Every year, there seems to be a new "best Joomla! hosting company." Rochen, Cloudaccess, Redhost... They all used to be the "favorites" of respected Joomla! members at some point in time. And this fall, Siteground seems to be the "hottest thing since sliced bread."
We've already seen two respectable Joomla! developers who are now vouching for Siteground. When you visit their 'Hosting' page, promoting Siteground, you're greeted with some information about why Siteground is great. What immediately got my attention was the "Get hosting for $5,95 per month" button. I present to you: Exhibit A: (taken from Nonumber.nl, for the simple reason that was the last time I visited. No ill will here :) )
AdminTools, the ever growing Security & Utilities tool for Joomla might just become a bit more secure in the future. We overheard on Google+ (of all places) that Nicholas is working on adding Two-Step Verification by Google, which has just recently been made available for developers.
Two-step authentication adds another layer of security to your site. The feature is already available in Gmail. The concept goes like this: First, you log in providing your username and password. But you're not logged in yet! You'll need to also enter the pin code, which is send to you by SMS, before you can log in.
While this feature can sometimes be a nuisance (when your phone is somewhere else or the battery just died), we look forward to seing this security feature in a next version of AdminTools.
A recent Twitter poll learned us something interesting about Joomla! and it's Editors: almost everyone serious about Joomla! uses the insanely popular JCE Editor. And with good reason, too. This editor takes editing your content to a new level, and sets the bar for all other editors.
That being said, JCE has just raised the bar a bit more, by adding a new dimension to the "Drag and Drop uploading of images." Previous versions of JCE already offered Drag & Drop functionality - it allowed you to drag an image (or multiple images) to a window, and they'd then be uploaded for you. But now, there's more...
Transifex, the translation portal used by our friends of OpenTranslators, has recently updated their website. The website itself has been changed (drastically). Both the looks, lay-out and certain ways in how the site works have been altered. In general, we'd say the update was a succes - although some minor UX issues were noted.
The second change is of a different nature: Transifex changed the domain name from transifex.net to Transifex.com. This sounds like a minor change, but developers need to be aware of this change. We've seen reports of some developers using (custom) scripts that stopped working because they were referring to the wrong domain name.
All in all, we can say that Transifex made a new step forward.
And with the help of Akeeba Backup Professional
and Square One CMS...
As a site builder or web developer, you know creating back-ups of your websites is extremely important. You make sure that you frequently create back-ups of every site. With tools like Akeeba Backup Pro it's ridiculously easy to do this.
But what about your development environment? If you are developping locally or on a server, making back-ups is pretty important as well. Making a back-up of your sites is pretty simple on most systems. But what about your databases? I mean, you could export them every once in a while using PHPMyAdmin, or install some 3rd party tool to get the job done. But have you considered using Akeeba Backup to get the job done?