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4Web Inc. creates highly customized websites using Joomla! and WordPress. We use open source software to meet our clients' online business goals and marketing objectives. Experience, honesty and ingenuity are the foundation of our approach for creating engaging, responsive and strategic online business solutions. We take being part of the Web community seriously so we make sure to time to share some our findings here.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Right Now, About Your Website

Technology changes so rapidly that it’s important to regularly evaluate how your site is performing from a visitor’s perspective, in comparison with competitor sites and with respect to your own needs. For your convenience, 4Web has put together a quick list of questions you should be asking right now, so that you and your site can keep up with user expectations.

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Worried about your non-responsive website?

Joomla 3.0 is out-of-the-box ready for the mobile market (and then some)!

What exactly is a responsive website?

A responsive website's look and feel changes "responsively" to the size of the device that views it (from desktop monitors to mobile phones).

Why does this matter?

Responsive websites provide for an optimal user experience and it has been a long standing fact that if you give your site visitors what they need, it reflects well in your search engine rankings. Plus, responsive website users are the happy recipients of easier reading and intuitive navigation with minimal panning and scrolling to locate content. After all, isn’t one of your primary goals for your website to help people find the information they are looking for? With Joomla 3.0 you can attain the responsive website you need. Joomla 3.0 is built on the bootstrap design framework, which is one of the most popular responsive design frameworks currently in use – making it a better overall experience for your site visitors, as well as a convenient experience for the people who help you maintain your website.

Contact 4Web with your responsive website concerns.

Can I Click and Update from Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3?

If you have a Joomla 2.5 website, you are on the right path to the Joomla 3 series. However, don't just click any upgrade button in the administrator panel because there is more to upgrading than you see.

When you click the upgrade button, what happens behind the scenes are updates to the core Joomla database. Before updating to Joomla 3, you will need to have a Joomla 3 ready template for your site as well. Joomla 2.5 templates don't work with Joomla 3. If you're using a commercial template, check with the developer to see if there is a Joomla 3 version.

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New Options for loadposition in Joomla 2.5

One of the new pieces of functionality offered in Joomla 2.5 is a way for getting modules to display in your articles along with the module title.

Let’s say your Joomla site has Google calendar in it, and you would like a list of the upcoming events to show within your article instead of in a side column. This is accomplished by using theloadposition command. First, create your upcoming events module and assign it a non-existent position like “events”. Then in the article where you’d like the module to appear simply enter  and the module will display in the article where specified. This {loadposition} functionality has been available for quite some time in Joomla, but Joomla 2.5 offers some added tricks for you to take advantage of.

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