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Is it time to upgrade your Joomla! 2.5x site?

If your current Joomla! website was built between about 2011 and 2013, it was probably created using Joomla! 2.5x which was the latest stable version available at the time.

However, software is always being improved and updated, and Joomla! operates according to an official release cycle which includes Long Term Support (LTS) releases that are officially supported for about 4 years, and Short Term Support (STS) releases which are only supported for a matter of months.

I've always tried to build websites using LTS releases, to enable longer-term stability for my clients, but sometimes there are compelling reasons to do otherwise, and sometimes your website creation may occur towards the end of a current LTS so you would not necessarily get a full 4 years. Four years!! It's worse than buying a car! :)

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Facebook Page - Administration

**Updated 15 January 2015**

Once your Facebook Page is set up and you are an Admin, there are a couple of things to remember.

1.   Liking as your Page, vs liking as yourself. When you use the Desktop version of Facebook and click on your Page, because you are an Admin, by default anything you post on your Page will be posted on behalf of [BusinessName], not yourself. You will be able to see this by checking to see which icon is visible in the Status box:

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However, it's considered poor form on social media to Like your own post, so if you write something from [BusinessName], don't click Like straight away. Instead, click on that Posting as button to the right of any Status and change to your personal profile, THEN Like the post, as yourself:

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This has the added benefit that your Facebook friends will see that you've Liked that post, which will possibly bring more people to the Page.

2.  Customer Posts or Reviews. Social media is a conversation. If somebody takes the time to leave a comment or Review, it is important to respond. You may choose to just Like the comment/Review, or leave a thank you/reply. You can find Reviews on the left underneath Photos (on the desktop version).

If you mostly access Facebook via smartphone or tablet, you may like to consider installing the Facebook Pages Manager App. This allows administration of business Pages via one app, keeping the Facebook app for personal use. This not only prevents accidental mis-posts from the wrong place, but the Pages Manager app also provides a lot more insights into the Page's usage than the Facebook app does.

Good luck!  

Facebook Page - Adding an Admin

A client asked the other day "How do I get onto my Facebook business page?" (I'd previously set it up for him as part of a website development project).

Quick answer - you need a personal Facebook profile first. Then you can create or administer as many pages as you like.

Once the client created a personal Facebook profile, I asked him to "Like" his page. Then I did the following to make him an Admin:

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  1. Click on Page Likes.
  2. Click on See All.
  3. Click on the gear icon next to the client's name and select Make Admin.
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Please note: If you can't see the client's name in the Page Likes, it's possible their security settings are preventing this. Ask them to do this:

  1. Click on their own profile page.
  2. Click on About.
  3. Scroll down to Likes and click on the Manage pencil icon on the top-right of the window.
  4. Click on Edit Privacy.
  5. Look at the bottom for the Other option. Set the privacy on this option to Public.

At this point, you should be able to see the client's name in the Page Likes. Once you have added them as an Admin, suggest that they restore the privacy on their Likes by reversing the above.

New logo

Over the past week I've been working towards rebranding WebSolutionZ. I've been studying Internet design recently, and I've read some great articles that helped clarify why I needed to make a change.

The old logo was 10+ years old and thrown together by me at a time when I didn't have particularly good design skills. I don't think I fully appreciated at the time that a logo:

  • reflects your brand
  • should inspire trust, recognition and admiration for your company
  • is likely to be used for a long time

so it's important to get it right.

I did some reading and decided to use 99designs to run a design contest. I can't recommend this highly enough. I followed the suggestions in this article as to the best way to run a contest, so I won't repeat them here.

The important thing is to write a good design brief and explain exactly what you're looking for. I changed my tagline to reflect my changing business offerings, so I wanted an icon that gave the impression of: simple, let me handle it all for you, professional, reliable, full-service (ie. web and social), friendly and collaborative. But I didn't specify what that icon should be so I let the designers come up with their own ideas and, because I'm visual, I ended up relying on "first impression" and "gut feel". Highly technical, yes?! :)

Overall, it was a really interesting process. At the contest close I had 117 entries from 16 different designers from all around the world, which was fantastic. And I learned a lot - during the process a couple of designers (who hadn't even submitted an entry, but apparently spotted a newbie a mile away!) provided feedback about some designs which turned out to be copied from elsewhere, so I learned how to spot copies, how to give constructive feedback and how to end up with a good result.

What do you think of the new logo?

If you ever need assistance with this process, please give me a call. :) 

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