Website Security

Keeping websites secure has become far more difficult in the last 12-24 months. Its no longer a question of preventing your web site from being attacked or hacked, but of how you are able to respond when it is.
It used to be that patching Joomla and WordPress sites was pretty good insurance against attacks, but experience shows  this no longer is adequate to protect your sites. The nature and variety of attacks requires more in terms of security. To protect your site, your visitors and your reputation, you need the best protection. Read more

Joomla Content Management System

It’s easy to get started creating your website. Knowing some of the basics will help.

What is a Content Management System?

A content management system is software that allows you to create and manage webpages easily by separating the creation of your content from the mechanics required to present it on the web.

In this site, the content is stored in a database. The look and feel are created by a template. Joomla! brings together the template and your content to create web pages.

Logging in

To login to your site use the user name and password that were created as part of the installation process. Once logged-in you will be able to create and edit articles and modify some settings.

Creating an article

Once you are logged-in, a new menu will be visible. To create a new article, click on the “Submit Article” link on that menu.

The new article interface gives you a lot of options, but all you need to do is add a title and put something in the content area. To make it easy to find, set the state to published.

You can edit an existing article by clicking on the edit icon (this only displays to users who have the right to edit).

Template, site settings, and modules

The look and feel of your site is controlled by a template. You can change the site name, background colour, highlights colour and more by editing the template settings. Click the “Template Settings” in the user menu.

The boxes around the main content of the site are called modules. You can modify modules on the current page by moving your cursor to the module and clicking the edit link. Always be sure to save and close any module you edit.

You can change some site settings such as the site name and description by clicking on the “Site Settings” link.

More advanced options for templates, site settings, modules, and more are available in the site administrator.

Site and Administrator

Your site actually has two separate sites. The site (also called the front end) is what visitors to your site will see. The administrator (also called the back end) is only used by people managing your site. You can access the administrator by clicking the “Site Administrator” link on the “User Menu” menu (visible once you login) or by adding /administrator to the end of your domain name. The same user name and password are used for both sites.

Learn more

There is much more to learn about how to use Joomla! to create the web site you envision. You can learn much more at the Joomla! documentation site and on the Joomla! forums.

Take-aways from the Tbex Conference in Ireland

It’s going to take some time to digest everything and decide whether attending the tbex conference in Ireland was worth the effort. It was an interesting experience to be sure. And I know I gleaned some interesting tips and learned some new things. It gave me a better insight into how the whole marketing and content creation game works. Ultimately, I suppose, it’s going to be up to me to work and try some of the new things I got from the conference, and that will determine whether it was worth it.

Over those few days I did reflect a little on my nature, on what makes me tick. I am by nature a ‘fixer’. I fix things. If someone comes to me with a problem, I want to jump in and fix it. A crazy example happened yesterday. We were visiting Kerry Woolen Mills outside of Killorglin, Co Kerry. As we were being shown around the mill, our guide mentioned that some of the machinery we were looking at was old and no longer working, and that the only people who could repair it had to be brought in from the UK. My immediate thought was I’d like a go at trying to fix it!

One of the overriding messages that came through the TBEX Ireland conference was that success takes work. Consistency and constant working at what you want to achieve has a better chance of resulting in success than pure native talent. Whether it is creating content or doing all the SEO and Social Media positioning to get your work read, and better yet, paid for, it takes time and effort.

I’ve always thought that I could be good at content creating, that I could someday write a book that people will actually want to read, but I know that I procrastinate and get easily distracted by other things (fixing things) and don’t devote the time to working at writing and content creating. I’m going to have to work at developing some new habits. If I’m able to do that, the TBEX conference will have been worth it and the things I learned will prove useful. I’ve got my work cut out for me.

 

Putin

I just read an article about how pro-Kremlin hackers infiltrated pro-European Union and French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s email. The same article mentioned how Marine le Pen recently met Vladimir Putin. Is his strategy to support right wing candidates and break up the EU so he can pick up countries one by one and re-grow the Russian Empire? Is that why he seems so supportive of anti-EU politicians?

Writing for me

I’ve been struggling to get started with writing  A friend who is a prolific blogger said something that struck me, and I’m hoping it might help me get unstuck. She said the audience she is writing for is “me” – herself – no one else.

So with that in mind, I’m starting again.

Today I’m sitting in Belgrade. It’s my first time to visit this city. It’s very different to Budapest in several ways. Most striking is the people I’m meeting. The level of English speakers seems much higher, but even more than that, customer service is streets ahead. Friendly and courteous, yet seemingly genuine. Busy waiters are willing to banter.

The setting of the city is quite beautiful, though many neighborhoods look rough and worse for the wear. I’m off in a few minutes to get a guided tour with a friend from here. More when I’m back!

Disillusion

I just finished reading a book called ‘Dissolution’ by C.J Sansom. It’s about a lawyer named Shardlake who worked as a commissioner at the time of the dissolution or shutting down of the great but largely corrupt monasteries in England under Cromwell and King Henry VIII. Shardlake, along with his young assistant Mark Poer, is sent to investigate a series of murders which occurred in a monastery. Most of the way through the book Shardlake is fired with reformist zeal and belief that he is working to make England a better place. Read more

I don’t think this US election will end well…

no matter who wins.

I am a US citizen, and most of the time over the past decades, I’ve at least made the effort to vote. This is despite that fact that I haven’t actually lived in the US since sometime in 1984. But most of the time, I’ve made the effort and managed to get my absentee ballot in. And this time around is no different in that respect. I’ve sent off my postal ballot. Of course once it is handed over to the postal service, I have no idea if it actually makes it to it’s destination, and once there and opened, whether it gets verified and counted or goes in a bin with dissallowed ballots. But the effort has been made.

This US presidential election, though, is different from any other I’ve ever observed. For the first time ever, I am afraid of the outcome, no matter who wins. Most of the major polls are all saying that Hillary has got it, but more email trouble and a late surge from the Trump side have heading towards evens with only a few days to go. This scenario, I think, greatly increases the chance for election day and post election day chaos. If Trump loses, especially if only be a small margin, he and his supporters are likely to cause a whole lot of trouble. Trump may even encourage violence, with his rhetoric about election fraud. If Trump wins, even more chaos will ensue. He’ll not only start working on getting rid of Mexican and Muslims, but I think a lot of the more liberal left will be thinking twice about staying in the US.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see thousands try find ways to enter Europe and obtain European passports. One country, Ireland, has already run out of citizenship applications due to the Brexit vote. They had better brace themselves for an influx of Irish americans. Most other European countries, and possibly some other countries, say in Central America for example, may find themselves inundated wtih ‘Trumpugees’.

 

 

This time I’m really going to do it

onatrainI’ve been toying with the idea of doing a blog for years, and I’ve made many starts and attempts. But I think what has always happened is that I over-thought it. I tried to figure out what I was going to write about, how to categorise. Sometimes I started two or three sites at once because I was interested in different topics. I’d think about names, design nice templates (I am at least a passably good web designer), anything except actually writing. But this, I hope, will be different. I’m going to try to write something, anything, every day, even if it’s bullshit.

The name? About a year ago a friend told me to be ready to get on a train at the train station at 6:30 one Saturday morning. However, I wasn’t told where we were going, where we would end up. It was an interesting experience, but on thinking and reflecting on it afterwards, it occurred to me that it was a metaphor for my life. I really don’t know where I’m going. I’ve been on the train for a long time, and it has taken me to some very interesting places and situations. Stories of those places and situations will most likely show up here. But where I’ll end up, I don’t know. I do know that my next birthday is my free-bus-pass birthday. In Hungary where I am living, as in many EU countries, people of a certain maturity get to use all the public transportation for free. Looking forward to that!

I’m still on that train. The metaphorical one that is. Maybe someone out there will be interested and read what I’m writing. That doesn’t matter that much to me. I’m writing now, and plan to keep writing, because it is part of my journey.

Oh, if you are reading and are interested in what happened on that train journey a year ago, it was an overnight journey to Subotica, a pretty town in Northern Serbia. You can read more about it here https://unpackingmybottomdrawer.com/2016/02/19/when-the-border-beckons/

It has begun. It will continue this time.

 

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