Ease of Upgrade – Joomla, WordPress, Drupal

Comparison of the upgrade methods used in Joomla, WordPress and Drupal

the logo's of Joomla, WordPress and DrupalPopular content management systems require updating from time to time. Sometimes this is for new features, often because a security loophole needs patching. In this article we’re not going to look at which CMS most often requires updates, but at the upgrade procedure itself. How easy is it, are the instructions clear and easy to follow, what the potential problems, and what can you do if something goes wrong? At the time of writing new major versions of Drupal (7.0) and Joomla (1.6) have been released and no updates have yet been produced for these releases. We therefore concentrate on the older versions, which run the vast majority of existing sites. Continue reading Ease of Upgrade – Joomla, WordPress, Drupal

WordPress Plugins

Free content management system WordPress can be extended very quickly and easily by installing plugins. These can do just about anything thanks to the way WordPress’s framework is designed, but here’s a list of the top 10 most popular free plugins and what they do.

  1. Akismet: Keep your comments free of spam.
  2. All in One SEO Pack: Transforms your WordPress site into a search engine magnet.
  3. Google XML Sitemaps: You want Google to index your site right? You need this plugin.
  4. Contact Form 7: Adds a very configurable contact form to your site.
  5. NextGEN Gallery: A image gallery option with optional Flash slideshow
  6. WordPress.com Stats: Get an insight into your visitors
  7. AddToAny: Share/Bookmark/Email Button: The web is now social. Is your website?
  8. Google Analyticator: Get an insight into your visitors using Google’s free service.
  9. WP-PageNavi: A more advanced paging navigation for sites with lots of pages.
  10. WPtouch iPhone Theme: automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme
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This list was compiled by Vladimir Prelovac, and one of the criteria was that the plugin must have been updated in the last year to be included – so you know these are being supported. Any of the above plugins can be installed from within your WordPress site, just search for it’s name in the Plugins section.

2020Media offers free installation of WordPress on any of its hosting plans, and our team is delighted to talk to users of WordPress about any aspect of its use.

Extending WordPress

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2020Media has long recommended WordPress as a lot more than a blogging tool. But what else can you do with it? E-commerce is one function many retailers would like to add to their site. A good e-commerce package can also be used as a gallery to generate leads.

One such extension to WordPress is the free and open source Prestashop. Now Prestashop is available as a standalone e-commerce website but if you have a busy website that is already using WordPress, and perhaps leveraging social networking plugins, or a custom template, it makes sense to integrate rather than start afresh.

Prestashop can be loaded as a plugin to WordPress using the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-prestashop/. There’s also a e-commerce plugin written just for WordPress (WP e-Commerce) which offers complete integration with the existing site, although many find this harder to use.

WordPress hosting from 2020Media (www.2020media.com/wordpress) will provide all you need to build  a successful e-commerce website

How to reset Joomla and WordPress passwords

Joomla

Using any MySQL admin tool, (PHPMyAdmin), run the following query, entering your own choice of password:

UPDATE jos_users SET password = MD5("new-password") WHERE  jos_users.username = "admin"; 

If you’re using a different username to admin, change as appropriate.

If this doesn’t work, try changing jos_users to mos_users.

WordPress

If you know your username and the email account in your profile, you can use the “lost password” function –

If you can’t use this method, here’s how to do it in MySQL.

Using any MySQL admin tool, (PHPMyAdmin), run the following query, entering your own choice of password.

UPDATE wp_users SET user_pass = MD5("new-password") WHERE wp_users.user_login = "admin";

Notes: You must have access to your database. If you don’t, pass these instructions on to someone that does.