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The articles in this category will give you some more information about how to use specific site administration tools and extensions, mainly focused on installation and configuration of important security plugins. On the other hand, also some tips & trics on general issues about website maintenance are included.

10 Must Have Joomla! Extensions

When setting up a new Joomla! site, there are a couple of extensions that are installed right after the installation of the core Joomla! files, even before I start thinking what the site really is all about. Here’s my list. And the best of all ... they're all completely free!

As your site has to load as fast as possible to keep your users with you and to get a higher ranking in the search results, you can make a couple of tweaks to your configuration.

For SEO, there is no difference in the way you want to have your users access your website. But ... if you don't define a preference and the search engines crawl both versions of your site finding duplicate content, you will get penalties for duplicate content. That's why it's so important to have a prefered access path to your site, most likely via the www-name. Read on to find out what little effort you have to do.

It will not always be advisable to have your mail feature on while installing or maintaining your Joomla site. This article will deliver you a fast and easy way to stop sending e-mail and the solution to have your mail working again once you want to restart sending mails.

Asynchronous Google Analytics Plugin is a plugin which will write the necessary data to your Google Analytics account to be able to analyse the webtraffic generated on your site

Today, nothing is complete without a good backup. For sure, this also counts for websites. Akeeba Backup is for me by far the best one I already have seen: easy to configure, it does what it has to do and it's free for the basic stuff.

Cookie Accept is a module that helps in making sure you comply with the EU e-privacy guidelines and directions (some additional effort in configuration to be done - but I'll explain). The plugin is completely free!

Cookie Settings tWhen checking your Joomla site on YSlow performance, most probably you will get that annoying recommendation "use cookie-free domains". It's not obvious to find the correct configuration for Joomla, but this one works fine.

To enhance your server performance, a major boost can be acquired by adapting your files for their purpose. In fact, if you focus on optimizing your images, a lot of the work will already be done.

Probably the first step in the optimization of your website performance you have to do is tuning your server parameters.

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