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4Web Inc. creates highly customized websites using Joomla! and WordPress. We use open source software to meet our clients' online business goals and marketing objectives. Experience, honesty and ingenuity are the foundation of our approach for creating engaging, responsive and strategic online business solutions. We take being part of the Web community seriously so we make sure to time to share some our findings here.

Wordpress Migration Made Easy with Akeeba Backup

akeeba-backup-wordpressOne of the frustrating things about WordPress is that developing in one environment and launching in another is a hassle. There are many reasons why wordpress uses absolute urls in everything it does, and many, many heated discussions about why it shouldn't (or should!) be that way, but all that doesn't make moving the site to a new location very easy. However there is an easy way to back up and restore a WordPress site.

Akeeba Backup for Wordpress is the greatest migration solution currently available for WordPress. Not only is it a fantastic backup tool, with multiple offsite backup capabilities such as Amazon S3 or Dropbox, and allows for the ultimate in automated backups through cron jobs, alternate cron jobs, and other supported methods, but it will also update the URLs in all of the content, custom fields, custom post types, and serialized data (widgets) without corrupting or losing any settings. It's a marvelous advance in site migration.

Read an Easy Way to Back up and Restore WordPress

As 2014 Draws to a Close

It really seems like time goes faster with each passing year. We aren't sure if it's really happening or if it's just that our time is filled with more options for interaction (human and electronic). Each year it's fun to take a look back at what was accomplished the past twelve months. This year 4Web has welcomed new clients and assisted existing clients with their websites. We have upgraded 11 Joomla 1.5 websites to Joomla 3.0, created 11 new responsive WordPress websites and launched 15 brand new responsive Joomla 3 websites.

More on 4Web in 2014

Website Ownership Basics

It's extremely important that every business or organization website 'owner' retain ultimate control of their website(s). Sounds obvious enough, right? Then take the following short quiz to test the strength of your control. If your answer to any of the following six questions is "No", then you may have some homework ahead of you.

How to Retain Control of Your Website

Password = 12345 (or: How to Create Secure Passwords)

password-keyPasswords are more than just a secure way to enter a website; they are a hacker's key to a person's identity. Many people use a single password for many websites, but with all the password leaks and hacks taking place around the world, if your password is accessed, any of your accounts (email, bank accounts) with the same password will open to the world.

What you really need is a unique, strong password for each and every website you visit. But that many passwords would be impossible to remember. Fortunately, there are other websites that will remember for you. There are several leading password managers, including Lastpass, Dashlane and 1Password. You can also use offline software such as KeePass.

Check to See How Secure Your Passwords Are

Good Bye to Joomla 2.5

As we ring in the 2015 New Year, we will say good bye to Joomla 2.5. This software series began in January 2011 as Joomla 1.6 and in July 2011, Joomla 1.7 was released. Both of these versions were steps to the long-term release of Joomla 2.5, which came out in January 2012.

Understand More About the End Joomal 2.5