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.

Speed up your website

joomla speed up

Improving the speed is part of the list of basic requirements from any developer. We are talking about the time a website can take to load.

This result depends on many factors, such as number of images, CSS files, javascript files, and other files that a site loads for every page.

Try the following tip to enable cache and page compression:

Go to System > Global configuration > System > Cache: ON (start with Conservative caching then try Progressive)

System > Global configuration > Server > Gzip Page Compression: yes

Save and close

The improvement is not specific for all the sites; but is possible to make your site load 50% faster.

 

Protostar with full page width layout

joomla protostar full width

By default, the protostar template comes with a boxed layout. To use the full width version, go to:

Extensions > Template manager > Protostar - default > Advanced > Fluid Layout: fluid

Save and close

 

Header tag for module titles

joomla module title

To change the tag that wraps the module title:

Extensions > Module manager > Your module > Advanced > Header tag. Choose: h1, h2, h2, h4, h5, h6, p or div.

Save and close

Note: this feature may work or not depending on the template you are using.

 

Save javascript in Custom HTML modules

Do you want to include javascript or iframe tags without getting stripped out after saving? Try this:

System > Global configuration > Default Editor: CodeMirror or None

Save and close

Then edit your module from Extensions > Module manager > Your custom HTML module.

 

Language overrides

If you need to customize the text from buttons or labels, look to the language manager:

Extensions > Language manager > Overrides > New

  • In the search form type the text you want to translate, for example: “Read more”
  • Click in the search button
  • Locate the string you want to customize from the results
  • In the left side of the screen edit the Text field
  • Save and close

joomla language overrides

 

Versions: Ctrl + Z for articles

joomla versions

Joomla 3 allows to switch back to a previous version of an article.

Content > Article manager > Your article > Versions (button on top)

  • Check one of the available versions
  • Click restore
  • Save and close

 

Enable menu editing in frontend

joomla menu item edit frontend

Edit your menu items starting from the public site:

System > Global configuration > Mouse-over Edit Icons for: modules & menus

Save and close

  • Login in your frontend with a super user account.
  • Place the cursor over the menu item, for example: “Home”.
  • Click on the pencil icon to be redirected to the edit page in backend.

 

Voting for articles

joomla article voting

Your articles can receive ratings. To enable that functionality go to:

Content > Article manager > Options > Show voting: show

 

About the Author

Valentín García

Valentín García

Web developer and designer that love building sites with Joomla. Currently working at OSTraining as Director of Design.