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Joomla Announces Critical New Security Update

The timing for signing up for a Maintenance Agreement couldn’t be more crucial as Joomla announced this week millions of Joomla websites are at risk of hacking from a critical Joomla bug. A researcher at Trustwave Spiderlabs discovered that Joomla versions 3.2-3.4.4 contain a bug that allows full administrative access to any Joomla site. This type of access would allow a hacker to delete pages, block users or even add malicious code into existing pages. With a Maintenance Agreement all Joomla core upgrades and security patches are automatically included in your monthly service  - without one you run the risk of being at the mercy of a hacker.

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Keep Your Site Safe and Secure With A Maintenance Agreement

Fall is finally here! Crisp breeze in the air, leaves crackling under our feet, comfy snuggly clothes and warm drinks in our hands. It’s that time of year when we start to go on autopilot as we prepare for all the merriment of the holidays ahead of us. So do you really want to deal with making sure your website runs smoothly while you’re busy trying to enjoy one of the most wonderful times of the year? Of course not! And that’s why you need a Maintenance Agreement.


A Maintenance Agreement is like insurance for your website - always protecting you behind the scenes in case you need it.  All of our plans include:


  • Backups of website, database tables and configuration files

  • Browser appearance check across desktop and mobile devices

  • Monthly security checks including monitored firewall, database and server modifications

  • Page speed optimization as rated by Google PageSpeed and Pingdom

  • Search engine friendly links

  • Sitemap submissions to Google

  • Joomla core upgrades

  • Monthly instructional webinars

  • Access to over 100 online tutorials

  • Access to over 20 video training sessions

  • A team on call if there are any problems on your website


Every month we complete our 50 point checklist to ensure your site is running optimally.  You receive a detailed  report at the end of the month letting you know what actions were taken and the current status of your site. This  gives you access to invaluable information such as Top Search phrases being used to find your site, Top Referral sites driving traffic to your pages and a host of other great SEO, maintenance and security information that you otherwise would not know.


For a limited time sign up for a 3 month maintenance agreement and receive a free upgrade to Joomla 3.4.5.  An $800 value, this upgrade includes new enhanced features such as  more secure file uploads with UploadShield which can detect malicious files by examining their names and contents, front-end module editing, Google new reCAPTCHA for better spam protection, a collapsible sidebar for a cleaner more responsive admin area and several other development features. In addition it contains the necessary security patches released this week to protect your site from the security bug that was just discovered. Don’t forget if your site is still running on Joomla 2.5, it has reached the end of it’s lifecycle which means security updates and bug fixes are no longer available. The time to upgrade is NOW!


With different plans for every budget take advantage of this great offer today and get the security of a maintenance agreement AND an upgrade all rolled in one.


* free upgrade from Joomla 2.x to Joomla 3.x.  Flat fee for upgrade from Joomla 1.5.


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How To Avoid Having Your Joomla Website Hacked

Imagine you wake up one morning, sit down in front of your computer with a steaming hot cup of coffee ready to take on the world and add some new content to your Joomla website when lo and behold you realize you site has been hacked. Your site is riddled with spam, you can’t login and you’re in panic mode.


“People always think, it can’t happen to them. They think hackers only go after big huge companies they are trying to infect with some doomsday virus and trying to take down the world like you see on TV and movies, but hackers get their start hacking on small websites that are more unobtrusive,” says Nicole of YellowWebMonkey Web Design. “We have received our fair share of middle of the night calls from business owners and employees in crisis mode who need their sites fixed ASAP due to being hacked. It’s a shame because there are ways to prevent this from happening.”


A Joomla site can be hacked through several different ways, outdated or vulnerable Joomla extensions and themes, weak passwords, incorrect web server configurations, outdated server software, being on a server where another site was hacked...the list goes on and on. “Outdated extensions and Joomla versions are by far one of the easiest ways to hack into a Joomla site,” according to Alexis, Sr Web Developer at YellowWebMonkey Web Design. “Developers are constantly releasing upgraded extensions that are a huge part of the framework of what runs a Joomla website. The Joomla Project maintains a list of vulnerable extensions, but as a business owner or an employee who has been assigned to maintain a website do you really want to have the added responsibility of going through their list on a regular basis to verify your extensions are ok? That’s something that should be left to the experts, like us.”


Fixing a hacked Joomla site is a serious undertaking that should be left up to a Joomla professional, to ensure all security vulnerabilities have been addressed. This could include everything from upgrading extensions and changing server permissions to having your site re-indexed by search engines, removing unnecessary databases, upgrading or migrating your site to the latest version of Joomla and so many more things that should only be handled by someone that knows what they are doing.


But what’s the easiest way to prevent getting hacked in the first place? Get a maintenance contract. “People have a misconception that once you set up a website it just sort of runs itself...but that is incorrect, “ says Nicole. “You have to think of a website the same way you think of your car. Cars need oil changes every 5000 miles, you have to have your tires rotated, your fluids need to be checked every so often and you have to carry insurance on them in case of accidents or mechanical breakdowns - a website is no different. Think of having a maintenance contract as insurance for your website - you don’t want to be caught without one.”


All  of our plans include preventative maintenance, security checks, backups, training, extension upgrades, Joomla core upgrades and a team on call if there are any problems on your website. In addition, every month we complete our 50 point checklist to ensure your site is running optimally for security, speed, and SEO.  You get a report at the end of the month letting you know what actions were taken and the current status of your site. With varying plans to fit every budget and the option to cancel anytime, you can’t go wrong.


But if you’re still not convinced you need maintenance plan, we also offer one time Oil Changes where we upgrade your extensions and upgrade you to the latest version of Joomla AND complete our 50 point checklist - so it gives you a taste of what regular maintenance is like. In addition in the event you have a hacked Joomla site we also offer an a la carte Fix My Hacked Joomla Site service


So be proactive rather than reactive - check out the various plans we have available today and let us handle your website while you handle your business.


Written by Nicole Hill, Posted in Marketing


Thanks For The Shout Out!

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Thank you for taking the time to give us a shout out! Good luck to you on winning the $25 gift card, the winner will be announced on January 1st!

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So Could You Give Us A Shout Out?

Nearly everyone has heard the old adage, a happy customer tells an average of 3 people when they've had a great customer experience with a company, a product or service. In the web world this proves even more true and the reach much wider since we are all extra social creatures these days, with our blogging, tweeting, pinning and liking. So if you've had a great experience working with YellowWebMonkey Web Design we would love if you can share that with the world - okay, maybe not the world (we'll take care of that part) but if you can share it with us so WE can share it with the world we'd love it!

amazon gift cardAnd to show just how much we appreciate your taking the time to tell us about your experience with YellowWebMonkey Web Design, everyone who submits a testimonial will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate! The deadline to be entered into the drawing is December 23rd so go ahead and click here to give us a shout out and enter to win!

Written by Nicole Hill, Posted in Marketing


Why you should upgrade to Joomla 2.5

iStock_000007170770XSmallSo have you heard? The new version of Joomla is here! And if your website was launched prior to January 2012, your site is out of date and you need to upgrade to Joomla 2.5. Your current Joomla site will be supported through April 2012 however once you are past that you can expect that eventually your current site functions will no longer be completely supported by your web hosting company since they will have upgraded their software to support the new upgrade to Joomla 2.5.

The new version contains over 300 bug fixes as well as new features such as:

  • Enhanced article editing
  • Multilingual support, so you can have your website in different languages
  • More SEO features
  • CAPTCHA for improved security on web forms
  • Mobile website support


Take advantage of having a professional web development company handle this critical upgrade to Joomla 2.5. Along with ZERO downtime for your existing site we fix any problems that may occur. We do a full testing of your updated site and you have the ability to review and approve the upgraded site prior to going live. We offer both basic and full upgrade services to choose from. Both of our upgrade plans include:

  • Upgraded Extensions and Template
  • Migration of all existing sections, categories and articles
  • Migration of all menus
  • Migrate content from CCK’s like K2, Flexi-Content, or Zoo (extra charge)
  • Migrate directory entries from Mosets Tree, SOBI, or Zoo (extra charge)
  • Backup, Cache, Firewall, and more tools

In addition our full upgrade service also includes:

  • Fresh installs of all existing modules and components
  • Switching existing extensions to better competitor offerings (requires client approval)
  • Maintaining your Google pagerank by providing redirects for your indexed pages
  • Google Analytics with automated reporting
  • Search Engine and sitemap submission
  • Multimedia plugin for for movies, audio and flash player
  • Favicon and apple icon graphics
  • RSS Feeds
  • and much more.....

And if you’re considering putting off the upgrade because you are worried about the cost, consider this: If your website is hacked without these security fixes in place, you’ll have to hire us to fix it. If this happens not only will your site be down, you’ll be charged our hourly rates plus rush fees as we will need to alter our schedule to fit you in while we troubleshoot, rebuild your site and fix the security vulnerabilities. Save yourself this headache. Be proactive rather then reactive and schedule your upgrade to Joomla 2.5 now.

In addition upgrading to Joomla 2.5 also gives you the opportunity to address features and functions of your current site that can be enhanced:

  • Was your site built to go mobile? Upgrading to Joomla 2.5 is a great time to add mobile features to your website.
  • Does your site support the latest web browsers, including Chrome?
  • Have your needs changed and you need a site with more features? Joomla has added some great new functionality so an upgrade to Joomla 2.5 may just provide you with what you need.

You don’t want to delay making this critical move to keep your site up and running smoothly. We provide you with a free written same day estimate as well as a contracted deadline. Contact us about upgrading to Joomla 2.5 today!

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Why Go Mobile?

Have you thought about getting a mobile version of your site? Find out why now is the time to do it.

These days you can’t go anywhere without seeing someone on a mobile device. But is your website ready for the spotlight on the small screen? Sure anyone with a mobile device can pull up your website, so it’s not an issue of them finding your site. But unless your site was designed to be mobile their experience can be less then stellar. Is it optimized for the smaller mobile screen? Does it load quickly? Is it easy to navigate? Is it finger friendly?

Today’s consumer doesn’t just use their mobile device to access a search engine or watch a video. They are reading product reviews, finding retailers, downloading coupons, and making purchases. A bad mobile experience can cost you a customer so let Yellow Web Monkey help you make their mobile experience the best it can be.

blog_image_1Your customers experience viewing your site on a mobile device should be as good as it would be on a desktop. It’s what they expect and it’s what you should deliver. On a mobile site people want to get to the essential pieces of information and get there quickly. Yellow Web Monkey can help you prioritize content, reduce text and compress images to provide a friendly user experience that requires neither a keyboard nor a mouse.

And if wanting to be found is tops on your list, mobile is the way to go. Google provides separate search engine results for mobile searches, so having a site designed for mobile can help boost your ranking on searches done from mobile devices.

Our mobile sites run off of the easy to use Joomla CMS, so you can easily login and make changes and updates without having to learn any new technology. From a small 4 page mini site to a full fledged mobile version of your current site, let Yellow Web Monkey help you make the move to mobile.

With our special mobile sale pricing begins at $495 so don’t delay, contact us today and find out out how YWM can help you go mobile.

Click here for more information on our Mobile Sale

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Breaking Through the Clutter with Brand & Design

HEADSHOTONLY2As a designer one has to take a step back and understand what the TRUE intention is in the work they create. The art of design is different than that of a fine artist, in that it’s true intention is to communicate with a focused group or target audience. If you fail to create this connection with your audience, the piece of design has failed its intrinsic purpose.

BIANCA FRANK DESIGN: BRAND from Bianca Frank on Vimeo.


In order to “break through the clutter” my designs communicate on a multi-level dimension. This multi-level approach draws from human behavior and the emotional connection and responses that one gains from communicating. Primary visual points such as text, copy, color, photography, and illustration engage a viewer. There is however an intangible aspect to design that is ultimately where the communication with your audience resides. A designer’s ability to merge these physical elements and connect them with the viewer on an emotional and mental plane is where breaking through the clutter occurs.

Unfortunately the environment is saturated with bad design. However, people unknowingly are drawn to good design. They don’t know why they will stop and interact on a website that has clear lines and negative space. They just know that the design is welcoming them in and asking for their attention. It’s within this simplicity that we see design working at it’s most fundamental state. As a trained and intuitive creative thinker, I understand these micro and macro elements of communication and this is where the differentiation of my design work steps out against the clutter.

The consumer is a powerful individual and drives the core of this countries economy. They are also highly intelligent and have evolved as marketing tactics have shifted and changed. They are savvy. Staying in-tune with the world and its events are part of the continuing evolution of my design career and process. I continue to feed my creative mind, not only with the inviting artistic world around me, but also the scientific world of human nature. If you want to communicate, you have to understand your audience. The better you know WHO your audience is, the better connection you will make in a visual way.

In today’s world if you want to communicate you HAVE to have a designer that understands the importance of these micro and macro elements. This designer will draw out the larger picture, engage and ultimately direct the viewer to act. I am that designer and I'm so grateful to work with individuals at YellowWebMonkey that understand and appreciate that working together for the goal of the consumer is our ultimate goal. Your customer is OUR customer and understanding their needs is as important to us within the design of your site as it is to you.

Please check out a short introduction video created in connection with Bianca Frank Design to give you a snapshot as to WHAT branding is and WHY it is so important to your business.

Bianca Frank Design Brand, Business & Design Video

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How to Get More LIKE's and other Social Cred for your Link

Do you have a website or blog post that desperately needs more Facebook Likes, Twitter Retweets, Stumbles, etc? Here are a few helpful suggestions...

Let's start with some of the things you may already know...

Post on all the social platforms


If you are promoting your blog or website, you should have accounts on all of the above. Login in often and post your website url with a little new info. Always post links to your newest blogs as soon as it is published. These sites are at the center of the social media universe...take advantage of them.

Now let's be a little more creative...

Post in discussion boards/forums

  • Search for similar topics
  • Suggest the link ("Thanks for the tip! This is another article that helped me out....")

Join discussion boards or forums that are pertinent to your website and blog info. Search these boards to find out what others are saying and "suggest" your blog or website as additional information for them.

Question/Answer boards (similar to discussion board concept)

Do the same with these question/answer boards. Craft some of your blogs as informational and add those links as "answers" to questions posed on the boards.

Think "out of the box"...

Post on CraigsList

  • Either straight out ask that you are looking for Likes, etc
  • Post a funny title in personals, etc


Lots of people read Cragslist. Don't be afraid to post your site or blogs and just ask. Including a little humor may help.


Having a giveaway that randomly goes to someone that LIKES your page or retweets a post if very effective. If you have the ability, giving away an iPad is as good as gold. Services such as Wildfire and other contest apps can help with this.

QR Code Like buttons

People are quite curious about QR codes. Many people will "read" them just to see where they go. In this case, link to your site and your blog. It is even possible to generate a QR Code "LIKE" Button. When someone scans the code with their module phone, it automatically has them LIKE that link. Try it out below.


Finally, don't forget old fashioned groveling and hitting up friends and family. It's the same technique that gets you out of hot water with your significant other. Send them every blog post and just plain ask for the "like" or "retweet". When in doubt, offer to buy them coffee!

What other ideas do you have? Post in Comments below?

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Determining Your Company's Identity with Magnetic Poetry

Before venturing into branding, marketing, or social media, you need to figure out some things about your business. The whole point of all those things is to spread the word about you, but if you don’t know what word to spread, you are probably wasting time and money. Since I am a visual person, I put together a little “magnetic poetry” type action for you to play around with.

Before venturing into branding, marketing, or social media, you need to figure out some things about your business. The whole point of all those things is to spread the word about you, but if you don’t know what word to spread, you are probably wasting time and money. Since I am a visual person, I put together a little “magnetic poetry” type action for you to play around with. This is by no means a comprehensive list of adjectives, but rather an exercise to help you start thinking about your identity. (please suggest other words in comments)


1) Who are you?

It is important in today’s marketing world to appear sincere and to show a little personality. Figure out how you identify yourself. A good exercise is: If you were at a networking event and had 60 seconds to stand up and give a little “commercial” for your business, what would you say?

2) Who are your ideal customers/clients?

If you try to market to everyone, you will reach no one. Think about the clients you WANT. Is it the group that brings you the most business (quantity-wise), the most profitable group (quality), or just a niche you want to increase your business with? How would you describe them?

3.) Why are you better?

Imagine you are meeting with a potential client and they ask “why should I give my business to you instead of (insert competitor's name here) --insert competitor's name--. How do you reply? Don’t go for the laundry list; stick to the things where you know you rock. Also, even though people are cost-wary, don’t be afraid to say that you are worth your cost because of _____. Your competitor can always give a discount to undersell you, but if you explain why you are better, its harder for them to counter.


What are your thoughts? Was this helpful?

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Creating a Facebook Fan Page: Step by Step

1. Go to



2. Select your type of business under LOCAL dropdown.




3. Type the title of your business.


4. Click the checkbox next to "Do not make page visible at this time."


5. Hit the CREATE Page button.



6. Your new page is created.


7. BECOME A FAN of your page (** Very Important)


8. Move your mouse over the pic question mark.  Click on the CHANGE PICTURE that pops up. Choose UPLOAD PICTURE.


9. Select picture from your computer and hit OK.


10. Click on the line "Write something about..." Add a quick note (website, phone number, slogan)



11. Click on the INFO Tab.




13. Fill in the form blocks.  Click SAVE CHANGES.


14. Click on DETAILED INFO.


15. Fill in the form blocks.  Click SAVE CHANGES.


16. Click on DONE EDITING.




18. To get your Facebook ID for your business page, look at the address bar and copy the number.  You may need to give this number to your web designer.  Make sure you bookmark your page to make it easier to return to.



19. If this tutorial has been helpful, please click on the link and become a fan of YellowWebMonkey Web Design.




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Why Greeks Should Rush the Internet

ALPHA BETA GAMMA DELTA EPSILON…you know the rest. The Greek alphabet has taken on a whole new meaning on campuses across the States and beyond. And YellowWebMonkey wants to know why most Grecian chapters haven’t expanded their reach to the Internet. As students, the Internet is one of our primary tools of communication. We e-mail our teachers with excuses, we check grades through Blackboard, we socialize through Facebook, we Google at the first hint of ignorance…so when are Greeks going online? Some good reasons:

Putting on a good face.

Effective chapters of Greek organizations are all about business whether they are social or professional. Events, meetings, and internal organization must be run with efficiency. When things are running smoothly, it is that much easier to get to the fun. When potential recruits or campus officials or employers Google a fraternity or sorority to check what they are all about, your chapter should be represented; especially local Greeks that do not have an umbrella national website. Here’s your chance to post all of the “good” pictures, list recent projects, and give information about current members and officers in a controlled space, i.e. not Facebook.

“I didn’t check my email/get the text”.

Getting the word out last minute can be a hassle. What would you do if you could send mass text messages to an entire list of phone numbers…one list for members, one list for recruits, one list for alumni? What about sending internal e-mails through the site? Message boards and calendars, anyone? With a website the customization possibilities are huge. Get what your organization needs and then add a few extras that are just plain cool.

Paying up.

Everyone’s got to collect them. Why not cut those chapter meetings short a bit by collecting them online? Got fines? An email notification system complemented by a website that keeps track of payments. Make the treasurer’s job a little easier and life simpler for members. The same system can be used to receive donations from alumni! The website could serve as an easy way to keep in contact and allow them to support particular projects or add to the general fund.

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