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Joomla 3.5 Beta

Joomla 3.5 Features

It’s December once again and that means gifts of all kinds, including a gift from your favorite CMS, Joomla! It looks like it may come a little later than expected, but due in February 2016, Joomla 3.5 will bring some very nice upgrades and enhancements to your website building experience. Here’s what you can expect in the first quarter of 2016.

Microdata

Managing Microdata in Joomla with JCE

Content is the most important aspect¬†of a website; if you don’t have good content people won’t want to stay. But how do people even find your website? Through search engines, of course, and Microdata (or Structured Data) is one of the new ways that you can help people find your quality content through search engines.

Code is Poetry

Demystifying WordPress Code with GenerateWP

What happens when you need something added to WordPress, but your theme doesn’t support it and there aren’t any plugins that really do the job? Then it’s time to dig in and get coding. The documentation in the WordPress Codex is an excellent place to get started, but even once you know what you’re doing, sometimes it just isn’t worth it to code everything completely by hand. That’s where the very useful GenerateWP comes in.

Choosing and Installing WordPress Themes

Choosing and Installing WordPress Themes

WordPress Themes do more than just determine how a website looks; they are also responsible for providing additional display options and functionality, as well as controlling the types of content that are displayed. Using one of the built-in themes (each named for a year, like twenty-fifteen) is a great way to get your WordPress site up and running, but it can leave something to be desired in terms of design. That’s where choosing and installing a new theme becomes important.

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Flash… Huh! What is it good for?

Some would say absolutely nothing. Others may believe it is the savior of the universe. In more relevant terms, we’re referring to Adobe Flash (previously known as Macromedia Flash or Shockwave Flash). It is an animation platform that was extremely popular with websites in the early 2000s, capable of providing wonderful, fully animated visual experiences, or downright awful ones (your tax dollars at work!). As you can see, neither would be very enjoyable to view on a small screen. That’s just one of the many reasons you will most likely not see Flash on modern websites.

Enhancing Wordpress with essential plugins.

Enhancing WordPress With Essential Plugins

Creating a WordPress site is a fast way to get your content online; sign up for an account on this post by WPTavern and plug away. In no time at all your ideas and content can be online for everyone to see. But there are limits to this free service, and one such limit is that you cannot add plugins to a site hosted on WordPress.com.

WordPress Plugins provide a great way to add features or change functionality on your site without modifying the theme. So if your site needs some of that additional functionality, sign up with a host, install WordPress, and then you can add these powerful tools to your site. Here’s how!

Wordpress child theme art

Getting Started with WordPress Child Themes

WordPress powers two thirds of the internet, and that sort of thing doesn’t happen by accident. WordPress is powerful, customizable, simple to learn and endless in possibilities. This means that there are lots of resources available to help you through the twists and turns of WordPress development. Here, we’ll focus on what Child Themes are, why you should care, and how to get your site up and running with a Child Theme.