Joomla vs. WordPress: What’s the Difference?

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If you are considering setting up a website, you may be wondering about Joomla vs. WordPress. Both are free Content Management Systems – CMS for short – that can power your website. They make managing your website content easier.

Both have been around for a while, and have active members and developers who are supporting these Content Management Systems.

Both Joomla and WordPress can be used for hobby websites as well as commercial platforms.

Which is better?

Joomla vs. WordPress: An Overview

In a nutshell, if you have a small business or want to run a blog without a lot of fuss or muss, then WordPress is the best solution, hands down.

WordPress is easy to use, and most web hosts will now offer a one-click install for WordPress.

On the other hand, Joomla might be better for larger commercial websites and more complicated endeavors. It also has this feeling of being more “professional” in how it handles things in the backend.

Let’s take a look at both platforms.

WordPress: For More Than Just Blogging

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When WordPress first came out in 2003, it was a platform designed to support blogs. The entire administrative interface was blog-focused. The default front page was a list of blog posts. Creating menus wasn’t entirely intuitive.

If you wanted to do more on WordPress than just blogging, you could, but it wasn’t that easy out of the box.

Fast forward to today, and WordPress is the most widely used Content Management System on the Internet. It is for more than just blogs. It is a fast and easy way to set up small business websites, online magazines, digital stores, and even virtual schools.

In short, WordPress can do just about anything you’d need a website to do. That said, it still has a bias towards blogs, which can make using it for something more complicated a little frustrating at times.

You can extend the functionality of WordPress using “plug-ins,” which can be installed by doing a search of the WordPress plug-in directory embedded within the backend.

Joomla: A More Ambitious Project

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Right from the get-go, Joomla was more positioned to be an enterprise website solution. It had a lot more bells and whistles than WordPress, and its back-end interface was filled with a lot of nifty icons and organizational levels that just screamed “professional.”

The biggest problem with Joomla, however, is and has been the learning curve in dealing with this backend.

Especially when Joomla was first launched, a strong line in the sand was put between the administrative interface and the public-facing website.

With the competing CMS Drupal (and to some smaller extent, WordPress), you could easily edit pages and access the administrative interface while reading the website itself. Not so with Joomla. With Joomla, once you were in the backend, you were in a whole different world.

This meant you could not easily edit a page in Joomla if you were browsing the website and found a mistake in the middle of the page. You would have to login to the backend and search around for that page and edit it separately.

Joomla has plug-ins a.k.a. “extensions” that can give you inline editing access, so it’s not a deal breaker per se. But this should give you some idea of the different mindset that went into creating Joomla.

On the positive, Joomla, while perhaps not having as many extensions as WordPress has plug-ins, tends to have more professionally developed add-ons.

WordPress and Joomla Plusses and Minuses

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WordPress’s biggest weakness is its security problems. This is not because the WordPress developers aren’t security-conscious. Rather, WordPress is so ubiquitous that it has become a major target for hackers and spammers.

If you do not keep your WordPress installation and plug-ins up-to-date, then you can expect to get hacked at some point. All of a sudden, you will login to WordPress and see some sort of ad in a foreign language.

Joomla does not have this problem. It is generally secure. Additionally, because it separates out administrative roles from front-end user roles, Joomla provides better account control than WordPress.

On the other hand, WordPress is simply a lot easier to use out of the box. It is the Content Management System for people who don’t want to feel like they are dealing with a Content Management System.

Joomla vs. WordPress

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Generally speaking, if you want to build a small website or blog, and you don’t want a lot of fuss, go with WordPress. If you want to build something a bit more complex and want a more secure solution, you might try Joomla. For a third option, give Drupal a try. It is probably the best option for technical-minded developers.

Everything You Need to Know About PSD to WordPress Conversion

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If you are wondering what it means to convert PSD to WordPress, you are in the right place. Before you dive in or spend money, however, you will want to be sure this is the right method for your website project.

Let’s get clear on terminology first.

What Is PSD?

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“PSD” is really a PSD, as in a Photoshop document or PSD file. You might see it referred to as PSD because those three initials refer to the file extension of a Photoshop document in Microsoft Windows: .psd.

Photoshop is a program by Adobe that has been around for decades, and it is the premiere graphics manipulation program on the market.

Yes, a freeware alternative is available, called GIMP. GIMP stands for “GNU Image Manipulation Program” (GNU being a reference to free software).

However, Photoshop is the default program many graphic designers use to create graphics, not just for print but for the web.

When you work on an image in Photoshop, it is saved automatically as a PSD file. (In GIMP, that working image file is an XCF file, though you can save XCFs as PSDs if you want.)

What Is WordPress?

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WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that delivers web content (such as blog posts) to a web browser using pre-made software. It comes with a back-end interface that you can use to publish and manage your blog posts.

WordPress also delivers the graphics to the browser to create the user interface (UI) that frames your website content.

WordPress does this by using themes. A theme is a graphic overlay on your content. The content will be the same no matter what the theme is, and you can change themes at any time without changing the underlying content.

A WordPress installation can actually have any number of themes installed, but only one theme will be activated at one time typically (unless it is a very special setup, which you do not have to worry about).

What Does It Mean to Convert PSD to WordPress?

The whole point of converting PSD to WordPress is to take a PSD file (from Photoshop) and transform it into a WordPress-ready theme.

The problem is, this may not be as foolproof as it sounds.

These days, you can find many websites that will offer to convert your PSD file to WordPress with the click of a button. This is certainly preferable to the old-school way of doing this, which could involve a heck of a lot of image wrangling and coding.

The question is, how accurate will this conversion be, and is it even a desirable way to create a WordPress theme?

The Problem with Using PSD Files for Websites

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Chances are, if you are wondering how to convert a PSD file to WordPress, it may be because of a graphic designer you are considering working with. Or, you might be thinking you can create your website using Photoshop.

Here are a few reasons why, if you haven’t started this process yet, you might want to think twice about using this method.

1. Some Graphic Designers Do Not Understand the Web


This is less of a problem than it used to be, but it still is an issue. Many graphic designers have no clue how to design a website. Oh, sure, they can create an attractive logo. But there is a massive difference between a graphic and an interface. And a website is an interface.

Unless your graphic designer has training or experience in user interface design (UI design), you probably don’t want to trust them with your WordPress theme. They are likely to come up with something that is not practical or doesn’t work with WordPress.

2. Photoshop to WordPress Is Never a Direct Translation


You can have the prettiest website design in Photoshop but that doesn’t mean it will translate perfectly to WordPress even if the designer understands the content management system.

3. You Are Actually Limiting Your Website


These days, so many WordPress themes, whether free or premium, have options for custom colors, backgrounds, and fonts. There is absolutely no reason to reinvent the wheel with a new theme that won’t have those customization options.

Your Best Bet: Skip PSD to WordPress

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Instead of spending money on an expensive Photoshop design, avoid going from PSD to WordPress. Instead, get a WordPress theme you can easily customize. If you are that determined to use Photoshop as part of the process, simply search “PSD to WordPress” to find many websites that offer conversions for free or a fee. Don’t try to do it manually. It’s not worth it! 

Developing Something? Here’s a Guide to Install WordPress Locally

For anyone looking to start a blog or website, WordPress can be an extremely effective tool. However, having an unfinished website that is available to the public can present problems, specifically when it comes to the development process. That is when the importance of installing WordPress locally comes into play.

In this piece, we will present the steps you need to take to effectively install WordPress locally.

Getting and Installing XAMPP

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To most easily install WordPress locally, it would be a good idea to install XAMPP first. With XAMPP, you will get an operational PHP processor (crucial to running WordPress), a working database system in MySQL, and a working web server in Apache.

To get XAMPP, you will first need to go to the download page. It is important to note that the download package is more than 100MB, so be prepared to wait for a little while. Next, you will want to start up the XAMPP installer and simply follow the instructions from there (this following part mostly just necessitates you clicking on “Next.”)

As an important note, it is possible that you will get asked during the installation procedure to permit the server’s components to bypass the system firewall. You may be hesitant to do this due to the security implications, but this is absolutely a required step to get the server to properly function.

Installing WordPress Locally

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Next, you will need to go about the process of actually installing WordPress locally. To do this, you will need to download the most current WordPress installer.

Once you fire up the installer package, click “Next.” After this, you will need to fill out some Admin account information such as your real name, username, and email. You can leave the database password section blank, but for the application password, simply type in your WordPress dashboard password. Then, if you so choose, you can uncheck the option to install WordPress in the cloud.

The installation process will begin and, once it is finished, you can find your website on http://localhost/wordpress or you can log in by going to http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin.

Exporting to the Live Setup 

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Once you complete the WordPress installation process, you can now begin effectively working on your website locally and then go about exporting it to the live setup once you are all finished.

To export to the live setup, you can use what is known as the All-in-One WordPress Migration plugin. As soon as it is activated, go to your WordPress Dashboard then to All-in-One Migration and then finally to Export.

Once there (and this is a nice added feature), you can search and replace specific texts in the database. For instance, you can find every single example of your local IP and switch it with your live domain. Pretty cool, right?

The last step of exporting to the live setup is choosing where exactly you want the site to be exported, whether it be through File, FTP, Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive (most people just choose File). Then, you simply take the export file and go to the import part of the plugin after you install the All-in-One Migration plugin on your live site.

And that pretty much concludes the process of installing WordPress locally.

The Benefits of Installing WordPress Locally

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So, now that you know how to install WordPress locally, you are probably asking yourself, “Why do I need to do this to begin with?” Well, there are a whole host of benefits that come with downloading WordPress locally, particularly as they relate to the blog or website development process.

For one, you do not need to upload files by any other means, since they are all on your computer. Also, if any mistakes happen during the development process, you can simply restart the database and the server and start over again.

It also does not hurt to immediately see the end product of your work as well as to be able to construct your site so that all changes are completely hidden from the outside world.

Finally, before ultimately rolling out the live site, you will be able to make the necessary checks to ensure that everything is working properly.

As a blog or website designer, you want to create the best product that you possibly can. But that process can take time and the right amount of trial and error. By installing WordPress locally, you can ensure that, once you are finally ready to present your blog or website to the world, everyone sees that finished product in all its glory.

Simply put, to avoid database data corruption, severe server errors, and any other problems that can get you banned from the platform, as well as to simply save time and avoid any added hassle, you should absolutely install WordPress locally.

Five Ways to Make Money Using WordPress Multisite

 

Of all the impressive WordPress features, WordPress Multisite is one of the most effective and is a great way for you to simply and efficiently manage several sites and subdomains at the same time. But did you also know that you can make a decent amount of money using WordPress Multisite?

In this piece, we will look at five of the ways that WordPress Multisite can help to make you profitable in the long term.

5 WordPress Multisite Money-Making Methods

There are a number of diverse ways to make money using WordPress Multisite, but here are five of the most proven methods that will have you making cash in no time.

  1. Selling Your Own Products

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One of the most effective ways to make money using WordPress Multisite is to sell your own products. The eCommerce plugin MarketPress is able to do this through your Multisite networks, allowing you to create a specific store network from which you can take a sales cut from either a single store or multiple stores.

Thanks to MarketPress, you can take a prearranged percentage fee of total store sales on a network, and the convenient thing about the whole process is that it is completely invisible to customers and is automated as well.

Another way MarketPress allows you to rake in money is through upgrades to the stores or sites inside of your network, which can be done by either permitting particular gateways for supporter blogs, allowing certain store themes for supporter blogs, or allowing certain stores in general for supporter blogs.

Essentially, you are using your marketplace capabilities as a way to generate outside revenue.

 2. Establishing a Paid Membership Directory or   Community

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Establishing a paid membership community or directory is another way to make money through Multisite. Once a community is established, you can deliver access to online content, forums, videos, support groups, galleries, blogs, or any other downloadable content.

With the help of the Membership plugin, you can effectively develop a full-fledged subscription or membership site. Thanks to an intuitive interface and fully customizable options, you can manage your subscriptions and charge for specific membership-based features.

  3. Setting Up an Affiliate Marketing Program

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Through an efficient affiliate marketing program, you can easily and effortlessly promote your services and products. Thanks to the WordPress MU Affiliate plugin, the entire targeted advertisement process is completely automated.

To sign up for the program, all users will have to do is to log in with a PayPal email address. Once that is done, the MU Affiliate plugin tracks everything from paid memberships to unique clicks to signups. After that, you can just sit back and watch as the money trickles in.

4. Managing, Selling, and Sharing Advertising

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Another way to get money through WordPress Multisite is through sharing advertising. Believe it or not, offering users a cut of your advertising revenue will help to benefit you in the long run as well because it will get users to promote your site, which in turn will earn both you and any participatory user money.

Through the Ad Sharing plugin, you can automate your advertisement sharing. The whole practice is quick and easy, and you can use such advertising utilities as context ads or AdSense to help you with the process.

By monitoring the amount of impressions on users’ sites inside of your network, you can see how the ad revenue is split up.

5. Establishing a Blogging Community with Superior Upgrades

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Finally, the last example that we will touch on when it comes to using WordPress Multisite to make money for you is the development of an effective blogging network.

By establishing your own blogging community, you can offer users such top-of-the-line upgrades as domain mapping, advertising, extra storage, and premium plugins. You would offer such upgrades for a price, of course.

By using the Supporter plugin, you can turn users into subscribers, and we probably don’t have to tell you how profitable it is to have subscribers. You hear that? That is the sound of money going directly into your pocket.

Using WordPress Multisite to Your Ultimate Advantage 

As you can see, there is a host of different ways that you can use WordPress Multisite for your financial benefit. Of course, you will want to determine which methods works best for you. Maybe it’s all of them or maybe it is just a select few. It all depends on how much time and resources you are willing to invest into a particular method.

That being said, it will behoove you to do as much research as possible into the different features of WordPress Multisite to make sure that you are getting the absolute most out of it.

Two Different Approaches to Install WordPress SSL

Short for Secure Sockets Layer, SSL is important in lending credibility to your website. The purpose of an SSL certificate is to provide users with a secure connection and ensure that your site is trustworthy when it comes to the encryption of data. In other words, if you truly want your WordPress website to be perceived as the real deal, then you need to install WordPress SSL.

In this piece, we will cover two of the different approaches to install WordPress SSL.

2 WordPress SSL Installation Approaches 

There are a number of different ways to go about installing WordPress SSL, but here are just two of the methods you can employ.

1. Use Microsoft Internet Information Services

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One way to install WordPress SSL is by using Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). To start this process, you first need to generate what is known as a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) on your server. The CSR includes your public key and server information, and the process of generating it is fairly simple if you follow the right instructions.

First off, you need to open the Server Manager. Next, hit Tools and then select Internet Information Services Manager. Under the Connections list, you will want to choose the right workstation before opening the Server Certificates tool.

After that, hit the Create Certificate Request link, which will then require you to fill in the Request Certificate information. This information typically includes the common (domain) name, the state or province you are in, your town or city name, the name of your company, the section name (Marketing or Communications, for example), and your two-digit country code.

Next, you will want to be sure that the bit length is set to 2048 and that the cryptographic service provider is set to default. The last part of the CSR process is to name the certificate request file.

Once you generate your CSR, you then need to go about ordering your SSL certificate. This can be done through a number of services, such as GlobalSign, DigiCert, and Symantec.

After you order you SSL certificates, you will need to download them. By the end of this process, you should receive your Primary Certificate via email, which you should rename to yousitename.cer.

After this, click the “Complete Certificate Request” link. Then, after the certificate has been installed, you will want to connect it to the appropriate website. Do this through instructions provided by the Sites folder.

Then, simply install the Intermediate Certificates, restart IIS, and test your certificate, and you should be good to go.

2. Use cPanel

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Another way to install WordPress SSL is through cPanel. Just like through the Microsoft IIS process, you will need to generate a CSR. To do this, you will need to log into cPanel and locate the SSL/TLS Manager.

After this, click the links labeled Generate and follow the instructions in the Generate a New Key section. This will require you to type in your domain name and to select a Key Size of 2048 before clicking the Generate button.

After hitting the Return to SSL Manager button and clicking the “Generate, view, or delete SSL certificate signing requests” link from the main menu, you will need to enter your organization’s or company’s information. This information includes the full organization or company name, the two-digit company code, the state or province, the common (domain) name, the city or town name, and the section name.

Once this is all complete, you will need to order your SSL certificates and download these certificates. Again, just like with the Microsoft IIS process, you can go about ordering your certificates through services such as GlobalSign, DigiCert, and Symantec. Each certificate service is different depending on your needs, so be sure you know exactly what it is you are looking for before choosing a service.

When you order the certificates, you need to upload the CSR file to whichever service you used. Then, simply download the certificates, which you will receive via email.

After the ordering and downloading process is finished, open the SSL Manager menu in cPanel. Follow the instructions provided there until you get to the Install SSL Certificate link. This will complete the SSL process, and your server will restart, allowing your certificate to be distributed.

Making Your WordPress Site the Most Effective Site Possible Through SSL 

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It may seem fairly complicated but installing WordPress SSL can do leaps and bounds for your website. If you feel at all intimidated or overwhelmed by the process, don’t hesitate to perform a quick Google search, as this will help to pull up a number of different step-by-step methods to effectively install WordPress SSL.

Once the SSL process is completed, you will likely find that your users feel increasingly more confident when it comes to exploring what your website has to offer.

A Step-by-Step Guide for How to Install WordPress

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It seems like everyone and their grandma is trying to get into the blogging game these days. Well, every good blog needs a good blogging platform, and WordPress is one of the most effective platforms on the market.

In this piece, we will give you a step-by-step instructional guide for how to install WordPress all by yourself.

Downloading and Extracting the Files

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To officially begin the WordPress installation process, you need to first go to the download section on WordPress’s website and download the most recent version of WordPress’s blogging platform files.

The downloading process can be slightly different depending on whether you are uploading WordPress to a remote web server, if you are using File Transfer Protocol, or if you are comfortable with downloading WordPress straight to your web server.

Whichever downloading method you choose to employ, once the files are downloaded, you then need to extract the files, which will be extracted to a folder called “wordpress.”

Creating a WordPress User and a Database

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When it comes to creating a WordPress database, you have several different options going forward. You may already have a database that is set up for you if you are using a hosting provider, so check your control panel or provider’s support pages to determine whether or not you need to set up a database yourself.

If you do need to set up a database manually, there are a number of different database services you can use. It really all depends on what your hosting provider offers. For our purposes, we will demonstrate how to install a WordPress database using phpMyAdmin.

First, you will need to make sure you install phpMyAdmin if your web server does not already have it installed. Once you have phpMyAdmin up and running, open up the Database dropdown menu on the left. If you see that a WordPress-related database does not already exist, you will need to create one.

To create a database, you will first need to choose a name for it. Typically, this name will need to begin with your username followed by an underscore. Type your name into the Create Database section and then select the best arrangement for your language and encoding.

Next comes the step of creating a WordPress user. To begin this stage, go back to the phpMyAdmin main menu and click on the Users tab to see if a WordPress-related user already exists. It one does not exist, click Add User button and choose a username and password.

Make sure that all the Global Privileges’ options are kept at their defaults before clicking Go.

Uploading the Files

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The next step of the WordPress installation process is deciding whether you want your WordPress-powered site to appear in the root directory (http://websitename.com/) of the site or a subdirectory (http://websitename.com/blog/).

If you want it to appear in the root directory, use a File Transfer Protocol client to upload everything contained in the “wordpress” directory into your website’s root directory.

If you want the WordPress site to appear in a subdirectory, be sure that you rename the “wordpress” directory to your preferred subdirectory name before using a File Transfer Protocol client to upload the entire directory into your preferred location within the root directory.

Running the Install Script

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How you proceed with the process of running the install script depends on whether you uploaded your files into the root directory or a subdirectory.

If you placed them in the root directory, go to http://websitename.com/wp-admin/install.php, but if you placed them in a subdirectory, go to http://example.com/subdirectoryname/wp-admin/install.php.

You will then need to enter in some database connection details, such as the database name, your username, your password, the database host, and the table prefix.

Finishing Up the Installation Process

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For the last step of the installation process, you should be presented with a screen that prompts you to fill in some site information. This information includes the username, the site title, your email address, and your desired password (which you will have to enter twice).

There is also a check box at the bottom that will ask you whether or not you want your site to be visible in search engines, such as Google. If you want your site to be visible to everyone, make sure the box is left unchecked.

Then, simply click install WordPress. If the installation process was successful, you will be presented with a login prompt.

If there is an error of any kind, go back and make sure that all the database information was entered successfully. In case that does not work, make sure you permitted your WordPress user authorization to access your WordPress database and that the database server is operating.

Once you go back and correct these errors, you have successfully learned how to install WordPress. After your site is up and running, you should be on your way to providing the best possible content to your users. Pretty exciting stuff, isn’t it?