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Free Plugin! Adaptive Images Plugin for Joomla 2.5x 3.x

Free Plugin! Adaptive Images Plugin for Joomla 2.5x 3.x

Free your Joomla website from using desktop-sized images for smartphones and tablets!

The Adaptive Images plugin for Joomla generates images scaled to your device's screen size. This is particularly useful for mobile devices and tablets, where rendering full-sized images is a waste of bandwidth that also delays page load times. To use the plugin, simply install and enable it - that's it! There's a few more optional settings that you may play with, such as image sharpening, image resolutions, image quality, and retina display support.

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5 Awesome Enhancements you Can Apply to your Hikashop E-commerce Store

5 Awesome Enhancements you Can Apply to your Hikashop E-commerce Store

Hikashop is a pretty decent e-commerce store, with plenty of great capabilities. Unfortunately, it does have some quirky behavior (*ahem* such as its checkout process) that can get a little frustrating. Furthermore, there are some lacking features that may not be entirely necessary, but said features would be a really valuable asset to any e-commerce website. Especially considering how hard it is to convert shoppers into customers, you definitely want to be ahead of the game to boost your sales.

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Joomla E-commerce Components overview: Hikashop vs. Virtuemart

Joomla E-commerce Components overview: Hikashop vs. Virtuemart

There are many components to choose from on the Joomla Extensions Directory as an E-commerce solution, but the most popular and polished ones are Hikashop and Virtuemart. Between the two, my preference is definitely Hikashop. This isn't an absolute preference, however; I believe that in some cases Virtuemart is an ideal solution, but only if there are a limited number of products you plan to sell, and there aren't many variants/options that these products carry. So, on to the components! I'm going to go over different features of each product as well as their pros and cons.

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Review: Best Joomla Templates & Frameworks

Review: Best Joomla Templates & Frameworks

With all the available options online, choosing the right Joomla template framework can be frustrating. What if you choose one that doesn't suite your needs? Luckily, there are many good options out there, and its hard to say that there's a best one for every situation. There are different features, designs, and specializations that should be taken into consideration when choosing your template, and I recommend trying different frameworks before deciding what you like best. Personally, I don't just use one framework; I pick whichever one works best for the website I am building. Here is a review of some of my favorite frameworks:

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Best Joomla Extensions - 2013

Best Joomla Extensions - 2013

Joomla's extension directory is one of its greatest strengths and also one of its greatest weaknesses. Poor documentation and support can ruin an experience for some Joomla developers, but sometimes functionality rules over all. If you know what you're doing, you can probably figure out how to implement them into your website the way you want. I've compiled a list of some of my favorite extensions and some of my experiences with them. Not all of these are free, but if they serve their purpose then they are well worth your hard-earned cash.

 

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    Many of the other referrals came from Web design firms & had significantly higher overheads/billing rates...We had a tight timeline & [they were] very diligent at following up to avoid production delays at time when I was extremely busy. [They] did a nice all around job improving my SEO optimization, creating a polished final product, and documenting the back end with an easy to use manual.

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  • Virgo Web Design recently completed my website MeetPeopleChicago.com. Jerry was easy to work with, was attentive to my questions and was on top of things from start to finish. In addition he was very knowledgable and up to date on the latest technologies. I am very pleased with the final product and I will surely use him again for future enhancements. Thank you Jerry for the great work you have done!

    PETER S.

    Meet People Chicago

  • As a marketing communications person who knew my company needed an up-to-date website built in Joomla, I was very happy we found [Virgo Web Design]. I understood things from a content perspective, but when it came to back-end design and architecture, my hands were tied. [Virgo Web Design] was so knowledgeable and easy to work with, and was always available to answer questions, make tweaks, walk me through front-end editing tasks...you name it. [Virgo Web Design]'s accessibility and can-do attitude made such a difference to our entire team, and I hope I always thanked [them] enough for helping me through the client-side part of the web redesign process.

    CORRIE M.

    Aptude

  • "[Virgo Web Design] did an amazing job on my non-profit's website, ghhaven.org. [They] put our site together quickly and with all of the elements we requested - plus, [they] had a lot of great recommendations for things that we hadn't even considered for the site. [They were] very helpful throughout the process of getting our site launched and I found [them] to be quick in responding to all of my questions/requests as well. [They] even helped us get our business emails set up!

    I would definitely recommend Virgo Web Design as a go-to for all of your web design/development needs. I will definitely be using [them] again in the near future!"

    FRITZIE S.

    Genesis Hopeful Haven

  • [Virgo Web Design] has developed and designed multiple websites for me over the years. [Their] team are exceptionally skilled technicians. Their communication is easy to understand, and they are very proficient - even when near-end deadlines are demanding. Hiring Jerry Virgo and his team is one of the best decisions I have made for my company.

    Michael W

    One Chicago Realty

  • I've used Yahoo sitebuilder for several years and my e-commerce website was due for an overhaul. I asked around & received several recommendations from friends & other small businesses.

    Many of the other referrals came from Web design firms & had significantly higher overheads/billing rates...We had a tight timeline & [they were] very diligent at following up to avoid production delays at time when I was extremely busy. [They] did a nice all around job improving my SEO optimization, creating a polished final product, and documenting the back end with an easy to use manual.

    After the site when live, [they] stood by & helped me troubleshoot unanticipated events & helped me create work arounds.

    Chris H.

    City Tree Delivery

  • [Virgo Web Design] knocked out a full rebuild of our site in a few weeks, guided us through things we didn't understand with ease and calm and gave great advice, training and follow up service

    Nicholle D.

    DANK Haus

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