Harper Vance Web Services Blog
Why We Chose Matomo INSTEAD of Google Analytics
We know that many website owners use Google Analytics, but our experience indicates they don't use it often, don't use it well, and never remove it from their sites even if they haven't used it in years. There are several reasons that you shouldn't do as they have done. We'll explore those reasons, and give you a very convenient alternative.
Why We Use and Recommend Fabrik for Building Joomla!® Applications
One of the coolest things about Joomla!® is that you can use it to host applications. The apps you can build with Fabrik, a Joomla!® component, are limited only by your imagination. It can be a simple form to collect and tabulate data from site visitors to the ability to schedule appointments, reserve resources, tell stories, etc. In short, any data-driven application can be built using Fabrik on your Joomla!® website.
How Will COVID-19 Affect Your Joomla® Website and Your Business?
We're sheltering-in-place per the instructions of Ohio's Governor, like many of you. We are perhaps a little more fortunate than many, because we can still make a living working from home. The phone has been pretty quiet for us, but the spammers and hackers have not taken any time off during the pandemic. We still see evidence of hundreds of hacking attempts per day on the Joomla!® websites we host and manage. We see a significant increase in the amount of bandwidth our server is processing daily, so having the public in quarantine means we are all spending more time at the computer, and the smart phone.
Let's Talk Joomla!® Templates
One type of Joomla!® extension is the template. There are at least two kinds of them, website templates and administrator templates. Here we will focus on website templates. Several templates are included with the Joomla!® installation archives and there are extensive tutorials available in the documentation and from other web-based sources. The included templates are well designed and studying them will provide the new user with valuable insights into template design and customization.