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02 May
2010

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Hils

What is the Joomla! Fast Track Training Course at LVS Online?

We’re open for Registration!
click here to register for the may 2010 online joomla! training course

the virtual classroom opens May 10th
First Lesson posted May 15th

sticky postFrom a basic install of the Joomla! Content Management System, with hosting provided by LVS Associates for this class, you will build an example site for the new (and imaginary!) LVS Online Garden Center. We have the Client’s brief, the images and dummy content and this course will take you through the development, step-by-step, from beginning to completion.

It isn’t a manual, it isn’t a series of unrelated ‘how tos’ – it is a complete site build for you to wrap up and take away at the end of the course and adapt for your own use. You don’t need any books or software for this class – it is a specially written course for LVS Online with original material.

The best way to learn is by ‘doing’ and with the Joomla! Fast Track Course at LVS Online it will be like having your own personal tutor guiding you. Comprehensive Course Notes are provided with each lesson and the Instructor is available in the Joomla Class Online Virtual Classroom at LVS Online for help and assistance during the class.

Course Cost $30US for new students $24US for returning students

WARNING! Once you have found LVS Online Classes there is no available cure for LVSELA (LVS eLearning Addiction).

14 Jun
2009

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Hils

Help! All my Joomla! Articles/Plugins/Modules have disappeared

New Joomla! Users Tips & Tricks

I bet they haven’t! Joomla! Admin backend remembers what you last did whilst you are working with it. So, for example, if you were editing an article in one of your specific sections or categories and chose to look for it by using a filter, when you go back to Article Manager it can look as though all the others have disappeared. Just put the filters back to ’select section’ and ’select category’ and you will see them.

The same can happen if you look for plugins and modules in their managers. You might have looked for all modules in the left position, you might have looked for all ‘content’ plugins – just remove the filters and the others will reappear.

Filters are a great way to find what you want quickly – but remembering that you used a filter can save those panic moments when you think everything else has been lost for ever.

01 May
2009

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Hils

Got a Joomla problem? Ask the question the right way!

Joomla has a thriving Community of people ready and willing to help when you hit a problem.

But time and time again you will see ‘panic’ requests for help with post titles like ‘Help’, ‘Please answer today’ and post content such as ‘can’t make xxx work can anyone help’.

By posting like that you are doing two things – first you are losing the support of busy developers who might just have an answer if they knew what the question was and second, perhaps more importantly, it will be hard for people with the same question to be able to search and find the answer to their problem which you have already had an answer to.

So before you rush to print, think about what you are asking…
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11 Apr
2009

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Hils

Artisteer Prize for top LVS Online Joomla Fast Track Student

We are delighted to announce that, presented by Artisteer, the “Artisteer Prize” will be awarded each session to the Joomla! Fast Track Student who has completed the course and who has participated in the virtual classroom to the benefit of all. The prize consists of a full licence for Artisteer with updates free for a year.

The final decision will be made by the students in an anonymous vote ten days after the last lesson is posted. The virtual classroom is the ‘heart’ of an LVS Online course which adds to the experience of learning online.

Artisteeris the first and only Web design automation product that instantly creates fantastic looking, unique CMS website templates and blog themes. Recently added, the ability to create a Joomla! template with over 22 fully collapsible positions, is making Artisteer ‘must have’ software for the Joomla! Developer.

07 Mar
2009

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Hils

Gradient Images for Joomla – the easy way!

Perhaps you have found a really good Joomla! Template but you want to change the color scheme. You know how to change the colors in the CSS style sheet but what about those gradient images provided that are now the wrong color?

First, get the image properties of the gradient you need to change. It’s easy in Firefox – right-click on the image and choose ‘view Background Image’. When the image opens, right-click again on the image and choose properties. In properties it will give you the dimensions (width always first, height second). Write them down… At this stage, also make a note of the filename of the image as it will be easier for you to use the same filename for your new image – noting whether it is a.png or a .jpg.

For this example, I made 100px x 100px images using the dark gray at the top of this blog (#191a1a) and the light gray at the bottom (#c0c0c0) adding the red (#990000) and white (#ffffff) for the 4 color. This time I chose to make .jpg files.

Of course you can make gradients in your favorite graphics program but this is the easy way – try this online Gradient Tool!

To use, simply replace the original gradient image with your new one in your template images folder.

24 Feb
2009

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Hils

“Should I install the content that comes with Joomla!?”

If you are new to Joomla!, my view is that the answer is “yes”, definitely.

It’s not just Lorem Ipsum, it is content that demonstrates how Joomla! works. You can explore how they have styled the content, what features the default template has eg content layouts and example pages and how the navigation works. Learning by example.
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20 Feb
2009

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Hils

Waiting for the online Joomla Class to begin? Try Tartan!

Have a little fun!

Ever tried the Tartan Generator for a Seamless Background Image? We did and came up with a Joomla! Fast Track Tartan…

diagonal tartan

diagonal tartan

horizontal tartan

horizontal tartan

all we need are the bagpipes now!

18 Feb
2009

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Hils

LVS Online eLearning Instructors – why do we do it?

“You get what you pay for…” aha! but that doesn’t take into account philanthropy and passion does it?

Each LVS Online Instructor has their own story. But the common threads are energy, love of people, passion for their subject and a desire to share their knowledge.

My story? I joined LVS as a Student because I didn’t know what a coding ‘p’ was, or a ‘table’. It was frustration probably. But it is a decision I will never ever regret. It was at the time when designing websites with tables was changing to html and css. LVS taught both simultaneously. Radically, at that time, I decided to go with the css/html and it was radical at that time – there was a lot of resistance from the ‘old schoolers’ who didn’t understand that we weren’t throwing out tables completely, we still use them for data, but that we could position with, and remove styling to, our style sheets.

LVS guided me through all that, teaching standards compliant, up-to-date coding. They enabled me to be free.

Perhaps you will understand more why LVS Classes remain $30 for a six week instructor-led course (less for returning students) – no matter what your financial situation, LVS tries to make sure you can afford them. We all love our subjects and we want to ’share’ and to make you love and understand them too.

16 Feb
2009

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Hils

Top 10 SEO Improvements for Joomla

An excellent top ten list from the well recognized Joomla! SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Experts at Alledia. Very wise words. Simple tips that hopefully we all use but if you are new to Joomla they make take a few years to discover on your own!

Check out the list by clicking here to go to Alledia

11 Feb
2009

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Hils

Rounded Image Corners for the Busy Joomla Developer

With the ‘fashion’ for Joomla! templates with rounded corner module design, sometimes a square image just doesn’t look right. If you are graphics software savvy (The Gimp, Photoshop etc) you will be able to do this yourself but did you know there is an online tool that you can use? With one click the job is done!

A couple of examples (don’t forget to change the background color to match the background where the image will appear on your site):

rounded size 5

Rounded Corners Size 5

Rounded Corners Size 9

Rounded Corners Size 9

Easy and free – try it for yourself:
roundpic.com