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In 2015 we began activating Cloudflare on client website hosting accounts. Cloudflare is a cloud platform designed to improve website performance and protect websites against online threats. They offer a free tier and also paid services - we were activating the free service. Our upstream website hosting provider added a plugin to cPanel, which enabled us to manage Cloudflare directly from within the cPanel hosting account.

Over time we've examined the benefits or otherwise in utilising this free Cloudflare service.  There are a number of issues relating specifically to Australian websites and the free Cloudflare plan, which are outlined in this 2017 article "The declining value of Cloudflare in Australia".

Last year we wrote about setting up Frontend Content Editing for a client who had extremely simple content editing requirements.

Since then, we've set up this functionality for several other clients. In most cases, the only thing they want to do is add a few blog posts a year, or change a price here or there. They don't need or want to log into the backend, because we manage their website for them.

At a very basic level, a client can now log in via the frontend, which looks familiar to them, and select a function from a short, customised User Menu. Some of the options may include:

The first Joomla website I ever built was DesignerPhotoCards.com.au, back in 2006. It was done using Joomla 1.0 and Virtuemart 1.0. This site is the reason I use Joomla today. At the time, I only knew how to handcode HTML, which I'd learned back in the dark ages before CSS even existed.

I wanted to be able to sell custom designs online. I'm not sure it was even called "ecommerce" back then. I knew I needed more than HTML/CSS but wasn't sure how to achieve that.

Have you noticed some Facebook Pages have a blue or grey verification tick next to the name?

A blue tick means Facebook has confirmed a page or profile for a public figure, media company or brand.

A grey tick means Facebook has confirmed that this is an authentic page for a business or organisation.

The Joomla Project has today announced the release of 2 new Joomla versions by the end of 2019 - a minor version, Joomla 3.10 and the new major version, Joomla 4.0.

Over the coming months we will be watching the progress of Joomla 4 closely, to determine the optimal method of upgrading client websites to Joomla 4.0 in 2020. Stay tuned!

Read the official announcement here.

no-spam

In the last few days, a number of clients have reported an email via their website contact page from "Amy", who claims the website is not accessible or compatible with a screen reader, and offering assistance.

Several members of the Australian Joomla community have also reported clients receiving this email, and there is even a Whirlpool thread about it. In all cases, the email address and content is the same. Interestingly, we haven't received the email to OUR website yet!

hockey-website

In 2017 the Yarra Valley Hockey Club approached us to discuss issues with their existing 8 year old Wordpress website - it didn't look great, lots of the content was out of date and/or duplicated, things kept breaking, and key users were being email-spammed. It also didn't come up on any Google searches.