CMS Expo just five weeks away!

UPDATED 10/23: Special deal for Joomlashack friends! $50 off the registration price through November 1st!

CMS Expo

The JoomlaExpo in Chicago last May was so fun, our friends at the Content Management System Association (CMSA) decided to do it again this December in lovely mile high Denver!

Announcing CMS Winter Expo!

You're invited to the 2008 Winter CMS Expo, to be held at Denver's historic Brown Palace Hotel on December 4th and 5th. Joomla! will be the spotlight CMS, with Joomlashack's own Barrie North and Tom Elliott presenting.

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How to change the administrator template in Joomla! 1.5

One of the greatest things about Joomla! is the ability to customize anything you want. It even enables you to change the template that you use for the administrator back end of your site, just as easily as you can change the template for the front end of your site. The default template for the Joomla! 1.5 administrator is the culmination of countless hours of design work by Andy Miller, and it provides a great interface for managing your site. However, the brilliant minds behind Joomla! recognized that there would be possible reasons for modifying the look of the administrator interface, so they used the same template system for the back end as they use for the front end. Read on to see how to change the administrator template.

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How to pick a Joomla! host

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a web host. Usually the first things we look at are price, storage, and bandwidth, but I would argue that storage and bandwidth are mostly irrelevant as criteria for choosing a host. Buying a hosting service because it offers a huge amount of storage and bandwidth is like buying a car because it has tires. Every web host offers tons of storage and tons of bandwidth for a reasonably low price, so that really takes those two things out of the equation. Price is important, but I would also argue that it should not be the most important factor either. Read on to get some tips for what to look for in a Joomla! host.

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Lighfast Reloaded

Lightfast Redesign

We're excited about one of our more popular template designs, Lightfast which has just undergone a huge update.

We've added 2 more gorgeous themes as well as completely overhauled the CSS structure, making it easier to customize than ever.

Lightfast is one of the only true source ordered templates for Joomla! This means, if you use this template we guarantee better SEO.

Lightfast is perhaps our most unique template available. We're confident you won't find another Joomla! template like it in terms of SEO, usability, and accessibility.


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Joomla 1.5.7 Released- 1 critical, 1 major vulernability fixed

Joomla

Are you keeping up with Joomla 1.5 updates?

The Joomla Project is moving along and fixing security and other problems monthly now, and it's important to keep on top of these regular updates.

Need a template for your Joomla 1.5 site?

From their news release, see what's changed in this most recent version:

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Vote Joomla in CMS before October 20th

HURRY TO VOTE BEFORE MONDAY, OCTOBER 20th!

PacktIt's time for the third annual Open Source Content Management System Awards.

Last year, over 18,000 voters and a panel of judges named Joomla the best PHP open source CMS. Joomla lost to Drupal for best overall open source CMS. But that was before the release of Joomla 1.5.

Voting has begun for the 2008Open Source CMS Awards. Joomla has again been nominated in two categories:

Overall Open Source CMS Award

Best PHP Open Source CMS

To vote for Joomla in either of these categories, click on the links above and then click on the links for Joomla. The "vote now" button is at the bottom of the description.

At stake are bragging rights and $7,000 in prize money for the Joomla Project. So go vote!

How to change your default images directory in Joomla! 1.5

One of the most annoying things about Joomla! (in my opinion) is that the default images directory (or folder, whatever you want to call it) is yoursite.com/images/stories, and the default directory for the media manager is yoursite.com/images. That makes no sense to me. Read on to find out why this makes no sense, and how you can easily fix it.

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Fresh Install - Template Messed Up?

One of the most asked questions we get in our support ticket system, is why a particular template is 'messed up, broken, not right, etc etc' upon first installation.

The following is taken from a tutorial on how to set up the Onyx template with Joomla 3, however, there are some concepts that might help a user of any Joomlashack template understand why a template does not look like the demo right out of the box.

This information is not designed to help you set up any particular template besides Onyx (for that please see the template documentation in the demo of the template you are seeking help with) but it is important as a user of Joomla to grasp some concepts that will make life a little easier as you learn how to use this sometimes confusing system.

Default Template installed

This is how our Onyx template with demo content looks, within the style variations.

Colors dark

So you've installed Joomla successfully, and now you want to us a profession template. First you need to install your template. For help with installing that template, see the tutorial 'How do I install a Joomlashack Template'

Joomlashack Template installed

This is how Onyx template looks without the demo content.

onyx sample install no demo

You've successfuly installed your template and set it as the 'default', and gone to view your wonderful new template... and WHOA! It looks like something went terribly wrong!

...it's not all that bad - you just need to do some simple template setup now. Keep reading and it will all look good in a time.

First Things First - know your available module positions!

module positions

Before you can put things where they belong (or where you want them), or move things from where they don't belong, you need to know what module positions are available with your particular template. Each template demo contains a 'Module Map'. The module map will outline your available module positions. This is the Module Map for Onyx, to view the module map for your particular template, see the Demos.

Where is my menu?

You'll notice in the default template (Protostar), that menu module is published nicely to the 'position-1' position. When you change the default template to the Onyx template (in this example), you need to change that menu module to the 'menu' postion.

Know your available module styles

module styles sample

module styles sample 2

Just as you need to know what module positions are avaialbe if you want to put things where you want them - you also need to know the styles that are available for your particular template. And just as each demo contains a Module Map ... guess what?.... they also contain info on what styles are at your disposal!

The above image shows the 'Module Class Suffixes' and corresponding formatting for the Onyx template (for your template's available suffixes, see the demo).

Add the suffix.

The module itself will gain styles based on the Module Class Suffix, which is added in the module's parameters as seen in the screenshot below:

module class suffix

 

Remember, if you need help further assistance after viewing this information and the documentation for your template, please submit a ticket (only available for purchased templates and Template Club customers).

Thanks for using Joomlashack's template, and Have Fun!

How to create a Joomla sitemap

I recently read an articlenthat shared an ingenious method for creating a site map in Joomla using your existing menus, menu modules. We recommend OSMap:

Video introduction to OSMap

Urgent Joomla 1.5 security vulnerability discovered

From the Joomla.org website:

The Joomla! community is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla! 1.5.6 [Vusani]. This is a quick turnaround security release to address a high level security issue and it is recommended all users upgrade immediately.

A flaw in the reset token validation mechanism allows for non-validating tokens to be forged. This will allow an unauthenticated, unauthorized user to reset the password of the first enabled user (lowest id). Typically, this is an administrator user. Note, that changing the first users username may lessen the impact of this exploit (since the person who changed the password does not know the login associated with the new password). However, the only way to completely rectify the issue is to upgrade to 1.5.6 (or patch the /components/com_user/models/reset.php file).

For more information about this exploit, click here to visit the Joomla Security Blog.