Questions tagged [cms]

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What are the differences between the Joomla! CMS, the Joomla! Platform and the Joomla! Framework?

Many of us have come to understand Joomla! to refer to a specific software we use, yet there are 3 different types of software available from Joomla! These are: 1) The Joomla! CMS; 2) The Joomla! ...
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Recommended practices regarding Joomla file/directory permissions and ownership on linux systems?

In the past I’ve often run into trouble with permissions and ownership of Joomla files/directories on linux systems. Problems included Not being able to transfer files to the server using programs ...
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What's the proper way to get the entire $_POST?

In Joomla! 2.5.x I could simply run JRequest::get('post'); but seeing as JRequest is deprecated in Joomla! 3.x I should use JInput. At them moment this is the code I'm using to get the entire $_POST: ...
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Joomla 3.x extension development tutorial for a beginner developer

I worked extensively in Joomla 1.0.15 version and developed multiple extensions. Also, I continued my developed in Joomla 1.5.x But, my developed discontinued after this release. Now, I want to start ...
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How do I contribute code to Joomla?

I am aware that the code is managed at https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms (for the CMS at least) and that I should submit pull requests to suggest that code be added. I'm especially interested in ...
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What is an efficient way to troubleshoot a “white screen of death”

Quite a few times I have been in a position where the front-end of a Joomla website is a blank screen with no content, sometimes known as a "white screen of death". This has occurred after a website ...
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How can I tell if a free template contains malware

I recently came across a site giving away good quality themes for free - but once downloaded it turned out that all the themes contained poorly concealed malware. Thankfully on this occasion my anti-...
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Recommended extension / tool to check for core file modifications?

When updating Joomla sites to the latest version I always have a minor panic in case the site I'm upgrading, built in the past by some rogue developer (i.e. me, 6 years ago), happens to feature ...
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Is there a better way to show template's module positions?

Does anyone know a better way to show a template's positions. It seems to me that appending "...?tp=1" to url is rather klunky and sometimes hard to read? Thanks!!
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How do you update a website once it has gone live?

How do you push updates live to templates and modules once you have gone live with the site? We tend to do a few different solutions as we develop on one site and then akeeba backup to push the site ...
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Difference between standard cache options

Joomla! have a 3 different way for caching: "Conservative caching" (in global configuration) "Progressive caching" (in global configuration) plugin "System - Cache" I have the following questions: ...
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Disable website to all but logged in users

I know there are many ways to do this, however when I think deeply, a global disable of the site might be difficult. What I want is when a user goes to the website, they are redirected to the login ...
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Session Handler, “Database” or “None”?

In Joomla's Global Configuration there is an option "Session Handler", its description says The mechanism by which Joomla! identifies a User once they are connected to the web site using non-...
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When to move to a new major release?

With the new development strategy there will be no version called LTS upfront. With the information currently published 3.4 will take the place of the announced 3.5. Assuming there are plans for 4.0,4....
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Where can I find Joomla usage statistics?

I'm interested in accessing accurate Joomla statistics such as the number of sites currently using Joomla cms and/or the Joomla framework. Does anyone know where I can find this type of information?
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Forbid direct access to INI and XML files

Some site owners don't want people, especially their competitors, know what features they have on their sites. Because some sensitive information in language or configuration files can be accessed ...
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How can I programatically determine the Joomla version of a website on which I have no administration privileges?

I am creating an audit tool using PHP where I can submit the url of a Joomla website and run a number of checks on the target website including determining the installed Joomla version number. I don't ...
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Tutorial for setting up PhpStorm to work with Joomla

Is there a good resource or tutorial which explains how to setup PhpStorm so one can develop and debug Joomla extensions (and core) with it? I am looking for something similar to the Configuring ...
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What is the Joomla Execution Flow, after a request reach to index.php till the final output on the browser?

Based on this question: How Templates work and load css/js files? Website building process with Purity III Quote: .... I have to present my website tomorrow and i may get asked "where does the ...
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Adding javascript file in the footer & custom styles

For fast page load I need to insert JS at the end of the page from components and modules. The following way of declaring scripts does not work to insert it at the bottom because there is no ...
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What differences (if any) are there between JFactory::getSession() and $mainframe->getSession()?

As the title states, I'm interested in knowing what differences there are (if any) between JFactory::getSession() and $mainframe->getSession() This question was inspired by Retrieve joomla session ...
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Pagination of lists at backend – how to add custom list size?

How can I add custom value to Site Settings > Default List Limit in Joomla 3.X? I can see dropdown menu with values 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 50, 100 there. I would like to add item 500. Can be the ...
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How can I minimise the disk space used by a Joomla installation?

I have a client on a hosting plan with insufficient space for the website and a backup. At this stage, they can't be persuaded to upgrade or move to another web hosting company. What can I do to ...
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What is the difference between images and media directory?

How I should understand difference between images and media directory? In all my Joomla! sites I was using images for image files displayed in articles, media for PDF's, MP3's etc. Names of these ...
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How can we get involved in Joomla! CMS Testing?

I've been following the developer email threads and announcements as new Joomla! CMS versions make their way through Betas to Release Candidates to Production Releases. Throughout the cycle, the ...
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How to implement microdata? A practical guide?

I've read the documentation page about upcoming Joomla 3.3 Microdata http://docs.joomla.org/Microdata It sounds Ok.... but how can a user implement it in a simple articles-loaded-by-user site?
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How do I pull data from a K2 extra field that is an array?

I'm building a site that uses K2 extra fields, but I'm customizing the output so I'm not just pulling the entire extra field block. Normally something like this works for single entry fields: <?...
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Is it possible to get generator tag removed from Joomla sites without interfering core framework?

Is it possible to get the generator tag removed from Joomla sites without interfering with the core framework. I personally feel this is an irritating aspect of the source code and makes websites ...
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Custom menu get title of the active menu's parent item

I can get the title of the active menu using $menu = &Jsite::getMenu(); $menuname = $menu->getActive()->title; But how can I access it's parent title?
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Is there any way to block access to components by using non-SEF URL?

My client realizes that we can access to components in Joomla by using non-SEF URL even when SEF is enabled. He doesn't like it, because with no Itemid in the URL, the page is messy. For example, ...
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Is there any secure version of Joomla! 1.6 or 1.7 available?

Is there any secure version of the old Joomla! 1.6.x, or the 1.7.x series available?
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SMTP no error but not sending email

I have been battling with this for some time now. I have built a custom component for forms and it uses Joomla's mail functions to send email. I have checked all the data to make sure it is correct ...
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How to setOffset() in joomla 3.2.3

I am migrating a component from joomla 2.5 to joomla 3.2, I got an error in the method where am using setOffset //old version used in joomla 2.5 $data->setOffset(JFactory::getConfig()->get('...
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Joomla! CMS Component with Joomla! Framework?

I'm curious about building CMS components on top of the Joomla! Framework mainly because I would like my components to function as standalone applications. Is this doable without hacks? If not, is ...
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How to use Smart Search in a multilingual environment?

This may be due to a bug or (more likely) to my inability to configure the Smart Search component, but... this is what's happening: I have a multilingual site: primary "English", secondary "Italian." ...
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Copying Joomla Menu Items and keeping Module assignements

Currently in Joomla 3.2, selecting "Save as copy" on a menu item copies the details but not the module assignments into a new menu item. (I believe module assignments were copied in Joomla 2.5) Is ...
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What differences (if any) are there between Joomla sessions and php sessions?

I've been wondering this for a while now. What are the differences between Joomla sessions and php sessions? Are they interchangeable?
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Community of photographers: is Joomla the CMS to go for?

Hello I am seeking advice. I would like to have a CMS to organize a community of photographers. Essentially all I need is the possibility to register users, each having his/her own profile in which ...
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What Joomla specific problems am I likely to encounter when changing from apache to nginx?

I'm considering changing from apache to nginx, but I imagine it's going to be a pain. I've read http://docs.joomla.org/Nginx http://docs.joomla.org/Enabling_Search_Engine_Friendly_%28SEF%29_URLs#...
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Is there anything wrong with setting Joomla session variables consecutively in an external php script?

I'm setting multiple session variables in a PHP script that is external to Joomla. The variables are set consecutively using the following code. //Access Joomla define( '_JEXEC', 1 ); define('...
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Is there a permalink to the latest Joomla version?

Is there a permalink which can be used to download the latest Joomla version? For example, Wordpress allows you to download the latest version at: https://wordpress.org/latest.zip I asked this on ...
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How does the form submission with views / tasks actually work?

Hi I have a question about Joomla forms. I want to understand how Joomla works internally, especially I'm interested in com_installer component to know how it's working. And I found a form in default....
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Server-side validation rule is not being found

I've added a custom field to com_content, and everything has been working wonderfully. I'm now trying to add some server side validation, and after following all the tutorials and examples I've been ...
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Why are the default “index.html” files not valid HTML5?

I find it curious that the index.html files included in every folder of Joomla has the following content: <!DOCTYPE html><title></title> Technically, that is not valid HTML5, ...
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How can I use google recaptcha in my custom page?

1) Get recaptcha keys from http://www.google.com/recaptcha 2) Set these keys to recaptcha plugin and activate it if it's not. 3) Put below code where you want to show recaptcha php code: ...
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checkboxes field type in module settings not checked by default

I want to add following form field in module settings like - <field name="fb_posttype" type="checkboxes" label="Post types"> <option value="status" >Statuses</option> ...
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How can I diferentiate between guests and members?

How can I execute a different code in my plugin depending on if the user is logged in or not in Joomla? Basically I want to do this: <?php if (loggedin) { // Do something } else { // Do ...
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How to automatically distinguish and audit external links?

How can I automatically handle hyperlinks leading outside my site? Let's speak about site without user-contributed posts/comments so I can have admin access to all external links. I would like to ...
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Controlling Component Redirect (Using JControllerForm)

I'm creating a simple contact component in Joomla 3.3 (which is called Contact Pay). I created a 'message' and a 'messages' view in the back-end, with associated models and controllers. 'message' is ...
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Is there a way to use Joomla's system captcha with a custom extension?

Rather then adding a custom solution, the way I am building the component tries to use Joomla API's and such as much as possible. If the same could be done for Captcha that would be extremely ...