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MyJoomla.com Free Site Audit Tutorial

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MyJoomla.com is an Excellent Platform for Site Audits and ManagementHey there, Joomla fans! Tim Davis here. I'm a Joomla fan too.

Today I'm not coming to you from the Bailiwick of Jersey. Now if that gives you a sense of deja vu you can be excused for that because a couple of weeks ago I didn't come from the Bailiwick of Jersey. That was in the video I was making about MyJoomla.com. That's Phil Taylor's site that offers award-winning tools that will help you secure, manage, monitor, and upgrade your Joomla site or Joomla sites. Now when I did that video I made a few mistakes in it, not the least of which was accidentally revealing my password on my user account! I've since changed that. But after editing that on YouTube and reviewing things I thought I could do a better job on that video. So, I'm redoing it now with a simpler look at MyJoomla.com's offerings.

Without further ado, let's head on over to the computer and check out how to get a free site audit for your Joomla site from MyJoomla.com. That's Phil Taylor's site. What this audit from MyJoomla.com does, is it looks at every single file in your web hosting account and it searches for not only active malware or hacks but it can also find the remnants of things from the past that are just lying there dormant and from a current hack or from a hack that maybe was in the past. I've noticed that on some sites that I've searched there were some files that were missed and the audit found them.

Now here we are at the MyJoomla.com site and the first step is to sign up for a free account. To do that, you will click on sign up. Now here's the very basic signup form. When that is complete, click the “get started” button. Now on this next screen, MyJoomla.com has incredible instructions and lots of helpful information.

Next, you add your Joomla site to MyJoomla.com, to this account that you've just created, and then it will begin the audit. Now there's three ways to do that.

  1. First you have the option to Install from a URL. I'm already logged into the basicjoomla.com site. I'm going to go to Extensions, Manage, and Install. And here in this Joomla 3.7.3 site, you have the option to Install from the Web, Upload a Package File, Install from Folder, Install from URL. Now if we click on install from URL, in order to add your site, all you need to do in this method is go down to this clipboard and you can copy this URL here to your site. Now notice this last bit here. Every plugin is different for each site. So if you get to the point where you are going to add another site to your account, you're going to have to use a separate plug-in for each site. It's not just a common plugin for all. But what you could do is copy that and then paste it in "Install from URL" and then you would Check and Install. Now MyJoomla.com is listening for a connection from your site, and if I were to click check install here, then the entire process will start.
  2. The next tab "Install from File." This works with Joomla 3.0 and up. Just read through this option: click on your site, click the choose file button, select the exact same file you just downloaded, and you're going to download that file through this blue button here. When you download that file, you're going to download it to your computer. Remember the location on your computer because you're going to go to that location in the back end of your site and upload it.
  3. But what I want to do in this tutorial is just show you the older series because that will work for everybody.
    1. So, we'll click on older series click below to start the connection wizard. This is going to give you some steps to go through, to get things installed on your site.
    2. Now you need to give the exact URL that your site is on. This should end with a trailing slash. Enter your site's URL, i.e. www.basicjoomla.com. I'm going to select all of that URL, right click and copy, and now I'm going to paste it in there.
    3. Next, I'm going to click the site address.
    4. Now we have to download the connector plug-in. To do that we're going to click that blue bar and we're going to put it in a folder and save that.
    5. Now the next step is to install the connector on your site. It says here, "Click to go to your administration page." So, we'll click on that then the tab where we can log in to the back-end of our site will open. I'm going to log in to the back-end of the basicJoomla.com site.
    6. Now we will go back to the tab for MyJoomla.com and we'll click continue.
    7. Now a sanity check. Once installed, one of these buttons should launch your site and show Ready.
    8. Now from the previous step we go to Extensions, Manage, Install, Upload the Package File. Browse to the folder where that connector file is, double click on it and it will install. And it's there.
    9. Next, we go back to MyJoomla.com and now you're going to click on this button to select your series of Joomla. Once you've installed, then one of these buttons should launch your site and show "Ready." If none of them do, you have a permission issue or htaccess rule that is blocking access or some other issue. We can help you with those. Just ask. You can always ask for help up here in the top right corner “Contact Phil for help.” Now we know that this is a Joomla 3.7 site that we're working on so that's what I'm going to click on. I click on that and I see up here in the corner it says Ready. That means that MyJoomla.com successfully connected to that plugin that we just added.
    10. Now we go back to the tab. Here's this green button to click next. I see "Ready." Click on that. Now it's going to ask us to check the connection status and we will do that. We check that and we wait for it to connect. I cut out a little bit of the waiting time there but it did connect and now there is a snapshot taken of my Joomla site and at the same time the free audit is being run in the background.

Now the audit is waiting to start and it will take a couple minutes to run. Depending on the size of your site it will take five minutes to an hour, but we don't have to stay here and wait. We can look at some of the features that are available on MyJoomla.com. There's information that you're going to get along with your free audit that you can act on and there are tools that you can use if you pay for an account.

Let's look back at this Snapshot tab. In the Snapshot, you'll see that MyJoomla.com has looked at a number of things and you'll see warnings and problems found and tools that you can click on and what's really important is this blue button. For each one of these areas you can Learn More about what has been checked, and what the warning is, and what the problem is that has been found. So really take that time. It really helps you to learn about your Joomla site, to manage it, and to give you tips on how to change it. Some of these things you're not going to be able to do with the free account, but it's certainly going to give you information and you can decide whether you're going to pay for an account.

Next, we can look at this Back Up tab. You have the option to enable backups on a paid account. You can run Akeeba Backup if you install it on your site, and I have a tutorial on backing up your site with Akeeba - there's a free version of that extension. You can manage scheduling your backups here.

"Update" will check for updates that are available for any of the extensions that are running on your Joomla site and it will tell you if you need to update anything. Now the initial Snapshot looks at that and you'll see some information of things that can be updated and if you are using this site and getting regular audits from your paid membership, you will be able to go and manage extension updates.

Now under "alert" you can set certain alerts and what information you will get. For instance, "Alert when a super admin logs in to the admin console." If you have a couple people who have super administrator access on your website you can get an email every time one of them logs in.

There are many things to check out here - Realtime Triggers and then Near Realtime File Checks, and you can check out and read all about that.

Now under "Log" you’ll see the activity for log interactions with your site.

And finally, "Uptime." You can create a check that monitors your website so if your website ever goes down you will get an email saying, "Your website's down."

There are seven tabs that you can check out while your audit is happening and you can evaluate if these are tools that you would like to use regularly. I use them regularly on the 28 sites that I manage. I use MyJoomla.com and it is great, especially all that helpful information in Learn More.

Let's check to see if that audit has started, and as you see it has started, it's green, it's running in the background, and you don't need to stay here while this audit is happening. You can surf around other things and you would be alerted when the audit is complete.

There we go. The audit is complete. Again, you don't have to wait around at your computer, you don't even have to wait around on the page for the audit to finish. It runs in the background and you'll get a notification when it's complete. Now that it is complete we can see under the audit tab all the different things that are checked, some of the problems that perhaps have been found, and you can explore the tools that are available if you purchase a membership for the site or - whether you purchase or not - you can learn more about each of those sections by using the Learn More button.

If you want to pay, go up to the see pricing and plans area. If you want to have your site fixed you can contact Phil to do that, to pay for expert help, and you can always contact for support through that.

So, there you have it. A question for you:

  • Have you used this service before?
  • Are you going to get a free audit?

If you do get a free audit, post in the comments section below one of the most significant things that you find out as a result of that audit.

Thanks for watching. Remember to subscribe and as always, enjoy your Joomla sites. God bless.


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