Tips and Tricks to Help You Run a Professional Joomla Website

Joomla offers a number of great functionalities to make easy, your website development process. Given the loads of plugins, modules and components that run on a default Joomla installation, these functionalities can sometimes be overwhelming and cause you to miss out on some of the lovely and very exciting features offered with Joomla which actually makes you a Joomla professional developer.

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In this post, we are going to take a look at some of these great features and functionalities that you need to always deploy to become a Joomla professional. These are the tips and tricks that have been found among professional developers and we have put them all here for you to understand and put into use.

But before we go into that, it will be good to take some look at what makes Joomla stand out in the website development world. Joomla is the second most popular web development tool.. But Joomla is not only growing in market share, it is also picking up from its slumber and clearly showing the direction of web development. Here are a couple of reasons you should consider Joomla to build your website. We shall do this analysis by comparing Joomla to some of the popular content management system.

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Backend Organization

Joomla has a superb backend that is easy to use and understand.. Although WordPress backend allows its users to easily add new articles and pages, the fact that it lacks any real organization which makes some users think twice before choosing WordPress. Using WordPress from the backend without some careful study is not so easy. Whereas with Joomla, once you are logged-in to the backend, you can easily begin to use Joomla with no hassles. With WordPress, it’s not an easy task to choose on which certain page you want a certain plugin to install or article to appear, and it requires hassle and programming to just add a new menu. Joomla’s organizational superiority, on the other hand, can be seen from the first glance. Its articles are categorized by category, a new menu can easily be done from the backend and you can easily choose the certain page where you want your content to appear.

Themes and Templates

There are some key advantages of Joomla themes over WordPress themes. While WordPress themes are generally designed with a specific purpose in mind – content curation/blogging. Joomla templates, alternatively, seem to be designed to be a lot more versatile. In a nutshell, WordPress themes are more minimalistic in design, whereas Joomla offers quite a lot of versatility and freedom when it comes to design.

Plugins and Extensions

What WordPress folks call “plugins”, Joomla developers call “extensions”. While there are 12,000+ plugins available to WordPress users, there are more than 9.500 extensions available for Joomla as at 201 and more are being launched within the community. Therefore, both  software are certainly not lacking in this aspect. However, most WordPress plugins are developed specifically for blog-type websites, whereas Joomla extensions have a much wider variety.

User Friendliness

Joomla is relatively easy to use. Like we noted above, its structure is easy and user friendly and allow even new users to quickly understand the platform and use it effectively, customize the look and achieve great results. Joomla is friendly for those new to publishing as they will find its User Interface quite polished, flexible and powerful, although there are still a slight learning curve involved in figuring everything out.

Reliable and Strong Developer Community
Most of the popular content management system like WordPress do have a vibrant developer community. Joomla too has a strong developer community. The plugin library (called ‘extensions’ in Joomla) is large with a ton of free to use, open source plugins. Some of the free plugins are no longer free after some years but this is normal and more developers are coming in with free and very effective extensions.

Variable Extensions
Joomla extensions are divided into five categories – components, plugins, templates, modules and languages. They all differ in their function, power and capability. This categorization makes it easy to find them, understand them and also use them. Components, for example, work as ‘mini-apps’ that can change the Joomla installation altogether. Components can alter the behaviour of your Joomla website and in most cases will come with modules, plugins and even templates. Modules, on the other hand, add minor capabilities like dynamic content, RSS feeds, check who is online, most viewed page, latest post additions, search function and lots of other minor functionalities.

Strong Content Management Capabilities
One of the well admired capability of Joomla is its capacity to handle vast amount of data and traffic. Unlike WordPress, Joomla was originally designed as an enterprise-grade CMS. This makes it far more capable at handling a large volume of content than WordPress.

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Disadvantages of Joomla

  • Requires Learning

Despite its simplicity, Joomla still requires some learning, You can’t jump right into a Joomla installation and start hammering out new posts if you’re not familiar with the software. The learning curve isn’t steep, but it can be enough to intimidate casual users.

  • Require Some Work for SEO

Joomla does not automatically become SEO friendly without some work. This strong lac of SEO capabilities is a major disadvantage. However, once the SEO settings are put right, Joomla can produce very excellent results. When compared with WordPress, making WordPress SEO friendly is easier as installing a free plugin will do all the tricks. With Joomla, you’ll need a lot of configuration work to get to the same level of search engine friendliness. Most excellent SEO plugin for Joomla are not free and unless you have the budget to hire a SEO expert or can work with one of such components, you might get SEO right with Joomla.

Limited ACL Support
ACL (Access Control List) refers to a list of permissions that can be granted to specific users for specific pages. ACL is a vital component of any enterprise-grade CMS solution. Joomla started supporting ACL only after version 1.6. ACL support is still limited but later versions especially the version 4..0 is promising great improvement in this area.

Drupal Advantages and Disadvantages Compared With Joomla

The debate about the pros and cons of Joomla over Drupal has raged for a very long. Having looked at the good and bad side of Joomla above, you may want to compare them with the good side and the bad side of Drupal. Because both are very popular and efficiency web development tools, making the right decision between them is not as easy as one could think. But here, we will be looking at some of the reasons Joomla is often preferred over Drupal. Let us do this with an examination of the advantages and disadvantages of Drupal You may do a comparison with the good and bad side of Joomla above to help you make a decision.

Drupal: Pros and Cons

Drupal is the a good CMS as we can say – it was first released in early 2001. Like WordPress and Joomla, Drupal too is open-source and based on PHP-MySQL. Drupal is extremely powerful and developer-friendly, which has made it a popular choice for feature rich, data-intensive websites like Whitehouse.gov. Drupal is often taken to be a very secure CMS but its security also depend on how much it is understood.

Let’s consider a few pros and cons of Drupal

Advantages of Drupal

  • Drupal is Extremely Flexible

This is a key advantage of Drupal. If you want a simple website with a static front page? Drupal can handle that. Want a powerful backend that can support hundreds of thousands of pages and millions of users every month? Drupal can be very good at handling those for you. Drupal is simply flexible. The software is powerful and flexible – little wonder why it’s among the favorites of developers.

  • Druppal is Developer Friendly

The basic Drupal installation is fairly bare-bones. Developers are encouraged to create their own solutions. While this doesn’t make it very friendly for lay users, it promises a range of possibilities for developers.

  • Drupal Has Strong SEO Capabilities

Competing favorably on the web will depend the strength of your SEO which significantly affect how Google will rank your website.  Drupal was designed from the ground-up to be search engine friendly and it has been good at that.

  • Enterprise Friendly

Strong version control and ACL capabilities make Drupal the CMS of choice for enterprise customers. The software can also handle hundreds of thousands of pages of content with ease.

  • Drupal is Stable

Drupal scales effortlessly and is stable even when serving thousands of users simultaneously.

Disadvantages of Drupal

  • Difficult to Learning

Drupal is quite complicated! when compared to WordPress or Joomla. Unless you have strong coding capabilities and like to read tons of technical papers, you’ll find Drupal extremely difficult to use.

  • Drupal Doesn't Have Much Free Plugins

Plugins in Drupal are called ‘modules.. Because of its enterprise-first roots, most of the good modules you will find in Drupal are not free.

  • Problem of Themes Availability

Online Joomla and WordPress whose development community have come out with tons of themes, Drupal is not supported with such theme availability and the lack of themes make things really difficult with Drupal. You will have to find a good designer if you want your website to look anything better than the basic poor looking default design.

Let's Look at WordPress and Compare it With Joomla

WordPress is undoubtedly the leading Content Management System on the web today. However, that does not make it flawless or the most perfect. It is an early entrant and thus leads the CMS world. Below are some factors to consider before you choose to use WordPress for your project.

Advantages of WordPress

  • WordPress Has Multiple Authors

WordPress was built from the ground-up to accommodate multiple authors – a crucial feature for any serious publication. It makes it quite easy for lots of contributors to run the WordPress blog.

  • WordPress Has Huge Plugin Library

WordPress’ is the poster-child of the open-source developer community, which has developed hundreds of thousands of plugins for it. There are few things WordPress can’t do with its extensive library of plugins.

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  • WordPress is Quite User-Friendly

Beginners can easily use WordPress once they are put through the basic tutorial to provide the fundamental understanding of how WordPress works. WordPress’ User Interface is easy to use and highly intuitive, even for first-time bloggers. You can drop a theme, add a few plugins, and start blogging within minutes. You can learn more about using WordPress from our knowledgebase section on WordPress.

  • WordPress Has Strong SEO Capabilities

There are lots of free plugins available in WordPress to achieve good results and great SEO capabilities. With plugins like All in One SEO, Yoast SEO, you can start blogging straight away without worrying about on-page SEO.

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  • WordPress is Easy to Customize

The way WordPress is built makes customization quite easy. The plugin system makes it even easier. WordPress’ theming system also supports easy-customization. Anyone with a little grasp of HTML and CSS can customize WordPress themes to fit his/her needs.

  • WordPress is Flexible

You can put WordPress into practically any use. WordPress can be made to do virtually anything for you – run an e-commerce store, set up a social network, run a real estate business online, host a video site, serve as a portfolio or work as a company blog – the availability of plugins make this an easy task to accomplish.

 Disadvantages of WordPress

  • WordPress Can Have Security Problems

Being the leading software with millions of installations, WordPress is often the target of hackers. The software itself isn’t very secure out of the box and you will have to install third-party plugins to boost your WordPress installation’s security. You also need to tweak some settings to secure your WordPress website.

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  • Plugin Incompatibility

As a software that is constantly been updated for security and functionality, the WordPress team constantly releases new updates to fix security loopholes and patch problems. These updates are often incompatible with older plugins. So when you update our WordPress installation, you also need to update your installed plugins to keep your WordPress website safe from a possible exploitation If your site relies on older plugins, you may have to hold off on updating (which makes your site all the more susceptible to hacker attacks).

  • WordPress Suffers Limited Design Options

Even though WordPress is infinitely customizable, most WordPress installations still look very much like WordPress installations. Although recent updates and improvements in plugins/themes have rectified this problem somewhat, WordPress is still hampered by limited design options.

  • WordPress Has Limited Content Management Capabilities

As you may well now, WordPress was originally designed as a blogging platform. This has affected its ability to handle large amounts of content. If you plan to publish very large posts often, you may not find the default WordPress very good for that purpose as WordPress was not built to take such huge content volume.

So, now after the above review, you may have decided to choose Joomla. If you did, then there are some few tricks you need to know to build up your skills and make you a professional with Joomla. Let's take a look at each of them.

Joomla Tips and Tricks for Pros

1. Show the site name on the browser tab
It’s cool to display your site name on the browser tab, fortunately, Joomla allows you to it easily without any extension along with your main page title.

  •     Go to System and click on “Global Configuration”
  •     Navigate to “SEO Settings” and look for “Site Name in Page Titles”
  •     By default, it is set to “No”. You can choose “Before” or “After” depending on your wish. Enabling this feature will show your site name before or after the page title
  •     Save changes

If you go to the front of your site, you will see the site name is visible in the browser bar.

2. Boost your website speed
By default, Joomla will not give you a good speed until you do some tweaks to your page. Reducing the site loading time is one of the basic needs you have to fill while developing a site. Website speed is not just good for your users who certainly enjoy good experience but also has become a ranking factor.This trick will show you how to do it smartly.

  •     Go to System and click on “Global Configuration”
  •     Now navigate to “System” tab and look for “Cache Settings” section
  •     From “System Cache” select “ON - Conservative caching”

    We are not done yet, now go to “Server” tab and look for “Server Settings” section

  •     Turn “Gzip Page Compression” to “Yes”
  •     Save changes

Next, go to plugin manager and scroll down to the system cache. Get it enabled. You are now done.
Please do not use progressive caching. Here is why we do not subscribe to the use of the progressive caching system

3. Unlock global check-in option
This only takes out the discomfort of editing articles, module, components and other sections of your website. When a specific user edits an article, other fellow users of that site lose the access to edit that article at the same time. Enabling global check-in will unlock the editing feature for all the users. This option will come in handy when someone forgets to finish editing their articles.


Here is the process to unlock the global check-in:

  •     Go to System and click on “Global Check-in”
  •     From the “Database Table” row select all the items
  •     Finally, click on “Check-in” button

4. Edit menu from the frontend
This is a feature that only work with the Joomla 3x series. More capabilities are expected with the forth--coming Joomla 4. With this feature, you can edit your navigation menu right from the frontend of the website.

Here is how to o about that:

  •     Go to System and click on “Global Configuration”
  •     From “Site Settings” tab, look for “Mouse-over Edit Icons for”
  •     Select “Modules & Menus” from the drop-down list
  •     Save changes

Please note, in order to see the edit option, you have to sign in on the frontend. If you are not logged in from the frontend, you cannot do edits from there.

5. Using the same module multiple times
You can actually create modules for different pages and at different positions on your page. You can use this to create some beauty for your web page. This trick will come in handy when you want to use the same module multiple times. You can duplicate a module by following the process below:

  •     Go to "Extensions" and click on “Modules”
  •     Select the module you want to copy
  •     Now click on “Duplicate”
  •     Save changes

6. Article versioning
Sometimes you might want to go back to the previous version of an article. Joomla has that option for you. It's very easy.

Here is how to go about it:

  •     Open your desired article in editing mode
  •     Click on “Version” from the top menu
  •     Select the version you want to restore, then click on “restore” button
  •     Save changes

Please note, the article versioning option is turned on by default. If you have disabled it, then you need to enable it again for using this functionality.

7. Enable User rating for every post
This feature lets you know how users are finding your posts to be useful. You will always want to know your users' feedback, how much they are liking the content you are providing. In order to give your users access to this awesome feature do the following.

Here is the way to go on this:

  •     Go to System and click on “Global Configuration”
  •     Now go to “Articles” from the left sidebar.
  •     Find “Show Voting” and click on “Show”
  •     Save changes

8. Know the modules and their Positions

Deep knowledge of module position will help you a lot while developing any website. You can be the master of module positioning within a minute.

Here is how you can go about this:

  •     Go to “Extensions” and click on “Templates”
  •     Click on “Options” from the top right bar
  •     Find “Preview Module Positions” and set it to “Enabled” status
  •     Save changes

In order to see the position of your module, go to the page of which you want to see the module position and add “/?tp=1” at the end of the URL. For instance: www.thissite.com/any-page/?tp=1
You can then see available module positions and master the layout of your page.

9. Enable HTTPS and make your entire site secure
This feature is good for several reasons. Running a website with HTTPS gives confidence to your customers and visitors ans also is loved by the search engines. Security and privacy should be the most important concern when you publish your site on the internet. You must have a valid SSL certificate installed on your site. Then do the following to activate HTTPS on your whole site. If you don’t have any SSL certificate installed on your server, please contact your hosting provider for support.

Also read: Keep Your Website Safe From Hackers with these Easy Steps

Take these steps to enable HTTS for your entire site.:

  •     Go to System and click on “Global Configuration”
  •     Go to “Server” tab
  •     In “Server Settings” section, you will find “Force HTTPS”
  •     Select “Entire Site” from the drop-down list
  •     Save changes

10. Language overrides
When you need to customize the text of a button or a label, this tip will come in handy.

  •     Go to “Extensions” and find “Language(s)” then click on “Overrides” from the drop-down list.
  •     Click “New” from the top left corner
  •     Type the text you want to change/translate into the search bar, for instance: “forgot” and then click on “Search”
  •     Locate your desired string
  •     On the left side you will find “Text” field, now make your desired changes here
  •     Click "Save" to apply changes

11. Lock your website from intruders
You need to protect sensitive folders from unauthorized access. You can do this by inserting the following code into ..htaccess file. Remember to edit the IP address to your sooting.

order deny,allow
allow from 28.206.;
allow from 20.74.121.102
allow from 308.74.121.106
allow from 108.74.120.227
allow from 180.229.24.78
allow from 19.211.
deny from all

These steps above will help you set up a professional Joomla website and enhance your users experience

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