How to add a JomComment comment counter to your Joomla!-powered blog

Video on building a blog with Joomla

As promised, here is an article about one of the things I learned while upgrading How To Joomla to Joomla! 1.5. I have been using JomComment on How To Joomla for quite a while. You may have noticed that besides having the usual "Add Comment (2)" link at the end of each article introduction, I have also added a comment counter and link along with the "Written by...," date, section, and category, as shown in this image:

JomComment Counter

With the ability to override Joomla!'s core content output in a Joomla! 1.5 template, you can do virtually anything within your template. This tutorial demonstrates how to use template overrides to insert a JomComment comment counter anywhere you want to add it in your articles.

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How to Redirect 1.0 URL's to Joomla 1.5

You may have noticed that Joomlashack is now running on Joomla 1.5. We did a stealth migration yesterday.

We had one problem we needed to address, and it took a while to figure out, so we thought we would share the solution for others.

Our old site used Joomla 1.0, as I have mentioned before, we wanted to make sure we did a 301 redirect of the Joomla URL's so Google would quickly pick up the new ones and pass the pagerank to the new pages. The problem however was that our 1.0 site used the raw URL:

http://www.joomlashack.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37

We rapidly discovered that mod-write unfortunately will basically ignore all the php parameters here. You can't get rewrite to pay any attention to them.

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Life Group LA wins 2008 Charity Contest

Life Group LA


The Joomlashack community has spoken: The Life Group- LA is the winner of our 2008 Charity Contest!

LGLA narrowly edged out the very worth Global Conservation Assistance for first place. Joomlashack is proud to present a $1,000 USD contribution to the Life Group LA.

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The US Joomlaverse expanding in 2009

Las Vegas Joomla DayWith Joomla so popular now that even Paris Hilton uses (and breaks) it [Editor note: It seems early reports of Ms. Hilton using Joomla are not accurate- see the comments in the original post from Joomla core team representatives], it's no surprise that new Joomla User Groups (JUGs) are popping up all over the map.

The latest is in Wisconsin, where the Milwaukee User Group will hold its first meeting in a couple weeks. A few of us Vermonters call the New England User Group home, which has grown to an impressive number and is now helping spin off another new JUG in the seacoast region of New Hampshire (near Portsmouth.)

And then there are Joomla Days like the upcoming one in Las Vegas. Unfortunately we'll never know what happens there, because what happens in Vegas... So you'd better find your own local Joomla User Group and/or Joomla Day to attend!

If you are involved in a JUG or Joomla Day and think we should blog about it here on Joomlashack, let us know!

Joomla 1.5.9 Released- Important Security Update

It's been two months since a new version of Joomla 1.5 hit the streets, and not a moment too late. The new release has the longest change log we've seen in a long time, including some high priority security issues and dozens of bug fixes and changes.

The Joomla proclaims Joomla 1.5.9 is "a security release and users are strongly encouraged to upgrade immediately." So get to it!

 

How to Find Joomla!-related Resources

I am happy to announce that I have just put the finishing touches on a Joomla!-specific search engine at resources.howtojoomla.net. HowToJoomla! Resources started as a way to easily search Joomla!-related sites that offer useful resources to the Joomla! community. Using traditional search engines to search for terms like "templates" or "components" won't turn up Joomla!-related information, but using this search engine will because it only searches sites that offer services and resources to the Joomla! community.

If you have a site that you think should be included in the list of resources, please feel free to submit your site for consideration. Not all sites will be accepted. Only sites that provide Joomla!-related services and resources to the community will be considered.

3rd Annual Joomlashack Charity Contest- Vote Now

NOTE: Voting on this contest closed on 1/4/2009. Want to support our 2009 charitable efforts? Read about our matching program!

Baby New YearSupport these five charities, but vote for just one!

Last month we asked our Joomlashack community to nominate their favorite charity for a $1,000 USD cash prize. Within 10 days, we had nominees from all corners of the globe and doing incredibly diverse work. Our team carefully reviewed every entry and then narrowed our list down to the five nominees below as our favorite five.

Please check out and then support each of these excellent and deserving organizations with an online contribution, and then vote for the charity that you think is most deserving of our $1,000 USD cash prize.

Voting ends Sunday, January 4th at 11:59pm EST

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Simplicity: A Powerful but Light Joomla 1.5 Template

SimplicitySimplicity has been on the shelf at Joomlashack ever since Joomla's release, and no doubt it has been one of your favorites.

This month we've taken the time to go over this template with a fine-toothed comb in an effort to maximize its efficiency for Joomla! 1.5.

Simplicity is still one of the fastest templates in the world, almost 18 months after its release, and it remains one of the few source ordered, hard-core SEO templates around.

Today we'd like to invite you back to the Simplicity demo to have a look at its progression into the Joomla! 1.5 realm.

Check out these excellent new features:

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CMS Expo Denver- Joomla Fun a Mile High

CMS ExpoJoomlashack was in the house for CMS Expo Denver last week, and enjoyed a three days of packed Joomla action.

The Expo brought together for the second time a dogpile of friends and colleagues in the Joomlaverse, including our buddies at Alledia.com (SEO Club), Azrul.com (Makers of JomSocial, MyBlog, JomComment, and other excellent extensions for Joomla), and dozens of other Joomlaheads.

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Joomlashack's 3rd Annual Charity Contest Opens!

Nominations extended to December 8th!

Joomlashack's 3rd Annual Charity Contest Opens!Has there ever been a time when non-profits needed our support more?

 The world's many problems- dirty water, hungry children, oppressed people, forgotten animals- are often only solved by the dedicated volunteers and staff of our non-profits and NGOs. In a time of darkness, these organizations make the world brighter.

Announcing our 3rd Annual Charity Contest- where our community nominates and chooses a deserving charity to win a 1,000 USD cash donation.


Discuss the charity contest in our forum!

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