Recently I read a post by a famous designer claiming that "Good design is ephemeral" at first I felt annoyed and his point of view gave me food for thought. While a part of me wouldn't like to admit it, I realise that his point was true.
So in our visual world how critical can the design of a website be?
A problem we have faced in our Joomla development work has been ensuring that the correct Google Tag Manager environment code is being deployed with the right environments - for example in our development environments we need to deploy the container code from GTM related to the dev environment, but in production, we need the live container code.
After some discussions about the best way to implement it, we came up with a simple way to ensure this 'just worked' across all our sites without any complicated settings.
Since Joomla 3 was released, content articles have had an option which can be selectively enabled to allow version control - saving a specified number of previous versions where changes are made to the content or settings of an article, and permitting rolling back to older versions.
This article will explore how to enable and use the version control system, a later article will explore how you can effectively version control all your editable content with a couple of handy plugins.
One of the hidden gems which appeared with the 1.6 version of Joomla is the Redirect Manager - a simple system which allows you to identify and fix broken links. Before the Redirect Manager was introduced, the only way to find and fix broken URLs was to use a third party extension, an SEO scraper such as Screaming Frog, or looking in your server logs.
Although the redirect manager has been around since 1.6, many people don’t know it exists, let alone use it to improve the optimisation of their websites. Often, if you just want to be able to identify and fix broken links you don’t want to have to install extensions with lots of other features which could potentially slow down your site or cause other SEO-related problems - especially if you don’t need the extra features!
A question we are asked time and again by business owners who have a Joomla website is when should they migrate to the latest version. It's a difficult question to answer because no one size fit all method can be applied due to the variety of different ways Joomla can be used, but here are some of the key decision points to help you plan when you should migrate your Joomla website.