Helpful Tips and Guides for Joomla or Joomla E-Commerce Sites

Joomla is a relatively new open source technology platform that allows website owners to build their site using the techniques of a programmer, rather than through a drag-and-drop type platform. Like HTML, Joomla is an advanced CMS (content management system) that allows site owners to use programming techniques to create a connection to MySQL or PostgreSQL databases.

The goal of Joomla technology is to create content that is easier to create and manage while allowing for ultimate creative freedom. Additionally, it should make your pages more responsive to the user’s viewpoint and increase your UX.

Joomla requires custom PHP which gives webmasters a backdoor into the programming language to better control the look and operation of your content pages and sites.

Tips to Improving Your Joomla on eCommerce Sites

If you are just getting started with Joomla on your website or you want to expand what you can do on your site, here are a few helpful tips to consider.

Configure your browser to display your site name

Joomla allows you to configure your browser by setting “global configuration” in “SEO settings.” Choose “Site name in page titles” and select. The default is set to “no.”

Enabling this will allow your site name to show on your browser tab to users either before or after the title of your pages. Make sure to save your changes once you’ve done this.

Speed up your website load time

One of the biggest problems with websites from the user end is the time it takes to load a page. Your bounce rate can be lowered greatly when you’re using Joomla if you boost the speed of your website.

You can do this in many different ways including:

  • Cleaning up your cache regularly
  • Reducing image size
  • Providing clean HTML and coding language with no errors
  • Check and monitor outbound links to make sure they are valid.

Joomla also allows you to tweak this within the Joomla system. Just select “Conservative caching” under the System Cache option and turn this on. This will limit the amount of caching your system is doing when loading and reloading your content.

Edit your menu from the frontend

Joomla is a great language for PHP page creation, but you need to use the options to maximize your content’s effect and make it more responsive. If you edit your menu from the frontend, you will see an increase in speed. Do this by going to the system menu and selecting “Global Configuration.” Then go to “site settings” and “mouse-over edit icons.” Then select “Modules and Menus.” Save your changes and try out your site after the changes.

How to Install WordPress on your Joomla site

Many webmasters and site owners use Joomla and want to use WordPress on their Joomla site. You can do this by following these steps:

1. Install the WordPress for Joomla component.

2. Find out the parameters of your Joomla database.

3. Import your WordPress content.

4. Modify your internal links and create your site.

WordPress is user-friendly to designers and they have several resources that will help you install any type of system that is compatible with the Joomla format. Learn more about how to integrate WordPress within your Joomla site and get busy blogging or building your eCommerce site.

Another great tool that you may want to look into is the Buddy and Docker application. This application allows you to install a helpful coding program that makes PHP and another coding language easier to deal with and upload to the server. Docker is a faster and less resource-consuming equivalent of the virtual machine. In a few minutes time, you can run Docker on any server, using any operating system.

Integration with eCommerce Sites

Many sites on WordPress are eCommerce sites. These sites are to make money online and build a brand. If you have an eCommerce site or want to install tools such as Joomla on your eCommerce website, you can do so.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Download Joomla. The latest version is available at http://www.joomla.org/download.html. Joomla is updated often to include new security fixes, so make sure to keep up with the updates.
  2. Upload Joomla to your server. Whether you are on WordPress or any other hosting server, you will need to upload it to your hosting account by extracting it locally. Then you will need to FTP the source files to your hosting account. This can be done through the File Manager option of your site. You will have to zip the files before you upload them then extract it from the other end under the public_html directory.
  3. Create the database. You can create a database by going to the cPanel of your account and go into your databases and start a new database. Store your user name for your database name, username, and password in a safe place.
  4. Configure Joomla. You will need to configure Joomla to work with the server that you are working on. This is simpler to do on WordPress than most other servers because it is already configured to work for WordPress. Just follow the instructions on the WordPress site to configure Joomla for WP. If you are on another eCommerce server, you will need to read the instructions on your server as to how to integrate Joomla within your hosting server for it to operate correctly.
  5. Download a template. You will need to find Joomla templates so that you can do many different things with your Joomla platform. There are hundreds of Joomla templates available in various places including the WordPress server. There are plenty of extensions for Joomla as well that allow you to have more flexibility with your eCommerce platform when doing online business.

There are both free and paid templates for Joomla, just like many of the other platforms. Do some basic research to find out what you need to do to install and use the templates. This will usually be available on the site you are downloading it from.

Once you find a template that you want to use for Joomla, you need to download it to your computer in order to deploy the Joomla template within your Website or eCommerce site. Install the template and you’ll be good to go.

Why Joomla?

Joomla is a powerful tool that’s been around for years but it’s growing more every day. Why? Because it allows you to utilize the best of PHP language and there are a host of various templates that work in conjunction with the platform.

WordPress is easy to use and they know that their users use a variety of different hosting templates. You can find much more information on the WordPress site.

However, for customized, professional help with your PHP or Joomla applications, you may want to hire a professional developer team. Coding is not for everyone. Trust an expert who is used to handling the integral aspects of Joomla so that you can get the most of your eCommerce site and get back to focusing on your business.

‘corePHP’ is not just about Joomla, but they can help you with your Joomla applications as well as many other applications and platforms that you might be using.

Michael Pignataro
co-CEO - Operations at 'corePHP'
Michael spearheads ‘corePHP’s software solutions and service offerings. Focus on sales and marketing for the organization. A huge believer in family and has an amazing wife and 4 beautiful children. Loves camping and hiking.

Michael's philosophy is simple: "If you can dream it, we can do it."