My Goal for 2014

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Simple, Vector Blazer and Tie

Introducing: The Creativity 365 Challenge, 2014 Edition!

My goal for every day of this year is to create or finish something creative.  Be it a sketch, a painting, an illustration, a video, or a website, or be it a poem, a fan fiction, a blog post, or a novel, I will make something new and creative every day this year!  Much if this will end up here for you all to enjoy, alongside any helpful tutorials or whatnot I manage to whip up in my revival!

Consider this vector blazer icon my work for Day 1 of 365 – Jan. 1, 2014!

 

Created with Adobe Illustrator.

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On Google and Record Traffic

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The traffic spike in consideration

How does one attract traffic to one’s blog?  While writing my recent Joomla! 2.5 tutorial, I noticed that my traffic was dramatically climbing.  It started on the weekend, and Sunday through Tuesday were all record-breaking days (new busiest day each day)!  Not only that, but a Google search for ‘joomla 2.5 on mamp’ listed a link to this blog 2nd and 3rd down from the top!  So, what would bring readers to this (sort of) small blog?

There are all kinds of businesses out there offering ‘SEO’ (Search Engine Optimization) services, where you pay to get better traffic ‘naturally’, but I achieved natural high rankings without even trying!  And I did this by subconsciously following almost all of the SEO tips on the web – high keyword count and correct tagging.

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Joomla! 2.5 Tutorial – Step 2: Installation

Now that we’ve set up MAMP (or its equivalent), and the Joomla! 2.5 installation files placed in the ‘htdocs’ folder of the MAMP application files, it’s time to create databases and install Joomla! on the local server simulation.

Again, I’m working on a Mac, so if you’re working on a Windows or Linux operating system you’ll have to adapt a little bit.  However, the most important thing to do on a non-Mac system is to locate the place where your programs/applications are installed (i.e., Program Files on Windows).  At this point I am going to stop reminding you  in my tutorials that MAMP has Windows and Linux counterparts, but you can always find links at the bottom of the post to help you find the right software for your operating system.  Now back to the tutorial.

MAMP and MAMP start page

MAMP and MAMP start page (click to enlarge)

Start up MAMP.  Now, when you installed MAMP you also installed a trial version of MAMP Pro.  Ignore MAMP Pro for now, you don’t need it for this tutorial.  Once MAMP is started, it should automatically start the Apache and SQL servers.  As soon as they’re ready, your default web browser should automatically open the MAMP start page (please inspect the image on the right).  Here’s what’s important on this startup page:

  • The URL bar (top of screen – notice that it is not http://anything – it’s localhost:8888/whatever)
  • Link to phpMyAdmin (top navigation bar, below URL)
  • MAMP, the application, open with two green dots indicating that Apache and SQL are working
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Joomla! 2.5 Tutorial – Step 1: Setup

Ok, let’s get started!

There are a few things you’ll need to do before installing Joomla!.  First, you must download the latest version of Joomla! (version 2.5).  Decompress the .zip file and put the resulting folder somewhere on your computer where you won’t forget it (note: this step is especially easy on a Mac).  Next comes a slightly trickier part: getting web space.

For Joomla! to work on the web, you need:

  • A domain name
  • Apache server support
  • FTP access to your domain space
  • phpMyAdmin SQL client (this is EXTREMELY important)

Where do you get a domain name?  Usually at the same place where you can get web hosting, such as Dreamhost.com or GoDaddy.com.  If you want your website on the internet, you should make sure you’re getting the features mentioned above with your hosting plan.  Otherwise… well, I can’t help you there.  Do your research.  Read reviews and comparisons to help you make your decision (right now, I like DreamHost).

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