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Storytellers: Gary Jay Brooks Reflects on the Story for the Joomla Beat Podcast

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 Last November at the Joomla World Conference in Boston, our CEO and founder Gary Jay Brooks sat down for an interview with Peter Bui at the Joomla Beat. This is super cool news because we like to tell our story, but we’re also super big fans of the Joomla Beat - it’s one of the great resources that has come out within the last few years for sharing Joomla news and such.

In the podcast, Gary tells the story of from the very beginning, and, although it’s been captured before, Peter did a great job getting Gary to reveal a few new details. Listen to the entire podcast below.

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Free Lifetime Hosting for Joomla! Day and Joomla! User Group Sites

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We’ve been part of the Joomla community for a long time now, and we’ve been involved with many Joomla! Day events and Joomla! User Groups. In fact, our company was born out of events like these. We know that JDays and JUGs offer great opportunities to meet fellow Joomla users and enjoy good company, but they also promote discussion, spark ideas, and spur innovation. We appreciate JDays and JUGs so much, we’re offering free lifetime hosting for any JDay or JUG site out there.

If you’ve got an upcoming event or need a permanent home for your group, you can either launch a demo site and we’ll upgrade it for as long as you need it, or we’ll help you migrate an existing site into our network free of charge. We appreciate the valuable work you do and we want to support you any way we can. We’re the preferred web host for sites like Joomla! Day Chicago, Joomla! Day Ethiopia, and Joomla! Day North Carolina, among many others. We’d be proud to add your group or event to the list. Once in the network, you can experience our one-of-a-kind Cloud Control Panel™(CCP) for managing your Joomla site, and you’ll even be able to submit support tickets to get help from time to time.

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Fall in Love with Hosting & Support: Special Valentines Day Offer


There are so many fish in the sea, and you deserve the most committed hosting provider out there. If you’re not married to your current host - if you’re not absolutely head-over-heals in love - you can save 25% on any of our hosting & support Service Level Agreements (SLAs). If you’re a demo client we’d love for you to join us in hosting matrimony by upgrading today.

Our highly devoted support team has an unwavering passion to help you build your online home. We’ll help migrate your site or upgrade your demo account, and we know you’ll fall madly in love with our entire platform. Remember, you need only purchase one SLA - after that, each additional site is only $5 per month.

We cherish all of our clients, and whether you desire a Standard, Business or Pro SLA, we’d love to create a perfect union with you. Experience our industry-leading level of faithful support. You won’t be disappointed. This is a limited time offer valid through Saturday, February 15th.

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The Joomla 1.5 Hosting Hullabaloo: Free Migrations & Security Offerings from


There’s been a little hullabaloo this week about Joomla 1.5 security and other hosting companies threatening to suspend hosting services for 1.5 clients. We’re offering free migrations and continued support for any customer wanting to transfer their Joomla Instance to

Why pick for your 1.5 hosting needs?

  • We’ll migrate the 1.5 Joomla Instance for you absolutely free of charge.
  • We immediately apply security patches provided by Joomla.
  • We will continue to provide online ticket and phone support for Joomla 1.5.
  • We have a custom-built security feature that allows you to lockdown your Joomla instance files and database files at the server level, leaving it unhackable. This tool, not offered by any other hosting provider, can let brochure Joomla 1.5 sites live indefinitely. provides the highest quality hosting environments available, our pricing plans are straightforward and we offer an industry-leading level of Joomla and hosting support. It’s true that Joomla 1.5 has reached its end of life, and you should consider upgrading at some point. Until then, we can keep you safe. There is no reason for your hosting company to pressure you into upgrading or threaten to cancel your service. When you’re ready, we’ll even help you with the upgrade process. To get started, click on the button below and follow the steps. Our team will follow up with you if we have any questions.

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Introducing the Cloud Control Panel™2.0

We take great pride in our customized Cloud Control Panel™(CCP) that is simple, intuitive and powerful. The CCP is at the heart of our platform and the main interface between clients and team members. You won’t find a better control panel at any other hosting company. Today we are launching a new version of our Joomla-specific, feature-rich CCP and we know you'll enjoy your new client experience.


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FREE Webinar Invitation & HUGE Savings on Watchful


You're invited to attend a free webinar and save 50% off Watchful, one of the most popular Joomla extensions in 2013. Winner of the Innovation of the Year award at JAB13 and the Best Joomla App award at CMS EXPO 2013, this is one webinar you do not want to miss. Watchful gives site admins the power to:

  • update and backup Joomla and Joomla add-ons remotely
  • [EXCLUSIVE] supports commercial add-ons for Akeeba, NoNumber and ACL Manager
  • utilize powerful activity logging
  • receive notifications when important site files are modified
  • manage all of your Joomla websites in one convenient location
  • save time by ensuring that critical maintenance tasks are implemented consistently

When: Friday September 27th @ 9:00 a.m. EST

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A Thank You to the Entire Joomla! Community


Thank You, Joomla!

We are a company that was born out of Joomla it is a great honor to be part of the Joomla community. We're passionate about contributing to the project, and we're lucky to be a part of it. We have so many great employees that comprise our company - people who are committed to our goals and the community. Please watch the thank you video below.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Joomla Compression and Caching


The Basics of Compression and Caching

When visitors come to your site, their browser displays content that is served from a web server. The web server is told what content to send based on the output of the Joomla application. Each page that the visitor loads requires Joomla to generate content into an html page for the visitor's browser. Sometimes Joomla has to generate the same content over and over. When this happens, site administrators can take advantage of caching to reduce the amount of work required from Joomla and the web server, which can greatly improve performance.

Compression comes into play when the files and data that is generated by Joomla gets sent from the web server to the browser. In many cases, compressing that data can increase the speed at which the data is sent, as well as the performance of the web server itself. In combination, these two factors can greatly decrease the speed at which your pages load for site visitors.

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Is Memcache Slowing Down Your Joomla Site?


We often see tickets about slow-loading sites or sites at a complete standstill. Most clients' first reaction is to blame the server, but this typically isn't the server's fault. Time and time again the very first thing we check is whether or not the client has Memcache enabled within the Global Configuration area of their Joomla site.

What is Memcache?

Memcache (memory caching) works within core Joomla and is a server-side caching technology. offers memory caching as part of our servcies, but the problem with Joomla and memory cache is that, once you start adding plugins, components and other extensions to your site, things become more complex. If Memcache is turned on and 3rd party extensions are installed, there may be compatibility issues that cause a looping effect, ultimately slowing down your site.

This looping effect slows down your site’s load time or could cause the site to become completely unresponsive. If you want your site to use memory caching you have to program it into your PHP code. The core Joomla CMS has a decent implementation of Memcache and we hope to see continued improvements overtime. If your site is only core Joomla, go ahead and try out Memcache and run a speed test. If you use 3rd party extensions, templates, modules, and other things that render when the Joomla site is called upon by a browser, your site may be slow to load.

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Understanding Joomla! ACL - Core Features & Available Extensions


Access Control Lists (ACL) is one of Joomla's most popular features and a draw for a lot of new users. ACL controls what site users can do and see on a website. The robust core ACL enables administrators to create tiered levels off access to different areas of the site for thousands of users. ACL is complex, and it raises a lot of questions.

We've scheduled two upcoming webinars to help answer some of those questions. The first webinar is Joomla! 3.1 ACL Explained. Hosted by Operating Manager Jonathan Gafill, this webinar will focus on core Joomla ACL. Jonathan will:

  • offer a definition of basic ACL terminology
  • create new User Groups
  • assign Permissions
  • add new Users and assign them to User Groups
  • create Access Levels
  • Create Categories, Articles and Menu Items specific to a User Group
  • test ACL front end functionality

The second ACL Manager Webinar will be presented by Sander Potjer, a leader in the Joomla community and the developer of the ACL Manager extension. Core Joomla ACL can be difficult to comprehend and that’s where the ACL Manager comes in! Available in 28 languages, the ACL Manager features tools to help users easily understand and manage Users, User Groups, Permissions and Access Levels. During this one hour webinar, Sander will discuss:

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