The Beginners Guide to Joomla Cache Options

The Beginners Guide to Joomla Cache Options

Some of our members are trying to make their Joomla sites run more quickly. They've seen caching options, which promise to help speed up their sites. But, there are several caching options available.

This blog post explains what options are available and how you can enable them.

This tutorial borrows from this article by Klas Berlič. All of the detailed technical explanations and image are from Klas, so a big thank you to him.

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How to Fix the "Cannot write to log file" Error in Joomla

How to Fix the "Cannot write to log file" Error in Joomla

A number of our students have had an error message occur inside Joomla:

"Cannot write to log file"

Here's how the error message appears inside their Joomla administrator area:

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How to Use K2 Sub-Templates in Joomla

What K2 Sub-Templates Are and How To Create Them

Joomla provides you with a powerful and safe way to override your site's default HTML layouts.

Why does it matter to you? Making changes to Joomla's core files is often necessary.

The wrong way is to directly edit Joomla's files. If you do, you'll lose all your changes when you next update your site.

The right way is to use an override. You can place copies of any layout file into your /templates/ folder. Joomla checks this folder first before loading the original files and if it finds these files present, it uses them instead of the core files. If you're new to using overrides, check out OSTraining which has 13 great tutorials on using template overrides.

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The 13 Best Tutorials on Joomla Template Overrides

List of OSTraining Resources on Joomla Template Overrides

One of the most frequently asked questions by OSTraining member is this:

How can I change the layout of Joomla content?

The technique that allows you to do that without touching your Joomla core files is called "templates overrides".

Read more: The 13 Best Tutorials on Joomla Template Overrides

How to Check The Joomla Version Via the Files

How to Check The Joomla Version Via the Files

Your new client has an emergency. Their site has been down for two days after they tried upgrading and they can't log into the admin. They can't figure out how to fix it and need your help.

Thankfully, you've learned OSTraining's Reset Core Files trick. But, since it's a new client, you're not certain what their version is and they haven't respond to your latest email. So what do you do now?

This tutorial will show you a quick way to figure out the Joomla version via the files. Let's get started.

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How to Remove .html in Joomla's URLs

How to Remove .html in Joomla's URLs

One Joomlashack University student was wondering how to remove the .html at the end of his URLs.

This tutorial will show you how to do that and provide a useful SEO tip.

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A New Version of Joomla 3 Explained is Coming

A New Version of Joomla 3 Explained is Coming

The team behind Joomlashack wrote the most popular Joomla books.

  • Joomla Explained was published in 2011 and focused on Joomla 2.5.
  • Joomla 3 Explained was published in 2013 and focused on Joomla 3.

These books sold well over 10,000 copies each. However, we haven't been able to release an update in recent years. Finally, that's going to change.

Why release a Joomla 3 Explained update?

There are several good reasons to release a new version now:

  • Joomla 3.7 will bring major changes with fields, multi-lingual changes.
  • After 4 years, the book badly needs an update. The book is actually being used in classrooms around the world. I'm embarrassed to even think about what the students must think.
  • The Joomla certification project is underway, and there needs to be affordable, high-quality study materials.

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OSYouTube Free and Pro, Version 3.3.3

How to Mute YouTube Videos in Joomla Articles

This week we released OSYouTube Free and Pro plug-in versions 3.3.3.

OSYouTube 3.3.3 is a maintenance releases, fixing minor issues.

OSYouTube Pro 3.3.3 adds a new feature: muting videos.

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Civic 2, a New Version of Our Joomla Video Template

Civic 2, a New Version of Our Minimalist Video Joomla Template

We released a new version of Civic, a Joomla template that's perfect for several types of websites, especially those that rely on video.

Many video displays are hard-to-configure, so we focused on making Civic as simple as possible. Especially for Civic, we added a new "mute" feature in the OSYouTube plugin. This makes it easy to have a beautiful, and silent, video on your homepage.

Additionally, Civic is now compatible with the very last version of the Wright framework.

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How to Migrate Joomla Comments Away from Disqus with CComment

How to Migrate Your Comments Away from Disqus to Joomla with CComment Extension

Did you start seeing sponsored ads above and below your Disqus comments on your Joomla based site recently? If you did, then it means that Disqus, without your permission, has included your site in their advertising program Reveal. We first wrote about this in "How to Opt-Out of Disqus Reveal".

The only alternative Disqus provides to avoid ads is to pay them $10 a month. But what if you don't want to? Fortunately, it is possible for Joomla users to migrate your comments away from Disqus.

In this tutorial, I'll show how you can move your Disqus comments to the CComment extension, created by Daniel Dimitrov at compojoom.com.

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