Joomla tips (89)

There are lots and lots of Joomla tips that you can benefit from to make your Joomla site better.

If you have any Joomla tips you want to share or something you can't find the solution to, please don't hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

habits-joomla-usersWorking with Joomla on a regular basis, you will inevitably develop some habits. And, most likely, some of these habits are good, others are bad.

But there are some habits common for successful Joomla users.

Read on for seven good habits for working successfully with Joomla. This list of habits will improve your experience with Joomla, and save you from hours of cleaning up after a mishap.

 

Easing the use of JoomlaAs a Joomla integrator, I think my mission is to make it easier for the end-user to operate Joomla. It should be a joy to work with Joomla, not a pain. The user needs to feel in control of the content of his or her website. Not the other way around.

This applies even more if the site is a complex one. A more complex site in terms of functionality should not be proportionally hard to maintain.

Sadly, this is not always the case. Many users find it hard to use Joomla. The reasons can be many, but the result is the same: They avoid using it on a daily basis, and the site goes stale and uninteresting. Or they try, don't understand how it works, and mess things up.

So, as a Joomla integrator, I need to find the correct tools and add-ons to Joomla. And give the client the proper training for using them. The tools you choose to use for a Joomla site will impact the experience of your end-user / client.

This is the first post in a series on how to ease the use of Joomla for your clients. Throughout the series, I will go through some of the issues people have with using Joomla - and suggest ways to relieve the pains.

thumb_facebook-fanboxI set up a Facebook fan page a while ago. Now, I've put up a FaceBook Fan Box here at JoomlaBlogger.

This box displays fans of my Facebook page directly in Joomla. You can find the module in the right sidebar.

To put a box like this in your own site you have a few options.

When I first installed a Facebook module on my site, I had some trouble with it. I've now found another module which seems to work better.

akeeba-quota-ill2As you might have noticed, my blog was unavailable on and off for about 36 hours a few days ago. Obviously, this is not something I'm happy about.

The reason for the down-time seemed to be some trouble with the mySQL server. It just didn't want to start. I tried everything I knew, then contacted my hosting company. They told me to restart the mysqld service (done). They then told me to reboot the server (done). After several more emails from me, describing the problem, I didn't hear anything.

Come the next day, I sent some more emails to the hosting company. Still no response. Around 1 pm, I called them. As it turns out, some other server in their hosting environment had been hacked and they'd been working on that one first... Doh! It took the support tech 2 mins to determine my disk was full!

brian-nicholas-joomladaydkLast weekend, the first JoomlaDay Denmark was held in Kolding.

The event gathered 150 Joomla enthusiasts of varying ability to explore different subjects and socialize.

Brian Teeman and Nicholas Dionysopoulos were there to give presentations, and were asked by the organizers to prepare a short presentation on what's coming in Joomla 1.6. They gave a 15 minute presentation called "Joomla 1.6 - a date with the future", and the result can be enjoyed in this post.

According to Wikipedia, a content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a system of computers containing copies of data, placed at various points in a network so as to maximize bandwidth for access to the data from clients throughout the network. A client accesses a copy of the data near to the client, as opposed to all clients accessing the same central server, so as to avoid bottleneck near that server.

Content types include web objects, download-able objects (media files, software, documents), applications, real time media streams, and other components of internet delivery (DNS, routes, and database queries).

There are currently three main CDN extensions available for Joomla, and I've just installed one on this site. I'm happy with the result - I hope you notice the difference in speed! In this post, I'll look at what CDN is, take a look at two different CDN extensions for Joomla and how to set up CDN using jomCDN from corephp.

If you're into analyzing the traffic of your Joomla website (as you should be IMHO), you will probably need to add some tracking software to your site. The most obvious one is Google Analytics. Other choices can be Crazyegg, GoingUp or other solutions.

All of these, as well as other solutions, require that you add a Javascript snippet to your site. In this post I'll show you how to add some module positions to your template. This will make it easier to add the required scripts to your website.

If you're using sh404SEF, you have probably seen the alert which says:

WARNING: $live_site missing from Joomla configuration.php file!

It stands out in bold, red letters - but what does it really mean? And how do you fix it? Read on for enlightenment.
sh404sef Joomla configuration - live site URL missing

I got this question the other day:

I have a question that is quite important for me and for all that would want to use Joomla as a blogging CMS. Is there any plugin or something to schedule articles in a similar way as Wordpress?

What I mean is: Sometimes I schedule an article to be published for example 2 hours later. For some reason, I need to write and publish a fast article before the scheduled article goes live. The problem is that when the scheduled one is published, it will appear just below the recently published article. I would like it to be published over the article, appearing as the newest one.

Actually, this is easily done with Joomla itself.

joomla-kickSometimes, we all need to get a reminder on what to do to improve our Joomla sites. I know I do. The site has been sitting there for a long time and you know it needs to be updated and improved. You just don't know where to start. Maybe what you need is a kick you know where to get started.

In this post I've listed 10 things you could do to improve your own or a client's Joomla site.

Joomla 1.5 installs with three pre-installed templates. These templates are good as a starting point when learning Joomla. Still, if you want to create a Joomla website, you will want to look at other templates as well.

There are a lot of templates out there. Both free and commercial. I usually recommend spending a few dollars on a template from a professional provider if you're creating a business website. You will get those dollars back in less frustrations, better search engine rankings and easier customization. The support is also better (not always, though).

This tutorial will show you how to install a Joomla template and how to get started customizing it.

akeeba-backup-logoMany people ask how to upgrade their Akeeba Backup(previously JoomlaPack) installation.

It's quite simple, really.

Read on for how to do it.

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