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This post will show how it can be simple to create an hybrid mobile app using HTML, CCS and Javascript (i.e. a Phonegap app), and jBackend to access to Joomla content in JSON format and so to use Joomla as data source to feed the app. It's easy as 1,2,3.

jBackend Demo App

Without any doubt tophost (http://www.tophost.it) is one of the most known and used domain name registrar and web hosting providers in Italy. The services offered are limited but reliable and cheapest enough to make a high ratio quality / price. In practice there are only two services:

  • topname (EUR 5.99 + VAT per year) to register and maintain a domain name. The service includes mail and 100Mb of web space to use for email or as FTP space;
  • topweb (EUR 9.99 + VAT per year) for web hosting. The service includes 10Gb of space to distribute at will between mail (up to 30 boxes), database space (up to 4 MySQL database) and web space;

We have several active domains with topweb for several years, and after an objective evaluation of the service we can say that the quality is excellent, especially considering the cost is absolutely negligible. The control panel (cPanel) allows quick access to all management functions, from mailboxes configuration to php.ini settings, and also database creation and management is quite simple. But the most interesting feature of the service is the opportunity to freely distribute the available space (10Gb, not so few for a "normal" use) between the different services (mail, database, file system), and changes can be made "on the fly".

Looking at performance, the service offered is more than acceptable and allows, for example, to run a medium complexity Joomla site with more than 300 unique daily visitors without any problems and with response times absolutely acceptable.

topweb page load time