Kristoffer Sandven

Kristoffer Sandven

Kristoffer Sandven is a photographer, filmmaker and web consultant living in Oslo, Norway. He's the founder and author of JoomlaBlogger.

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Monday, 17 August 2015 02:26

Joomla is 10 years old today!

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of Joomla 1.0. The now immensely popular CMS was forked from Mambo, and has since come far in terms of the technology.

However, what is most brilliant about Joomla is the community. Personally, I've met so many people that I would never have met otherwise. People from far and near, people from completely different cultures and with totally different backgrounds and interests than myself. What we share is that we enjoy using Joomla and being a part of this inspiring community.

Being a part of the Joomla community has brought me to Stockholm, to Germany and the Netherlands for J and Beyond, and to Spain to speak at a Joomla event. Being part of the community has enriched my life with new friends. And it has challenged me in personal and technical ways I otherwise would not have knows.

How has being a part of the Joomla community impacted you and your life?

Share in the comments below - I'd love to hear your stories!

Life as a web developer is a changing one - all the time. The online tools I used a couple of years ago might not be around anymore. Other tools, like the Adobe Photoshop, are tried and true. They stay with me year after year. I’d like to share some of the online tools I currently use in my business.

A change to the default robots.txt files was made in Joomla 3.3 to allow Google to access templates and media files by default to improve SEO.

This change is not applied automatically on upgrades and Joomla users are recommended to review the changes in the robots.txt.dist file. This file is located in the root folder of your site after upgrading to 3.3 or later versions.

Joomla and WordPress training company OSTraining has a great offer for aspiring Joomla developers. 

A basic Joomla site is simple to build. However, if you want more advanced features on your site it's easy to get in over your head. With the expert training provided by OSTraining, no job will be too big. You will be able to take control of the project and build your Joomla website.

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Saturday, 14 February 2015 14:29

148 page Joomla Magazine in Dutch coming soon

The "Handboek Joomla!" is a 148 page magazine dedicated to Joomla that is just about ready to go to print. The Dutch Joomla community has worked together with some international community members on the issue. Over 40 people contributed in some way to this magazine, which is made made by the Dutch Webdesigner magazine.

Brute-force attacks on Joomla sites are common these days. The reality website owners must face is that hackers are in control of large farms of hacked computers. These computers can be used to coordinate massive brute-force attacks on a website.

As a website owner, in fact I'm hosting several sites, I'm constantly getting these types of attacks on my servers. In this post, I look at a few ways to reduce the chance that someone gains unlawful access to your Joomla websites by way of brute-force attacks.

The Joomla® project has just launched a new service: Users worldwide can now create and build Joomla websites and have them hosted for free. The service is offered in corporation with web hosting company SiteGround, who’s built the server infrastructure for the service.

Free hosting of Joomla sites has not been available in this form before. By introducing the service, Joomla takes a big step in terms of spreading the use of the CMS. Users will be able to set up a fully working Joomla website, hosted for free for an unlimited time. The site will run on a type subdomain, not unlike the service found at

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 26, 2014 

  • 5 Tips to Speed Up Your Joomla 3.x Website
  • 5 Popular Web Designs You Should Know
  • How to Choose the Best Joomla Template for Your Website?
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:30

Hour-long presentation on K2 and Joomla 3

On August 14th and 15th, OSTraining hosted an event called Joomla3 Day. During the event, several people from the  community did presentations on various aspects of using Joomla.

One of the presentations was an hour-long presentation on the new version of K2 which is now in beta stage. The stable version of K2 v.3 is set for release late September / early October 2014.

In the presentation, Fotis Evangelou, main developer of K2, goes through K2 in general and then goes into detailed explanation of K2 version 3.

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 25, 2014 

  • Maps2 Update Adds Panoramio Image Layer, Map Resize Triggers and Bug Fixes
  • 5 Tips to Improve Your Inbound Marketing Plan for Joomla Websites
  • 5 Joomla Web Design Trends in 2015
  • JoomlaShine Showcase: JSN Boot and JSN Kido – An Easy Way to Create A Gorgeous Look for Your Websites
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