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Five Tips to Improve Website User Experience

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Your website is more than just a place to promote your brand and/or products. It’s arguably the single largest point of contact your customers may have with your business, outside of a brick and mortar storefront. It’s where you make your initial pitch to new visitors, share information with your community, and drive traffic to places you’d like your visitors to go.

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New Pricing Model

For nearly four years here at RocketTheme, we’ve maintained the same prices for our memberships. As the platforms we support have grown more powerful and complex, web design trends have also become more involved and time consuming. Because of this, with the launch of our new RocketTheme site in the very near future, we will be adjusting our prices slightly to help offset the increased cost of development and support.

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RokBooster Update Adds Timesaving New Features

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Many of our customers may have noticed a new update (1.1.9) has been made available for RokBooster this week. This is a fairly significant update as it adds several new features intended to make its use and application easier for site administration while adding flexibility.

In this article, we’ll examine three major feature additions that have been added to RokBooster for Joomla 2.5 and 3.x users.

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Meet the Team - James Spencer

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James Spencer has been a valued member of the RocketTheme team since 2007 and has been involved in Joomla product development, documentation, and support throughout that time. He holds two degrees in Law, and currently resides in the UK.

In this article, we’ll ask James a series of questions in order to get to know him a bit more.

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What's Going on With Documentation?

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Documentation is a key component to virtually any Web technology. At this point, we’ve largely relied on our forums to provide answers, as well as a place to ask questions that arise from our community upon using our products.

In addition, we’ve provided detailed information about our demo sites in order to make it easier to recreate various elements on your own site. We’ve also released copies of our demo site in the form of RocketLaunchers in order to provide a real-world reference that makes it easier to hit the ground running with a feature-rich and aesthetically pleasing starting point for our templates.

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Image Optimization Solutions

One of the best ways to improve the performance of a sluggish websites comes in the form of image optimization. As sites become increasingly visual, it’s easy to get carried away and add significant amounts of data to each page load. This can quickly bog down your server, increase load times for visitors, and do a number on your bandwidth bill.

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One simple and easy solution to this problem is to run your site’s images through an image optimizer. By reducing the file size without significantly impacting an image’s visual appeal, you can achieve faster page load times and lower per-visitor bandwidth usage which will make you and your visitors very happy.

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How to Easily Simplify a RocketTheme Template

We've received a lot of feedback from our community recently asking how various templates can be best modified to meet the needs of a variety of sites. From corporate enterprises to personal portfolios, our community is as diverse as it gets.

That's why we've designed all of our Gantry-powered templates and themes to be easily modified without any programming or website design experience required. In fact, there is very little you can't do with one of our templates after just a few minutes of working with the settings made available in the back end of Joomla or WordPress.

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RocketTheme Mid-Year 2013 Status Update

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Back in January we reflected in our blog on 2012 and looked forward to what you could expect to see from RocketTheme in 2013. Now that six months have passed I thought it would be great to see what we've achieved and what we have coming in the second half of the year.

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RokSprocket2 with new Simple Provider

RokSprocket 2 is a major release of RokSprocket for Joomla and WordPress that extends our powerful RokSprocket module to include a new ‘simple’ content provider. This allows for on-the-fly creation of content directly within the RokSprocket module without the need of existing articles from one of the available content providers.

Essentially, you can create a powerful interactive showcase on the fly that enhances your visitor's experience on your site and directs them to specific links and information you would have to create an article in support of otherwise.

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RokUpdater: Easy Updating for RocketTheme Extensions

RokUpdater is the newest member of the RocketTheme family of extensions for Joomla. It is an answer to our member's desire for an easier method to update club and free extensions.

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RokUpdater takes care of authentication for you so Joomla can download and install the new file(s) without any further action required on your part.

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