Choose your extensions carefully
Choose your extensions wisely - one basic rule when you develop a Joomla site. And same applies to you, weekend webmasters! Your site is a sitting duck, waiting for hackers (especially script kiddies. Well, easy to say it, but what can be seen as "wise" choice here?
How to detect Joomla version withouth having access to admin?
Sometimes you need to find out the exact Joomla version for a website you don't own for a decent reason - like you are a freelancer and need to provide an estimation for a job on the respective site.
Sure, you can ask the owner ;) but that's the easy scenario.
Fortunately there are relatively easy - and legitimate - ways to find it out, unless the owner of the site hasn't blocked the access to this information. In my personal experience (believe me, I have some) this is rarely happening.
- How to Know it's Safe to Update to a New Joomla Release - ???? MM #224
Invalid Token, in store config - when try to upgrade VirtueMart
Time-to-time I am hitting the wall with this, even with 100+ VM sites in my portfolio, and parts of VM core having my signature. Here are few tricks wich usually solves the problem.
Suddenly you get the JLIB_APPLICATION_ERROR_COMPONENT_NOT_LOADING all over the place - frontend and backend alike? And you searched the web and get all sorts of confusing tips?
Look no further - at least until you did not tried this simple trick! (Especially if you just relocated your site recently - or your hosting company did it for you). If you have plenty of space, check the following tip too.
Joomla 1.0 and PHP 5.3
I was totally forgot about this problem - until this morning, when I found in my mailbox a request to save someone's old Joomla 1.0 based site from disaster. I was thinking, that until now all servers where upgraded to PHP 5.3 and all Joomla 1.0 sites upgraded - or at least patched to work with the new PHP.
Joomla update warnings via Google Webmaster Tools
Now you have one more extra reason to use Google's very useful Webmaster Tools. Recently Google added to his arsenal of Joomla related enhancements a useful one: In the Google Webmaster Tools you will see a warning with useful details on what to do each time yor Joomla site gets outdated!
Keep your Joomla core up to date!
You may think that updating your Joomla site to the latest version is not something worth doing every time a new version is released. The site works just fine, and you are not interested in the eventual new additions. You're wrong! There's always a major reason for update to the latest version of Joomla: Security!
- Learn Joomla 4 - Power Tips - Fix Upgrade bug
- Learn Joomla 4 Power Tips - Upgrading to Joomla 4
Patch your outdated Joomla installs
As I write this, both Joomla 1.5 and 2.5 have reached their EOL (End Of Life) for long time, and are not developed or supported anymore. This is a huge security risk, so the best advice here is to upgrade your Joomla site to the latest version. But what if you don't have the time/funds to do it right now?
Sucuri's Hacked Website Report 2017
The most comprehensive analysis of trends in the website security finally is out. There are couple of interesting fact worth highlighting.
Most important is something we expected: Joomla is emerging as the most secure CMS.
The mail function has been temporarily disabled on this site
After upgrade to Joomla 3.2 from previous Joomla 3.* versions you might see the above error message in the backend, or, worse, you simply don't receive any e-mail notifications you usually do. And the site worked just fine before the upgrade!!
If you have registration enabled, or you use the site to interact with your visitors/customers the side effects can be really damaging - nobody gets any mails - and you evend don't see any notice about, until you began to dig for the causes, and, for example, try to send a message for yourself from backend. This potentially can roun your online business or community. Apparently everything is OK, all settings are correct, but the mails are simply not sent.
What's the cause and, more important, how you can fix it?
Virtual spring cleaning for your Joomla sites
Websites take maintenance, and making a habit of performing a little spring cleaning each year can keep a business website running smoothly. The tips below does not apply for Joomla sites alone, any site can benefit from most of these tricks and tips.