My joomla 3.6.4 site has been recently upgraded to Php7.1.33 I am seeing one issue in Advanced Module Manager. "Search Tools" are not expanding for it. It is expanding for Article Editors and in other locations.

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In broswer console logs, found these errors.

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joomla.getOptions is a JS function available in Joomla 3.7+, hence the reason you have this error. You have two options:

  • Source an older version of Advanced Module Manager which is compatible with Joomla 3.6.X. This option is not advised due to multiple security vulnerabilities in your version of Joomla.
  • Upgrade to the latest Joomla 3.9.X, which will solve this particular issue, as well as the vast majority of known vulnerabilities.
  • Thanks .It worked after upgrading Joomla to 3.7.0 and Advanced Module Manager to compatible version.
    – ronypatil
    Jun 25, 2020 at 3:04

It's important to keep your software up-to-date.Your Joomla 3.6.4 has been released in October 2016.

The most recent Joomla version is Joomla 3.9.19 (June 2020). In between those versions, whole bunch of issues (including some security issues) have been fixed. It's a waste of time to try fixing issues with outdated software. Those issues might have been fixed already in the current version.

Please update your extensions + Joomla to the most recent versions, and then test again. Make sure that you create a backup (files + database) before doing those updates, for example using Akeeba Backup.

  • You are right. Spent unnecessary time applying hacks to make it work. Upgrading to joomla 3.7.0 worked well.
    – ronypatil
    Jun 25, 2020 at 3:06
  • Good to hear that you've solved it. Why did you choose to update to 3.7.0 and not the latest version 3.9.19? There have been a number of releases since 3.7 to fix some minor security issues. And with every minor release version (3.7.0, 3.8.0, 3.9.0) new features have been added to improve Joomla's core functionality.
    – pe7er
    Jun 25, 2020 at 7:23
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    I was hesitant to do a big jump as there are some timelines. So far all known issues are fixed and may be I will get some breathing period to review and upgrade joomla and php further
    – ronypatil
    Jun 25, 2020 at 14:36

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