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Choosing the right forum product

1386 hits Updated: 15 April 2018 Blog

Who uses forums on their websites (and why)?

How to choose the “right” forum product

Could someone tell me if there exists an updated comparison table between Kunena and phpBB?a forum user, Joomla Forum, 8-Apr-2018

It is impossible, whatever views we may have about Kunena or phpBB or any other forum product, to say anything about them without a broad understanding of the issues this topic may cover; it is also impossible to do justice to these matters in a few words. There are, however, three points that we can make:

  1. I am unaware of any comparison “table” that exists comparing the differences between Kunena and phpBB.  If such a table exists we should be grateful if someone could point us to it.  Further, because I am unaware of an existing “table”, I don’t know how anyone can comment on whether such information has been updated.
  2. There is an abundance of literature on the internet, not to mention user reviews in the JED, that speak about people’s experiences with different forum products available for Joomla.  As readers of my blog would know, I have written thousands of words about various Joomla forum products (including personal observations and experiences I have with them).
  3. Irrespective of whatever forum product people may choose—they may choose one over another because of ease-of-integration, reliability, robustness, durability, level of support, ease-of-use, documentation, security, etc.—an internet discussion forum is used to grow a website’s content without the site owner having to do all the hard work themselves.  Some products are evidently better than other products when compared from an operational and administration perspective.  Whatever reasons people choose to use a forum product, the final decision rests with the site owner and the purpose(s) for which the forum is required on that website.

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Joomla! books reviewed

1476 hits Updated: 09 February 2018 Blog

A list of useful books on Joomla!

When I first became interested in Joomla I knew very little about it.  Until that time I had created intranet websites “by hand” using nothing more than a text editor, a web browser and an understanding of Microsoft IIS.  Therefore, when someone suggested that I look into GUI-driven website creation (based on Apache, PHP and MySQL) I had no idea how out-of-touch I had been.  That was over 10 years ago and today, even though I don't buy new books on Joomla, it’s been one of my unfulfilled intentions to share the names of a few books that I've purchased on the subject.  I suspect that most people reading this list will probably find that some of the books are outdated (and there are probably better other titles on the market).

This article is a “bookend” to my earlier article on books about webcraft in general.

This article contains a list of books about the Joomla! content management system:  the list includes user guides as well as some more specialised aspects about building extensions for Joomla.  The following books are from my personal library—sorted alphabetically by title by publisher—together with a few notes about each of them.

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General webcraft books reviewed

1867 hits Updated: 31 January 2018 Blog

A list of useful books on webcraft

Books are one of the things that you can buy that will make you richer.Kajal Thakkar, Why do we love books?, 30-Aug-2016

Although the internet puts us instantly in touch with up-to-date information (even if it’s a bit like the “wild west” out there) I’ve always like books—non-fiction, technical, reference books in particular—because there’s something comforting about their feel, their durability.  In the thirty or so years that I’ve been involved in webcraft—professionally and as a hobby—I’ve collected a small library of books on various subjects related to this pursuit.  Owing to speed at which we’re seeing developments in webcraft occurring, coupled with the disappearance of book stores because of the growth in e-publishing, it has become increasingly difficult to find real books—ones that are printed on paper—to satisfy all our needs.

This article contains a list of general purpose books about webcraft:  the list includes books on web-design and style, programming languages, web-based applications, theory and practice.  The following books are from my personal library—sorted alphabetically by title by publisher—together with a few notes about each of them.

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Who’s snooping around your website?

1963 hits Updated: 26 January 2018 Blog

Indications of possible site attacks

What you can do if someone is snooping around your website

What makes a website a target of attack?  Is your website a potential target?  Do you know if your website is being targeted?

I don’t know what makes a website particularly attractive to hackers.  Some people just have too much time on their hands, I guess.  The purpose of this article is to share some ideas about how to detect the ways that people use to probe websites in order to eventually to crash through the security measures that site owners have put in place (or not put in place) to prevent such attacks.

All too often we read on internet discussion forums about people asking about the source of successful attacks on their websites (including the discovery they've made about “peculiar”—meaning odd/unexplained—files that have been added to their websites).  Usually and unfortunately, these questions are raised after websites have been hacked and vandalised.

After many years of operating their website(s), a lot of people puzzle over why other people might be interested in attacking them.  People also ask how they may be fore­warned of im­pen­ding dan­ger.

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