review websites and customer testimonials while choosing a web hosting provider.

Overview of Cheap Cold Fusion Hosting

May 30th, 2009 Comments off

Cold Fusion is an Adobe product. It is one of the most powerful and most ColdFusion Logo appreciated programming languages available. Cold Fusion is a server side scripting technology used for creating dynamic web applications and web pages. Cold Fusion is much similar to languages such as PHP, ASP and Perl. Cold Fusion enables developers to deploy and create interactive features for content management systems (CMS), E-commerce websites etc. Inorder to use it one needs to find a web hosting provider who supports Cold Fusion.

There aren’t much web host who Cold Fusion Hosting. There are many reasons for opting for a web host that supports Cold Fusion. Below are few of the important one’s:

COST : Cold Fusion is one of the oldest programming language ColdFusionHosting available. Some web hosts offer Cheap Cold Fusion hosting plans, whereas some charge high price for the advanced functionality bundled with Microsoft products.

LIMITATIONS : Choosing the correct Cold Fusion supported Web host is one of the important factors as some environments prevents users from getting complete access such as some providers might provide Cold Fusion with their shared hosting packages with limitations in the use of tags since they are often seen as security risks. This is all because of the structure of shared servers. It may open up the vulnerability of potential threats to others hosted on the same physical server. A cheap dedicated server can prove to be a better alternative to overcome all the limitations. You get complete control of the server and hence the tags used in Cold Fusion.

VERSION : It is always better to choose a web hosting service provider who offers fully managed Cold Fusion Hosting. It is the web hosting providers responsibility to provide the updated versions of the product. This releases you from the head ache of purchasing the updated versions each time you wish to upgrade. It enables users to benefit from the latest features to create powerful, user friendly web pages and applications. It is much easier to integrate the language with the database system one prefers to work with.

Features of Cold Fusion : Cold Fusion integrates seamlessly with popular databases such as MySQL, MS SQL and Postgre SQL.

Despite of all the features and cheap ColdFusion plans, prices may vary according to other factors such as the bandwidth and add-ons associated with Cold Fusion. ColdFusion windows web hosting provide a highly robust and flexible environment, along with a 99.95% uptime guarantee and 24×7 support and monitoring.
Alongwith Cheap Cold Fusion hosting one should not compromise on the level of good quality technical support.