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4 Astounding ways to boost the performance of Joomla website

Friday, 6 September, 2013

It is almost enthralling, owning a powerful and feature rich Joomla website and playing around with its multi faceted attributes and features to leverage from the online world. However, if you have witnessed a bump on the road, and you find your website not performing as nice as it is supposed to, you may want to check its performance.

Below we have discussed 4 amazing tips for you to enhance and keep a tab on the performance of your Joomla website. Please read ahead to discover the same: 

  
 

Tip 1 – About time you bid adieus to unused extensions and plugins

To begin with, let us just take a moment and refine and remove the clutter which has made its way in our simple, beautiful and enchanting Joomla sites over the year. No matter how many other features we may suggest, until and unless you get this step right, the website will always fail on the performance front.

The reason why we are concentrating so much on this step is because first of all, you owe this to your website – to keep it clean and away from anything redundant, obsolete or irrelevant and useless in any one way or the other. And secondly, for the simple reason that a well-organized website performs wonderfully well on all of the web browsers.

And now, if you are concerned of removing the applications and extensions etc which you don’t think you would use anytime soon anyway, you can simply create a backup of the existing system and then remove all that you don’t require. And how much difficult is it to take the plunge anyway, once you know the way back home?

While the first time or light weight users should concentrate on removing third-party extensions, the seasoned developers should concentrate on un-publishing core plugins of Joomla.

Tip 2 – Bring home an Uptime monitor

One of the basic requirements of a good performance enhancement campaign is a robust response time baseline, and the best man for the job is an uptime monitor. An uptime monitor provides an enriched wealth of information regarding the performance of the website, it notifies you when the website is down and depending upon which monitor you have, you get various other privileged information about the performance of your website as well.

The prime attribute of an uptime monitor is to bridge the gap between analytics of the website and its performance. A good uptime monitor to use would Pndom; now it may cost you a bit, but various features such as sign up options, free management of a single website, real-time notifications, graphs and a lot more.

Tip 3 – Explore the benefits of a CDN Connection

A host of performance related issues can be solved with the right CDN connection in place. A CDN connection fundamentally provides a different source for the web browsers to download the files on the website. You may contact your website hosting services provider to activate the CDN. For a website which receives a lot of views on a daily basis and is only poised to grow in the future, a CDN connection makes the most sense.

Tip 4 – Ensure you have switched to Caching

Not all of us understand Caching exactly, and often develop a lot of notions around it. Caching is simply storing the last displayed web page. Each time a user clicks on the website, the site is then expected to retrieve the entire information regarding database and PHP, and subsequently showcase the same in HTML. The process is repeated each time a new user clicks on the website. But with caching in place, Joomla does create the page for the first viewer, but subsequently saves it and hence readily makes it available for the visitors who follow. You may simply switch on the Caching option from the backend of your Joomla website, or download extensions for the same. Although caching improves the performance of the website, it may get a bit tenacious if you have various interactive features on the website, and you may want to hire the services of professional Joomla Development Company to supervise and enhance the performance of the site, or perhaps develop the same from the scratch.

An End Note

Before you go ahead with the optimization task, ask yourself whether you are comfortable with doing all the technical stuff yourself or not; because if you are not comfortable, then contacting an expert Joomla Programmer would not be that bad an idea. A lot of enterprises and self-employed people hire Joomla Programmers to take care of any development or enhancement work that may arise with this particular system.

And now, please let us know whether you tried these steps and if you found these tips & tricks useful, in the comments section below.

This guest article was written by John Pitt, who is a veteran developer for a leading outsource Joomla Development company & provides concrete information about all advanced development services. Hire Joomla Programmer from Xicom for advanced W0rdPress development services.

What is best for Joomla Ecommerce? Virtuemart or redSHOP

Tuesday, 25 June, 2013

Joomla is a content management system (CMS) to build different websites, publish content on the internet and enables you to build powerful and dynamic online applications. The best part of Joomla is that it is open source that is free to use for everyone. It provides extensive features and it is user-friendly so it has become the most popular CMS worldwide.

Joomla is coded in PHP and uses the latest database system called MySQL. Joomla is used for developing different type of websites such as e-commerce portals, corporate and business sector websites, government based websites and applications, community portals, online media and magazine portals etc.

Advantages of Joomla development

  1. You can add, edit or delete content on websites quickly and easily
  2. It allows simple and flexible coding support to developers based on MVC framework
  3. Plug in or add-on functionality for event handling is supported on advanced level
  4. Ensure highly secure and flexible system along with the ease of use

Virtuemart

Virtuemart is an open source e-commerce plug-in that supports Joomla CMS. It can be used as a shopping cart with Joomla. For using it with Joomla, you have to download and install Joomla framework and then you can install Virtuemart and configure it as required. Virtuemart offers superb facility to your website by providing you with unlimited number of products, categories, customers, orders etc. Furthermore, if you combine it with a free online tax calc, then Virtuemart can be set up to handle taxes too.

Both Joomla and Virtuemart are written in PHP and so they can be easily used in PHP and MySQL environment. Virtuemart provides complete and full shopping cart solution for your website which also includes different plug-in support such as Photo gallery, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Guest books etc.

Virtuemart also provides excellent Catalog mode where you can view the entire website as a catalog of products and at that time the shopping cart features will be turned off. It also provides feature to add single product in the cart with multiple price support.

Virtuemart offers following features:

  1. Products which includes unlimited child products and variants, dimension and weights, product review and ratings etc.
  2. Shoppers which include customized form for registration, anonymous check out and shipment, address book etc.
  3. Inventory management which includes entire stock and warehouse management process, virtual stock system etc.
  4. Prices which include multiple price display based on specific group of shoppers, multiple currency support and update
  5. SEO which includes default integration of SEO features
  6. Dynamic calculator which includes tax calculation on basis of time, category, country etc.
  7. Complete order tracking and shipment process which is calculated based on weight, number of items, order amount, country etc.

redSHOP

redSHOP is also an ecommerce shopping cart plug-in or extension for using it with Joomla CMS. It provides fully featured and rich online shopping system. It has wide range of features as follows:

redSHOP features

  1. Support unlimited templates and design feature
  2. Support multiple currencies and multiple payment methods
  3. SEO and statistical calculation facility
  4. Display unlimited products range
  5. Allow to add images in various sizes
  6. Provide Price management system and multiple shipping mode management system
  7. Extensive search functionality to search for different products
  8. For marketing, it has different features such as Newsletters, action emails, Google based integration etc.
  9. It also has Stock management and order management system
  10. Customer support, service and user management system
  11. Complete Search Engine Optimization (SEO) support which includes SEO friendly URLs, metatags and keyword support, Google Analytics integration etc.

Comparison table of Virtuemart and redSHOP

VirtuemartredSHOP
General features
ExtensibilityYesYes
SupportYesYes
PreconfigurationYesPartial
Products
Unlimited ProductsYesYes
Categorization and TagsYesYes
Inventory managementYesYes
Pre orderNoYes
WatermarkNoYes
SubscriptionsYesYes
Physical productYesYes
Multi Category and its mappingYesYes
Shipping
Shipping modulesYesYes
TaxesYesYes
Payment system
PayPalYesYes
eCheckYesNo
Third party paymentYesIn pro version
Promotion
Discount and gift vouchersYesYes
Discount couponsYesIn pro version
Templates
MVC ComplianceYesYes
CSSNoYes
Media
GalleryYesYes with batch upload facility and built-in light box
Image with multiple sizesYesHighly configurable
VideoNoYes
Order calculation
Order NotificationNoYes
Accounting software integrationYesIn pro version

Conclusion:

Looking at the features and above comparison of Virtuemart and redSHOP, we can say that redSHOP is growing and emerging Ecommerce shopping cart extension which has wide variety of features. But if you are looking to develop an ecommerce website with unlimited and dynamic features and functionality, Virtuemart is better option. Virtuemart has been used since many years and it has larger customer base and holds higher reputation in the Ecommerce market till today.

This guest article was written by, Mark Wilston who works with PixelCrayons.com, an India-based outsourcing and consulting firm. PixelCrayons offers extended teams to its clients, helping them to reduce Time To Market (TTM) and enhance Return On Investment (ROI). With services such as Joomla development and eCommerce development, PixelCrayons helps clients define and leverage their offshore strategy, offering them “value for money”. One can hire Joomla developer here for effective Joomla development services.