A nationally-based company with offices in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN) and Spartanburg SC, Concerto Designs offers affordable website design and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) services for small- to medium-sized businesses, churches, and other non-profit organizations in Minnesota, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Delaware, and California. We specialize in Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) and e-commerce platforms such as Joomla, Wordpress, Drupal, Silverstripe, CMS Made Simple, Magento, X-Cart, and others.

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Joomla Web Design

Seven Ways Joomla Builds Success

A well-built Joomla CMS (Content Management System) web design not only gives you access to and complete control over your site's content and images, it's also a powerful tool for marketing and growth.

  1. You control your Joomla website - no exceptions & no webmaster needed!
  2. Effective, easy to use Joomla SEO tools grow with your company.
  3. Joomla delivers user friendly Internal linking and strong navigation.
  4. Tags, tagging and tag clouds for unbeatable SEO and control.
  5. With Joomla, lots of blogging options mean flexible, cutting edge marketing.
  6. Social MediaJoomla connects you with it all.
  7. Joomla site Maps - technical and necessary, read more!
Web Design Solutions

How to Exclude K2 Categories from Search Results

One of my clients uses FeedGator, a wonderful rss feed component for her large Joomla 2.5 site. Using FeedGaror's integration with K2, we have set up the feeds to display on the home page using the K2 Content Module, which shows an introtext and a "read more" for the first batch of feeds.

Our challenge has been finding a solution to exclude those feeds from site search results. In a way, the enhanced search capabilities of Joomla 2.5 work a little too well, since indexing the site content makes internal searches extremely accurate and thorough. Displaying news feeds in search results is obviously counterproductive since those links will take visitors off-site. There were some other issues with the default search due in part to the very complex nature of the site functionality (several hundreds of K2 items, Community Builder with all the bells and whistles, Kunena, etc.).

Judging from the threads in K2 and Joomla forums, there is widespread demand for some kind of K2 category exclusion feature. Our solution requires adding one line of code. Here's how we did it.

Latest News

Latest News

Demand for our web design, Joomla development, and SEO services continues to grow in  2011. In the first half of 2011, we have designed, built and launched a number of projects for clients around the globe, including:

Armanino McKenna LLP: original design and custom Joomla templates for the largest CPA firm in California (ranked #37 nationally). Site integrates K2, JCal Pro, Docman, and many other Joomla extensions. Most of the prior content (300+ pages) had to be entered manually (we imported some pages with the K2 import component). One major project goal was to implement a robust SEO campaign - this meant an initial intense phase of wire-framing as well as ongoing client education.

Web Design @ Minneapolis: Exploring Joomla CMS & SEO in the Twin Cities

  • Joomla CMS Puts You In Control

    Simple, Honest Business Solutions

    At Concerto Designs we’re in the business of creating honest web solutions. We believe that’s good for our business and for yours. So all our contracts include the training you need to manage your new Joomla CMS. It’s a logical system that is as easy to use as basic word processing programs. We take you through it step by step. We work closely with you and your staff to ensure you are comfortable using all your Joomla features. Our goal is to make you independent of us. That’s right, once you are comfortable running your website, you won’t need us. And that’s how we believe it should be. We’ll still be here for questions, we’d love to be here for references, we’re always here creating sites, but you won’t need us to manage yours. You’ll have that under control.

Content to Marketing: Joomla Helps You to Connect the Dots

  • Your web design gives your business a face – your content gives your business a voice.

    And the best platform for shaping and broadcasting that voice is Joomla.

    Well-written content that is crafted and published with Joomla's outstanding editorial tools lets your business and organizational goals come in loud and clear through search engines and social media. Our Joomla’s CMS (Content Management System) web sites provide multiple tools to manage all aspects of content development, publication, and optimization.

    After years of developing Joomla sites for clients in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN), South Carolina, and across the country, we have selected an array of extensions and tools that give your site the competitive edge it needs, including:

    1. The JCE (Joomla Content Editor) lets you style content, spell-check, insert images, add links, embed pdfs and other attachments, add captions, and much more. No knowledge of html or coding is required at all. The full-featured editor panel lets you perform all editorial tasks easily and efficiently. Images can added directly into content from your desktop or laptop computer.

    2. The K2 Content Creation Kit (CCK) brings in the best features of other platforms like Wordpress and Drupal into Joomla, including full-featured blogging capabilities, layout options that can be changed on the fly or varied from page to page, tagging, and extra fields that allow you to add customized maps, contact info, spreadsheet data, and much more.

    3. Joomla’s flexible system of modules (typically used in side columns, dialogue boxes, text boxes, header, footers) provide visually rich, flexible snippets that broaden the scope of your messaging.

    4. Joomla's built-in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) features allow you to manage search engine-friendly urls, page titles, metadata, and other structural elements critical to short- and long-term SEO campaigns. By responding quickly and efficiently to shifting visitor traffic and keyword patterns, you can propel your site's page ranking without having to pay expensive SEO consultants.

    5. Frequently updated content scores better with search engines - and with repeat visitors. Joomla makes updating and adding content as easy as editing a word document. You choose how often to update modules, add new pages, blogs, specials, or news items. That’s good for search engine visibility, good for visitors and good for business.

    Joomla makes managing content simple. With these tools you shape access and create trigger points for visitors to find your site’s most important information.

    Before your site launches, we make sure you understand and can use all these Joomla tools.


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Concerto Designs has built custom Joomla Web Sites & Web Designs in locations across Minnesota including: the Twin Cities, MN, Minneapolis, St. Paul, New Brighton, White Bear Lake, Hopkins, Plymouth, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, St. Louis Park, Golden Valley, Wayzata, Burnsville, Richfield, Maple Grove, Lakeville