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Website Energy Guide

No Goddamn Sensible Photo Gallery Plugin For WordPress! WTF?

So after 7 years using Joomla Content Manager, a client decided he wanted to switch to WordPress based on frustration. He started with J1.0 in 2008 and had a costly transition to J1.5 in late 2009, then another expensive move to J2.5 in 2011, along with numerous malfunctions due to third-party extensions erroneous coding hooks for the J2.5 framework. Now…

Use The K.I.S.S Principle For Templates And Get Maximum Results

Has the thought ever crossed your mind as to why multi-billion dollar corporations do not have lots of animated objects sliding around on their website, or many javascript hover effects? Is it that they cannot afford it or that their tech staff are too dumbass to figure those 'cool' bullshit nuisances? Simple is in! Has been in since the invention…

Add custom parameter fields to Joomla 2.5.x modules and article without core hacking

Joomla is loaded with system overrides that makes it super flexible but it is to know the hooks to manipulate the system that makes it usable. See Demo At FloridaBadminton.com The first module in the right column is collapsible and is color split. The module below it has the title linked and is sub-title split with color assigned to the…

Create a custom testimonial category with RSForm Pro and Joomla Content Component

If you use the mighty RSForm Pro from RSJoomla.com you probably have tapped into its ability to map the fields of your custom form to any database, and that is just awesome because it provides lots of flexibility. You can create forms to do just about anything that components do and map it all to Joomla's core article component. Wikkid!…

Subtitling the titles of Joomla titles|It will make for a longer descriptive text

Descriptive titles do add some SEO power to your posts, but they can get quite long and chunky. Though in some cases, chunky looks good on the page. With this little snippet, you can develop a template that displays the title with a sub title option. It will turn The greatest show on Earth is the one that is great.…

How to change the Joomla article title tag from H2 to H1

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

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

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

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?

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()

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

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

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

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

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…

Do I need to make my website mobile compatible and is it easy?

Yes it is vital to have your website change its view format based on the UserAgent (device) or screen width, for the same reason people have abandoned their landline phones. Mobility rules! Your website, if valuable to your viewers, will still be visited by the growing mobile web populous, but once they find a site similar that is conducive to…

Essentials For Your Joomla Website

These are some extensions that have proven very useful and even, arguably, should be a part of the Joomla core system. Some are free and others are sold but it should not matter that you purchase that which is well developed by someone who has the skills and put in the many weeks of work and sometimes even sleepless nights…

Who's Who Using Opensource Content Management Systems

The big dogs in Website Content Management Systems (CMS) are the power behind millions of websites, many which are really just 9 - 5ers trying their hand at web entrepreneurship and was happy to see that the hosting service had a one-click installer and they could start blogging right away. The real judge of these top CMS, Joomla, WordPress and…

How to change the path for Wordpress admin

It is always a concern that someone is trying to get into your CMS admin and it usually is someone who knows about the system you use. WordPress uses /wp-admin and the more savvy person will use wp-login.php. There is no default lockout after X amount of tries so a person could sit there for weeks trying many common combinations…
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