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By reducing the time websites stay compromised, thus decreasing the value to the criminal hacker we are fundamentally changing the economics of hacking.

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Hacked or Not’s team of website security experts clean hacked sites on a daily basis. You can rely on us to help you with your website’s hacking incident, discreetly and efficiently. On top of that we offer ongoing scanning services to keep your business website doing what it should be doing and not scaring away your hard earned customers.

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Joomla experts are available for project work and ongoing Joomla support.

Expert Joomla development is essential for large and enterprise organisations, we see all too many cases of bad to terrible programming in Joomla powered websites. Any additional features or functionality must be programmed the Joomla way, why use a CMS if you’re going to add random code into a system that has a great development system allowing you to add to it in any way.

Expert Joomla Development

Hire Joomla experts for your custom development, any existing functionality that is coded in PHP, JavaScript, etc can be correctly integrated into Joomla, expert developers know this and build sites, add-ons this way.

Ongoing Expert Joomla Support

If you need ongoing Joomla Support to keep your organisation, enterprise, company or corporation website at the very forefront of your long term goals, hiring a team of full time Joomla professionals is the only option. Digital agencies don’t offer the skills required to keep your Joomla site progressive and stable, they WILL introduce issues and bring your site to its knees. I’ve seen it all too many times.

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Joomla Support On Web Development Consultancy

New or updated articles are available on our Web Development Consultancy website.

They demonstrate our professionalism and abilities in Joomla web development. We offer three types of Joomla support, there is a covering article leading you into the three articles.

Links to the three service articles:

We use Joomla every day so have a vast array of experience with which to help you.

If you require any expert Joomla Support get in touch.

Joomla Pharma Hack

How The Pharma Hack Works

Pharma hacks are hacks of legitimate websites that aim to make money by promoting pharmaceutical products, typically Viagra and related erectile dysfunction treatments (regalis, cialis, tadalafil, etc) – unbeknownst to the legitimate site owner or operator.

Often the first thing the operator of the website knows about the hack is when someone reports that the site’s Google search results are hijacked and showing descriptions mentioning Viagra or other pharmaceuticals. Variations of this hack also promote payday loans, casinos and gambling, software downloads or pornography.

One of the biggest problems when informing website owners and operators that their site is the victim of a pharma hack, is that the site continues to display as normal to most visitors – only degrading later as further exploitation gets more aggressive.

This is a form of ‘parasite hosting’ and is one of the worst forms of ‘black hat’ Search Engine Optimisation. In fact many people regard this as beyond the limits of black hat SEO and call it out for what it actually is, plain illegal hacking.

In this series of articles we will look at:

  • the process – how do the hackers do the pharma hack
  • why do they do the pharma hack
  • how can you prevent your site hosting Viagra products
  • how can you check if your website is hosting Viagra products
  • and how to fix/clean/repair/de-hack/remove the pharma hack from your website

To continue reading this article please click here:- Joomla Pharma Hack

Do Joomla SEF URLs Extensions Work?

They can give you total control over how your URLs are generated. BUT, they can also clear their list of URLs and rebuild them in a completely different way.

I’ve seen sites with thousands of 404 errors and htaccess files that are 10MB in size. That’s the amount of data in most YouTube videos.

So the question is are they worth it? I strongly believe NOT, I don’t believe SEF URLs are that important any more and the issues that third party Joomla SEF extensions cause are simply not worth the minimal gain you might benefit from having them.

View this article about – Search Engine Friendly URLs versus Human Friendly URLs (SEF URLs versus HF URLs)

This article highlight my opinion on SEF URLs, that they have little to no benefit especially when compared to a humans want for logic in navigation, basically people want the page title, menu item and URL to all say the same thing, it’s a trust thing.

The human element is more valuable than the search engine element, in recent months I’ve seen absolute evidence that Google favours flat menus, basically every article a top level menu item. This can easily be achieved in Joomla because of the ability to use menu type ‘menu alias’, you can have a menu that appears to be multi levelled but is really all top level.

I predominantly use this on our Web Design Lancashire site, this does remove that human friendly element of my navigation, but the rankings in Google speak for themselves. If you build a menu navigation structure that is all top level and use menu aliases you have 100% control – 100% control of your URLs and absolutely no risk of your URLs suddenly changing and thousands of 404 error being recorded day in day out. This way of building your menu structure as opposed to using a third party SEF extension will not add to your htaccess file and slow your site down.

My opinion on third party Joomla SEF extensions is that they offer no real benefit to a competent Joomla user / web designer. Anyone who knows the Joomla system and builds websites with it does not need to use an extension to create the URLs they want, do not use them, if your developer tells you they are necessary for good clean URLs, then please ask them about the problems they cause:

  • Excessive database queries
  • Very slow loading pages
  • Sudden lose of URLs leading to 404 errors
  • Excessive htaccess files(not all but some add to htaccess – the first file read in Joomla)
  • Upgrading SEF extension loses settings(all too often)

Their is a combination of software that most developers would say you need to use an SEF extension, Joomla 1.5 and VirtueMart combine to create URLs that are simply unfathomable for search engines and humans, but Twitter does the same, there are occasions when we don’t mind how a URL looks even if it’s at a time when we’re about to hand over your hard earned money. Make sure your site has done the hard work of getting the sale before sending the client to the product page, you can build your site to use Joomla to the max before the final link to VirtueMart for the sale. All your SEO and general optimisation done on core Joomla pages then use your menu to link to product pages avoiding VirtueMart category pages.

Every point of view in favour of third party Joomla SEF extensions can very easily be countermanded, not just with a list of reasons why they break sites, but also ways of doing what they do with core Joomla functionality.

In conclusion

Build your site properly and the URLs will be exactly how you want them, avoid bad URLs with VirtueMart and similar add-ons by creating core Joomla pages only going to the add-ons at the last step needed.

The negative affects of SEF extensions can greatly reduce your site’s Google rankings, slow page load times and leave you with broken inbound links.

If you’re thinking of using SEF extensions for better SEO strength, think again. They do the exact opposite and obviously the worst possible affect on your site is down time or broken inbound links.

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Original content – http://www.deanmarshall.co.uk/seo-tips/230-do-joomla-sef-url-extensions-work.html

Override Joomla 1.5 Global Meta Description

In Joomla 1.5 you have no control over meta description and meta keywords for most components.

Here is a short list of some of the components in question:

Contacts
Category Blogs
Section Blogs
Web Links
Home Page
DT Register
J Events
Chrono Forms
VirtueMart

On the whole it is just the first/front page of these components that you have no control of the metas.

Here is a work around that enables you to set the metas you want on any page that has a menu link.

This will involve editing you templates index.php file. You should do this via ftp (file transfer protocol) or similar server file editing software. You might be able to do this via your Joomla administrator area using the template manager function.

Some Joomla 1.5 templates are built on a framework so the main index.php file within your active template folder might not be the file you need to edit, you will need to track down the file that has this tag in it ‘<jdoc:include type=”head” />’. If you are struggling to find the file, download it to your computer and search the folder for the tag in question.

When you have found the file with the include head tag, past this code into the file directly below the ‘<jdoc:include type=”head” />’ tag.

Continue reading how to Override Global Meta Description Joomla 1.5 on Web Design Lancashire also see our Joomla Web Design section.

Joomla SEO

Dean Marshall Consultancy offer the full range of SEO services:

  • Overhaul existing content
  • Optimize website configuration and performance
  • SEO content writing
  • Introduce navigation funnelling to draw visitors to the selling pages
  • Write blog posts on sites like Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress and more
  • Build backlinks from high quality sector/genre directories
  • Link bate services using sites like Stumble Upon, Digg and Reddit
  • Bring extra website visitors that would not normally find your site (referral not search)
  • Create company/personal profiles on leading bio websites
  • Twitter and Facebook creation and management

It seems that any and everybody is offering SEO services these days. How do you know companies and individuals are genuine and capable?

The obvious answer is if you can find them, if they offer SEO then they must be able to rank for terms themselves.

Search Google UK for ‘Joomla SEO’ when displaying ten results and currently (09-07-2012), we rank 11th. At the moment our own SEO efforts are reaping the rewards of the hard work we’ve put in.

Using white hat (legitimate) techniques our rankings are incredible, the 11th spot we are currently in for ‘Joomla SEO’ is going to improve even though we’re up against the big third party extension development companies.

Next in my sights are anything-digital and redevolution, two large companies that have tens of thousands of backlinks from their add-ons. I know I can out rank them for ‘Joomla SEO’ because I’ve already out ranked them for ‘Joomla Hosting’ on our smaller regional site webdesignerlancaster.co.uk

Joomla hosting is a much more competitive term than Joomla SEO, our main website deanmarshall.co.uk is the main SEO focused site, so obviously I’m building SEO strength for the search term ‘Joomla SEO’ on the main site.

If the SEO company you are looking to hire cannot rank highly for the terms they are competing for, walk away – and hire us.

See our Joomla SEO pages and Joomla SEO tips on www.deanmarshall.co.uk