For several years now, content management systems have been on a relentless march towards website dominance. Since the appearance of "free" solutions on the market, vast numbers of website operators have switched to content management systems as the preferred way to create and maintain websites. And there is little to wonder as to why that has happened. Once reserved only for those with big budgets like companies and organizations, open source solutions have brought that power to the masses. Solutions like WordPress Joomla and Drupal have taken over the web world and solutions like Magento have come to dominate small-scale e-commerce sites. But with all this amazing and ostensibly free technology comes a responsibility that most web owners are not prepared for. The responsibility to protect their users by keeping their sites secure and up to date.
In keeping with their published timeline for software development, the Joomla development team is abut to release the latest version of the popular content management system software. Joomla, which holds a second place market share to WordPress, is a CMS geared towards website developers and designers who have plans to take a site beyond a simple blog site. Joomla is a robust and mature software that has an ever growing user base of loyal fans. With this latest upgrade, the Joomla team continues their efforts to make the software a leading content management solution for the web.
Google has finally let it be known that the latest penguin update is on its way and should be rolled out by the end of the year. The primary focus of this update will be to create a more real-time responsiveness within the search results. This means that Google will be looking for changes on your site and to the links that point to your site, and see any changes immediately. This is good for many reasons, since it will allow us to see the results of our changes very quickly. It will also mean that webmasters will have to be very careful and considerate with any changes they make for SEO, lest they be discovered by the great Google Spam Monster!
It seems like Google's upcoming Accelerated Mobile Pages technology is gaining momentum and acceptance. Due to be rolled out in February, AMP is a boon to mobile users who enjoy interacting with the web on their phones. With this new technology, Google with automatically direct users to AMP compatible pages whenever they are available from a website. With technology in place, mobile users will enjoy a much better experience with their devices, especially under poor connectivity conditions.
Joomla is working with Google to support their AMP initiative. AMP is a platform that will make it easier to access pages from mobile devices, even when the connection is poor. AMP is part of Google's effort to improve the web and improve the web experience for everyone. AMP is being supported by both WordPress and Joomla, two of the best known free CMS platforms avauilable.