During the last few weeks I’ve been working on taking our Joomla training classes online and we’ve been sending out a free weekly newsletter with Joomla tips and tricks. Last week, I decided to spend some time answering two really common questions:
- “What happens if someone makes a mistake in an article? How can we roll back to a previous version?”
- “We have a legal requirement to track the articles that appear on our website – how do we do that?”
People who teach Joomla know they feeling … things have been going well, but suddenly there’s a blank look. The student’s stuck on one point. You’ve tried a few ways to explain it, but they’re not getting the big picture. You rack your brain and start, “well, Joomla’s just like a … ” and you try to dig out a comparison.
Here are my top five favorite analogies to help people grasp Joomla’s key concepts. Please feel free to post your own in the comments.
I’ve been searching all over for an answer to a question I get asked frequently in Joomla classes:
“How can I resize images as I upload them?”
There are several good answers to this question including:
Back in Janaury I mentioned that I’d met a puzzle I couldn’t solve … Google was indexing a lot of search results on Joomla sites.
The problem appeared all on kinds of Joomla sites and with all kinds of URL extensions. I just couldn’t work out what where the bug was in Joomla.
It turns out the bug was in Google.
This is the answer to a question we’ve been asked repeatedly:
“I’m looking for a Joomla component that will allow me to change outbound links from direct urls into internal urls.“
Essentially they’re looking to change a link from http://www.bbc.co.uk to http://www.alledia.com/link/bbc/. The link still goes to the BBC, but it first goes to a url on the webmaster’s own site.
The SEF Patch is one of the most vital SEO component from Joomla. However, it has one really, really useful function that surprises everyone when I mention it to them.
You can easily add and edit 100s of URLs at once and access a far greater range of features.
Here’s how ….
Its fairly common for a new Joomla site to have a few bugs when Search Engine Friendly URLs are turned on. Examples I’ve come across in the last few weeks have included a "Go to the Top" link breaking, and several links breaking in old versions of GroupJive.
One culprit was to blame: sefRelToAbs.
I’ve not been able to find the reason yet, but search engines been indexing a lot of search results on Joomla sites. It seems to be an issue with the component itself, rather than any particular URL setup. I’ve been able to identify the issue with several different setups:
There’s a lot to remember when launching a Joomla site, but theres one thing that you absolutely must do ….
With free and commercial integrations of phpBB3 planned for Joomla 1.5, we’re soon going to have several excellent forum extensions available for Joomla.
However, for Joomla 1.0 Fireboard is still the best and easiest option. Here are three great ways to spice up your Fireboard installation: