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Saturday, February 23, 2008

JooFox Content Title Creates Dynamic Title For a Joomla! Website

I did some research this week. I found out how to show titles dynamically for a Joomla 1.0.x website - what I mean is that when you click on each page of your website, it will show its own title on top of the title bar. It is so cool to see that. If you are curious, I'll show you how you can create a website like that. It will be beneficial in terms of Search Engine Optimization too.

In order to do that, you need to download JooFox Content Title here - It is a plug-in (Mambot). JooFox Content Title helps you to create a dynamic title for each page of your website. What you need to do is to write your desired keyword into the TITLE ALIAS of every item. It will appear as TITLE of the respective page. The installation is very simple. Just follow the steps below:

  • After you downloaded bot_joofox_ctitle.zip file; do not unzip it
  • Go to you admin area, click on Installers/Mambots on the menu bar
  • Click on Browse button to find bot_joofox_ctitle.zip file from your local computer
  • Click on Upload File & Install button to upload it
  • If you are succeeded; click on Mambots/Site Mambots on the menu bar and publish it
I found this plug-in very useful and wanted to share it with you. It does what it says. If you have a Joomla! webwite, definitely you should use JooFox Content Title to optimize it.

Update: Also check out JooFox Content Header Creates Dynamic Header Tag for a Joomla! Website here.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Which Web Hosting is Good For Your Website or Blog?

After you found a niche, the next thing is to pick a web hosting for your website. It is crucial to pick one among the countless web hosting out there. How do you know which one is good? Therefore some factors you need to consider before you choose a web hosting: Do you want a blog hosting? or Free web hosting? or paid web hosting? Whatever you decide I hope you'll find the following information useful:

If you want to have a FREE blog site, then you may consider the following software:
Try TypePad FREE for 14 days! Sign up for your new blog today!

If you consider to get a Free web hosting, then you may choose one from Free Web Hosting here. Be prepared for the down sides it may bring to you. Such as ads it places to your website; uptime may not be stable; you don't have full control of your own website, etc.

Most people consider paid hosting after a while because they have full control of their own websites. Most of my websites are hosted in a paid hosting too. If this is the case for you, then you may want to check out the following paid hosting yourself:

Crystone Hosting

iPage Hosting

Hostgator Hosting

WestHost Web Hosting

Personal Web Hosting

IX Web Hosting

Lunarpages answers the phone when you call them!

Host Unlimited Domains on 1 Account

Price, disk space, bandwidth, and reliability are the factors you need to consider when it comes to a paid web hosting.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

How to Find a Niche for Your Website?

I am thinking to set up another new website with a new theme. Finding a niche that is not so competitive on the Internet but is market-demanding is hard. This week I've been searching tips and resources for finding a niche for my new website. I found a couple of websites providing resourceful tips. They all share the common ideas on a list: your passion, your hobbies, your expertise, and things you want to know more about, and etc. Check the list below:

  • How to Find Your Perfect Niche Market - A niche market is composed of individuals and businesses that have similar interests and needs, which can be readily identified and that can be easily targeted and reached.
  • Where to get ideas for a niche website - Good niche website ideas are all around you. Here's how to see them. ... You'll find lots of website ideas and problems your website could solve. ...
  • How to Find Niches for Your Websites - Creating niche websites is one of the best and easiest ways to make money online. The hardest part can be finding niches ~ however, once you learn how you'll start seeing niches everywhere you look! It's a great Internet marketing strategy if you are looking...
  • SEOmoz Finding Your Niche - SEOmoz is a hub for the search marketing industry, providing an SEO Services Marketplace, a popular SEO Blog, SEO Tools and premium content.
The above links provide FREE information of finding a niche for your website. If you still can't decide after reading all these websites above, you may like to try a professional niche-finder tool that I personally use and love; and it makes my life a lot easier - Keyword Analysis Tool - Market Samurai.

Updated as of 12/16/2012: After you've found a niche, you may want to find a hosting for your blog/website. Read Which Web Hosting is Good for Your Website/Blog? to find out more.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Which Joomla! Sef is better? OpenSEF or Sh404SEF?

Both OpenSEF and Sh404SEF are Joomla! components. They are purposely designed to rewrite Joomla urls to a more user-friendly format. Sh404SEF is the best plug-in for search engine friendly urls so far and it is FREE. A couple improvements have been made since OpenSEF.

  • It is secure and manages title & meta tags
  • It is optional to work with/without .htaccess file
  • It handles header a lot better than OpenSEF
  • It produces valid page not found 404 errors
  • Its speed is fast in terms of caching
  • It uses small DB (database) queries
  • It eliminates duplicated links
If you are interested, download com_sh404SEF_Version_1.3_RC_build_150.joomla.zip here. The installation is very easy. Just follow the instructions below to install it:
  • Do not unzip the file you just downloaded
  • Go to your admin area, click on Installers/Components on the menu bar
  • Find the url that you just downloaded com_sh404SEF_Version_1.3_RC_build_150.joomla.zip file, and click on Upload File & Install button
  • If you succeed, sh404SEF should show up in the Components tag
  • Click on Modules/Site Modules on the menu bar, make sure sh404SEF Custom tags module is the last module published, and make sure you publish it in the last module position in your template; otherwise it won't work properly.
  • Click on Components/sh404SEF on the menu bar and click on Click here to switch to extended display (with all available parameters) button on the upper right corner
  • Make sure you click on sh404SEF Configuration button, and configure it to meet your needs
If you did not have enabled Joomla Default SEF in Site/Global Configuration area, check Extension - The OpenSEF Component For Joomla! 1.0.x to get that done. Follow instructions there to make changes to .htaccess file or you can check Sh404SEF documentations out; they tell you exactly what you need to do.

Two problems I found so far. One of them is my Sitemap is still looking like this: http://www.internetoutput.com/component/option,com_sefservicemap/Itemid,40/ which I don't like it. I created an url using View/Edit Custom Redirects. However it doesn't seem to be working.

Another problem is that I don't like index.php showing up in my urls. I found the solution for this from Joomla Forum. Go to Components/sh404SEF on the menu bar, click on sh404SEF Configuration, click on Advanced tag, find Rewriting Mode?, change it to be with .htaccess (mod_rewrite), and save it. I tested my website and it works!

Update: Sitemap link has been fixed. Now it looks like the way that is supposed to be: http://www.internetoutput.com/sitemap.


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