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AUG
13

Joomla 3.9.11 Release

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Joomla 3.9.11 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one security vulnerability and contains over 25 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.11?

Joomla 3.9.11 includes one security vulnerability fix and several bugs and improvements, including:

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AUG
06

Joomla, we have a problem.

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All volunteer communities have to address the same issues at some point. How to recognise the work of volunteers? How to acknowledge their contributions?

Joomla is no different. For 14 years we've faced these issues without finding an answer.

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JUL
31

Google Ads Close Variants to Include Words With the Same Meaning

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This article, Google Ads Close Variants to Include Words With the Same Meaning, posted on Search Engine Journal, discusses the Google Ads is expanding close variants to include words that have the same meaning as the original keyword. This change, will be rolling out in the coming weeks, impacting broad match modifier and phrase match keywords.

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JUL
30

Information about the Joomla World Conference 2019


After a year without a JWC in 2018, the board were eager to bring together the Joomla! Community with a World Conference in 2019. London was chosen as a venue and the dates were announced for November 2019.

Planning for this event was at an advanced stage and tickets were being sold. Then the deadline for Brexit was extended to 31st October 2019 and in the last week the new UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been elected with a mandate to ensure Brexit happens on 31st October, even if that means without any form of deal with the EU.

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JUL
25

Golf Fore Youth Fundraiser 2019

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The Bridge Youth and Family Service is hosting their annual golf fundraiser on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Inverness Golf Club. The proceeds from this event go towards providing programs and services for children and their families throughout northwest suburban Chicagoland, with some services extending further. The Bridge is a non-profit organization located in Palatine,...
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JUL
20

Rocket Scientist and 50 Year Moon Walk Anniversary

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50 Years ago on July 16, 1969, two men step onto the moon. It took hundreds of people from various backgrounds to make it happen.  It took courage to believe that it was possible and even greater courage to ask others to follow.  Today, you see companies like SpaceX and billionaires like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos dreaming, planning, funding, and working towar...
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JUL
10

Joomla 3.9.10 Release

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Joomla 3.9.10 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one bug introduced into 3.9.9, affecting template styles of multilingual web sites.

What's in 3.9.10?

Joomla 3.9.10 is fixing one bug introduced into Joomla 3.9.9 which affects the template styles of multilingual sites and results in lost data.

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JUL
09

Joomla 3.9.9 Release

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Joomla 3.9.9 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one security vulnerability and contains over 30 bug fixes and improvements.

Note to users with multilingual sites: Please do not update to 3.9.9 and wait for 3.9.10.
More information can be found here

What's in 3.9.9?

Joomla 3.9.9 includes one security vulnerability fix and several bugs and improvements, including:

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JUL
01

Closed for July 4th Holiday

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  In recognition of the 4th of July Independence Day Holiday, our offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th. Our site monitors will be running and emergency support will be available. Regular hours resume on Friday, July 5th at 9 am. Full list of holiday hours
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JUN
30

The Single Sign On, Identity and Consent Management on Joomla.org

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Privacy Laws like GDPR introduced several new requirements that changed the way we think the data management and the pathway to the privacy compliance.

Privacy by design and by default were just some of the requirements that web developers should take under consideration before they develop new apps. But of course, apps were online also before GDPR effectiveness and as expected the Joomla Project and more specifically the Joomla Compliance Team, has started to evaluate the current situation to result to effective, security and privacy solutions.

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JUN
20

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Bye Bye Preferred Domain setting

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With the new Search Console experience the Preferred Domain setting is being sunset.

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JUN
11

Joomla 3.9.8 Release

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Joomla 3.9.8 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one bug introduced into 3.9.7 which affects web sites using the French Help Server.

What's in 3.9.8?

Joomla 3.9.8 is fixing one bug introduced into Joomla 3.9.7, due to the removal of the French Help Server.

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JUN
11

Joomla 3.9.7 Release

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Joomla 3.9.7 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses three security vulnerabilities and contains over 40 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.7?

Joomla 3.9.7 includes three security vulnerability fixes and several bugs and improvements, including:

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MAY
22

Closed for Memorial Day, May 27th

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In recognition of Memorial Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th.   Our site monitors will be running and emergency support will be available.  Regular hours resume on Tuesday, May 28th at 9 am. Full list of holiday hours
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MAY
17

JED Server Security Incident Report

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Following a server level compromise of the Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED), we would like to provide our community a postmortem summary of the events leading to this issue, the response from the Joomla project team members, and a plan of action moving forward to prevent a similar type of issue in the future. In summary, this was a preventable compromise, and after analy...
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MAY
07

Joomla 3.9.6 Release

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 Joomla 3.9.6 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses one security vulnerability and contains over 25 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.6?

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APR
09

Joomla 3.9.5 Release

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Joomla 3.9.5 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses three security vulnerabilities and contains over 20 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.5?

Joomla 3.9.5 includes three security vulnerabilities fixes and several bugs and improvements, including:

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MAR
25

Because Open Source Matters … and Domains too!

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It’s an exciting day for The Joomla Project and BRANDIT!
As the consolidation and packaging of web services move forward, we are happy to announce the official launch of our domains platform (powered by BRANDIT), domains.joomla.org.

Every website starts with a domain name, and by offering domains directly from Joomla.org, our users gain a new way to help build their online presence whilst helping the project financially.  

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MAR
12

Joomla 3.9.4 Release

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Joomla 3.9.4 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 4 security vulnerabilities and contains 28 bug fixes and improvements.

What's in 3.9.4?

Joomla 3.9.4 includes 4 security vulnerabilities fixes and several bugs and improvements, including:

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MAR
08

Recognizing International Women's Day

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​What is International Women's Day? March 8th is International Women's Day (IWD), a global day celebrating the achievements of women.  The first reported gathering was in 1911.  IWD is recognized everywhere, it is not country, group or organization specific.   The 2019 campaign is about balancing gender equality, #BalanceforBetter. "A balanced world is a bet...
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MAR
06

A Statement on the Recent Report by Check Point

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A report by Check Point Research has been brought to our attention relating to a security vulnerability that was patched back in December 2015. This report has also been picked up by Threat Post.

Both reports contain a great deal of inaccuracies and intimate that the vulnerability detailed is a current one. 
This statement serves to clarify the facts surrounding this issue. Furthermore we would like to assure our user base that, much as these posts attempt to state that this is a current issue, the truth of the matter is far from that.

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MAR
02

Auctria Update: Mobile Bidding for Apple and Android

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 For events we use Auctria for guest and auction management.  Typically, our clients have a combination of online preview, online and silent auctions to help raise funds for their causes.  While we love to see the fun-natured ribbing as guests chide each other to increase bids, there is also the ability to use mobile bidding.   To understand how mo...
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MAR
02

JUGCN March 13 MyJoomla

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For the March 13th JUGCN meeting the topic is MyJoomla, a well-known go-to service for site recovery when thought to be hacked. They also provide other services that are fantastic for monitoring and overall site health that helps prevent the need for site recovery. MyJoomla is multiyear award winning software. It is a great place for learning and then applying best practic...
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FEB
13

Joomla attended the CMS Security Summit at Google in Chicago

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January 30th 2019 - It’s freezing cold in Chicago today and according to the news, it’s even colder than on the Mount Everest - so a perfect day to stay inside a warm building, sitting in front of your machine and having a (sorry, bad Everest joke) summit!

The Joomla Security Strike Team (JSST) was invited to send a delegation to the CMS Security Summit, organised by Google and taking place in Chicago. JSST leads David Jardin and Tobias Zulauf took that opportunity and travelled to Illinois to meet security team leads from other CMS, web hosts and of course a bunch of Googlers representing various projects and initiatives from the company.

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FEB
12

Joomla 3.9.3 Release

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Joomla 3.9.3 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 6 security vulnerabilities and contains 30 bug fixes and improvements.

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FEB
12

Why You Can’t Build a Successful PPC Program in Just a Few Hours by @GrpTwentySeven

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Some PPC guides suggest you could get a successful PPC program up and running in just a few hours. But the reality isn't so simple.

The post Why You Can’t Build a Successful PPC Program in Just a Few Hours by @GrpTwentySeven appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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FEB
11

Keeping your Joomla website up-to-date

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As of release 3.5 Joomla is collecting stats data, thanks to the stats plugin (only works if it’s enabled), and it found too many websites are not using the currently supported release of 3.9.2. This data is based on the Joomla, PHP, and database version. These are some pretty alarming statistics, and should not be ignored! We have provided some links at the bottom of this article for your reference, review, and to even get the latest release of Joomla.

 
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FEB
10

A Thought on Fixing Marketers Feeling Unfulfilled

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 Too often Marketers work long, hard hours to meet client needs and find themselves struggling for fulfillment and happiness.   "Happy marketers are much more valuable," MarketingProfs head of content Ann Handley said. "They do a better job when they are inspired, when they feel supported, connected and challenged." CMSwire's article shares with all of us a remin...
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JAN
31

Confused About Joomla Cache? Here's a Beginner's Guide

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Everyone wants their site to be FAST.  Caching helps.  So you log into your Joomla site's administrator panel.  You go to your Global Configuration and then.... you don't know what to do next.  There are more options than just 'Yes - cache'.  Check out this: The Beginners Guide to Joomla Cache Options This JoomlaShack blog post, walks through what ...
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JAN
15

Joomla 3.9.2 Release

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Joomla 3.9.2 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 4 security vulnerabilities and contains over 50 bug fixes and improvements.

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JAN
01

Have a great 2019

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 Happy New Year!  I've heard it said that a new year is a time for renewal.  As we reflect on 2018, we appreciate all of our clients, colleagues and vendors.  We are excited for the new year and all that we can accomplish together.   Our office is closed today but we're back tomorrow with ideas to help you reach your goals.
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DEC
27

Joomla! A Year in Review - 2018

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As we countdown to 2019, we’ll be raising a glass (or two) to all our incredible volunteers who have made the leaps and bounds of 2018 possible.

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DEC
22

Happy Holidays

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We are closing at 3 pm on December 24th and will be closed all day December 25th.  Happy Holidays from all of us here at Danico!
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DEC
06

Your Holiday Marketing Campaign Checklist (SEJ)

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Looking for ideas for your holiday marketing strategy? This checklist from Search Engine Journal has some great ideas.  One thing often overlooked is the first item on the list - 'Holidize' Your Website.  I admit that we don't think about it for our website, only for our social media do we think about it.  The article by Sergey Grybniak also includes email campaign ideas.  Check out the full article  Your Holiday Marketing Campaign Checklist: 6 Essentials on Search Engine Journal and let us know which ideas resonates with you.

Original author: Sergey Grybniak
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NOV
27

Joomla 3.9.1 Release

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Joomla 3.9.1 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla including over 40 bug fixes and improvements. 

 
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NOV
25

JUGCN 2018 Early Year in Review

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​ Originally posted joomlachicagonorth.com where SD is the group leader. ​ The end of 2018 is almost here. Looking back at JUGCN, we've covered some great topics and held our first JoomlaCamp Chicago. We are looking forward to even better 2019, with more great topics and JoomlaDay Chicago. JUGCN Joomla User Group Chicago North has been around for many years, perhaps with d...
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NOV
22

Grateful This Thanksgiving and Every Day

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Today as I prepare to sit down with family and friends, I cannot help but take a moment to think about how grateful I am to have so many people who love and support me.  I am also grateful for the people and companies I get to help reach their goals. I have the best job, because I have the opportunity to learn about them and their company, where I get to lea...
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NOV
08

Tracking YouTube Video Performance In Google Tag Manager

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A look at Google's time-saving YouTube trigger for Google Tag Manager.

Tag managers arrived on the technology scene years ago, making analytic tag adjustment easier for marketers. Over the years, they have saved marketers time by making it possible to integrate sources for reporting.

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NOV
04

What to Know About Joomla 3.9


  A few days a go, the Joomla 3.9 Privacy Suite was released. GDPR went into effect a few months ago.  The Joomla team responded developing : An easier way to get user consent for recording their data The ability to manage user data requests through a new component The ability for extension developers to report data collection via a new API The consent is a ...
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OCT
17

Talking about a Modern Joomla

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There is an elephant in the room, the modernization of Joomla. The mobile world is transforming the web technology. There is an accumulated sum of innovations waiting to be interpreted. It has taken years to reach the present tipping point, but it is finally arriving as new features included in the evergreen browsers (Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera). Beyond the fine detail, the general web landscape is changing, and that is what we need to address to modernize Joomla.
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OCT
15

Joomla on the move in the USA

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The Joomla Capital team kicked off its winter USA conference schedule with two back to back conference/expo appearances in both Orlando, Florida and Hoston, Texas. The Captial team started attending US conferences just three years ago at Hostingcon 2016 and have been using these events to showcase the platform and gain sponsorship for the project.
 
 
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OCT
15

The First JoomlaCamp Chicago

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The first JoomlaCamp Chicago was held on September 22, at DePaul University's Loop Campus. With a wide range of questions and answers covered, participants left feeling excited to put their expanded Joomla! knowledge to use on their own sites.  
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OCT
05

Our Office is Closed for Columbus Day

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You've heard about Columbus discovering American, but do you know how the Columbus Day holiday came to be?  It was proclaimed in 1937 by Franklin D. Roosevelt and for many is a celebration of Italian-American Heritage.  Learn a more about the history of Columbus Day and the alternative holidays proposed in the 1970s.   Our office will be closed on Monday, Oc...
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SEP
28

Facebook Security Update

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​Today, Facebook posted about a breach discovered on September 25th and was said to have affected almost 50 million accounts.   You can read the entire statement here.  They have addressed the issue and reset access keys for affected parties.  We recommend the following precautions. 1. Logout of All Devices You can do this by going to the Facebook Secur...
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SEP
16

The Value I See in JoomlaCamp

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The other day I was speaking with a client about the upcoming JoomlaCamp Chicago event that is this Saturday, September 22nd at DePaul University's Loop Campus. I was giving him some lighthearted ribbing about not having registered and his reply caught me a bit off-guard. He asked me, "What would I get out of coming?". It was a great question. Many answers collided in my h...
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SEP
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New Google Search Console Interface

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If you are using Google's Search Engine Console (and you should be), Google announced the release of the new interface out of beta . The interface looks similar to the changes in Google Ads (formally AdWords). The new Search Console brings with it some new features, they are: Sixte en months of search traffic data, versus three months in the old product Detailed informatio...
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SEP
02

Our Office is Closed for Labor Day

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We hope that you have a great long weekend, this Labor Day holiday.  The office will re-open on Tuesday, September 4th. 
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AUG
28

Joomla 3.8.12 Release

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Joomla 3.8.12 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses 3 security vulnerabilities and contains over 20 bug fixes and improvements.

Original author: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (The Joomla! Project)
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AUG
17

Happy 13th Birthday to Joomla!

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Today marks the 13th birthday of Joomla!  I personally have been using it for 10 years.  Wow!  Just saying that (or writing it) just seems unreal, like I just started yesterday.  I found Joomla on accident looking for a simple to use, but flexible, system for a non-profit that I was donating my time to.  They want to create a stronger web presence ...
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AUG
16

10 Reasons to choose Joomla

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You’re looking for a CMS to create your website? Numerous are available, and choosing one for many people is not easy. You need to know which one fits to your project, what are the features, what level of experience you need to have to use them, and so on. So here are 10 reasons why you should choose Joomla!
 
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AUG
12

It's time to move from InfoPath and SharePoint Designer to PowerApps and Flow

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For many years, I've worked with InfoPath and SharePoint Designer to build systems and processes for clients that use SharePoint, a web-based collaboration tool that is integrated into Microsoft Office, for their customer relationship management system and project management repository.  In the last couple of years, it has been transitioning to SharePoint Online ...
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AUG
10

Sedona by Manzano Jewelers Grand Opening

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Tonight in downtown Arlington Heights is Flamingo Friday! An event ideal for getting together and strolling through the local shops. It's a great chance to get to know the owners and see all that they offer. In addition to getting reacquainted with businesses that have been here awhile, it's also a great time to be introduced to new ones such as Sedona by Manzano Jewelers....
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AUG
03

Golf FORE Youth

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For the past several years we've had the privilege of providing our services to Palatine-based non-profit organization, The Bridge Youth & Family Services , for their annual golf fundraiser.  This event helps The Bridge raise funds to provide services to children and their families, regardless of their ability to pay, to keep them happy, h...
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JUN
19

Update on Joomla 4

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Following the release of Joomla 4.0 Alpha 3, the Joomla 4 Working Group has published below a status update on the anticipated release of Joomla 4.

Original author: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Joomla 4 Working Group)
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JUN
13

On your marks, ready, set … Launch!

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The Joomla Project and CloudAccess.net are equally excited to announce the launch of launch.joomla.org, the brand new platform to launch a free Joomla website and test upcoming releases to support the project by helping make our CMS the best it can be.

 
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JUN
12

Google AdWords Has New Features to Help Drive Sales and Measure Results by @MattGSouthern

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Google announced new AdWords features today at SMX which are all designed around two things: increasing sales and measuring results.

There’s new innovations for local advertisers, brick and mortar retailers, as well a new feature that all advertisers will be able to take advantage of.

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JUN
11

JUGCN June Meeting Calendar Battle

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​This Wednesday, June 13th we will be presenting at Joomla User Group Chicago North or JUGCN.  The topic is CALENDAR BATTLE.  This session was inspired by the questions we receive from clients regarding the different calendar extensions for Joomla!  We looked quite a few and thought others might benefit from our work.  There are some favorites like RSEv...
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JUN
11

Google My Business Agency Dashboard launches - Search Engine Land

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Google has announced that the Google My Business Agency Dashboard is launching today. We had heard that this feature was coming a month ago, and now it is live.  

Read more on Search Engine Land

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MAY
25

Memorial Day Holiday Closure

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​In honor of the Memorial Day Holiday, our office will be closed on Monday, May 28th.
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MAY
22

Joomla 3.8.8 Release

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Joomla 3.8.8 is now available. This is a security release which addresses 9 security vulnerabilities, contains over 50 bug fixes, and includes various security related improvements.

 

 
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MAY
19

Secure all the things - Joomla Security Team Sprint, Cologne, May 2018

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Joomla Security Team Sprint, Cologne, May 2018 I guess we all agree that it’s one of Joomla’s key priorities to offer a software that is as secure as possible, as this plays a crucial role in the user’s experience running Joomla - a hacked user, is a very unhappy user.
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MAY
15

New GDPR Tools Available From MailChimp: Updated Forms, Improved Subscriber Management, and More

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MailChimp's new Data Protection Officer introduces new MailChimp tools to help prepare for the GDPR.

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MAY
08

Joomla 3.9 and Joomla 3.10

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As you most probably know, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will enter into force on 25 May, 2018.
Joomla, listening to its users, intends to integrate a Privacy Tool Suite in the Joomla CMS to facilitate the compliance of your sites and to make developers’ life easier to get their extensions compliant.

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MAY
04

Custom Fields - Episode 2 : how to manage your Custom Fields

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Do you have a project idea where Custom Fields would be useful ? Excellent, in this second article (Episode) in a series on Joomla Custom Fields, we show you how to manage and display your own Custom Fields.     
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National Small Business Week Apr 29 - May 5, 2018

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During National Small Business Week, April 29-May 5, 2018, the U.S. Small Business Administration(SBA) shines a spotlight on our nation's 30 million small businesses. Through community events across the country, we honor entrepreneurs whose achievements over the past year stand out. National Small Business Week includes in-person events, an educational virtual conference o...
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How is SiteGround Getting Ready for the GDPR?

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Siteground, our preferred hosting company, held a webinar on how they are preparing for GDPR. Here's the webinar and the Q&A.

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Joomla 3.8.7 Released Today

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Joomla 3.8.7 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla including over 70 bug fixes and improvements. Click here for more information
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Privacy by default and GDPR, examples and best practises

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EU citizens will soon expect that their personal data will by default be processed more carefully, transparently and only for the purposes for which they provided their explicit consent. The General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) introduces many improvements to personal data protection. It doesn’t matter whether the service provider is physically located in EU area or not, or if the provided services are paid or free of charge. If the service is available to people within the EU and personal data is involved, the regulation shall be applied and personal data must be protected according to the GDPR.
 
 
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MAR
13

Celebrate St Patrick's Day by Painting the Town Green in Palatine

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The 8th Annual Palatine Paints the Town Green is this Saturday, March 17th in downtown Palatine.  The Parade kicks off at 11a.m.  The festivities begin at the Irish market under the tent outside of Durty Nellie's at 180 North Smith Street in downtown Palatine from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  New this year is a scavenger hunt through the town.   It's a grea...
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Joomla 3.8.6 Released Today

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Joomla 3.8.6 is now available. This is a security fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla addressing one security vulnerability in the user notes. and including over 60 bug fixes and improvements.  Click here for more information
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MAR
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ICYMI: 10 Web Design Trends for 2018

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 The December issue of Joomla Magazine included a look at the web design trends for this year.  Recently, I went back to the list looking for inspiration for a site we're working on.  Take a look at the list put together by Jason Nickerson , a Joomla powerhouse.  Two designs trends that brought me back were the hamburger less navigation and the mob...
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Joomla 3.8.4 Release

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Joomla 3.8.4 was released today.  This new version is a security release which addresses four security vulnerabilities and includes over 100 bug fixes and improvements . While these security vulnerabilities are listed as Low.  It is still a good idea to update your site. You can read the announcement here and/or visit GitHub for the full list of bug fix...
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JAN
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What's a Sprite?

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 At the first meeting of JUGCN (Joomla User Group Chicago North) , this question came up, "What's a Sprite?"   A Sprite is not a clear, cool refreshing drink.  It is a large image that combines all images into one.   Why would you want to do this?  When your looking at improving performance, this may be an option. How do you use it? To show th...
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JAN
15

Celebrating MLK Day

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10

RSFormsPro! 2.0

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RSJoomla has a major release of one of our favorite extensions - RSFormsPro! 2.0. I'm excited to check out the new features.  If you've been following us for awhile or attended our Joomla User Group Chicago North (JUGCN) Favorite Extensions session, you know that RSFormsPro makes the list regularly for adding forms to Joomla! websites.  

Check out their blog post on the changes.  We will be trying it out soon.  If you've tried it, let us know your thoughts.

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09

New Joomla Adventure

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At the 2017 JoomlaDay Chicago event during the welcome address, I shared with the attendees a bit about the interns we’ve had the pleasure of working with. I also mentioned that I would like to do more, perhaps at the community college level. I wanted to help others understand the power of a CMS, especially one like Joomla.   

Well, since then an amazing opportunity fell into my lap, the chance to be an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University in the Chicago Loop. The subject is Content Management Systems.  While all the students will walk away with a strong sense of how much I love working with Joomla, they will also walk away (hopefully) with knowledge of how to evaluate and select the right tool for the right job - in this case the right CMS for the content that will be presented. 

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JAN
01

Happy New Year

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Wishing you great success in the coming year.  Happy New Year from all of us here at Danico.

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Happy Holidays

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Happy Holidays!  May the season bring you peace, joy and happiness.  

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DEC
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Net Neutrality

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You may have heard that on December 15th, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) voted to repeal Net Neutrality. If you are unclear what Net Neutrality and what it means to you, this Fortune Magazine article, Net Neutrality Explained: What It Means (and Why It Matters) is a great place to start.  

As someone who depends on the internet for my livelihood, I'm watching these events very closely.  Having been was once affected by throttling, prior to the 2015 changes, I worry that I will be affected once again, probably worse than before.

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DEC
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Joomla Extensions Directory has surpassed the 8,000 mark

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This year we are witnessing a steady growth in the number of extensions, and the JED has surpassed the 8K mark. Find extensions for your Joomla site in the Joomla Extensions Directory, the official directory for Joomla components, modules and plugins.

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DEC
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Joomla 3.8.3 Release

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Joomla 3.8.3 is now available. This is a bug fix release for the 3.x series of Joomla which includes over 60 bug fixes and improvements.

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NOV
15

SiteLock Announces Partnership with Joomla!

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Joomla!, one of the leading Content Management Systems (CMS) and SiteLock, a leader in site security are partnering "to expose our users to the fast, affordable website vulnerability detection, automatic malware removal and threat prevention service that SiteLock offers."

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OCT
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Extensions We're Thankful For

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Wednesday, November 8th is the Extensions We're Thankful For meeting at Joomla User Group Chicago North or JUGCN.  This is one of my favorite meetings.  It's a chance for everyone to chime in on the extensions that have made their site development easier.  There are of course some that are included year after year such as AkeebaBackup and RSForms, but it is also a chance to discover new extensions.  With nearly 8,000 (7,948 the last time I looked at extensions.joomla.org) there is bound to be an undiscovered gem of a favorite.  

Check out the 2016 Favorite Extensions, share yours and join us Wednesday, November 8th at 11 am online or in-person (we provide lunch and great conversation) to go over this year's 2017 Joomla Extensions We're Thankful For.

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Are your vectors aligned?

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HubSpot CTO Dharmesh Shah gave a Keynote Address at #INBOUND2017 and in it he recounted meeting Elon Musk (I'm a big fan!).  During that meeting he talked about growing your business by aligning your vectors.  I admit I had to read this a couple of times to fully comprehend.  Halfway through the second read, a lightbulb went off.  I get it. Sum of parts, aligned vectors, everyone rowing the same way is necessary for growth.  Mr. Shah has shared both a video and the slides of his keynote address on LinkedIn in a post called, What Elon Musk Taught Me About Growing a Business. Check it out, what do you think?   

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Joomla 3.8.1 Released Today

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The latest release of Joomla is available today.  it is bug fix release 3.8.1. Click here to view the announcement and details on the bug fixes.

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Got 10 Minutes to Monitor Your Social Media?

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Got your editorial calendar figured out and you're publishing out quality content to your site that you're sharing to your social media channels.  So how's it working for you?  I'm guessing that you're not quite sure because you're not monitoring it. You glance at the likes, shares and clicks and may even reply to comments but are you monitoring you social media?  

This eBook on How to Monitor Your Social Media in 10 Minutes a Day is a guide to help you keep on top of your social engagement.

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JoomlaDay Chicago 2017, What a Day!

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It was a GREAT day at this year's JoomlaDay Chicago.  The temps were over 90 degrees, a rarity in Chicago, especially in September.  This year the event was at a new home, DePaul University O'Hare Campus.  The staff was very nice and worked with us to create the event.  A quick recap of the event can be found in the October issue of Joomla Magazine.  There presentations and photos are available on joomladaychicago.com. I'm already looking forward to the next one which will be in 2019.

Check out the JoomlaDay Chicago 2017 Recap

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SEP
05

Please Consider Giving Back on International Day of Charity

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This International Day of Charity, we'd like to encourage you to take time to give back through a charity of your choice either through the giving of your time, through donation or participating in an event.  Public 501(c)(3) organizations do extraordinary work often on tight budgets with dedicated staff and volunteers.

Not sure how to help?  Hear are a few organizations to consider.

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04

Today is Read a Book Day

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September 6th is Read a Book Day

One well-known thing about me is my love of reading.  I read anything I can get my hands on.  I get that from my parents who are voracious readers themselves.  Reading is a great way to keep on top of trends or changes in the industry as well as escaping for a couple of hours.  I’m currently in the middle of reading two books, Joomla 3 Explained and Beach Lawyer.  You may recognize the first title.  A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a contest to win the book with the winner being pulled from those who registered for JoomlaDay Chicago.  The contest came from my reading the book and finding it helpful as it reminded me of the power that core Joomla!, without a lot a of extensions or plugins, can be. It is also great prep for the certification exam.

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Register for JoomlaDay Chicago and Enter to Win Joomla 3 Explained!

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It's getting close to JoomlaDay Chicago and I'm excited. We're at a new location and we're offering the Joomla Certification Exam. In talking with members of Joomla User Group Chicago North (JUGCN) and the JoomlaDay Chicago committee, we were trying to find resources to help those looking to take the test. I started reading this book, Joomla 3 Explained, by Steve Burge and OSTraining.

I like it a lot, both for its structure and content.

I've been using Joomla for about a decade and I still learned a lot. It's because I enjoyed this book so much that I thought it would be a good idea to give away a copy to a fellow Joomler in time to read BEFORE JoomlaDay. So, anyone who is registered by September 1st (including those who registered some time ago - thank you) are eligible to win. You will have your choice of digital or paperback.

Go to JoomlaDayChicago.com to register today

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JUL
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Why I Use Joomla! as my CMS of Choice

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At least twice a week I'm posed the question "Why use Joomla!?"  Ok, really that's the follow up question to "Do you develop WordPress sites?"  While the correct answer is that I use the technology most appropriate to the task, it is true that more times than not, I use Joomla!.

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JUL
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Joomla! 3.7.3 Release

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In case you missed it with all of the fireworks and barbecue, Joomla 3.7.3 was released. It includes security patches and bug fixes. If you need help updating your site, we're happy to help.

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JUN
27

Joomla Tip of the Day: Reorganizing your image files!

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So you've had a site for a really long time, like super long, and you've assigned your promising young intern to some simple tasks. Shouldn't take too long, maybe one hour max. Well, two hours later your intern comes into your office looking completely exhausted and hating his/her life. He/she comes to you explaining how they couldn't find any of the right pictures easily. The company folder was empty and the logo was found in some random folder named 'a'. Maybe it's time for some spring cleaning.
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13

Using Adobe Typekit with Gantry5 in Your Joomla Website

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You've hired a graphic designer to create the new look-and-feel of your website.  They've come back with a great design that you absolutely love.  You give it to your web developer and they tell you the fonts the designer has chosen are not in Google Fonts or other means but can be purchased for a somewhat high fee.   

What do you do?

Here's one way to solve it, use Adobe Typekit.
 
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JUN
09

Content Ideas in Sync

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How do we come up with content ideas? Great question! You’ve asked, and here is an outline of our process with answers.

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JUN
08

Conquering the Fear of Blogging

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Do you have a fear of blogging? It may seem like an odd question.  I meet with clients regularly and discuss the benefits of sharing their great stories through blogging and the reaction I get is not very encouraging.  It's either "I don't know what to write", "I don't have time", or "Who's going to read it".  As we dive into these thoughts, it tends to boil down to one single theme, their fear of blogging.  I get it.  It may surprise you to learn that it happens to me from time to time.  I utter the same words.  
 
Here are 3 techniques that have worked for me.  
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MAY
11

32 Ideas to Help You Create Great Content

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Ever look at a blog post, email or microsite and think, "Wow, this is great." Ever wish you could come up with the same type of content?  

If you've not heard of it the term Inbound Marketing, let us introduce you.

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MAY
05

Willie Nelson said it best “Always On My Mind”

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Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” was the Billboard number one country album of the year in 1982 earning two Grammy Awards. Selling records is not very different from SEO (search engine optimization), let us explain.

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National Small Business Week 2017

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For over 50 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week , which recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S.Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, ...
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MAR
26

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Ross McCammon's recent article in Entrepreneur "Pick Up The Damn Phone" highlights a complaint many clients experience - they can't call and talk with anyone. This experience stems not from failed returned calls but due to firms burying or going so far to not even list their phone number on their website. McCammon endorses "...the telephone as the most valuable form of com...
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