WordPress and Joomla
WordPress has become the most widely used Content Management Systems (CMSs) in recent years. One of many reasons WordPress rose to the top is because it’s open source. It was first released in 2003 primarily as a blogging platform. When version 3 came along, it enabled WordPress to be used for nearly every type of website including ecommerce. That’s when its popularity really took off, and the number of developers working on themes and plugins for WordPress exploded.
If you see a function you like on a popular website that you would like to incorporate into your WordPress website, there are probably already 2 or 3 plugins designed for that purpose. I have a core set of plugins I use for all basic features of any given website, but there are often needs particular to the project that need a specialized plugin. Testing and customization of plugins are a few of the many ways I can help you with your website.
Joomla has been around longer than WordPress and has a loyal core of developers that number in the thousands. It is another open source CMS that, in my opinion, is better suited for large websites because of its intuitive article manager. I only recommend Joomla for large websites with several categories of organization.
Over the years, Joomla developers have created extensions for nearly every conceivable website need. With Joomla’s most recent upgrade (which some feel is a game changer), websites are able to be built natively in HTML5, bringing them closer to being “App Ready”. The biggest downside to Joomla at this point is the small number of responsive templates available, but that problem will decrease over time.
If you haven’t heard already, on April 21st, 2015, Google will be making a change to their algorithm that will affect websites that are not “mobile friendly”. This is a fairly vague term, so Google made a Mobile Friendly Website Testing Tool that takes the ambiguity out of the equation. The tool will list the problems the website has, and suggest corrective measures you can take to pass the test. Getting a B+ on this test isn’t good enough. It’s pass or fail. Responsive... Read More »
I recently had the opportunity to take over an old website for a client that was ranking pretty well for his targeted keywords. The old website was built using ModX, a CMS with which I’ve had limited experience. The developer of this site chose not to use mod rewrite to make search engine friendly (SEF) URLs, so all of the pages on the website ended with /index.php?id=123. If the website had used SEF URLs, I would have done my usual list of 301 redirects on the... Read More »
The biggest reason I decided to compare Incapsula and Cloudflare was to see which CDN could most improve page speed. My tool of choice for testing page speed is Google Developer PageSpeed Insights. Only one of the websites I tested had been optimized for speed ahead of time. That one had no real improvement on desktop page speed with either CDN, but a big improvement in mobile page speed on Cloudflare and a moderate increase with Incapsula. The other websites had modest... Read More »
I first heard about the concept of a Content Delivery Network (CDN) when researching page speed a few years ago. I didn’t get very far since it seemed at the time to be a fairly expensive addition to my websites. I decided to revisit the subject now that mobile is poised to overtake desktop use, making page speed more important than ever. Free Content Delivery Network I chose CloudFlare primarily because it’s free and HostGator thought well enough of them to offer... Read More »