An assortment of topics from Joomla to Magento General Website administration to Data Management and anything useful on a PC or device for admin purposes. These were written not just for others but also as reminders and notes for Dijstra Ltd. I hope others find this useful!

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Online Security

In today's day and age, the threat risk online is continually evolving and developing. Companies and individuals have lost significant amounts of money and time, as well as personally identifiable valuable data. Staying prepared and educated about the threats and risks is important to reduce the chances of being taken advantage of. In this blog rant, here are some of the steps you can take to hopefully reduce the risk of losing a fortune or important personal files.

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Cookie Notice

I was working on a simple website today which required no complex user requirements on the front end, no tracking but still had cookie usage for performance and that flipping EU cookie law crossed my mind. I had a quick browse for solutions, and being a Joomla adict I considered a few plugins but trying to keeep things light weight for a better performing website, I came accross Cookie Consent (by insites). It's pretty perfect for any website from a basic HTML website through Joomla / Wordpress content management systems to high end complex or custom websites.

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Quality Joomla Extensions

Having worked with Joomla for some time now, here is a selection of some components which I practically go with for any website project. These extensions are more to do with site performance, administration and site security. I might touch on SEO in another blog post! There is no particular order to these extensions. These are the first I install on most Joomla projects or recommend to my clients to add to their sites. Some are a small cost, but the small investments have massive gains. Some free ones are too good to be true!

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Joomla Hosting

Finding and Choosing a Joomla Website Host

Finding a Good Host for your website takes time and research. Many factors such as what space do you need, how many visitors do you anticipate monthly, does the functionality of your site require heavy resources and how many scripts / queries are performed in a given period effect your choice of what level of hosting you require. I've been there with the hosting problems. First host was great, but after a while, problems started to come up such as server down time, capacity problems with no detail of the cause, and slow support to find out the actual cause of the problems. Next host was better support and better servers/shared hosting but when I was pulling out my hair on a particular complex project and a heavy script on my VPS they were not particularly helpful on assiting or providing the means to nail the cause. After several hosts I finally found one I don't see myself leaving in the future and have had great support since day 1.

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