https://joomtraining.com.au Fri, 29 Mar 2021 16:48:04 +1100 MYOB en-gb Exploring an article's Publishing Options https://joomtraining.com.au/tutorials/item/80-exploring-an-articles-publishing-options https://joomtraining.com.au/tutorials/item/80-exploring-an-articles-publishing-options

When creating a new article, there are many parameters that can be set to display specific information and layouts for your article.

In this tutorial we will explore the publishing options, displayed on the right hand side of the screen.

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Publishing Options

1. Created by Allows you to select an author for the article

2. Created by alias allows you to use an alternate name, rather than the account name you use to login.

3. Created allows you to time stamp your article. Select the date by clicking on the small calender icon next to this field.

4. Start publishing allows you to select a date to commence the publication status of the article.

5. Finish publishing allows you to select a date to terminate the publication status of the article.

6. Modified details the date of which the article was previously modified.

7. Revision details how many times the article has been modified.

8. Hits details how many times the article has been viewed on the website.

 

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Article options

The pulldown box for each parameter give you an option to toggle the parameter on or off, or use the global settings (which can be modified from the Article Manager screen).

1. Show title allows you to toggle the display of the articles title.

2. Linked title allows you to have the artilce title link to the article itsellf. This is commonly used in a blog layout, where many articles are listed on a single page.

3. Show intro text will display any text written before the placement of the "Read More" divider.

4. Show Category allows you to display from what category the article is assigned to.

5. Link Category allows you to make the category title link to a list of articles contained within that category.

6. Show Parent displays the parent category that the article is assigned to.

7. Link Parent makes the article click through to the parent category.

8. Show Author will display the authors name at the top of the article.

9. Link Author will link through to a list of other articles written by that author when the user clicks the authors name.

10. Show Create Date displays the date that the article has been time stamped for.

11. Show Modify Date displays the date the article was last modified on

12. Show publish date displays the date the article was originally published

13. Show Navigation displays navigation buttons to the "previous" and "next" article.

14. Show Icons toggles the display of the the Print / Email icons.

15. Show Print Icon toggles the display of this icon.

16. Show Email Icon toggles the displa y of this icon.

17. Show Voting toggles the displays the Rating form. Viewers can rate the article by selecting a score from the radio buttons.

18. Show Hits displays the number of times the article has been opened.

19. Show Unauthorised Links will display links to articles based on the users authorised access.

20. Read More Text allows the author to customise the "read more" text that appears when a read more divider is placed within the article.

21. Alternative Layout allows the author to assign the article to a custom layouts.

 

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Meta Options

These options are used to determine your ranking in search engince results. It's recommended (but not essential) that you give consideration to your meta options.

1. Meta Description is a unique description of the article, written within 160 characters. This is most commonly used as the description displayed in Google search reults.

2. Keywords should be kept to a minimum and be relelvent to the articles content. Keywords should also be seperated with a comma.

3. Robots allows you to specify instructions to search engines. The options are as follows:

Index, Follow
Search engines should not include this page in their search results, and follow through all links contained within the page.

No index, Follow
Search engines should not include this page in their search results, but should follow through all links contained within the page.

Index. No follow
Search engines should index the page in their search results, but should disregard any links links contained within the page.

No index, No follow
Search engines should not include this page in their search results, and should also disregard all links contained within the page.

4. Author is the name specified to be used within search results.

5. Content Rights Describe what rights others have to use this content, and by what rights the content is protected.

6. External Refernce can be used to retrieve the article. For instance, Create a test article with the external reference "xxxx". On the front-end, enter the URL: index.php?option=com_content&task=findkey&keyref=xxxx and your article should be displayed

]]> buipy001@gmail.com (Peter Bui) Content Editing Tue, 11 Jan 2021 13:46:56 +1100 Joomla 1.6 Site Performance https://joomtraining.com.au/tutorials/website-management/item/78-joomla-16-site-performance https://joomtraining.com.au/tutorials/website-management/item/78-joomla-16-site-performance

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.

Performance Check List

GZip

First thing to look at is to compress the delivery of files on your website. Most servers these days allow you to deliver content via compression.

To enable GZip in your Joomla website, navigate from the site menu:

Site -> Global Configuration

Click on the SERVER sub menu on the page and you will be presented with the server orientated configuration options.

Global configuration figure 1

Choose YES for the radio button next to GZip Page compression and then hit SAVE in the top right corner of the screen.

If you server allows for GZip delivery of content then you pages will be just that little bit smaller now.

Global Cache

Global cache will start caching certain parts of your Joomla website such as the modules and menus that appear on your website. To turn on the global cache, navigate to the Global Configuration via the main administrator menu

Site -> Global Configuration and select the System sub menu item on the screen.

Global configuration: Cache

On the side of this screen you will see the caching options.

Basic settings would be to have:

Cache

In Joomla 1.6 we have a few new caching options available to us. 

  1. ON - progressive, 
  2. ON - Conservative and 
  3. OFF

The progressive settings are the default cache settings. If provides faster caching and takes up the most space in terms of system caching. It isn't recommended for very large websites. It will cache modules.

Conservative cache will only cache certain elements of your website

Cache OFF will obviously disable the caching system on the website.

Cache Handler

This option allows you to switch between the different types of caching methods available on your server. File handler is the default and sometimes the only option in many cases. Other server configurations may allow for MEMCACHE and other caching methods. It is best to talk to your hosting providers to get other caching methods enabled on your server.

Cache Time

For websites that update often it would be a good idea to keep this cache time low. For sites that don't update often, e.g. once a week, you can increase this cache time to a few hours.

 

System Caching

The system cache or page cache will cache all of the pages on your site for visitors. It also gives you the option to cache the pages on the user's computers/browsers.

To enable the system cache, navigate via the administrator menu to:

Extensions -> Plug-in manager

Joomla 1.6 Plug-ins manager

Here you will be given a list of all the current plugins in your website. Navigate to the System plugin called, System - Cache and select it.

Plugins System cache

On this screen, choose enable from the drop down menu and then choose YES for Use Browser Caching. This will enable the page caching for the website.

Results

On the default install of Joomla 1.6 the changes are very minimal but you can see how the caching effects the website slightly.

Doing a test over websiteoptimization.com we can see the differences in page size and download speeds over a 56k modem.

Before

Object TypeSize (bytes)Download @ 56K (seconds)Download @ T1 (seconds)
HTML: 14270 3.04 0.28
HTML Images: 2408 0.68 0.21
CSS Images: 201001 46.46 7.46
Total Images: 203409 47.14 7.67
Javascript: 193301 39.72 2.22
CSS: 29626 7.10 1.36
Multimedia: 0 0.00 0.00
Other: 0 0.00 0.00

 

After

Object typeSize (bytes)Download @ 56K (seconds)Download @ T1 (seconds)
HTML: 3641 0.93 0.22
HTML Images: 2408 0.68 0.21
CSS Images: 201001 46.46 7.46
Total Images: 203409 47.14 7.67
Javascript: 193301 39.72 2.22
CSS: 29626 7.10 1.36
Multimedia: 0 0.00 0.00
Other: 0 0.00 0.00

 

The main differences here that you can see is the file size of the HTML page. Before being 14.270 kb is now reduced to 3.641 kb reducing the page load time over a 56k modem from 3.04 seconds to 0.93 seconds.

This reduces the file size down to 25% of the original size which is quite a large decrease in file size.

]]> buipy001@gmail.com (Peter Bui) Website Management Mon, 10 Jan 2021 13:44:55 +1100 Joomla 1.6 Page Redirects https://joomtraining.com.au/tutorials/website-management/item/53-creating-a-page-redirect https://joomtraining.com.au/tutorials/website-management/item/53-creating-a-page-redirect

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). 

Enabling the Plugin

First let's ensure that you have the Redirect plugin activated.

Select Extensions from the top menu, and then click Plug-in Manager.

Joomla Redirects

 

On the next screen you will see a list of plugins installed on the site. Some will be activated, and some may not.

Type the word Redirect in the filter (1), and click Search.

Once you have found the System-Redirect plugin, make sure it is activated by toggling the cross symbol (2).

Joomla 1.6 Redirects Tutorial Fig 2

 

Creating a Redirect 

Now we know the Redirect plug in activated and working, let's start using it.

Click Components in the top menu, and then Redirect from the drop down menu that appears.

Joomla 1.6 Redirects Tutorial Fig 3

 

The following screen will list any URL's that your viewers have entered that have resulted in either a broken link, or an error. With this plugin, we can now ensure that these broken links are redirected back to your website.

Click the toggle box next to one of the entries (1), and type in a new destination URL in the field below (2).

Be sure to click the Enable button situated towards the top right when you have finished.

Joomla 1.6 Redirects Tutorial Fig 4

 

Now that you have created the new redirect, test the redirect by entering in the expired URL into your address bar. You should now be redirected to the newly updated URL link.

Other Usages of the Joomla 1.6 Redirect Component

Other usages that have been talk about is creating short URLs for your website. Sometimes there may be multiple nested directories created very long URL strings. In these situations a shortened URL can be created in the redirect component pointing to the longer URL. This works great for marketing material, or social network marketing where shorter URLs are favourable.

How Do You Get a Log of 404 Errors

There are third party components and website tools that allow for the tracking of 404 errors that may occur on your website. These tools will enable you to effectively monitor your web traffic and make sure that it is getting to the right place.

]]> buipy001@gmail.com (Peter Bui) Website Management Thu, 07 Oct 2021 16:22:46 +1100 Metadata for Categories https://joomtraining.com.au/tutorials/item/45-metadata-for-categories https://joomtraining.com.au/tutorials/item/45-metadata-for-categories

In the previous version of Joomla you we're not able to insert meta data on a category. When displaying content on a category blog view or a category table view, Google or any other search engine would simple read the global meta data for the site creating repeated meta information across the Joomla website. In the latest version you'll see that there are now parameters that have been made available for the addition of the meta keywords and meta description.

Joomla 1.6 has made it quite easy to add meta data to a category.

Adding Metadata to a Joomla 1.6 Category

Simple click an existing category from the Contents menu from the backend or create a new one and expand the Metadata Options panel on the right hand side of the screen.

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Here you can set your desired meta description and meta keywords. 

Extra features that have been added which are very nice include alternative page titles which will allow you to control the title of the page if you want it different to what is actually displayed on the content area of the screen. Author meta and the robots tag has also been included at the categories level which tells the search engine whether or not to index and follow content and links on the category level.

Add in the details that you need and hit Save & Close.

]]> buipy001@gmail.com (Peter Bui) Content Editing Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:09:02 +1100