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thoughts and opinions on the business of building websites

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It's hard to believe. This month marks 10 years since I uploaded my first Mambo website. Mambo forked into Joomla a year or so later in September of 2005. Here's a quick look back on 10 years in business building Joomla - and a few Mambo - websites.

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If you are a maintenance client of Joomstore you may have noticed we have applied 3 separate Joomla updates to your site over the past few weeks. 

Joomla released version 3.4.6 on December 14 to address a security vulnerability discovered in PHP. Hackers discovered a way to exploit this vulnerability in Joomla. The issue was further addressed by Joomla with patch 3.4.7 and then 3.4.8 on Christmas eve which we applied that day.

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Twitter cards are awesome. When they are set up properly on your site Twitter can display a summary of your article, with an image, right there in the users stream when ever your content is shared. But, by default Twitter isn't able to show images from Joomla sites. It's a very easy fix.

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One of the reasons for the success behind Joomla and Wordpress is they give website owners the ability to extend a website with Extensions. The Joomla Extension Directory (at the time of writing) contains 6,238 extensions. An incredible number of bolt-on features and functionality. However, it can be difficult to sort the good from the bad.

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You may remember the hysteria a couple years back. The Aztec calendar was coming to its millennium-long conclusion on December 2012, planets were aligning, the world was going to end, they made a ridiculous movie, we were all… going… to die…

Then nothing happened. Oh, well.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

For those in the internet world, the lead up to “Mobilegeddon” was much the same. Lots was said, tech blogs warned of the coming SEO disaster, the #mobilegeddon hashtag was trending on twitter, people were panicking about the profitability of their websites come April 21.

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We've all heard that we need a strong username and password to secure the Joomla Administrator. But, nobody's going to guess your password, right? Well... Your login area could be under attack at this very moment by bots systematically bombarding it with thousands of username and password combinations. Here's a 2 minute exercise to see if your site is experiencing "Brute Force" attacks.

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Actually, neither. Wordpress and Joomla are the most popular open source CMS packages at the moment. But the thing that really makes the difference is the web designer / developer, not the CMS.