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Moving Docs from SharePoint to Google Made Easy

It’s raining cloud solutions, folks. LTech’s (site) latest baby is a tool called LTech CloudMove, which automates moving SharePoint documents to the cloud.

From SharePoint to Google

Using CloudMove to migrate your documents from SharePoint to Google seems simple. Start by opening up CloudMove and logging into Google Apps:

CloudMove login

 

 

The next few steps are just as easy—simply select what you want to upload and choose the repository you want to upload to. As LTech says, this kind of tool is especially useful for organizations that are implementing mixed portal solutions from both Google and Microsoft platforms. Also, by allowing automated sizable uploads, tools like CloudMove can save IT organizations both time and money. Yum.

"We are seeing a larger number of SMBs making the move to the cloud," noted LTech's CTO Ed Laczynski. "The catalyst being the cost benefits provided. E-mail and collaboration is the initial first step but is often proceeded by the exploration of moving applications and infrastructure."

 

Ten Big Ones

LTech's CloudMove will run you US$ 10 per user per year, but it's only offered to Google Apps Premiere or Education customers. Already in that category? Check out the free trial.

Nuxeo Adds SaaS Visual Developer Tools to Enterprise CMS

Open source Enterprise CMS and Document Management vendor Nuxeo ( site) is extending the value of its Nuxeo Connect support and maintenance service with a new product named Nuxeo Studio.

Nuxeo Connect: The Core Support Service

Nuxeo Connect is a subscription service delivered to Nuxeo's customers, providing maintenance and support for Nuxeo's Enterprise CMS software.

The Nuxeo Services Offering for Paying Customers

 

It includes such usuals as service level agreements, access to certified patches, configuration, monitoring and management tools, as well as product updates. Like most vendors, open source or not, Nuxeo offers premium 24/7 support levels as part of Nuxeo Connect.

Introducing Nuxeo Studio

Nuxeo Studio is a new configuration and customization environment for the Nuxeo open source Enterprise CMS. It is being made available as a part of the Nuxeo Connect subscription service. The company asserts that Studio is all about trimming the development time associated with implementing a Nuxeo-based document management application.

The new offering also clearly serves as an additional carrot, luring non-paying users of Nuxeo's open source software into the fold of paying customers. This game of carrots and sticks is one of the most important aspects of the commercial open source business model. Nuxeo uses a single repository model for managing their source code. So paying and non-paying customers all have access to the same source code. By offering ancillary tools via a subscription SaaS model,  commercial open source vendors can increase both the perceived and real value of their commercial support offerings.

Highlights of Nuxeo Studio

In essence, Nuxeo Studio is a web-based administrative tool for Nuxeo Enterprise Platform (Nuxeo EP) and packaged applications, such as Nuxeo Document Management (Nuxeo DM). It can be used for easier customizations of Nuxeo ECM and DM platforms without much developer involvement.

Current features of Nuxeo Studio include:

  • Content Model Definition
  • Content Views and Forms Design
  • Definition of Content Lifecycles
  • Search Form Design
  • Controlled Vocabulary Definition
  • Rapid Application Branding (logo, colors, etc.)
  • Rapid application prototyping

 

Nuxeo Studio — Content Type Presentation Design

 

The company has promised to continually improve and expand Nuxeo Studio and to work closely with the community when prioritizing new features. Items on the current roadmap include:

  • Graphical Workflow Design and Modeling
  • Business Rules Definition
  • Content Actions Definition
  • Application Version Management
  • Eclipse and Source Control Integration

You can participate in the software development process via the Nuxeo Studio bug tracker and/or the Nuxeo Studio support forum. Studio is available as part of the Connect Support package or on a per application basis. The per application pricing runs between US$ 5,000 and 15,000 depending on the number of authorized developers.

A Busy Start to 2010

Paris-based Nuxeo had a strong finish to 2009 and has so far had a good start to 2010. They recently added a Digital Asset Management product to their offering, they are benefiting from one of their partner's efforts, delivering an IBM-to-Nuxeo migration tool, and just a few days ago they released an updated version of their Apache Chemistry CMIS implementation.

Stay tuned here, the company's product roadmap is a busy place these days — additional promises for 2010 include a unified enterprise correspondence manager, a structured documentation server and work towards DoD 5015.2 records management capabilities.


New eDiscovery Connector Provides Greater Control, Reduced Costs

CaseCentral (site), a provider of on-demand eDiscovery software has announced a new connector that will help eliminate manual exports and uploads, saving time and processing fees.

This week, the leaders of eDiscovery solutions will gather at Legal Tech in New York. Deemed the “largest and most important legal technology event of the year” Legal Tech showcases the newest products and releases of vendors.

One of the vendors who will have a new product demo is CaseCentral. They have announced a new connector that integrates Symantec Enterprise Vault Discovery Accelerator with the cloud-based CaseCentral eDiscovery Platform.

The ultimate aim is to eliminate the need for manual exports and uploads between IT and legal departments. By integrating these solutions, users cannot only save a lot of time, but by using the new connector they can bypass the electronic data discovery (EDD) processing fees for data moved into CaseCentral from Enterprise Vault. This simplifies the process, and greatly reduced the possibility for error.

Exporting Searches Automatically

Customers who use Symantec’s Enterprise Vault to manage documents and preservation needs may also use Symantec’s Discovery Accelerator to extend the search functionality of Enterprise Vault's email and file archiving software.

Once users have completed their searches via Discovery Accelerator, the connector automatically exports the results to the cloud-based CaseCentral eDiscovery Platform so that legal teams can perform early case assessment, analysis, review and production. Such exports allow compliance teams to better control data and transparency, while of course reducing the costs and risk associated with the process.

Speaking of costs, the typical fees associated with electronically stored information (ESI) can be as much as US$ 1500 per gigabyte and can take days or weeks to prepare. Allowing for integration and automated transfers between Symantec and CaseCentral reduces fees altogether, as well as time spent processing and preparing for review.

Living in the Cloud

There are many who believe that 2010 will bring new advancements to cloud computing. In the meantime, however, many vendors are seeking out ways to incorporate the cloud into their platforms, making it easier for companies to move eDiscovery in-house.

CaseCentral was one of the first, who back in February 2009 delivered its fourth version of their first multi-case, multi-party eDiscovery review platform. Heading into the clouds helped CaseCentral’s customers reduce risks associated with transmitting proprietary and confidential data outside the firewall. Soon many other companies saw the benefits that adopting SaaS and cloud computing-based software afforded them, namely the ability to cut deployment time and maintenance costs, and increase storage space almost infinitely.

Symantec is no slouch either. Last week it released OpsCenter Analytics, a new NetBackup reporting and management console that provides standardized monitoring and reporting of backup and archive information for Enterprise Vault, among others.

Archive + Cloud-Based eDiscovery

The CaseCentral — Symantec partnership affords both companies the ability to improve the eDiscovery process while helping their customers integrate a leading enterprise archive with a leading cloud-based eDiscovery platform.

The CaseCentral Connector for Symantec Enterprise Vault Discovery Accelerator will be beta tested with clients in Q1CY2010 and will be generally available via CaseCentral in late spring 2010. Look for a connector demo at 2010 LegalTech New York, February 1-3.

Improved Document Management Workflow the Focus of infoRouter v8.0

The latest version of Active Innovation’s document management software comes with a number of upgrades most of which are focused on improving the workflow module and related tasks. These improvements make it more responsive than previous versions (v7.2 and v7.5) and optimize it for higher traffic volumes.

In terms of  workflow, the infoRouter improvements are specifically related to the steps within the workflow and the number of tasks that can be assigned to each step. Let’s take a look.

Active Innovations And infoRouter

Active Innovation’s infoRouter document management software is an Electronic document management software and content management system that comes with a number of modules including digital asset management (DAM), records management and document archiving as well as the standard document management features like document imaging, scanning, workflow and storage.

The New York based company’s recent release brings it up to version 8, changes to which have been made at the request of its community and the community’s response to the regularly published and updated “feature wish list”.

With this version the community must have been concerned about the workflow, or the increasing importance of workflow in document management software, because that is the focus of version 8.

Earlier infoRouter Workflow Processes

In previous releases, the workflow system came with a number of serial tasks, or steps. Each step contained a single task that had to be completed by one or more users. The only option for these users was to either “Approve” or “Reject” the document. An “Approve” vote advanced the document to the next step whereas a “Reject” vote simply ended the flow.

Once a document was submitted to a flow, all edits to the document were restricted until the document was either approved or rejected.

infoRouter Workflow Version 8.0

Steps

In this new version an almost unlimited number of steps can be created to form the workflow process. Each step in a workflow can now group together a number of tasks. This means that unlike in previous versions a given step may contain a number of different tasks assigned to different individuals.

When a step includes more than one task they are all run in parallel. All tasks on the same step are executed at the same time and independent of one another. When all tasks on the step are completed, the execution of the workflow advances to the next step.

Tasks

The task structure has been improved to include multiple parameters. These parameters allow workflow designers to define the requirements of the task by simply selecting from a list of check boxes.

Workflow designers can make sure that a series of tasks are performed before the task can be marked as completed by the assignee.

Tasks include:

  • Edit
  • Postpone
  • Change Priority
  • Change Finish date
  • Edit Next step
  • Edit user
  • Edit all steps

There have also been upgrades to the task distribution lists, task redirection, document edits and document editing. The full list will be available in the release notes due to come out in February 10.

Other Improvements

Apart from improvements to the workflow, there have also been a number of improvements to other features that are worth a mention.

They include:

  • New and Improved User Interface: The user interface has been streamlined to introduce navigational improvements. A new set of descriptive icons and artwork has been introduced.
  • Import/Export Tool: This tool has been introduced to replace the WebDAV interface and provides a controlled environment to upload and download documents from client workstations.
  • Document Tagging: Document tagging allows users to tag documents with a label. This tag gets applied to the current version of the document and can later be used to determine the state of the document at a point in time.

It also comes with support for multiple languages under a single server-based installation which means that infoRouter can work and integrate into multinational enterprises allowing users in different parts of the world to work in their own language.

This version of infoRouter is already available to buy. An upgrade tool has been provided to upgrade from previous versions, while clients participating in the subscription program, the new release can be downloaded free.

eDiscovery Appliance Can Process up to 1 Terabyte per Day

What’s faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound? Superman, of course, but when it comes to processing data at the speed of 1 terabyte per day and scales to 100 million documents on a single appliance – that’s version 5.5 of Clearwell eDiscovery Platform.

CMSWire recently spoke with Kamal Shah, vice president of marketing; Venkat Rangan, co-founder & chief technology officer and Kurt Leafstrand, director, product management at Clearwell Systems ( site) about the release of 5.5 and its impact on eDiscovery.

Clearwell is confident that its platform’s end-to-end eDiscovery capabilities mark the beginning of a “new era in eDiscovery processing” and with it will transform the way analysis and review of large volumes of data is carried out.

The Demand for Scalability

Scalability, after all is in high demand. Recent surveys have shown that in 2009 the average case size increased by 24 percent, making it necessary to process large amounts of data in a short time period across a single appliance that can handle growing volumes of data.

Clearwell seeks to deliver. Not only does 5.5 scale up to 100 million documents on a single appliance, but it also offers a variety of new capabilities that make processing data for early case analysis simpler, easier and quicker to administer, including:

  • Pre-processing filters and analytics
  • Extract containers / embedded objects
  • Automatically OCR image content
  • Full Unicode support + language identification
  • Global de-duplication
  • Create discussion threads
  • Perform social network analysis
  • Immediate availability for analysis / review

Highways of Data

Rangan likens the increase in scalability to transforming a single road into a six-lane highway. Data can be pushed through faster, filling up all the lanes to maximize space.

Boasting scalability is one thing. Being able to implement and integrate it is another. The Clearwell E-Discovery Platform is available as an integrated appliance that can be installed in less than 25 minutes, adding to the long list of features that 5.5 delivers.

Clearwell E-Discovery Platform version 5.5 will be generally available in the second quarter of 2010 and will be showcased at Legal Tech NYC

Atex Web CMS Supports Publishing to iPad, eReader

In full support of the rapidly growing e-reader trend, Atex (site) has just announced that their Web CMS offers direct publishing to devices all the way from the Kindle to the iPad.

Atex is Serious

In fact, the print and digital solution providers  are such big fans of e-reading, that they've dedicated an entire team to e-reader and tablet development.

"This team is assigned the task of creating innovative features that capitalize on our integrated advertising, editorial and Web content management systems to help our customers realize the full revenue potential of these digital devices," said Peter Marsh, Atex Head of Global Product Development.

Interaction is Trending

Think a whole team is a little much? Think again. 2009 reportedly saw 3.05 million e-readers shipped, but Gartner expects that number to hit 19.76 million by 2013. Considering the mayhem surrounding the release of the iPad, we'd say an estimation like that makes a lot of sense. 

A high level of interaction is in demand. As Atex points out, a media company can use certain e-reader models for tracking the content customers like most and allowing readers to leave comments and answer poll questions. This in turn boosts interaction, sustains relationships with the customer base, and allows Atex to feed user-generated content back to editors for quick problem solving. 

Atex's Keegan Skidmore makes an interesting observation:  

I am now a firm believer in the possibility of electronic devices entirely replacing the print media. I know lots of people say that you can never replace the printed part of that equation; that people enjoy the feel of paper too much; but I imagine a majority of these people will be the minority someday-replaced by a generation that's only known the electronic stuff. Picking up a paper to them will be as confusing as picking up a record or tape cassette.

We're sure there are some of you out there that disagree, but there's no denying the urgency around digital support. Atex is just one example (WoodWing's announcement of their iPad tools is another), but we expect to see similar offerings continue to pop up over the next year. 

Hello, Atex

Atex aims to please when it comes to delivering solutions that support converged, multi-channel workflows. Since buying Web CMS company Polopoly, Atex has been working hard to obtain revenue directly from digital media. Recent efforts include their text mining engine, which helps publishers discover their most valuable content, as well as Polopoly's support for third party widgets. 

For now, Atex content supports publishing to the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Barnes and Noble Nook and other e-readers. For more info, hit them up here.

Day CQ 5.3 Aims to Brighten the Days of Techies and Marketers Alike

Continuing to build up on the bright developments that we saw in CQ 5.1 and 5.2, Day Software (site) released the newest version of their Communiqué Web CMS/DAM/Social Collaboration product.

Day’s CTO David Nüscheler and CMO Kevin Cochrane gave us a tour of the top new features in CQ 5.3.

Day’s latest minor release includes more than 600 enhancements over CQ 5.2.0 code base. Changes start right from the welcome screen that now has descriptive buttons for both previously existed and new functionalities.

 

CQ 5.3 Welcome Screen

 

The UI is mostly unchanged from CQ 5.2 with the exception of some tweaks and additional columns.

CQ 5.3 Personalization, Segmentation and Targeting

CQ Targeting is a brand new module that allows marketers to create, manage and measure their online marketing efforts (campaigns, landing pages, etc.) and customer targeting and segmentation.

Day Software has built a segmentation engine that allows users to adjust segmentation rules by referral keywords or general surfing patterns.

 

CQ 5.3 Segmentation Editing

 

Developers can create specific custom traits to provide marketeers with more specific targeting. Those traits are managed using the Clickstream Cloud, which shows a specific user profile.

CQ 5.3 Clickstream Cloud

Navigation and click stream behaviors and patterns can be captured, measured and analyzed even for anonymous users to tune in targeting. All profile information that is captured is stored in the central repository.

Personalization is not easy to do well. Many Web CMS vendors have tried it in a variety of approaches. According to Day, they wanted to make personalization more dynamic and scalable with all the action happening on the client side vs. server side. Personalization comes as part of CQ Social Collaboration module.

Privacy concerns? Forget about it, privacy is more dead than ever. Day’s CQ 5.3 can capture external browser history and geo location. Just like the links you click on in a browser turn different color and your browser knows that next time they’re displayed, CQ 5.3 knows which website you came from and which websites you visited in the past. Knowing browser history and mouse cursor movement is possible thanks to the dynamic, client-side nature of Day’s personalization.

This approach also is more friendly to horizontal scalability, as there’s no need to add more hardware. Cherry on top is what Nüscheler calls “a completely revolutionary approach” to personalization caching. Personalization in combination with multivariate testing and voila: get the impressions, click-through rates, etc. and simulate the best performing version of your page.

One of the nice features in CQ 5.3 is built-in support for A/B and MVT for optimization of content, so that marketeers can not only attract visitors, get insights into their behaviors, but also get a higher chance of converting them.

 

CQ 5.3 MVT

 

 

The most interesting part, says Nüscheler, is the combination of segmentation and MVT, which allows marketeers to see results of which content would be attractive to different populations. As we mentioned above, many of these functionalities are possible due to all of that data being stored in the content repository (CRX) as opposed to disparate data sources.

Speaking of CRX, the CQ 5.3 release is already JCR 2.0/JSR-283 compliant; with CRX 2.1 release expected later this year.

Social Calendaring

Social calendaring is an improved feature that initially appeared under the CQ5 Social Collaboration umbrella. In CQ 5.3, you can promote events more effectively with the ability to subscribe or import events from a site to your calendar of choice.

CQ 5.3 Social Calendaring

 

 

The events you add to your calendar are stored in the content repository, thus allowing for bidirectional management of content (in personal and corporate, internal and external calendars) and synchronization of changes. The calendar component has been enhanced to include automatic RSS feeds and iCal event subscription.

CQ 5.3 DAM Updates

Adding some external coolness, Day went ahead and integrated with CoolIris to provide 3D visualization and fly-over navigation of digital asset libraries.

CQ 5.3 DAM with CoolIris Integration

Other new Digital Asset Management features include MediaRSS support, easier management of metadata, new lightbox for building pick lists of assets, and new drag-and-drop components for uploading, tagging, commenting, and rating assets in the spirit of user-generated content.

CQ 5.3 DAM

CRXDE Lite

And to the developers’ delight, Day introduced browser-based IDE called CRXDE lite. While those hardcore Eclipse fans may not completely switch over to CRXDE lite, it’s a nice mechanism to provide them with a nearly full-fledged IDE experience in the browser.

CRXDE Lite In-browser IDE

Developers can make changes to .jsp files (which are then recompiled behind the scenes), take advantage of the integrated check-out from a centralized subversion environment and the ability to commit back to the SVN, creation and compliation of OSGi bundles – as a replacement for Apache Maven.

All in all, it’s a much faster way to make smaller changes, or a quick look at the code.

Site Importer is one of the tools in CRXDE Lite that is designed to do exactly that: import non-CQ sites into CQ 5.3 (i.e. downloading all CSS, HTML elements into the repository). The CMS then creates a blueprint for that site, and developers can “translate” the import — component by component — into CQ5 templates and editable content components.

CQ 5.3 Site Importer Tool

 

Upgrading to CQ 5.3

Day says it’s a breeze and cites their own experience of upgrading the corporate site, which now runs on 5.3. There are two ways to upgrade for those on 5.x:

  1. Go to Package share and download the upgrade package, which contains the entire 5.3 install and migration bits. Restart CQ twice and you should be good to go.
  2. Using the familiar Quickstart .jar file with an upgrade mechanism built in to replace a prior version with the 5.3 binary and run migration scripts.

Depending on the complexity, you may expect various upgrade efforts and timeframes. According to Day, the upgrade of their http://dev.day.com site, which they consider to be an upgrade of medium complexity, took 14 hours. An optimistic outlook, isn't it?

Note that if you’re upgrading a CQ 5.2.1 instance with Hotfix 23673 installed, you may need to do some manual migration of user content, as CQ specific user content is lost in the upgrade to 5.3.

And a bit of trivia to wrap it all up, CQ 5.3 release cycle started April 1, 2009, went through 19 iterations of QA and bug fixing, before it was ready to go GA today. Oh, and MS Internet Explorer 6, while supported in CQ 5.3, is officially finita la comedia.

 

 

 

 

 

An Overview of Joomla CMS

   Joomla! is a free and open source Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to build Web sites without any previous programming experience.The easy to use interface along with its extensions have made it into one of the most desired and popular programs for starting up a website. It is designed to be easy to install and setup even if you have basic computer knowledge, some Web hosting services offer one-click installs so it can take only a few minutes to get a site on its feet. If you want to create a fast website for a client, it is very easy to explain to your client a few basic instructions and he will be able to maintain and improve the website on his own.

 

    To use Joomla! you are required to install some software like: PHP, MySQL, Apache and Microsoft IIS. This software comes with complete installation guides on their respective websites or can be found in packs with everything you need to start up a Joomla! website.

      Since Joomla is based on PHP and MySQL it also offers functionality to the advanced users allowing them to build applications on an open platform that everyone can use and support.

    A Content Management System is a bundle of procedures that manage work-flow in a multiple user environment. The procedures can be manual or computer based. The procedures allow large numbers of people to share data, control the data access based on user role, aid in organizing the data, reduce duplicate inputs, improve communication amongst users and allow for better reporting.

    CMSs can be used for almost any type of data: documents, videos, photos, etc. They are used frequently for publishing documentation, storing, controlling, revising or semantically enriching. Depending on your needs there are six main categories of CMS for your respective domain:Enterprise CMS, Web CMS, Document Management System, Mobile Content Management System, Component content management System and Media Content Management System.

 

    The development of Joomla! started on the 17th of August 2005 as a result of the fork of Mambo's development team.On September 1 2005 the name of the project was announced, Joomla! which comes from Arab and means "all together". The logo was voted by the community and announced on September 22 2005.

    Joomla! is made up of many different parts that give users the ability to easily apply modular extensions and integrations like Plugins. Plugins are background extensions that give Joomla new functionality, there are over 8000 Joomla! extensions available trough the Extensions Directory.

    Joomla's simplified system of articles makes organizing your content a snap, you can organize your content any way you like, but that doesn't mean it is the way it will show on your website. Users can rate articles, mail to friends or save a PDF of it. You can archive content for safekeeping or simply hide content from visitors.

 

    Another reason Joomla! is one of the most popular CMSs is because of the large number of templates available, for free or low cost on a pay per download basis. Changing templates is very easy to do and it changes the outlook of your whole website, although a template is not always of good quality and they don't all support the same module position, which means you need to tweak your modules or some of your website content may not show.

    The Template is the basic foundation of your website appearance, it is what the visitors will see when entering your Joomla! website. The template is where you design the main layout of your site like the placement of different elements (modules, plugins) which are related to the type of content.Templates also allow you to dynamically alter the content placement. 

    Both the Front and Back-end are controlled by the Template system. A template is basically an extension that contains style and layout information that Joomla uses to draw the pages of your site. Joomla! has one Back-end and two Front-end templates by default , you can install other Templates made by third-party developers. You can also control the way images are displayed or create flash effects and include AJAX applications like drop down menus.The same applies to fonts. The designs for these are all set within the template's CSS file(s) to create a uniform look across your entire site, which makes it fantastically easy to change the whole look just by altering one or two files rather than every single page.A template can be designed to alter how it displays on different web browsers, allowing you to take full advantage of the latest developments without making your site inaccessible to those who are not able to run up to date system upgrades.

    Speedy page loads are possible with page caching, granular-level module caching, and GZIP page compression.

    On public Web sites, built-in e-mail cloaking protects email addresses from spambots.

    The FTP Layer allows file operations (like installing Extensions) without having to make all the folders and files writable, making your site administrator's life easier and increasing the security of your site.

    For page rendering Joomla! also uses modules, which are small and flexible extensions. They are connected to components like the "recently added" module that links to the content component and shows links to the recently added content. This type of module is mostly visible as a "box" arranged around a component on a page, like the login module. Modules don't necessarily need to be linked to components, or anything at all in fact, they can just be static HTML or text.  Modules can appear a number of times in any number of pages in multiple positions. Their position can be easily changed and you are allowed to select the menu items where a module is displayed. Modules can be used for targeted advertising, for example you can create a module for each section of your website containing a targeted advert for that section, so instead of showing all the modules constantly they are shown only where their content is appropriate for the public.


    It is very easy to manage your website with Joomla!. The installation pack gives you a basic idea how you can build your website. 

    Besides Plugins, other extensions are available like Components which allow webmasters to build communities by expanding features, creating backups and use their website for e-commerce. Modules are lightweight and flexible extensions used for page rendering, they perform tasks as displaying a calendar or allow custom code to be inserted in the base code of Joomla.

    Joomla permits the administrator to set parameters that affect every article, pages conform to these parameters by default but a page can have different settings for each parameter.

    Multiple languages are available, if you wish to use one language in the back-end and another in the front-end, that is possible with Joomla! 

    Customer feedback is also implemented in Joomla! like the option to create polls or integrating powerful RSS feeds trough third-party components.

    Joomla offers the following RSS Functionality:

  • You can add as many RSS feeds as you want from the administrator console and you can display where the RSS feed will appear using the module position.

  • Joomla! provides complete control over the RSS feeds based on the number of items and when they are displayed.

  • Joomla! supports RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0, Atom 0.3 and OPML.

  • Joomla! enables you to syndicate your news to other sites and blogs.

  • 3rd party RSS feed modules and components.

    Searching trough content on the website and navigating to popular or recent content is another core function of this CMS.

   Administrators can quickly and efficiently communicate with users one-on-one through private messaging or all site users via the mass mailing system.

    If you need to troubleshoot an issue, debugging mode and error reporting are invaluable.

    With Web services, you can use Remote Procedure Calls (via HTTP and XML). You can also integrate XML-RPC services with the Blogger and Joomla APIs

    If you are searching for a way to build a community software Joomla is the way to go, it has user login forms, multiple publishing options and easily integrates with forum software. It can very well be used for family websites where you post articles, news or even blogging. Joomla! is also very good at creating picture galleries having access to the best extension for every need. Joomla! also has a generic login module that can be customized to your best needs, when creating a Joomla! account the account is valid for the extension on your website, if for example you have a forum, the account will work for that forum, all you need to do is configure the information fields to suit you needs. Content or publishing/posting access rights can be limited by user rank in Joomla!, banning or unbanning users is very easy to do, also deleting posts, articles and any content on your website. This is possible because Joomla! has a very simple display and efficient filtering options. Creating static content is another function of Joomla! for example if you want to create "About us" or "Terms & Conditions" pages, the static content is a web page linked to your menu. If you have an article site, auctions, or any content there is the option to start publishing it on a later date and also choose when to stop publishing it.

    E-commerce is another option implemented with great success in Joomla! and one of the most important . By using shopping cart extensions you can financially benefit from Joomla! and its easy integration with them.

    Some of the most frequently types of websites created with Joomla! are:

  • Blogging sites
  • Forums
  • Dating & Matchmaking
  • Auctions, online stores
  • Corporate intranets and extranets
  • Picture or movie galleries
  • News or article sites
  • Question & Answer
  • Content sharing
  • Personal or family sites
  • Community-based portals

  there are virtually endless options when creating a website with Joomla!

    E-commerce has never been easier with Joomla! You are able to configure your website with the most essential shop functionalities like zones, currencies, payment methods or plans, shipping, taxes and so on. You can manage manufacturers, vendors, products and of course categories of products, only by installing the respective extension. However, an individual installation of Joomla! is required for every single website.

 

    If Search Engine Optimization is one of your concerns when creating a new website, the basic Joomla! installation comes with Search Engine Friendly (SEF) capabilities that are not enabled, the default installation allows you to implement basic SEF adresses by doing the following:

 

  • Using a FTP client or rename the htaccess.txt file in the root folder to .htaccess

  • Switch on SEF urls in the Global Config > SEO

  • Switch on dynamic page titles so you titles will reflect the title of your current content.

    Of course there are a lot of third party components out there that can further expand the SEO friendliness of Joomla!

    Besides the E-Commerce option, there is another way to generate income from Joomla! websites. Google AdSense is one of the best ways to do that. Integrating AdSense in your website can be done by either using the AdSense module which is installed from the back-end or you can display Google AdSense within the text of your website content. 

    The latter is considered a better way because it gives a better click trough rate since the ads are displayed within your text thus making them more visible.  You can do this by using a plugin that displays the Google AdSense code, a plugin is used to trigger the rendering of AdSense within the text allowing you to decide where the ads will be displayed.