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How to change the Joomla article title tag from H2 to H1 Published February 23, 2014

The default Joomla 2.5 content article template uses the H2 tag for the title and it is not conducive to proper HTML page formatting. There is a H1 condition available for 'page_heading' but that displays only when a Menu Item is assigned to the article and the Page Heading parameter is set to display on the page. That's all good,…

Simple Joomla custom 404 error page Published February 17, 2014

I read an article recently which stated that creating a custom 404 error page for Joomla was extremely complex. What! Absolute nonsense! Firstly, Joomla includes an error.php file which can be overridden in your template for maximum customization. If it is not already included in your template folder, just copy the file from the system template folder at templates/system/error.php. The…

Maintain the integrity of your website Content Management System by checking the security of extensions Published February 12, 2014

If you install the bare bones WordPress, Joomla or Drupal content management systems, they are 99.9% secure and you can rest assured that hackers will be kept at bay for the most part. However, all software can be hacked, so periodically, as discovered, exploits will be quickly fixed and an update released. Greater chance of vulnerability begins when you install…

Redirect those pesky 'wp-admin' hack attempts to another destination Published February 9, 2014

Joomla includes a redirect component called 'Redirect Manager' at Components > Redirect which is great for identifying hack attempts and creating permanent redirects for the URLs used by those attempts. It is a priceless addition to Joomla and much simpler than adding lines of redirect codes to your .HTACCESS file. You should check it periodically and assign redirects to specific…

Want to remove the Generator meta tag from your Joomla and Wordpress page coding? Published January 3, 2014

Having the generator meta tag will not hurt or benefit your website. It primarily serves the purpose of providing usage statistics for the application developer, especially frameworks like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal. It helps developers of these free opensource website systems determine if it is worth their while to maintain development (See the WordPress installation counter which is driven by the generator…

A Fix for AidaNews module 'Errore nella creazione della thumbnail' adaptiveresize() Published December 30, 2013

If you use the Aidanews2 module with Joomla 2.5.x, which is for displaying latest posts, you may at some point have experienced the error that totally disables your website and shows the message as below: Errore nella creazione della thumbnailFatal error: Call to a member function adaptiveResize() on a non-object in /home/homefolder/public_html/modules/mod_aidanews2/helper.php on line 289 This is just frustrating and…

Wrap first word of module title in a span for styling Published December 3, 2013

You may wish to add a little visual excitement to your module titles by adding a different color, font, weight or size to the first or even last word, and do so dynamically. Well this little coding bit will make it happen. Most likely there is already a modules.php override file within your template's HTML folder. Add the following to…

The reCaptcha Error with Joomla Published November 18, 2013

UPDATE: Feb. 19 Joomla has released 2 patches since this article was published, which corrects the reCaptcha error. If you have not yet updated your Joomla 2.5.x system, go to the Joomla release news section to learn more and download the file.       If you use the reCaptcha plugin included with Joomla 2.5.x then you may notice that…

Size Matters! Increase the size of the article title field for descriptive titling Published November 6, 2013

Nowadays website postings have very long titles as another effort to solicit search engines and also excite the reader and encourage clicks. The tiny article field provided with Joomla's content component is somewhat limiting. It's size seemingly discourages long titles. So we 'bigged it up'! Check dis out. The article title field is moved to the top of the entry…

Using Adaptive Mobile Device Detection For Joomla Website Published October 20, 2013

The Adaptive mobile device detection script is already included with the Joomla framework in libraries/joomla/environment/browser.php so there is no need to add any special 'sniffer' script like WURFL, Mobile ESP etc. To use it simply requires inclusion of the isMobile function in your default template's index file. Or to make the job really simple, use the Simple Mobile Detection plugin developed…
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