This has been a hell of a ride.  I've been working sporadically on learning Joomla! 3, with a lot more intensity over the past few weeks. I finally finished at least the rough version of a site which I thought was presentable enough to put up on the Internet. There will be a lot more additions and tweaks as time goes on.

I had decided, based on nearly everything I've read, to abandon GoDaddy as a host. As far as Joomla! goes, almost every review of hosting sites placed two hosts at the top of the heap, SiteGround and BlueHost. So I flipped a coin and picked SiteGround, because the features they offer are perhaps slightly better. As soon

I learned yesterday that Netgear is bailing out of the Prosecure product line at the end of 2016.  I'm going to be looking for an alternative Unified Threat Management device to recommend to my clients.  I'll update the blog when I arrive at a solid recommendation.

This is the official statement on the Netgear website:

NETGEAR Inc. will exit from the ProSECURE business on January 1, 2017. To complete the full exit from the business, NETGEAR Inc. will no longer provide ProSECURE software support or subscription updates for any ProSECURE devices after December 31, 2016

NETGEAR Inc. will continue to honor valid warranty claims for all ProSECURE devices purchased from an authorized reseller. Click here for more details on NETGEAR Warranty.

This is my first blog entry, not coincidentally on setting up a website using Joomla! 3. I would first like to recommend the website Lynda.com, and in particular the course called "Joomla! 3 Essential Training" by Jen Kramer. This tutorial was made with an early version of Joomla! 3 so it's slightly dated at this point, but still gives you a tremendous leg up. The course is listed at 9 hours 41 minutes, but you should triple that. It's a little like drinking from a fire hose, so you'll need to pause and rewind frequently.