Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Using Joomla for your blog

A blog can be created by either using blogging platforms like Google Blogger, Wordpress, Live Journal, Typepad, etc. With these blogging platforms, it is easy for someone, even one not familiar with HTML and other technical stuff, to easily start a blogs, often within minutes. This is especially true of Google Blogger which is one of the easiest blogging platform to use, especially with the switch from the old classic Blogger to the New Blogger which offers a ADD A PAGE ELEMENT (widget) and a drag-and-drop LAYOUT and a which will enable a blogger with absolutely no knowledge of HTML to customize the blog without having to edit the template.

Another way to create a blog is to use Content Management Systems if you want a full blown suite of web applications. There are a few popular Content Manage Systems, one of the more popular one is the free, open source Joomla. If you opt to use Content Management Systems like Joomla, be prepared for a steeper learning curve plus a need to pick up maintenance and design skills, and preferably knowledge of PHP and SQL too. However, that is what you will need if you want more than what the other blogging platforms like Google Blogger have to offer.

Google Blogger has made their blogs search engine friendly, but you will still need to so some Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to get free organic traffic from search engines. For blogs using Joomla Content Management System, Joomla SEO will be able to help in this aspect. They offer a free version available from September 1st to December 31st, 2007, but I am unable to find how to download and install it. All I can find is an SerrbizSEF installation guide. It offers less features, but you can upgrade for just $24.95 to get more features.

They even have case studies of companies that have successfully done search engine marketing (SEM) with their software and you are even allowed to contact their clients for reference checks.


  1. Do you want to collect kuching's best food or just that kolomee stall?? The bau lake takes around 1 hour, so i'm not sure whether i'm free to go there onot. :)

    I can help u up if you want to collect kuching's food or buildings. Hehehe...

    Uncle, you are from?

  2. Hi Johnson,

    Kuching's best food will be great. Only what is convenient for you. Plus famous or historical buildings. Ah. I still remember that "totem pole" at the Kuching Museum. Wonder if it is still there. But all only at your convenience. No hurry at all. Not urgent.

    Regarding where I am from, do you recognise this building in the graphic Header of My Photo Store?

    Also there are some stories and screenshots regarding at

    Phishing attempt to get login details? and

    Maybank2u and Makrokiosk.

    I reported to them and said if they are partnering with Makrokiosk whose reputation has been blemished by the widely reported SMS scam, I would like to register my protest. They replied they have forwarded it to their technical people.

    Peter (Blog*Star)
    Guide to Malaysia

  3. Hi, Peter, I've just added BlogRush to my art blog in hopes of increasing traffic when you click on their icon on my sidebar. Do you know anything about this widget and do you recommend it?

  4. Hi Nancy,

    There are too many of stuff like these and I can't check them all. I am afraid I don't yet have the time to check BlogRush, perhaps in the future.

    What you can do is to install statcounter and check where your traffic is coming from. See how much traffic you get from BlogRush from the reports. The above site was prepared a long time ago and is for counter which is visible. If you chose an invisible counter, the process is much faster and simpler. One not. Don't tick the XHTML option. If you have a problem give a shout, I may do a new post.

    Peter (Blog*Star)
    How you can help Blogger Tips and Tricks
    (no one should feel obligated. Everthing completely voluntary. However, by doing so, you may also help your visitors find helpful information and help. You may even pick up various ways of linking sites there too)

  5. Hi. You download the component for for Joomla SEO at this URL:

    Also, its featured on everypage in the LEFT hand navigation.

  6. This is a great article. I have been looking for a way to use joomla to market my health savings account website. Thanks for the scoop.

  7. thanks for the info. I am using the templates in blogger right now. If you want to download Ebooks, Softwares and Tutorials for free visit my site


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