Here are some of the big new features of Joomla 1.6:
New Access Control System — The user manager from older versions of Joomla has been replaced with a new Access Control List (ACL) that will let administrators have more granular control when creating user groups and offering user permissions to various aspects of a site. This is a big deal, especially since Joomla is so frequently used in intranet environments.
The fact that Joomla now builds a solid ACL into the system, rather than relying on third-party extensions, is a great step for the platform.One-Click Extension Updates — Just as WordPress has a built-in plugin manager and auto-update tool, Joomla now does, too. This is great for administrators who have multiple sites with lots of extensions to manage.Template Styles — This is one of my favorite new features of Joomla 1.6. In the past, making changes to a template for just one aspect of a site meant basically creating a new template and changing the options you wanted to change manually. That works, of course, but it presents a lot of problems when trying to update a template or design as a whole. With template styles, designers can make variations of the same template that can be applied to specific sections or pages of a site.Template and Layout Overrides –Like template styles, I really like the ability to do layout overrides to change very minute aspects of a site — for things like menus or modules.Better Media Manager — For end users, the content manager is better than before, now supporting multiple-file uploads.Package Installation Feature — For developers who offer a number of different extensions or solutions that are interconnected, this is extremely cool. Basically this lets a developer create a single package that will install multiple extensions at the same time.Sections Be Gone — Say goodbye to sections and hello to categories! You can create unlimited sub-categories (with unlimited depth) for ultimate hierarchy and taxonomy control.
Joomla still hasn’t caught up with WordPress in the ease-of-use department, but as a CMS, it can be considerably more powerful. The new ACL feature is great for large scale sites with lots of users. For designers, we think the addition of template styles and layout overrides will make customizing and changing smaller aspects of a page or site faster.
For end users, there aren’t a lot of dramatic differences, but on our localhost, the software seemed faster and snappier than an identical Joomla 1.5 instance.
Have you ever used Joomla when designing or developing a website? What do you think of this CMS? Let us know in the comments.
Here are some of the big new features of Joomla 1.6:
Are you wracking your brain for exciting, unique content for your blog or website? Expert Zeke Camusio from www.TheOutsourcingCompany.com shares some killer tips on getting the best out of your creativity and onto paper:
Target your markets. Think about your online audiences who visit your website or blog. Your articles need to capture and hold their interest. Unique content needs to educate and inform your readers, and keep them coming back for more articles.
Define your niche. Don’t write about generic topics. You need to hit your niche with your articles. For example, if you own a sporting goods store and want to sell more running shoes online, don’t write content about running shoes. The topic is too broad. You need a unique perspective such as the health benefits of running or how to choose the proper running shoe for your stride. Angle your article to fit your specific niche.
Keep up with industry trends and news. Read daily industry news and be ‘in the know.’ Unique content needs to be fresh and timely which makes you look like an expert in the eyes of your readers. Don’t regurgitate information that can be found on The New York Times website.
Write on a regular basis. In order to keep those creative juices flowing, it helps to write on a regular basis. If you write a blog, write consistently and keep a journal or notebook on hand. Jot down notes and ideas as they come to you throughout the day. This will help you create new, interesting topics.
Don’t compare yourself to other writers or industry experts. Each writer has their own style of writing. It will only hurt your creative process by comparing yourself to others. It’s helpful to research blogs, ezines and websites for ideas, but don’t copy another writer’s style. The key to branding yourself as a content writer is to find your own style and stick with it.
Don’t duplicate content. Do not steal or copy information from online or offline sources. It’s acceptable to directly quote information, but copying word-for-word is plagiarism and is illegal. If you summarize content from another website and stick it on your site, you are basically duplicating information. As a result, your site will lose search engine rankings. Unique content bumps you higher on search engines.
Keep your writing simple. Don’t confuse your readers with jargon and complicated language. Write in a breezy, conversational style. It’s okay to bend some of the rigid grammar rules when you write web content; however, it’s still recommended to edit and use spell check. Implement this editing trick: print out your article and circle mistakes with a red pen. When you review a hard copy, it’s easier to find errors.
The next time you turn on your word processor, keep in mind the three immutable laws of human behavior when it comes to reading copy:
People never read.
People never believe.
People never do.
But don’t worry, there are solutions for these laws: pull them in, prove your case and push them to act.
First, you need to pull them in – a bang-up headline on a print ad, an audio and video clip on your Web site’s landing page, pop-ups on the Web, or even just pens stuck to your direct mail pieces – with whatever you’ve got in your arsenal.
After you’ve grabbed their attention, it’s now time to prove your case with ample proof. You can do this by telling a detailed story, providing an amazing anecdote or by including an image, such as someone perched on their new Mercedes Benz.
Now you’ve set the stage and it’s time to push them to act. Now is not the time to wimp out and fail to ask for the order.
For instance, “I don’t have the time” is one of the most common objections you’ll hear, so make sure your call to action is dire – get them to act immediately. Don’t think that asking them to bookmark your page and visit later will suffice. It’s the same as with closing sales face to face, always ask for the order immediately after your presentation.
Your information will never be more vivid and poignant in their mind than right then. Without repetition, our short-term memory cache loses information at exponential rates, so immediate action is always best in the sales world!
Next in this series: Captain Hook.
This post is the fifth in a series of excerpts from OneCoach CEO John Assaraf’s interview with direct response copywriter Michel Fortin. See his Web site here: http://www.michelfortin.com/. Members of the OneCoach Business Growth Network have unlimited access to this and hundreds of other interviews with world-class thought leaders.
A blog can make you money in two ways: directly and indirectly.
Indirectly, a blog extends your existing marketing efforts. It enables you to save time, move faster and generate better search engine rankings, so that more people find you.
Once people find you, they can grab your white paper, sign up for your newsletter, join your online forum, or attend your seminars. They can also see that you have upcoming events or new products and services, so they’ll go to your main Web site more often.
By using your blog to get more people engaged with your Web site, you can convert more prospects into paying customers.
One of the great things about a blog is that you can link back and forth from your blog to your Web site. You can also use a blog to poll your audience and conduct customer research that assists with the development of new products and service.
A blog should be more than a one-way communication tool. Of course, you give people relevant information in the form of white papers, product updates and newsletters. But to build your business, a blog needs to be interactive. Think of it as a customer-service survey that never ends, so that you’re always getting feedback from your target audience.
Perhaps most important, a blog can be a powerful lead-generation tool. Use it to increase readership for your newsletter, build your client database, and get more prospects to the place where you can convert them into paying customers.
How do you make money directly with a blog?
Through advertising or affiliate commission-based products.
Visitors come to your blog to get information about a certain topic. If they see advertising or affiliate products that are in line with that topic, they will click on those links, making you money in the process.
For example, suppose your blog deals with debilitating foot pain. On the right side of the page, you might have a large banner ad for a new kind of orthopedic shoe. People won’t consider the ad intrusive or inappropriate because it relates to the content they’re looking for.
In fact, many will click on the ad to see if it presents a solution to their problem. You then get paid, either by the click or as a percentage of the sale if the visitor actually buys the product.
To maximize your blog’s earning potential, avoid “interruption” advertising. Online, people want fast access to information, but only if it is relevant. Anything that interrupts their attention by not being relevant is a waste of their time. Not only will people not click on the ad, they will likely not return to your blog.
Remember that you’re building a loyal fan base with your blog. These are people who come to you for reliable information on the subject they’re interested in. If your advertising doesn’t align with the content of your blog, it will destroy your credibility as a provider of reliable information, and people won’t come back to your blog.
This post is the fourth in a series of excerpts from OneCoach CEO John Assaraf’s interview with award-winning blogger Andy Wibbels, author of “Blog Wild.”
Before starting this topic I have to make clear what is a problogger? I have not read this question before and do not searched for it or the meaning of a problogger but I think a problogger is that who blogs for other bloggers and other fellow bloggers read the problogger to become a successful blogger. A problogger composes a single post in a day and gathers a lot of people and his post are well-shaped and he has a Midas-touch in his fingers.
I do not want to go in deep in the meaning of a problogger so I think above meaning is meaningful if you know any other meaning please tell me by your comments.
Now I am coming to point. I have my own thoughts about a problogger I am not talking about probloggers who are well-known but one who can be a problogger means a future problogger.
When you first start your blog about blogging and money-making and marketing you do not say to the world that you are a problogger but you carry it in your mind, you work on it.
This post is specially for future probloggers who are not famous at this time but struggling and working hard and having a dream of becoming a problooger. As I have told above this post is about signs of a future problogger so you can easily have a watch on your competitors because I know there are many new bloggers who want to become a problogger.
I am writing this post so you should be thinking or taking me as a future problogger but I am not and I am not going to be it, because I do not have wills for it, but sure I want to make a living by blogging.
Now it is time to find out how many signs of a future problogger you have in you.
(1) You want to get attention of other bloggers by blogging.
(2) You like quality more than quantity.
(3) You have a dream of becoming a problogger from very beggining.
(4) You want to earn lot of money and want to share your ideas with the world.
(5) When you do not success in your work you work harder.
(6) When you are not satisfied with your work, you work on it again and again to satisfy yourself.
(7) You love your work and do it with full commitment.
(1) You write only one post in a day
(2) You get so many comments on your posts.
(3) You are new but you look promising to other fellow bloggers and readers.
(4) Your blog is one man army and the chief commander is you.
(5) You have a charm in your writing.
(6) Other readers and blogger believe in you that you say truth and meaningful.
(7) Other blogger share their personal blogging problems with you because they think you only can help them.
(8) You reply your blog comments.
(9) You take your readers a family member.
(10) You present yourself as a master of your filed and you are ready to help others.
There are so many other inner and outer signs of future problogger but these I find strong signs. You can share your thoughts in comments I will appreciate.