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The Joomla project just announced two new Security releases for Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.7 branches. Both releases are marked “High Priority – Core – Password Change Vulnerability”. Looking into the details, apparently it may be possible for someone to exploit the “Forgot Password” system to change a users password and gain access to the site.

In addition to the issue above, the 1.7.3 patch also includes another minor XSS security fix in the administration area and 77 bug fixes, so upgrade today.

Sysgen Media highly recommends that all users of Joomla upgrade to the latest release on their branch as soon as possible. We also maintain that users should generally keep up-to-date with all of the latest security releases for any open source software platform.

Sysgen Media is also able to help facilitate an update of your site. Rates vary depending on the version of Joomla you have currently as well as the size of the site and number of extensions that may be in use. If you are interested please contact us today.

Hi All,

We have finally updated our FREE module for Joomla: OpenX Single Page Call. OpenX Single Page Call allows you to easily implement your OpenX tags into your Joomla site via a Single Page Call. Instead of making several calls to the ad server for pages with multiple ads, a single call loads the page much faster, without the delays associated with rendering each zone individually.

We added support for Joomla! 1.6. This is our first Joomla! 1.6 Native module and we are very excited to have it out in the market. Please try it out and let us know if you have any suggestions or feature improvements.

Thanks,
Sysgen Media, Joomla Development Team

With SEO being such a big part of web development, it would be good to know some tools to help evaluate progress and how well your optimizations are going. Thankfully there are numerous sources to reference as well as free easy to use tools that will come in handy.

If your project is to SEO an existing site I’d recommend running some of these reports before beginning the project. This will allow you to show the client or whomever at the end of the project how well you were able to improve their site. It will also give you an idea of what to look for if you are unfamiliar with SEO or what needs the most work on a particular site.

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We’re in the finishing phases of our first e-commerce site using Magento. In the beginning, the project was daunting. If anyone has tried using Magento, you might already know that the learning curve is incredibly steep. Trying to navigate the file structure and learning where everything is coming from is an uphill battle. The fact that documentation is sparse and hard to locate doesn’t help. Luckily there is a small but dedicated group of message board users and forum posts to sift through which can help find answers to many of your problems. I strongly recommend to anyone starting their first Magento project to join the forums, the users there have helped me numerous times in the beginning of this project.

Having an understanding of the MVC (Model-View-Controler) design pattern is a good idea before diving into Magento, the core code is heavily based on this design. Id also recommend taking a look at the Zend Framework.

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