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What are the key differences between Wordpress and Joomla!'s software architecture and how their core functions are extended?

Both Wordpress and Joomla! are highly-regarded and each have there unique advantages when you compare them. To answer your questions: in the software architecture between Joomla! and Wordpress ...
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What is the proper methodology for updating templates?

Upgrading a template should be as simple as using the Joomla installer to upload and install the updated version of the template. For it to work, though, the templateDetails.xml file must define the '...
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How to keep overrides updated?

When Joomla core is updated, no overrides in your template folder should be affected. That's why they exist. On core Joomla items, overrides are going to only rarely conflict with Joomla core ...
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Recommended extension / tool to check for core file modifications?

I can't imagine a better tool than git. This is a great tool for tracking the changes that you make to code (if you are making any), is the system used by Joomla for contributing code (which is an ...
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Error 0 Cannot open file for writing log while updating

Sounds like a permissions issue. In the Joomla backend, go to: System (top menu) >> System Information >> Directory Permissions Make sure all files and folders apart from the global configuration....
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Joomla 3.6.0 to 3.6.1 results in a "invalid security token" error

If you don't have Akeeba Backup installed: Go back to the Joomla Update page Upload and install the Joomla 3.6.1 Update Package using the "Upload & Update" tab Go to Extensions >> ...
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Updating your Joomla! files. Please wait ... (forever?)

It is always possible to download the Joomla update from http://www.joomla.org/download.html and use the standard Install process. The end result is the same as using the built-in updater.
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Fatal error: require_once(): Failed opening | Use of undefined constant DS - assumed 'DS'

This is not coming from Joomla core, but from a 3rd party (likely custom developed) component that exist in your site. First see if you really need/use this component, or you can simply uninstall it. ...
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How to permanently remove/disable default Joomla templates

You can't prevent Joomla from upgrading her core templates. They are in there for a reason as a part of default installation. I am afraid you will just have to learn how to live with them. I did the ...
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How to manage multiple Joomla sites and their updates

mysites.guru (formerly myjoomla.com) does everything you are asking for: ✔ manage Joomla websites at different versions centrally for different clients ✔ update Joomla ✔ update extensions plus a great ...
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Joomla 3.6.0 to 3.6.1 results in a "invalid security token" error

Details about this issue can now be found in the Joomla Docs: What is the cause? 3.6.1 introduced a CSRF token check to the update component as an extra level of security. 3.6.0 down to 2.5.4 (...
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Update Search Plugin from Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.x

Suggested readings are "Adapting a Joomla 1.5 extension to Joomla 2.5" and the "Creating A Search Plugin" article on Joomla Docs. Actually, that code look's like a Joomla! 1.5 era search plugin. ...
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No notification to update to latest Joomla version

This is usually caused by the cache mechanisms in Joomla. It has nothing to do with the Joomla 2.5. eol. Clear Cache and purge expired cache from the maintenance menu, and also it usually helps if ...
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PHP version not updated when installing Joomla 3.3.6

As others pointed out, Joomla does not install PHP. Upgrading or installing Joomla will not change your PHP version. PHP is usually installed and updated by your hosting company (or by yourself if you ...
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Can't edit article after Joomla 3.4.7 update

The were session storage changes in the Joomla 3.4.7 update. To fix the issue, you simply need to logout and log back in before you can make any article changes. Reference: https://docs.joomla.org/...
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What are the key differences between Wordpress and Joomla!'s software architecture and how their core functions are extended?

I think to truly answer this question, you need to be extensively familiar with both WP and Joomla!. I'm Joomla! heavy and have only used WP a few times, so my answer may not be as full as you might ...
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How to update everything to Twitter Bootstrap 3?

Template overrides are the only way to do this. In terms of the form fields we're working on creating JLayouts for these form fields so you can override them (see https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/...
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PHP version not updated when installing Joomla 3.3.6

Joomla is not shipped with PHP, therefore if you update Joomla, it will not update your PHP version. PHP is a server side language and must be upgraded my either yourself or your host. Only some ...
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Update Server for template

I think the article is not up-to-date because update server is working properly with template. Here's the code I use in the templateDetails.xml <updateservers> <server type="extension" ...
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Is there a better way to stop update email notifications than disabling the system plugin?

Unfortunately not. It's an "opt-out" feature to encourage more people to keep their sites up to date. Loads of people either forget or don't think it's important so telling them straight away rather ...
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Recommended extension / tool to check for core file modifications?

This is an extension of FFrewin's answer. Akeeba also produce a free tool called SiteDiff. It allows you to compare 2 sites that have been backed up with Akeebabackup (there is a free version of that ...
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How to manage multiple Joomla sites and their updates

I know this doesn't answer all of your points but for me I have multiple sites all running 3.x I use Akeeba, which notifies me of updates available, and is set up to create system restore points (...
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Upgrade Joomla 3.4 RC to 3.4 final

I just did a quick test, and it looks like you can unzip the Joomla 3.4 Full package to your testing environment, overwriting any existing files. After removing the installation folder (not required ...
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Joomla 3.6.0 to 3.6.1 results in a "invalid security token" error

I also had the same error message after upgrading 3.6.0 -> 3.6.1: 0 Failed to start the session: already started by PHP ($_SESSION is set). To resolve, you need to use PHP Selector and change from 5....
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How to permanently remove/disable default Joomla templates

What I do is to go in: Extensions -> Manage and disable any extensions, templates that I don't use. Of course if we are talking about 3rd party extensions, I totally uninstall them - but disable ...
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Your PHP Version Will Be Unsupported in Joomla! 3.3

its a bug that will be fixed in the next release - nothing to worry about
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Revert Joomla 2.5.18 to 2.5.16, how?

In Joomla 2.5.18, a new Password Security, based on PHPass, was introduced. When a returning user visits your site, the password is encrypted with the new method. There's no database structure ...
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Updating your Joomla! files. Please wait ... (forever?)

I'd suggest turning on the built in developer tools in your browser and monitoring the network requests being made. Each "step" in the update process is being done via AJAX and it's possible there's ...
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How to keep overrides updated?

For Joomla! 4.x users: finding any updated files overridden in any extension easily. The update script of Joomla! will create/modify the icon Override(s) to Check on Home Dashboard. If clicked on ...
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How to keep overrides updated?

Write a small script which calculates md5 of original-files which you have done over-riding. Dump these file-path and MD5 into a file in your template Whenever joomla is updated, run the above script ...
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