Why is the Joomla Version Displayed Twice in the Administrator?

Why the Joomla Version is Displayed Twice in the Backend?

This is an odd issue that may happen randomly. Recently I noticed the Joomla version was displayed twice in the administrator area after updating to Joomla 3.4.8.

Why is this happening? The short answer: a duplicated administrator module.

I'm going to show you how to disable the module that duplicates this information.

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OSEmbed: the Extension to Help You Embed ANYTHING in Joomla

OSEmbed

Social media is really important for web sites. Sooner or later, everyone needs to embed a Tweet, a Facebook post, a YouTube or Vimeo video.

The old, painful process was to copy-and-paste the embed code - a solution that often didn’t always work.

OSEmbed makes it far easier. All you need is the URL and you can embed almost anything into a Joomla site!

Watch the video and you'll see just how easy it is to embed ANYTHING with OSEmbed ...

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Move to a Safer PHP Version for Joomla 3

How to Move to a Safer PHP version for Joomla 3

Joomla has just released 3.4.7, a new update which specifically targeted people on old, out-of-date PHP versions.

If you are impacted by this security issue, then you really need to talk to your hosting company. They have you on an old and insecure version of PHP.

I'm going share some tips to keep your Joomla site secure before and after the release of Joomla 3.4.7.

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Create a Custom Administrator Module for Joomla

Create a Custom Module to Display in Joomla Backend

Modules normally allow you to display small blocks of content on the frontend of your Joomla site.

However, you can also show modules in the backend. The quick icons, site information, latest articles and logged in users are all examples of this type of module.

I'm going to show you how to build a custom administrator module to show important information to your site's administrators.

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Stop Joomla Sending Passwords in Emails

Stop Joomla Sending Passwords in Emails

One of our members contacted us today and asked about web site security. They asked whether it was a good idea for Joomla to send passwords by email.

The image below shows a typical Joomla registration email, with the username and password included.

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Add a Custom Text Field to a Joomla Template

How to Add a Custom Text Field to a Joomla Template

Do you need to add a new setting in your Joomla template? With a few lines of PHP and XML code you can add a text field to print custom text in your public site.

In this post, I'm going to share with you how to add a custom text field to a Joomla 3 template.

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Introducing OSEmbed: the easiest way to embed anything in Joomla

OSEmbed

Have you been in the following situation?

  • You're watching a really great YouTube video and want to add it to your site.
  • You take the embed code and paste it into your Joomla site. That doesn't work.
  • You disable your WYSIWYG editor and add the embed code. You turn the editor back on and everything breaks.

You need OSEmbed, our new extension.

OSEmbed is the easiest way to embed anything in Joomla. OSEmbed will make Joomla far easier for you and your customers.

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Update Joomla 1.5 and 2.5 With Security Hotfixes

Update Joomla 1.5 and 2.5 With Security Hotfixes

[Update]This advice applies for both Joomla 3.4.6 and 3.4.7. They are patching the same file.

Joomla 3.4.6 was released today in order to fix a serious security vulnerability. For Joomla 3 users, updating is a simple one-click process from their admin area.

However, unlike previous security issues, this one applies not only to Joomla 3, but also to older versions including Joomla 1.5 and 2.5.

If you have sites running Joomla 1.5 or 2.5, follow these instructions to update today. According to security analysts, this vulnerability is being actively exploited, so please don't waste any time in updating.

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Protect your Joomla Administrator with AdminExile

Protect your Joomla Backend with AdminExile

AdminExile adds an extra security layer in Joomla. This plugin makes it possible to deny access to your administrator login page.

We've found this to be useful for security, but also to keep our site online. Before we protected our login area, we found that spam bots could hit our login often enough to take our site offline.

In this tutorial, I'm going to explain how to use the basic feature of this plugin.

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How to Create Joomla User Groups and Access Levels

How to Create User Groups and Access Levels

User groups and Access levels makes it possible to organize and define permissions for users in Joomla.

The default user groups in new sites are Registered, Manager, Super User, etc. These groups enough for regular projects, however sometimes it's required to create custom groups.

In this tutorial, I'm going show you how to create a user group and to assign it to an access level.

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