Joomla tutorials (26)
There are many different aspects of using Joomla, and some of them can be quite complex. Through step-by-step Joomla tutorials I will show you how to use extensions or do other Joomla related stuff.
Enjoy the Joomla tutorials :)
A reader asked me about this recently. What he wanted was to hide the "Home" menu item when on the frontpage of his site.
I must admit I haven't really been in the situation where I'd needed that. Still, there might be others that need the same functionality on their site. So here are a couple of solutions for hiding a menu item on a particular page.
Earlier this week, I explained how to add a link to a PDF file to an article by using the Joomla core installation. This time around, I will show you how to accomplish the same using the File Manager plug-in for JCE.
Using the JCE File Manager makes the job a lot easier. The File Manager is a plug-in to the very popular Joomla Content Editor. The plug-in is part of the package you get when subscribing. JCE itself is free, but the File Manager, Media Manager, Image Manager Extended and some other plug-ins are paid.
In my opinion, these plug-ins are well worth the subscription price, which is starting at $30 for a year (renewals from $20/year).
A common task many web site owners do regularly, is to add PDF files or other documents to their articles.
In this post, you will learn how to add a link to a PDF or any other document file to a Joomla article.
This time around, I will explain how you can do this using a basic Joomla installation. Later this week, I will show you how to insert a PDF file into a Joomla article using the JCE File Manager plug-in.
One of the most important and often neglected aspects of managing a site is taking frequent backups. Backups can save your site in the unfortunate event that it crashes unexpectedly.
Ranging from a component upgrade gone wrong and a simple human error to hacking attempts, sites do crash all the time.
The best time to back it up is yesterday.
This is a guest post by Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos, lead developer of Akeeba Backup.
Editing your web site on the go was perhaps not a big issue a year ago. Today, the picture is much different. With iPhones, and particularly iPads and similar tablets, the ability to edit Joomla web sites anywhere is something more and more users are looking for.
However, the current Joomla interface and core extensions do not make this an easy task. To streamline the experience, you need to install some third-party extensions and templates.
This post is based on an email I got from a JoomlaBlogger reader called Lynne from Prescott, Arizona, U.S.
Google recently launched their +1 button. This button allows Google users to "+1", or recommend, a site or web page.
The recommendation from your friends will show up in your Google search results and your Google profile.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to implement a Google +1 Joomla button on your web site (and explain why you should).
I've already added the +1 button to this site, so make sure you use it ;)
One of the hot topics after the release of Joomla 1.6 was how to upgrade from version 1.5. The only viable solution at the moment is using the jUpgrade component by Matias Aguirre.
Below, I've embedded the video made by people in the Joomla project to show how to upgrade your site to 1.6.
If you have a normal Joomla site setup, anyone can come along and visit. Anyone can browse around and see what you're doing.
However, what happens if you're building site for a client? You don't want the whole world to see. The same is true if you're developing a site for yourself and aren't ready to make it public.
Earlier this year I went to London for a couple of days of vacation. And, as the Mac addict I am, I "had to" visit the Apples Stores. The first one I visited was the one in Regent Street, and after spending some time there I decided to buy an iPad. I had definitely thought about it before arriving, but when I'd played around with it for a while I decided.
I also visited the new Apple Store in Covent Garden, and added some accessories to my iPad. The store was great by the way: Huge, well organized and with a very friendly and efficient staff. The store was packed with people wanting the new iPhone 4.
So why do I tell you this? Well, as I started to play around with the iPad, I soon realized it had a lot of potential when it comes to web development. Making your site look good on the iOS platform and other mobile platforms will be more important each day. Even though I've made some efforts to optimize websites for the iPhone, it's not until I used an iPad that the real power of optimizing your site really shines through.
This is the second part of a two-part mini-series on how to add a module position to your Joomla template.
In this part I'm going to look at how to add the module position name to the template XML file.
I will also show you how to do some basic positioning and styling of the module using CSS.
In this post, I will delve deeper into how to add module positions to your template.
This is the first part of a two-part mini-series on how to add a module position to your Joomla template.
Open Source Training has been teaching people how to learn Joomla for several years now and have found hundreds of beginner Joomla books. There are numerous tutorials on how to add sections and categories or explaining the difference between components and modules.
However, there are very few tutorials on how to build templates. There are two books and a handful of other resources scattered around the web. So, we set out to build the very best template class we could. Here are first five sessions of the class: Joomla templates are not rocket science. You can learn how to build and modify them. We can show you how. Interested?