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In this section we post company news and provide some useful tips & tricks for web site design & development, including Joomla tutorials.

Building Joomla components, the easy way

Posted under: Joomla

Joomla is our Content Management System (CMS) of choice here at Infused Design. It's simple to set up and customise, and is easy for our clients to get a handle on updating their own content. There is also a large array of add-ons, known as extensions, which enhance the core functionality and provide additional features such as contact forms, galleries and even full online shops.

Behind-the-scenes of Joomla 1.5 is a huge framework that covers all the aspects of displaying content, including component, module, plugin and database handlers. This can be a bit daunting at first, but fortunately there are some shortcuts. This article looks at creating custom Joomla components quickly and easily by bypassing most of the official framework.


Slow websites cost money

Posted under: News

Recent research from search giant Google proves that a slow website results in a dramatic fall in traffic, effectively costing the owner money.

The research revealed that a page loading half a second slower than another will experience a 20 per cent drop in traffic. Within Google AdWords, keywords are now given a score based on the load time of landing pages. This means that you could pay more than your competitor but rank below them in the sponsored listings. So what is the answer? There are two very simple solutions, change your web host (or web hosting package) and make your landing page as lightweight as possible.