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Free Joomla Templates

There are MANY free Joomla Templates available online. Just google ‘joomla free templates’ or a similar term and you will have a myriad to choose from. Here is a selection of 21 free Joomla templates which I think deserve mention. Joomla is getting more popular by the day as a Content Management System (CMS).

Please note that Demo and Download Links go the to Joomla Templates Creator Websites and might or might not be available.Please report a broken Link

01. DesignCanvas – By Joomlage

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A new free Joomla template for a new era. Design Canvas is a free Joomla 2.5 template solution. Features included are 2 Style Options (light or dark), 6 Layout Options possible from 3 Columns, 100 Google fonts and 10 Websafe fonts to choose from, Module Height Equalizer, Auto or Manual Width Control for Modules, 48 Module Positions, Rapid Horizontal Menu Setup in Parameters (hornav and footer menus), Logo can be text or image based, easily position Logo from template parameters using x and y values, RTL LTR Support, ability to add your custom css or custom code via template parameters and much more.

Author: Joomlage
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5
Tags: Personal pages, Neutral, Business, Blog, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Multiple Color, Demo Installer, Custom Fonts, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

02. BT Arise – By Bow Themes

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BT Arise is the first free template for Joomla 1.6 and 1.7 of Bow Themes. It comes with five amazing colors and styles. BT Arise presents fresh look for a Joomla site with eye pleasing colors and modules friendly arranged.

Whether you need a site for your marketing, consulting, or business targets , BT Arise is still a powerful template to jumpstart dominating the world!

Template features:

  • Running on T3 Framework Version 2
  • 5 Colors themes support
  • 4 Menu types option
  • Inbuilt Google Fonts configuration
  • Improved style of Joomla! Core system pages.
  • Multiples modules suffix’s build-in template for module styling.
  • Inbuilt CSS and Javascript Compression
  • Template support for MooTools 1.2
  • Cross Browser Support: IE7+, Firefox 2+, Safari 3+, Chrome 8+, Opera 9+
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional Check it ?
  • CSS Validates Check it ?
Author: Bow Themes
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6
Tags: Education, Business, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Multiple Color, Custom Fonts, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

03. Frontena – By PickJoomla

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Joomla1.6 and Joomla1.7 compatible | Multi-color themes | Font size changer (increase, decrease and default size) | Price (Free) | Multi effect flash header (60+ transition) based on xml. Photos and transition effect can be changed very eazy to your needs | All browsers compatible

Author: PickJoomla
Compatibility: JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6
Tags: Travel, Society and Culture, Personal pages, Business, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Multiple Color, Custom Fonts, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

04. Default 2.5 – By JoomlaPraise

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Great FREE Joomla! Beginner Template. Tired of overly complex templates? This FREE template is simple and easy to customize to your liking! Consider yourself an artist and this template is your canvas.

Features:

  1. 3 Color Themes: This template comes with three different color themes that you can choose from.
  2. 12 Module Positions: All the right positions in all the right places.
  3. Custom Fixed or Fluid Width: Quickly change the overall width to a pixel or percentage.
  4. Custom Element Module Heights: Everyone wants their module heights to match. Easily set and change the height of the Element modules.
  5. 1, 2, or 3 Columns: Quickly change from Left/Right, 2 Left, or 2 Right columns.
  6. Custom Colors: Changing colors throughout the site is as easy as switching some parameters.
Author: JoomlaPraise
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6, JOOMLA 1.5
Tags: Portal, News, Communications, Administrator, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Multiple Color
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

05. JSN Tendo – By JoomlaShine

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JSN Tendo is the artistic and elegant Joomla 2.5 template with powerful built – in features which let you create an awesome photo gallery website. Express your individuality with the most popular Joomla CMS on the market and JSN Tendo template.

This photography oriented template brings together a beautiful design and powerful built – in features that allow you to create an awesome website. The vast array of customizations is just excellent, giving you more control on the look and feel of the theme without having to dig into the theme editor (and PHP / HTML / CSS code).

Author: JoomlaShine
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6, JOOMLA 1.5
Tags: Portfolio, Interior and Furniture, Beauty, Art & Photography, Architecture
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Demo Installer, Custom Fonts, Fluid width, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

06. Grandiose – By Pixel Point Creative

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Grandiose is a multi-use template built on the Simple Grid Framework. It has a built in, multi-level “Elastic” menu and is packed with features and easy to customize.

Features:

  1. Built In Elastic Menu
  2. Mega Menu with 5 options
  3. 36 Fonts Options
  4. Adjustable Width
  5. 5 Module Styles
  6. Extensive Typography
  7. 50+ Module Positions
  8. XHTML and CSS Valid
  9. Point.Click.GO! Available
  10. Source Files Available
Author: Pixel Point Creative
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6
Tags: Travel, Entertainment, Blog, Art & Photography, Architecture
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Demo Installer, Custom Fonts, Fluid width, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

07. Vertex – By Shape5

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The Vertex Joomla Template is a 100% free GPL licensed template! It’s purpose is to show off the powerful features of the Shape5 Vertex template framework. That’s right you get all the powerful Vertex features for free such as the S5 Flex Menu, 94 module positions, mobile device version, hide the component area on any page, custom row and column widths, RTL language support, and so much more!

Unlike many free templates from other providers, that lack options or visual appeal, Vertex is not only packed with options but it looks great too! Consider it as a gift to our members and a celebration of the new Joomla 2.5! Customize the look of the theme with your own custom highlight colors and font, and use it’s thousands of layout options to make your site truly unique. Be sure to check out the demo.

Author: Shape5
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5
Tags: Business, Blog, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Multiple Color, Demo Installer, Custom Fonts, Fluid width, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

08. Oxygen – By Joomla51

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Introducing our Oxygen Joomla template, a bright and clean template solution for your website. Our popular free release has been giving a makeover and is now using the latest Joomla51 framework with a host of new features including 48 modules positions with complete width controls, 3 column layout with 6 possible layout options, font choosers with 14 web safe fonts and over 100 Google fonts to choose from and much much more.

Features:

  1. Joomla 1.7 & 2.5 Compatible
  2. 48 Fully Collapsible Module Positions
  3. 6 Colour Styles to chooe from
  4. 2 Pre-Install Menu Positions
  5. LTR & RTL Support
  6. 3 Column Layout with 6 Possible Layout Options
  7. J51 Thumbs Gallery Module
  8. ImageSlideshow Module
  9. Easy edit site title
  10. Custom Module Widths
  11. Tableless and 100% CSS based design
  12. Multiple Font Choosers (14 Web Safe Fonts + 100 Google Fonts)
  13. Multiple Colour Choosers
Author: Joomla51
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6
Tags: Health, Education, Business, Beauty, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Multiple Color, Custom Fonts, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

09. JSN Dome – By JoomlaShine

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JSN Dome is colorful Joomla 2.5 template with charming cozy design that would allow you to build wonderful personal website. Leverage the power of Joomla to express yourself with JSN Dome template.

This elegant personally oriented template is not only beautiful but also very functional. The vast array of customizations are just excellent, giving you more control on the look and feel of the theme without having to dig into the theme editor (and PHP / HTML / CSS code).

JSN Dome are natively compatible with all current Joomla versions – 1.5, 1.7/2.5.

Author: JoomlaShine
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.5
Tags: Personal pages, Nature, Family, Art & Photography, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Demo Installer, Custom Fonts, Fluid width, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

10. JSN Epic – By Joomlashine

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JSN Epic is a clean and professional looking Joomla 2. template designed mainly for corporation websites. Equipped with powerful features, this template allows you to present content in whatever way you like.

This elegant business template is not only beautiful but also very functional. The vast array of customizations are excellent, giving you more control on the look and feel of the theme without having to dig into the theme editor (and PHP / HTML / CSS code).

Author: Joomlashine
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.5
Tags: Nature, Education, Business, Books, Architecture
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Demo Installer, Custom Fonts, Fluid width, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

11. Ol Menas – By Olwebdesign

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This template is a clean design for business sites but flexible for other purposes. It has 14 module positions. Features in this template are: Flash header in home page or in all pages and google fonts, enable or disable the date in template settings. This joomla theme is also available for joomla 1.5. To download the template for joomla 1.5 visit olwebdesign.com.

Author: Olwebdesign
Compatibility: JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6, JOOMLA 1.5
Tags: Online store/shop, Neutral, Education, Business
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Custom Fonts, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

12. Td Cletra – By JoomlaTD

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Features:

  1. Flash header
  2. Suckerfish menu
  3. Fast loading template
  4. Joomla 2.5 compatible
  5. Logo text or image
  6. 2 column template
  7. All browsers compatible
  8. Collapsible Module Positions
  9. Fixed width
  10. Table-less and 100% CSS based design
Author: JoomlaTD
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5
Tags: Personal pages, Neutral, Education, Communications, Business
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

13. Bloq – By JoomlaPraise

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Free GPL Joomla Grid Template, Ultimate Free Joomla Template. The Bloq template is an easy to use free template that incorporates everything we’ve learned in template building over the past few years.

With 31 module positions, there is a flavor for you. Built-in CSS dropdown menu and 8 beautiful themes, Bloq gives you a great starting point for your new Joomla website.

Features:

  1. 8 Color Starter Themes
  2. Built-in CSS Dropdown Menu
  3. Logo Source Artwork
  4. Easy Color Customization
  5. 31 Module Positions
  6. JP Grid Layout
  7. 1-4 Column Layouts
  8. Collapsible Modules
  9. Left or Right Sidebars
  10. Unique Typography Styles
  11. Heading & Body Font Switch
  12. 1 Additional Google Font Choices
  13. Modern CSS3 Techniques (graceful degradation)
Author: JoomlaPraise
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6, JOOMLA 1.5
Tags: News, Family, Communications, Business, Blog
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Multiple Color, Custom Fonts
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

14. Cesmiro Travel – By AtJoomla

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Cesmiro Travel is a fast loading template for joomla2.5. It is a great template for travel companies. Images can be replaced easy and can be used for any type of company. Some of other futures:

  1. 2 column
  2. Transparent background
  3. Png IE6 fixed
  4. Logo Text or Image
  5. Joomla2.5 compatible
  6. Price (Free)
  7. All browsers compatible
Author: AtJoomla
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5
Tags: Travel, Portal, Internet, Hotels, Business
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

15. Gratis – By Pixel Point Creative

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Gratis is a FREE multi-use Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.7 ready template built on the Simple Grid Framework. It’s sleek, clean, packed with features and easy to customize!

Features:

  1. Choose your own styles
  2. Mega Menu with 5 options
  3. 36 Fonts: Cufon and Google
  4. Adjustable Width
  5. 5 Module Styles
  6. Extensive Typography
  7. 50+ Module Positions
  8. XHTML and CSS Valid
  9. CSS3 Pie
Author: Pixel Point Creative
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6, JOOMLA 1.5
Tags: Personal pages, Media, Entertainment, Business, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Multiple Color, Custom Fonts, Fluid width, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

16. TemplateTRAX – By Able Web Professionals, Inc.

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Multi colored design (10 color choices) using XHTML/CSS with easy to customize and use features.

Joomla 2.5 features:

  1. Multi-level menus: top drop-down (multi-colored superfish style)
  2. 10 color choices and two page layouts
  3. Turn the header on or off
  4. Uses the standard modules for Joomla 2.5

Note: Edit the template easily through the Joomla template manager.

Author: Able Web Professionals, Inc.
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6
Tags: Media, Internet, Business, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Multiple Color, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

17. JSN Teki – By JoomlaShine

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JSN Teki is the hi–technology Joomla 2.5 template designed for gadgets fan lovers. With powerful built–in framework and mobile support you will see a well optimized browser layout on your desktop or mobile devices.

JSN Teki – 1.1.0 have been released with new features and improvements.

  1. Improved check new template version feature: The checking mechanism works automatically. You will be notified if the version you are using is out-of-date.
  2. Added back-end translation for Portuguese language: Now Portuguese users can use JSN Tendo and JSN Teki in their mother language easily. There are 14 languages supported in total.

Besides these, there are Improved HTML and CSS code of all clearing tags, Utilized CSS3 for all mouse over actions and more. All of these bring you a lot of convenience and make you website look cooler than ever.

Author: JoomlaShine
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5
Tags: Software, Mobile, Hosting, Electronics, Computers
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Demo Installer, Custom Fonts, Fluid width, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

18. JoomSpirit 35 – By JoomSpirit

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Features:

  1. W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional. W3C CSS Valid
  2. Clean pure CSS/Tableless Design
  3. Fully compatible Firefox 3+, IE7+, Chrome
  4. Lightweight and fast-loading
  5. 3, 2 or 1 column layout
  6. 20 module positions
  7. Set the width for your web site, the left and the right column (fixed or fluid)
  8. Drop-down menu
  9. Typography (list, header module, quotation, …)
  10. Include a manual to explain the module positions and typography
  11. Include the slideshow module of the demo.
Author: JoomSpirit
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.5
Tags: Online store/shop, Neutral, Fashion, Beauty, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Custom Fonts, Fluid width, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

19. AT Ebona – By AtJoomla

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Features:

  1. Fast loading Template
  2. Joomla1.6 /Joomla1.7/Joomla2.5 compatible
  3. Price (Free)
  4. All browsers compatible
  5. Logo Text or Image
  6. Png IE6 fixed
Author: AtJoomla
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5, JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6
Tags: Society and Culture, Real Estate, Hotels, Business, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

20. Td Combeta – By JoomlaTD

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Features:

  1. Flash header
  2. Dropdown menu
  3. Left and right columns at your choice
  4. Width sizes of the template at your choice
  5. Google fonts
  6. If you need the joomla 1.5 version visit www.joomlatd.com
Author: JoomlaTD
Compatibility: JOOMLA 1.7, JOOMLA 1.6, JOOMLA 1.5
Tags: Sport, Health, Fitness, Education, Clean
Speciality: Settings/Parameters, Custom Fonts, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

21. Sipimo – By Atict

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Features:

  1. Fast loading template
  2. Joomla! 2.5 compatible
  3. Logo text or image
  4. 2 column template
  5. All browsers compatible
  6. Clean business style
  7. Collapsible Module Positions
  8. Fixed width
  9. Table-less and 100% CSS based design
Author: Atict
Compatibility: JOOMLA 2.5
Tags: Personal pages, Internet, Industrial, Business, Clean
Template Features: Settings/Parameters, Fixed width
Useful Links: Details | Demo | Download

If you need help installing a new Template into your existing Joomla Website (remember you can install multiple templates to test view them) please contact me

Favicon Creation

Before I go into why favicons are used and how to make them, here’s a brief review of what they are. When I use the term “favicon” I’m referring to an icon that is associated with a particular website, and which web browsers display in the URL Address Bar or in modern Browsers on the Tabs as well.

favicon-position

Incorporating one into your design is one of those small touches that goes a long way towards improving the overall quality of a website, and it can also have a few smaller benefits for your visitors.

Why use a favicon?

If my clients ask about it, I always tell them the little icon isn’t there just for looks. It has a subtle – yet important – role in building the brand on their website. When a visitor sees one on their website, that can be a strong indicator that they came to the right place – which can also be reassuring in a sense.

But using favicons also serves a more practical purpose as well, at least from your visitor’s perspective. How so? By saving people time when browsing the Internet.

It’s the same principle that applies elsewhere on your website. When you look at a web page, your eyes notice an image before the text surrounding it. So when I’m looking through my folders and folders of bookmarks, looking for the favicons of the websites I’ve filed away helps me find what I’m looking for that much quicker.

In the image I used above, you can see what I mean. When a website doesn’t use a favicon, your web browser will use a little blank page icon next to the website’s name in your bookmarks list. If you get enough of these in a column, then it becomes a bit tedious to sift through all of them to find the website you’re looking for.

But if a website does use a favicon, it makes it all the more easier and quicker to look through a list of bookmarks and find then one that you’re looking for, because your eye will notice the colorful favicons before it does the text of each bookmark’s name and the blank icons surrounding it.

Making a favicon

A favicon is a special file that ends in an .ICO extention, so you can’t just use any old image. But you can use your own image and then convert it in an .ICO file.
Images could be:

  • Your Company Logo
  • An Image representing your Company or Business
  • An Image with your Initials
  • A Drawing or ANY other Image


Favicons are 16 pixels by 16 pixels in dimension, so you want to be sure that when you’re designing your icon, whatever your including will actually be readable. Again, this is why so many favicons are simply the logo of the organization or business.

Do you need a favicon for your Website? Contact me. Send me your Image, Logo etc to convert, your FTP Login Details (you can create a new temporary FTP Account, which you can later delete again) and  € 10.00

Register and Protect Your Domain Name from Cybersquatters

If you own a trademark or registered business name and find that someone is holding it hostage as a domain name until you pay a large sum for it, you may be the victim of cybersquatting. Learn what to do if this happens to you.

What Is Cybersquatting?

Cybersquatting is registering, selling or using a domain name with the intent of profiting from the goodwill of someone else’s trademark. It generally refers to the practice of buying up domain names that use the names of existing businesses with the intent to sell the names for a profit to those businesses.

The History of Cybersquatting

The practice that’s come to be known as cybersquatting originated at a time when most businesses were not savvy about the commercial opportunities on the Internet. Some entrepreneurial souls registered the names of well-known companies as domain names, with the intent of selling the names back to the companies when they finally woke up. Panasonic, Fry’s Electronics, Hertz and Avon were among the “victims” of cybersquatters. Opportunities for cybersquatters are rapidly diminishing, because most businesses now know that nailing down domain names is a high priority.

Recognizing Cybersquatting

How do you know if the domain name you want is being used by a cybersquatter? Follow these steps to find out.

Check where the domain name takes you. As a general rule, first check to see if the domain name takes you to a website. If it does not take you to a functioning website, but instead takes you to a site stating “this domain name for sale,” or “under construction,” or “can’t find server,” the likelihood increases that you are dealing with a cybersquatter. The absence of a real site may indicate that the domain name owner’s only purpose in buying the name is to sell it back to you at a higher price.

Of course, absence of a website does not always mean the presence of a cybersquatter. There may also be an innocent explanation and the domain name owner may have perfectly legitimate plans to have a website in the future.

If the domain takes you to a functioning website that is comprised primarily of advertisements for products or services related to your trademark, you may also have a case of cybersquatting. For example, if your company is well-known for providing audio-visual services and the website you encounter is packed with ads for other company’s audio-visual services, the likelihood is very strong that the site is operated by a cybersquatter who is trading off your company’s popularity to sell Google ads to your competitors.

If the domain name takes you to a website that appears to be functional, has a reasonable relation to the domain name, but does not compete with your products or services, you probably aren’t looking at a case of cybersquatting. For example, if your trademark is “Moby Dick” for fine art dealing with whaling, and the website you encounter (www.mobydick.com) is for road cleaning machines, you do not have a case of cybersquatting. You may, under certain circumstances, have a case of trademark infringement.What to Do If the Domain Name You Want Is Taken

Contact the domain name registrant. Before jumping to any conclusions, contact the domain name registrant. To find the name and address of a domain name owner, you can use the “WHOIS Lookup” at whois.net. Find out whether there is a reasonable explanation for the use of the domain name, or if the registrant is willing to sell you the name at a price you are willing to pay.

Pay, if it makes sense. Sometimes, paying the cybersquatter is the best choice. It may cheaper and quicker than filing a lawsuit or initiating an arbitration hearing.

What You Can Do to Fight a Cybersquatter

A victim of cybersquatting has two options:

  • sue under the provisions of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), or
  • use an international arbitration system created by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Trademark experts consider the ICANN arbitration system to be faster and less expensive than suing under the ACPA, and the procedure does not require an attorney.

Using the ICANN Procedure

In 1999, ICANN adopted and began implementing the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDNDRP), a policy for resolution of domain name disputes. This international policy results in an arbitration of the dispute, not litigation. An action can be brought by any person who complains (referred to by ICANN as the “complainant”) that:

  • a domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights
  • the domain name owner has no rights or legitimate interests in the domain name, and
  • the domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.

All of these elements must be established in order for the complainant to prevail. If the complainant prevails, the domain name will be canceled or transferred to the complainant. However, financial remedies are not available under the UDNDRP. Information about initiating a complaint is provided at the ICANN website.

Suing Under the ACPA

The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) authorizes a trademark owner to sue an alleged cybersquatter in federal court and obtain a court order transferring the domain name back to the trademark owner. In some cases, the cybersquatter must pay money damages.

In order to stop a cybersquatter, the trademark owner must prove all of the following:

  • the domain name registrant had a bad-faith intent to profit from the trademark
  • the trademark was distinctive at the time the domain name was first registered
  • the domain name is identical or confusingly similar to the trademark, and
  • the trademark qualifies for protection under federal trademark laws — that is, the trademark is distinctive and its owner was the first to use the trademark in commerce.

Defenses to ACPA lawsuits. If the accused cybersquatter demonstrates that he had a reason to register the domain name other than to sell it back to the trademark owner for a profit, then a court will probably allow him to keep the domain name.

To see if a domain name is still available, click here

Piwik Analytics Setup

Piwik is a free and open source web analytics application written by a team of international developers that runs on a PHP/MySQL webserver. Piwik is used by over 480,000 websites, 1.2% of all websites, and has been translated to more than 45 languages. New versions of Piwik are regularly released every few weeks.

Piwik tracks online visits to one or more websites and displays reports on these visits for analysis.

Piwik displays reports regarding the geographic location of visits, the source of visits (i.e. whether they came from a website, directly, or something else), the technical capabilities of visitors (browser, screen size, operating system, etc.), what the visitors did (pages they viewed, actions they took, how they left), the time of visits and more.

In addition to these reports, Piwik provides some other features that can help users analyze the data Piwik accumulates, such as:

  •     Annotations — the ability to save notes (such as one’s analyses of data) and attach them to dates in the past.
  •     Transitions — a feature similar to Click path-like features that allows one to see how visitors navigate a website, but different in that it only displays navigation information for one page at a time.
  •     Goals — the ability to set goals for actions it is desired for visitors to take (such as visiting a page or buying a product). Piwik will track how many visits result in those actions being taken.
  •     E-commerce — the ability to track if and how much people spend on a website.
  •     Page Overlay — a feature that displays analytics data overlaid on top of a website.
  •     Row Evolution — a feature that displays how metrics change over time within a report.
  •     Custom Variables — the ability to attach data, like a user name, to visit data.

Piwik also provides features that are not directly related to analyzing web traffic, including:

  •     Privacy Options — the ability to anonymize IP addresses, purge tracking data regularly (but not report data), opt-out support and Do Not Track support. In Germany, 13% of .de websites use Piwik because of these options.[6]
  •     Scheduled Reports — reports sent regularly by e-mail or text message.
  •     Log Importing — a script is also provided that imports data from web server logs.
  •     the API — every report is accessible through a web API as well as almost every administrative function. Programs can be created to use this API.
  •     the Mobile App — a free mobile app is provided so users can access their analytic data on their phone.

Though not strictly speaking a feature, Piwik also has the characteristic that users are the only people who see their own data. This is a by-product of Piwik being a self-hosted solution. Software as a service solutions (such as Google Analytics) on the other hand, have full access to the data users collect.

Piwik can also be integrated with many third-party apps including CMSes such as WordPress or Drupal, E-Commerce apps such as Magento or PrestaShop, bulletin board systems such as phpBB, and more.

The Piwik community has also created several plugins that can be used to augment Piwik. There are currently 20 third-party plugins.

Order Installation here:

FAQ’s

Disclaimer: These F.A.Q’s have been taken from the official Piwik Website and ALL Credits goes to the original Author

 

Answers

  • What is Piwik?

    Piwik is a downloadable, Free (GPL licensed) web analytics software package. It provides detailed reports on your website and its visitors, including the search engines and keywords they used, the language they speak, which pages they like, the files they download… and so much more.
    Piwik aims to be an open source alternative to Google Analytics.
    Piwik is PHP MySQL software which you download and install on your own webserver. At the end of the 5-minute installation process you will be given a JavaScript tag. Simply copy and paste this tag on websites you wish to track (or use an existing plugin to do it automatically for you).

  • How is Piwik different to Google Analytics and other web analytics tools?

    Piwik is the leading open source web analytics software, but there are dozens of other free and paid web analytics solutions; why choose Piwik?

    One of the principle advantages of Piwik is that you are in control. Unlike remote-hosted services (such as Google Analytics), you host Piwik on your own server and the data is tracked inside your Mysql database. Because Piwik is installed on your server, you enjoy full control over your data. You can access the data easily via the Piwik APIs. Advanced users can use Custom Variables, Segmentation, or even run manual queries on the database in order to build advanced reports.

    Piwik also protects your visitor privacy with advanced Privacy features. When using Piwik for Web Analytics, you ensure that your visitors behavior on your website(s) is not shared with advertising companies.

    If you are using Google Analytics and starting to use Piwik, you can import your Google Analytics data history into Piwik. You can also use several web analytics tools at the same time so feel free to experiment!

    To help you decide on a Web Analytics software, you might want to look at the list of features in Piwik or the online demo. Piwik offers nearly all features that other tools may offer, and also has some unique features such as Real Time visitor details, Ecommerce Analytics, and an awesome Mobile App.

    Happy Analytics!

  • How does Piwik work?

    Piwik has to be installed on a server with both PHP and MySQL. At the end of the 5-minute installation, Piwik will give you a Javascript tag which you add to the bottom of each page of your website. Piwik will then record the activity across your website within your database. Piwik aggregates this data to provide detailed web analytics reports about your visitors, page views, referrer information, search engine keywords, Ecommerce, campaigns and much more!

    As well as tracking via the Javascript file, you can also import web server access logs into Piwik.

  • Is there an online demo available?

    Yes, check out the online demo to see how awesome Piwik is!

    If you prefer seeing the list of features all in one page, check out the list of features.

  • Can Piwik manage multiple user accounts?

    In Piwik, you can create an infinite number of users and websites to track.
    For each user, you can set permissions to “view”, “admin” or “no permission” for a specific website, or for all websites at once.

    The permission system in Piwik is simple and makes it very easy to manage from a small number of websites and users to hundreds of websites and thousands of users. See the Manage Users documentation.

  • How do I track several websites, domains and multiple subdomains in Piwik?

    You can add unlimited websites to track in Piwik, in the Admin Websites section. In fact, Piwik scales well to thousands of websites, and a few Piwik users are tracking even more. Each Website is defined by a URL. You can track sub domains in the same Piwik website, or you can create a different website for some of your subdomains. Learn more about creating Websites in the Managing websites page.

    It is also important to configure First party cookie domains in the Javascript Tracking code. Please see the page Tracking code: Cookie configuration for sub-domains.

    If you track many subdomains in the same Piwik website, you might want to have the domain name appear on your Page Title reports: “support.example.org/Homepage” rather than “Homepage”, check out the JS setDocumentTitle documentation.
    In the Admin Websites page, you can also define for each website a list of Alias URLs which contains all the other domains and subdomains that will be tracked. This will ensure they don’t appear in your “Referer” reports.

    If you track more than 10 websites, the Website selector will display the first ten sites only, and show a search field where you can search quickly to look at another website. Check out the ‘All Websites’ dashboard as well, a very useful first page to look at for a quick overview of the performance yesterday or last week or all your sites. You can even make it your defaut page to load in Piwik in your user settings.
    See also: Install Piwik on one server and track visits on websites that are hosted on other servers.
    The official Piwik Mobile App supports all these reports, including the ‘All Websites’ dashboard.

  • How do I define and track Goal conversions?

    You can add unlimited number of Goals to track in Piwik (newsletter subscription, file download, ‘thank you’ page, etc.). Learn more about how to track your website Goals in the Goal Tracking documentation.

  • How do I improve accuracy of visitors’ Country detection, and enable Cities and Regions tracking?

    By default Piwik uses the browser language to determine location. To improve accuracy of country detection (and enable Region and City tracking), go to Piwik > Settings > Geo Location. Then, you can select the appropriate solution for your install. These include GEOIP database from Maxmind (for shared hosting) or a server side solutions such as GeoIP Apache or GeoIP PECL modules. Learn more about Visitors geo location in Piwik.

  • How do I track Ecommerce orders, details of purchased products and abandoned carts on my website?

    Piwik provides advanced Ecommerce Tracking and Reporting functionnality. Learn more in the page Ecommerce Analytics.

  • How does Piwik ensure Privacy of my Analytics data, and Privacy of my website Visitors?

    Piwik is the ideal Web Analytics software that respects Privacy, thanks to its Free/Libre software nature and useful Privacy settings, setting it apart from other commercial tools such as Google analytics. To ensure and respect your visitors Privacy, you can:
    1) automatically anonymize Visitors IPs,
    2) include a Web Analytics opt-out feature on your site (using a simple iframe), and
    3) Delete old visitors logs.
    To configure Privacy features in Piwik, log in as a Super User, click “Settings” then click “Privacy”.
    Learn more about Piwik, Data & Users Privacy.

  • How does Piwik track downloads?

    On many websites, you want to track when visitors download your brochure, a photo, a software, etc. Piwik automatically track these clicks as Downloads, and reports them under Actions > Downloads.
    Piwik will automatically detect a download as a click on a link that ends with one of the following file extensions: 7z, aac, arc, arj, asf, asx, avi, bin, bz, bz2, csv, deb, dmg, doc, exe, flv, gif, gz, gzip, hqx, jar, jpg, jpeg, js, mp2, mp3, mp4, mpg, mpeg, mov, movie, msi, msp, odb, odf, odg, odp, ods, odt, ogg, ogv, pdf, phps, png, ppt, qt, qtm, ra, ram, rar, rpm, sea, sit, tar,
    tbz, tbz2, tgz, torrent, txt, wav, wma, wmv, wpd, xls, xml, z, zip.
    You can also force Piwik to count a click as a download by using a specific CSS class for this link. Check out the section “Force a click on a link to be recorded as a download in Piwik” in the Javascript tagging Guide.

  • The Piwik report “Pages > Outlinks” shows the list of external URLs that were clicked by your visitors from your website pages. Piwik will track as an “outlink” all clicks on URLs that are not the same domain as the website being tracked. For example, if your visitor click on a link to “piwik.org” on your website “example.org”, this will be counted as an outlink in the report.

    For each outlink, Piwik will report the number of clicks, and the number of unique clicks. Unique clicks are the number of unique visitors that clicked to a given domain ; for example, if the same visitor clicked 3 times on the same outlink, it will be reported as 3 clicks and 1 unique click.

    Note that Piwik is not able to track Javascript of flash links. Only HTML links are tracked, eg. <a href='http://linkedin.com'>LinkedIn Profile</a>

    If you wish to not track clicks on your subdomains as outlinks, for example if your website is “example.org/” and you don’t want to track outlinks to “news.example.org”, you can use the Javascript function setDomains(). Read more in the documentation.

    Learn more about Click Tracking in the Javascript tagging Guide.

  • Does Piwik track visitors without Javascript? Does Piwik track search engine bots or other spider / robots?

    By default, Piwik only tracks visitors with Javascript enabled. See more information about the tracking process.

    If you want to track visitors (or bots) without Javascript, you can add an Image Tracker on your pages. Advanced users can also use the Advanced Image Tracker or even call the Piwik Tracking API using HTTP. Check out more information on how to use these advanced tracking techniques in the Piwik Tracking API. See also How do I enable tracking for visitors without Javascript?

    You can also use Piwik to track Search Engine Bots. For this you will need access to your web server access log files, which you can import in Piwik along with Search Engine Bots Traffic information.

  • Can I use Piwik and Google Analytics / Yahoo! Analytics / WebTrends etc. at the same time?

    Yes, you can use any combination of analytics packages at the same time on your pages. The downside is that your pages might take longer to load as each analytics Javascript tracking code will add some delay to the page load. We also recommend putting the Piwik Tracking code first, above other javascript codes, just before the </body>. Read more about the Piwik Javascript Tracking API

  • How do I know when new versions are released?

    The Piwik Changelog page lists all recent Piwik versions and the list of changes. The best way to keep track of all new versions is to subscribe to the Changelog Rss Feed.

    To stay tuned about the latest Piwik developments, you can try the Piwik blog (by rss or email – see the sidebar of the blog) or register with the piwik-hackers mailing list (more info in the developer section). Also, when a new version is released, your Piwik will display a message inviting you to update to the latest version.

  • Where can I get support?

    If you’re looking for help, please read the FAQs, the Documentation, or search piwik.org. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please post a message in the Piwik Forums, where you can get help from the community.

    If you need professional support, you can contact one of the official Piwik Consultants or learn more about Piwik Consulting.

  • How much does Piwik cost?

    Piwik is a Free Software, released under the GPL license. It does not have a monetary cost (it is free of charge) and the software license ensures it respects your freedom to use and modify the software.

    If you would like to pay back a little something, you are welcome to participate in the project and spend some of your time and energy to make Piwik better (the app, website or docs). We are grateful for our wonderful sponsors and the core Piwik team for their amazing work.

  • Is there any Data Limit in Piwik? Is it possible to keep all historical data?

    Please See our Piwik Data Limits Fact Sheet for more information about Data Limits and Historical Data records. In general, Piwik does not believe in any limits, and will only be limited with the server resources.

    If you have access to existing data, you can also transfer it to Piwik. In particular, you can import old historical visitors data in Piwik, or import data from Google Analytics.

  • Does Piwik track visits from Mobile devices (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Palm Pre, low end mobile phones, etc.)?

    Piwik will automatically track visits on mobile phones that use browsers executing Javascript: iOs based devices such as iPhone and iPad, Android based phones or any other modern devices (running Palm Pre, Opera Mobile, Webkit, Mozilla Fennec, etc.).

    For low-end mobile devices that use browsers which do not execute Javascript, you can manually record visits using the Piwik Tracking API. Learn more about the Piwik Tracking API.

    See also Does Piwik track visitors without Javascript? .

  • Can I use Piwik and provide analytics Hosting service? What are the requirements for Piwik Hosted as a service?

    It is allowed to re-sell Piwik and provide it for free, or for a fee.

    In fact, we maintain a list of Official Hosting Piwik partners which we recommended.

    If you are providing a service reusing Piwik, you must also reuse the word Piwik with care. Please see the Piwik Trademark page for more details about how to reuse the name Piwik in your modified version of Piwik. In particular, it is not allowed to use Piwik in the URL domain name.

  • Can I rebrand or sell or reuse or re-license or include Piwik in my product, company, or website?

    Reusing Piwik in any way is allowed as long as you respect the GPL license.
    If your product, software, or website uses Piwik but all the code (including your modifications) stays within your company or server, you have the freedom to keep your code and not be bound to the GPL License. For example, you can change the header and footer to reflect your brand, change the colors, or add new features on your copy of Piwik.
    If you distribute a modified version of Piwik, or software that includes Piwik as a module, or develop a website for a customer/client that includes Piwik, you must give access to the code source and publish all the code under the GPL.
    Plugins Licenses: Individual components, libraries or plugins may be available for reuse under a different license. Please refer to the LEGALNOTICE file included in the distribution.
    You may want to learn more about the GPL License and look at the GPL FAQ.
    As well as respecting the GPL license, you must also reuse the word Piwik with care. Please see the Piwik Trademark page for more details about how to reuse the name Piwik in your modified version of Piwik.
    Finally, if you modify Piwik and add new features or fix existing bugs, please submit your patches back to the Piwik team: together we will build the best Free/Libre web analytics software!

  • Does Piwik work on high traffic websites? What is the performance like with millions of pages views per month?

    Piwik can scale to millions of page views per month and/or to thousands of registered websites. If you have a few hundreds visits/page views per day, Piwik should work fine “out of the box”.

  • Can I customize the Piwik logo in the reports, emails and login screen?

    Piwik allows to upload your custom logo, which will be displayed everywhere the normal Piwik logo displays: 1) top of the screen in the Analytics reports, 2) Login screen, 3) Emails & PDF Reports.

    To upload a Custom Logo in Piwik, login as the Super User, click on Settings > General Settings > Branding, and click on “Use a custom logo”.

  • Can I get the data from the Piwik API web services and publish, reuse, process this data in a non GPL software?

    Yes, the data coming from the Piwik API belongs to you and is not covered by the GPL. You can use Piwik as a service, and reuse, publish, display, modify, process the data coming from the Piwik API using the REST web service call – this is not allowed if you call the API when using Piwik as a PHP library (see how to call the API?).

  • Does Piwik work in a load balanced environment? How do I setup Piwik for high scale tracking?

    Many medium-high traffic websites successfully use Piwik to track and analyse their website behavior and performance.

    If you want to provide high reliability and better performance in your Piwik setup, you can load balance Piwik services on various servers. It is pretty easy to do so, but make sure you read the following documentation.

    Piwik stores all tracking data, reports, users, settings, etc. in the shared mysql database. Piwik also needs to read/create files to store information, caches, temporary files:

    • config/config.ini.php is used by every request to Piwik. It contains db access, plugins enabled, various settings, etc.
      The file is only modified when the Super User changes some settings in the Admin interface (plugins, super user password, smtp settings, etc.). This file must be synchronized on every Piwik server.
    • tmp/* contains temporary and cached files such as: compiled templates, generated PDFs, tracking caches, etc.
      This directory tmp/ content can be safely deleted and Piwik will automatically recompile templates and recreate caches.
    • by default, Piwik uses file session storage, which are usually stored in tmp/sessions, or in the global sessions directory (see php.ini).
      There is a config setting to enable database session storage.

    When Piwik is used behind a load balancer, here are the steps to follow:

    • 1) synchronize config/config.ini.php on all servers – make sure the file config/config.ini.php is the same on all servers (using rsync for example).
    • 2) setup a cron to delete the tracker cache every 5 minutes on all servers: rm piwik/tmp/cache/tracker/*
    • 3) enable database session storage
    • 4) we highly recommend to enable SSL in Piwik

    Piwik should then work as expected in a load balanced environment.
    For example, a common way to load balance Piwik on 3 servers: Load balancer in front of (2x) webservers which are tracking/querying the (1x) Master mysql DB server. For further optimization, a (1x) UI webserver can be added, to handle all API requests, UI requests, and run the cron archiving. This server can also be doubled and load balanced.

    Typically, webserver boxes would be cheap to operate servers, and the Master DB server would be bigger (eg. multiple cores, 8G memory, fast disk access), which could scale to a certain point (1M+ pages per day).

  • Where does the name Piwik come from?

    When working on the first version of Piwik, Matthieu was looking for a name that was unique, easy to write and to remember, with as few letters as possible, and for which the domain name was still available. After a few hours of deliberation and creativity, the name Piwik was born out of Matt’s imagination.

    The name ‘Piwik’ does not have a particular meaning, but we are on a mission: “To create, as a community, the leading international open source web analytics platform, that gives users full control of their data.”

  • How do I pronounce Piwik?

    If you’re wondering how to say ‘Piwik’, you can find out by clicking play.

  • Who is the team behind Piwik?

    Piwik is a Free/Libre collaborative effort with many people contributing to the project to make Piwik what it is today. Visit the Piwik Team page to view profiles.
    You can also be part of the Piwik project! We need help to build the best open source web analytics software, and there are many ways to help whether you are a Piwik user, a developer, a marketing fan, a blogger, or if your native language is not English and you want to translate the software. Check out the How to Contribute? page.

Disclaimer: These F.A.Q’s have been taken from the official Piwik Website and ALL Credits goes to the original Author

Connect your Twitter to your Facebook Page

To connect your Twitter account and your Facebook profile:

  1. Log in to the Twitter account you want to associate with your Facebook profile.
  2. Go to your Settings menu’s Apps tab.
  3. Click Connect to Facebook.
  4. If you are not already logged in to Facebook, then you will be prompted to enter your Facebook login credentials.
  5. Enter your credentials and click Log in to sign in to Facebook.
  6. You will then receive a prompt explaining that Twitter will receive certain information from your Facebook account.
  7. In order to continue, you must select “Okay.”
  8. You will then be prompted to select the privacy settings for who will see your Tweets and Retweets posted to your Facebook wall.
  9. It is set to friends by default.
  10. Click “Okay” to complete the process.
  11. Your Tweets and Retweets will now post to your profile Facebook wall and your username will be displayed there as well. @Replies will not be posted.

Note: To link your Facebook updates to Twitter, use this application on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twitter.

To connect your Twitter account to a Facebook page:

If you have a Facebook Fan Page, or are the admin of one, you can post Tweets Retweets from your Twitter account to your Facebook Page.

  1. Follow the steps above to connect to your Facebook profile.
  2. If you have not already done so, visit your Apps settings and grant Twitter the “manage pages” permission for your Facebook profile.
  3. In your Apps settings, Select the page you’d like to connect to.
  4. When prompted, click to allow permission to post to the selected Facebook page

Privacy notes:
To control who sees your Tweets, Retweets and username, go to yourFacebook Application settings and click Edit for the Twitter app to restrict who can see your Tweets and Retweets on your Facebook wall.
Unless you have explicitly chosen to authorize Twitter for Facebook to connect your Twitter account to your Facebook account, we will not cross-post to Facebook on your behalf, or display on Facebook your Twitter username, profile picture, or other profile information.
When you choose to connect your Twitter account to your Facebook account, the Facebook authentication dialog screen specifies the Facebook account information that you authorize sharing with Twitter.
This information allows us to cross-post between Twitter and Facebook and may help us improve your Twitter experience, for example, with better suggestions and content on Twitter.
If you disconnect your Facebook account from Twitter, we will delete the Facebook account information that you previously authorized. Please note that it may take up to a few weeks for this information to be fully removed from our systems.
If your Tweets do not post: Make sure the box to Post your Tweets to Facebook is checked in your Twitter Apps settings.
Try disconnecting and reconnecting again. Still having trouble? Tweets not posting? Contact me to get it done!

WordPress Post versus Pages

When it comes to creating content for your WordPress site, you have the option to choose between creating either a post or page. Both have their respective uses and can add very dynamic elements to your site.

WordPress Posts vs Pages

A WordPress post is what makes up the blog aspect of your site.

  • These are generally news or informational updates about a certain topic or talking point.
  • Posts are listed in reverse chronological order and can be tagged, categorized and even archived on your site.
  • WordPress posts are what make up the RSS content of your WordPress blog. So, when someone subscribes to your RSS feed, your posts will be the content that’s delivered to them.
  • Think of the posts at the news portion of your site. They’re dynamic and constantly changing the content your end users sees.

WordPress Pages are similar to posts in that they have a title and body text, but they are different because:

  • they are generally reserved for static content or information.
  • Examples of this would be an About Me or Contact Us page.
  • Pages are not listed by date and can’t be categorized or tagged like WordPress posts,
  • Pages can have a hierarchy, which means you can nest pages under other pages by making one the “Parent” of the other, thus creating a group of pages.
  • Due to their static nature, pages aren’t included in RSS feeds and won’t have date or time publishing

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