Tips and Tricks

31 July 2016

Switch a Batch of Modules to a New Position

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

Switch a Batch of Modules to a New Position

Let's say you are switching to a new Joomla template and the position names differs from your old template; for example, the "left" position doesn't exist in your new template, instead is named "sidebar1".

Certainly you may edit each module to assign it to the new module position, but what if you have more than 50 modules? That would be an exhausting and repetitive work!

In this post, I'll share with you a quick way to switch all your modules from a given position to another one.

08 April 2016

The Safe Way to Load Custom CSS in Protostar Template

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

The Safe Way to Load Custom CSS in Protostar Template

If you want to change colors, font properties, spacing, backgrounds and other design features, adding a custom CSS file is the answer.

If you're using Protostar as template and want to tweak the look, don't edit template.css, instead use this cool feature available since Joomla 3.5 to load your own CSS file.

Let's start...

18 March 2016

Protect Your Joomla Site with a SSL Certificate

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

Protect Your Joomla Site with a SSL Certificate

A SSL certificate is what makes possible to access a site through https -  the "s" is for "Secure".

If your Joomla site allows user login and registration,  you need an SSL certificate as soon as possible to keep the information your users submit encrypted. Otherwise, if any of your users login connected through public WiFi, their data will be submitted as plain text and can be intercepted by other people.

In two steps, solve this requirement.

10 February 2016

Joomla Tip: Debug System for Super Users Only

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

Joomla Tip: Debug System for Super Users Only

Debug system is a useful feature for Joomla developers to check session information, database queries, log messages and more.

When it's enabled, all the system information is available to anybody who visit the website, however thanks to the plugin's flexibility is possible to restrict this feature to super users.

In this tutorial I'll share with you how to enable debug system only for the people in charge; very useful to debug production sites.

13 January 2016

5 Joomla Tips to Improve SEO

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

5 Joomla Tips to Improve SEO

When building a public website, traffic is always a concern. We want people find our site through Google and maybe monetize our blog posts with AdSense.

In this post I will share with you 5 tips to improve the SEO of your Joomla site.

05 November 2015

How to Create Tabs without Third Party Extensions

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

How to Create Tabs without Third Party Extensions

Joomla comes with native tabs support for single articles. The plugin that render this feature is the same that split an article into several pages.

In this tutorial we will show you how to add tabs in your articles with the Page break plugin.

10 April 2015

Joomla tip: extra fields for users

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

Joomla tip: extra fields for users

Do you need to save more data from your users such as address, city, phone, short biography, etc.?

Thanks to the User profile plugin, this is possible with a few clicks.

03 April 2015

Why should I care about the menu items?

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

Why should I care about the menu items?

Menu items are essential in any Joomla installation. Individually they represent a link to a page such as contact, home, about us, blog, etc.

It is highly recommended to understand more deeper its importance in order to have more control over the modules and the urls mainly, but is not limited to only that.

Continue reading this post to see what it's this about.

27 March 2015

8 Joomla tips to make your life easier

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

8 Joomla tips to make your life easier

Joomla is charged with many options to make your website flexible and powerful. Those features are ready to cover specific needs, integrate new capabilities and make the content much easier to manage.

In this post I will share with you some tips that are worth taking the time to learn.

13 February 2015

The right way to fix your website

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

The right way to fix your website

Once in a while you will face problems with your website such as blank pages, broken forms, PHP errors, etc. Which is a situation that may make you panic at the beginning; in most cases the solution is easier than you think.

In this post you will learn how to troubleshoot some of the common problems.

06 February 2015

Don't install too many extensions!

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

Don't install too many extensions!

Joomla super users can feel comfortable installing third party extensions to include new capabilities in a project. In most cases those addons are zero price and a fast way to do the job. The process can be fun, but hey! don’t run too fast adding one extension after another just because.

In this post I will share some thoughts about having a high number of extensions and how this can mess up your site.

09 January 2015

Attract more visitors to your Joomla website with social interaction

Written by Valentín García, Posted in Tips and Tricks

Adding Social Interaction

Integrating social networks can increase the SEO statistics of your website, this potentially results in more visitors who access Twitter and Facebook every day from mobile to desktop devices that may have interest in what you offer.