Website Management

Joomla website maintenance and backup procedures.

Backups on the website are done at two levels.

It is a good idea to manually invoke the backup process on the intranet when ever possible to make sure that recent backups are taking place.

In the main control panel area of the website is a backup alert icon.

If the icon states that a backup is required then you will be required to click on the icon and start the backup process.

Restoring a backup is a more complicated process that requires restoring the database by phpMyAdmin (http://mywebsite.com/phpMyAdmin) and is best let to site administrators that are familiar with MySQL and the restoration process of Joomla websites.

Please contact, PB Web Development for more information about restoring a website.

Joomla creates the pages of your website dynamically when they are needed. So rather than having lots of complete pages stored on the webserver, Joomla instead creates each page on the fly when needed, by accessing all the content you have stored in your joomla database.

This process of building each page of the website dynamically can be sped up quite considerably using the Cache.

Without the cache turned on every time someone visits your page, all the computations that it took to build the page are done over and over again even if there is actually no change in what the visitor sees.

With the cache turned on, Joomla takes a "snap shot" of the whole page when it is first displayed. When that page is then visited again at a later stage Joomla displays the stored "snap shot" rather than repeating all the resource exhausting computations required to build the page the first time it was viewed.

Joomla creates the pages of your website dynamically when they are needed. So rather than having lots of complete pages stored on the webserver, Joomla instead creates each page on the fly when needed, by accessing all the content you have stored in your joomla database.

This process of building each page of the website dynamically can be sped up quite considerably using the Cache.

Without the cache turned on every time someone visits your page, all the computations that it took to build the page are done over and over again even if there is actually no change in what the visitor sees.

With the cache turned on, Joomla takes a "snap shot" of the whole page when it is first displayed. When that page is then visited again at a later stage Joomla displays the stored "snap shot" rather than repeating all the resource exhausting computations required to build the page the first time it was viewed.

 

However, there may be times you need to "clear" the cache, and purge it of all the "snap shots" it has stored. Perhaps you have updated a page or article on your website and noticed that when you try to view your changes the old un-modified version of that page is still displaying. Clearing the cache will solve this problem, and force a new "snap-shot" of the page in question.

To clear the cache of its stored content, click on Site from the top menu, and select Site Maintenance, and then Clear Cache from the drop down menu.

 
 
The entire cache can be cleared by selecting the top "tick" box, then click the trash icon situated in the top right corner.
 

This is a short video that demonstrates how quick and easy it to update Joomla 1.5 to the latest version.

You can obtain the component that is being used in this video called, "Update Manager for Joomla" from:

http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/core-enhancements/installers/9332

Here is a quick little video on how to update Joomla 1.6.x to Joomla 1.7.

The process takes a few minutes to download the new version from the Joomla.org website so please be patient.

Site optimisation is a factor when it comes to ranking well in search engines. The speed at which your site loads increases website usability for users on mobile devices and slow internet connections, decrease bounce rate and enables bots to crawl your site faster!

When configuring your Joomla 1.6 website there are several check list items that you need to check to make sure that it is performing at its best.

The media manager is the perfect place to store your images, videos, and PDF documents. It can be used effectively as a filing system. Media can be uploaded at any time, and retrieved and inserted into articles at any stage.

A new handy component and feature of Joomla 1.6 is the ability to easily do page redirects. This really comes in handy when there are 404 errors on your website and you need to redirect the traffic to the correct addresses.

The new redirect module will record any broken links or incorrect URL's typed in from a user, making it extremely easy for you to create an alternate working link (and thus keeping your website reader at your website, and not at an error page). 

Site maintenance menu that has been added to Joomla 1.6 collates all of the general site maintenance features that are in Joomla.

These include:

  • Global Check-in
  • Clear Cache
  • Purge Expired Cache

 

Sometimes if you're coming up with issues on a website and something isn't working right, you can start debugging the issues by turning on the error reporting on the Joomla website.

If you're getting a white screen, also known as the white screen of death (WSD) then it may mean that the website is throwing errors but displaying errors is being suppressed.