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Creating an Article/Page or Blog Post in Joomla and WordPress

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Because Joomla! is a lot more powerful than WordPress, it is perhaps a smidgen less user-friendly. After all, a menu item in WordPress can only point to a ‘Page’ (called…

Because Joomla! is a lot more powerful than WordPress, it is perhaps a smidgen less user-friendly. After all, a menu item in WordPress can only point to a ‘Page’ (called ‘Article’ in Joomla!), a ‘Link’ (called ‘External URL’ in Joomla!) or a ‘Category’.

However, in Joomla!, a menu item can point to any one of so many different sorts of page or other item – highly extensible via 3rd party extensions.

Admittedly, the blogging system of Joomla! is far from the best. WordPress was built for blogging and had website capabilities tacked on afterwards. Joomla! was built for powerful site construction and had blogging capabilities tacked on, later.

For this reason, I am using a 3rd-party blogging component, called CJBlog, for my latest site. It has the advantage of just manipulating the built-in Joomla! ‘Articles’ system, to turn normal articles into a good blogging system, rather than re-design the whole

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Creating a Dynamic Copyright line in Joomla

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In many Joomla templates, including those generated by Artisteer, there is a standard copyright notice, which one can set to something like © 2014 My Company Name. Mostly, this is…

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In many Joomla templates, including those generated by Artisteer, there is a standard copyright notice, which one can set to something like © 2014 My Company Name. Mostly, this is not updated, automatically, so that, when 2015 comes around, you will have to manually change the copyright notice. It is usually quite un-customisable and I like to have this incorporated into a nice footer.

So, here’s a trick that I use, that will automatically update the copyright notice and allow it to be used as part of a more extensive footer:

I always use custom modules for my footers, at Position-27 (in Artisteer), so I get a ‘no worries about copyright year’ result, but I don’t have to edit the templates, to achieve this. Therefore, I can regenerate a new template and use it at any time, without having to customise it again.

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Two Factor Authentication

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Authenticating yourself (proving that you are who you say you are), on websites, is showing cracks in the system! It is no major problem, when authenticating yourself on an unimportant…

A normal password-only log in screen.

Authenticating yourself (proving that you are who you say you are), on websites, is showing cracks in the system!

It is no major problem, when authenticating yourself on an unimportant site – provided you do not use a password that you use elsewhere – but what about sites where access is critical, such as banking, social networking sites and even shopping sites.

If another person could fool the system by pretending to be you, they could also purchase goods in your name, steal your money or identity, use your computing device for nefarious purposes or do even worse things that can impact on your life in a serious way.

Heartbleed

The recent HeartBleed scandle has shown us that even Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) may not be sufficiently secure. SSL is what is used to pass information around the Internet, in an encrypted

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The giants of code

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There is a fascinating discussion, on the LinkedIn forum, “Web Designer and HTML/CSS Developer“, that I never noticed before and unusually, for such an interesting subject, haven’t participated in. I’ve…

There is a fascinating discussion, on the LinkedIn forum, “Web Designer and HTML/CSS Developer“, that I never noticed before and unusually, for such an interesting subject, haven’t participated in.

I’ve been very busy, lately, as can be witnessed by the lack of posting here, in recent times.

The discussion concerns replies to the initial posting “Just curious, but how many of you develop web sites from scratch (coding the HTML, CSS, JavaScript from scratch.)” from Tom Field.

Just to give my take – most of this discussion concerns templates (i.e. HTML, CSS & JS in some sort of framework). Well, I’ve been around for a long time. My first web site (all about me) was built in notepad, in the late 1980s.

I absolutely believe in the re-usability of code – and it doesn’t have to be written by me. I use CMS frameworks, such as Joomla and WordPress, so

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How to start learning to build Joomla! web sites.

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An artist asked, on a forum, for advice about template creation and plugins that would be helpful for an artists portfolio site, built using the Joomla! CMS. He said that…

An artist asked, on a forum, for advice about template creation and plugins that would be helpful for an artists portfolio site, built using the Joomla! CMS. He said that he doesn’t know HTML or coding, but would like to build it, for the most part, himself.

This is my brief reply to him:

You don’t need to know HTML thoroughly, to use Joomla. The only place, where some knowledge would be needed, is for the construction of articles or modules that contain text and images. Even there, there are tools to help you.

 

I recommend the ‘Joomla Content Editor’ (JCE), which can replace the primitive editor, that comes with Joomla (MCE).

N.B. In case you don’t know, the editor is the software that allows you to write pages in a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) window, whilst it constructs the HTML, behind the scenes, for

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Printing a web page

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A client has asked for a button/icon within each page, that will allow a screen-shot of the page, to be printed by the site visitor. I have thought and thought…

A client has asked for a button/icon within each page, that will allow a screen-shot of the page, to be printed by the site visitor.

I have thought and thought about him wanting to give the visitors the capability of getting a printout of a web page, as if it were a screen-shot. I wondered why I couldn’t find any useful information on the subject, in spite of a lot of research.

Then it came to me that the request, itself, is 1) technically non-feasible 2) not really useful to the visitors. That’s why no-one has considered the possibility.

Let me explain:

A website consists of a ‘design’ and ‘content’, each of which (in the modern web world) is not essential to the other.

A design, with its layout, style etc. – i.e. template – can be used with any content.

Similarly, site ‘content’ can appear in any template, so

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