Joomla 3.*

  • Enable HTTPS and make your entire site secure

    Life is full of surprises. One of these days I got a job offering with a consistent budget, one of my former clients approached me to "make his site secure".  I said yes, but when turned out what he wanted in fact i had a surprise: he wanted nothing else, just to make the browser warning about "unsecure site" go away. He actually purchased a security certificate and hired someone to install it onto his server - with no success.

  • Error: Invalid login during Joomla upgrade

    Today I had to upgrade an old, Joomla 2.5.7 site to latest Joomla, everything went out fine until I had to do the first critical step - the upgrade from Joomla 2.5.28 to Joomla 3.51. Did I mentioned that server has PHP 5.6.25 withouth possibility to upgrade - at least not on short term?

    OK, so, wasn't the best setup condition available, but usually this is not a dealbreaker.

    And BUMM, I have seen an old "friend", a popup saying:

    ERROR: Invalid login

     

  • 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 restrict a user to access only one component in admin

    Sometimes you need to allow a user to access and manage only one (or a few) Joomla! component in the backend. This is quite easy to set up, you need to use cleverly the ACL sytem Joomla has allready in.

  • I want the print and email icons back as in previous Joomla!

    A client called me one of these days with this request. He told me, that what was once a simple one click action to print, email or edit an article in frontend in Joomla 1.5 has became an uncomfortable, two click  process, which in some devices proved to be increasingly difficult. After a bit of digging around I found for him an easy to implement template override which make him happy.

  • Joomla display a blank page containing "Error" string

    ... and does this randomly, both in frontend and backend, sometimes showing the correct pages, and rarely an error message saying, that "table '#__session' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed".