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Bikeshedding and functional website

Bikeshedding is a term that was coined as a metaphor. Focusing on minutiae while neglecting the bigger picture sums it up quite well. Below is a discussion of how bikeshedding can be utilized in an effort to maintain perspective while still creating a compelling, relevant, and functional website.

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Anatomy of a Website - How it Works and Why it Might Not

A Little Background

Today we are going to focus on how a website works, share an overview of a hosting environment, and explore some other aspects of how a website functions.

Back in the old days, a website was a simple text document located in the server’s files. HTML let webmasters define the formatting on a website with the flexibility comparable to an advanced text editor, such as MS Word and allowed them to display images, and eventually other media.

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How sites get hacked and how to prevent it?

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Introduction

Every day thousands of websites get hacked and about one-third of those sites are based on popular CMS (Content Management System) applications like WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal or Magento. The most popular CMS is, of course, WordPress, which is used on over 60% of all CMS based websites. Since CloudAccess.net specializes in the hosting of CMS applications (Joomla! and WordPress) we are dealing with hacked sites on daily basis.

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GDPR - what does it mean?

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The European Union has implemented a new law called the General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR for short - to help protect personal data of EU citizens. As a company that has many clients in the European Union, we have taken this very seriously and took steps to make sure that our service is GDPR compliant, which means many good things for our clients, not only from the EU but from all around the world.

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An Exciting Glimpse at the New launch.joomla.org

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We are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of launch.joomla.org, a new system that merges Joomla.com and demo.joomla.org into one area where you can spin up free, fully functional Joomla websites (including FTP and PHPMyAdmin). The only limitations imposed will be subdomain usage and 500MB disk space, which can be overcome by upgrading to a paid plan starting from just $5/mo.

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Smart Updater - Keep Your Sites Safe and Secure!

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When activated, the Smart Updater automatically helps keep your website, plugins and themes up-to-date, which is crucial to ensuring your sites remains safe and secure.

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Custom code and its' upkeep

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Joomla! and Wordpress are great content management systems and offer a wide variety of features that should cover most of the usage scenarios when you employ a CMS to build a website. If that’s not enough for your needs, you can choose from thousands of free and paid extensions (or plugins) that will, depending on type, either add that one small feature you need (that “Share” button for your audience to share some useful information from your website on their social media accounts), or completely transform your website’s CMS into a full-fledged social network, or news portal.

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Joomla World Conference 2017

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What better place to organize the Joomla! World Conference than a country where the CMS is very popular and a city that is marvelous? Of course, all roads leads to Rome.

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Save 50% with our Black Friday offer!

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Black Friday is here! To honor online shoppers everywhere, we’re offering tremendous savings on Joomla! or WordPress hosting & support plan purchases. To take advantage of the most savings we’ve offered all year, simply purchase a new Standard or Business plan. You can also upgrade a free site or upgrade your current plan to a higher level of service to get more Cloud Control Panel™ (CCP) features, site resources and a higher level of support from our team.

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This is a great opportunity for all types of clients to save ½ of their hosting costs! That’s right - get 50% off hosting & support on your initial order! From free accounts to those who have already purchased a hosting and support plan, anyone purchasing a new Standard or Business plan or upgrading a current plan will receive:

  • Additional CCP Features
  • More Site Resources
  • A Higher Level of Support from CloudAccess.net
  • Additional Applications for as little as $3 (only Business Plans)

See our Plans

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JCH Optimize - how to make your site faster

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JCH Optimize is a plugin that’s available for Joomla!, WordPress, Magento, and Drupal and is used to optimize your site. What does optimization mean in this context? Well, to make a long story short, it automates certain actions like combining CSS and JavaScript files to get your site working faster. I use it on a Joomla! website I created and maintain, https://sabaton.pl The website uses many graphics, extensions, and custom CSS/JavaScript, so optimization is key here. Here’s a scan from Pingdom to show you its speed without JCH Optimize and caching:

While a 4.35 second load time with a 2MB home page is not the worst, it definitely can be better - and that’s where JCH Optimize comes in. Let’s see a more in-depth analysis of what’s wrong with the site:

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