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Sticky Features for your Blog Network with WordPress MU 2.8: Part 1

by Lesley Harrison | October 2009 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP WordPress

One trap that many web site owners fall into is spending lots of time pulling in traffic but not offering anything to encourage visitors to return. This leads to a rather self-defeating cycle where the site owner is forced to constantly promote their site to keep bringing in the same number of visitors, eating up valuable time that could be spent improving the site in other ways.

Fortunately, a little time invested during the early days of building a site can pay off very well in terms of encouraging repeat visitors. In this article by Lesley Harrison, we will:

  • Learn what is meant by making a site "sticky"
  • Look at ways to build conversations with visitors through comments and contact forms
  • Make our visitors feel like they are part of a community with gravatars, polls, and welcome messages
  • Find out how to encourage visitors to subscribe to the site, and keep them coming back
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Joomla! with Flash: Flashy Templates, Headers, Banners, and Tickers: Part 1

by Suhreed Sarkar | November 2009 | Joomla! Content Management Open Source PHP

In this two-part article by Suhreed Sarkar, we are going to use Flash for decorating our Joomla! site. On completion of this article you will be able to use:

  • Flash-based templates for your Joomla! website
  • Flash logos
  • Flash headers
  • Flash banners
Read Joomla! with Flash: Flashy Templates, Headers, Banners, and Tickers: Part 1 in full

Joomla! with Flash: Showing maps using YOS amMap

by Suhreed Sarkar | October 2009 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

There are many possibilities of using Flash in a Joomla! website. In this article by Suhreed Sarkar, we will get familiar with how to use the YOS amMap extension to display interactive maps on your Joomla! website.

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Joomla! 1.5 Blogging and RSS Feeds

by Herbert-Jan van Dinther | October 2009 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In this article by Herbert-Jan van Dinther, we will learn how to set up a blog within Joomla! and show you the external tools that you need to use to get the most out of your blogging efforts. You will read more about the importance of blogging and commenting systems, along with how to implement solutions that make Joomla! an even better blogging tool.

In this article, we will deal with:

  • How is blogging good for SEO?
  • Setting up Joomla! as a blog
  • Commenting
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Extending Joomla! Blogging and RSS

by Herbert-Jan van Dinther | October 2009 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In Joomla! Blogging and RSS Feeds article, we covered the advantages of blogging for SEO, setting up Joomla! as a blog, and commenting.

In this article by Herbert-Jan van Dinther, we are going to cover:

  • Using Google's FeedBurner for SEO
  • How to claim your blog on Technorati
  • Using separate blog components
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Authentication with Zend_Auth in Zend Framework 1.8

by Keith Pope | October 2009 | MySQL Open Source PHP Web Development

In this article by Keith Pope, we will focus on how we can control access to parts of the application—Storefront and how users can log in to use the services provided by the it.

We will learn how to implement authentication in Zend Framework 1.8.

We will cover the following topics in this article:

  • Authentication versus Authorization
  • Using Zend_Auth
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Customizing the Document with Joomla! 1.5: Part 1

by James Kennard | September 2009 | Cookbooks Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

This two-part article by James Kennard shows how we can modify the server response by working with the global document object.

It contains the following recipes:

  • Setting the document title
  • Setting the document generator
  • Setting the document description
  • Adding metadata to the document
  • Changing the document character set
  • Changing the document MIME type
  • Controlling client caching of responses
Read Customizing the Document with Joomla! 1.5: Part 1 in full
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