SobiPro Directory Component for Joomla Part 2

Today we will continue our review of the SobiPro Directory Component for Joomla. This time we'll take a brief look at the Sections, Categories, Entries, Configuration, Applications and Templates.

If you are at all familiar with Sobi2, then SobiPro should make you really happy, as it has many more features and is much more refined. As more Applications become available for SobiPro, it should surpass Sobi2 in every way. If you missed the first blog post of this 2 part series, you might want to click on over and read First Look - SobiPro Component for Joomla - Part 1. Alright, let's get started!

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First Look - SobiPro Component for Joomla - Part 1

SobiPro LogoSigsiu.NET currently produces the most popular directory component on the market for the Joomla Content Management System. Spanning a time period of just over 3 years, the Sigsiu Online Business Index version 2, or SOBI2 for short, has become the leader with over 500,000 downloads to date.

Known for it's extendibility, SOBI2 let's you build just about any type of web based directory you can imagine. Custom Fields, Nested Categories and Custom Templates for Entry Form, Category View and Detail view, not to mention there's currently over 60 plugins listed on the Joomla Extensions Directory designed to work with SOBI2.

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Template Clubs vs Custom Joomla Templates

If you're using the Joomla! Content Management System, you have several template choices when creating a new website or facing a website redesign. The Joomla CMS ships with 3 default templates, but most business websites won't find these very useful unless you want to look like hundreds of thousands of other sites already on the web.

With the Joomla! CMS nearing 15 Million downloads in the past 4 years, that's a lot of similar looking sites for those that still use the default template.

So you want your site to look different? You basically have 2 choices.

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Top 10 Things to Consider When Planning a New Website

I'm often times asked by potential clients, "What do I need to do to get my business website started?"

Here's a quick rundown of the top 10 things you should think about when having your first website built or a redesign of your current website.

This is not 1996, and 3 blinking images and your contact information does not make a good website. You or someone in your organization that will maintain the website needs to sit down with the people in charge of the company/organization and a pencil and paper and hash out a few things.

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Joomla Tutorial - Upload Images to JoomGallery

Many of my client websites require an image gallery to show multiple images sorted by category or album. One of my favorite options is the GPL Joomla 1.5 Component JoomGallery. It offers a great rotating image module, automatic thumbnail resize and the ability to show the large images in a popup, lightbox or slideshow window.

The following video tutorial will show you how easy it is to add images to the gallery and have them live on your site in no time.

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