Archive for the ‘Joomla Tips’ Category

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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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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07 Mar
2009

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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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“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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16 Feb
2009

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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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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

06 Feb
2009

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Hils

Where are my Joomla Module Positions?

Modules positions are places on your webpage, set up by your template’s index.php and listed in the related .xml file, that can contain modules such as a menu module or a poll module. You can have more than one module in each position dependent on space available. An example of this would be the left column which might have several menu modules, a login module and more.

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