How to Reinstall a Joomla Extension

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There's an age-old piece of advice for fixing computer issues: reboot the computer. As with computers, simply reinstalling a Joomla extension can fix many bugs.

For example, today one of our OSTraining members was having an issue uninstalling an extension. Reinstalling the extension first was the key to being able to uninstall it.

This tutorial will show you how to reinstall Joomla extensions.

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Create a Custom Short Link in Joomla

Update: Weblinks is now on the JED, not in the Joomla core.

This week one of our members was planning to hold an event.

They had a long, complicated URL from their events provider and wanted to replace it with a short, simple link.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to replace external URLs with great looking links from your own site.

This technique can not only be used to create short URLs, but you can use it to run an affiliate program. If you put affiliate links through this technique, you can disguise the links and also record how many times the links are clicked.

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How to Set Up a Joomla Dropdown Menu

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Many people want dropdown menus on their Joomla sites.

However, when you first install Joomla, there's a good chance that it won't have a dropdown menu available out-of-the-box.

To get a dropdown menu you need to make sure your template, menu links and modules are all working correctly.

If you have trouble getting your Joomla dropdown menu to work, follow these four steps ...

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Create a Different Joomla Design for Any Page

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One of our users was wanting to have a different background for her site's home page.

Joomla does offer you several ways to customize individual pages.

This tutorial will introduce you to four Joomla options. Let's get started ...

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How to Use Advanced Template Manager for Joomla

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Advanced Template Manager is the latest extension from the prolific developer, Peter van Westen.

If you've used Advanced Module Manager, that allows you to display any module according to very flexibile set of criteria. Advanced Template Manager does the same thing for templates.

As with all of Peter's extensions, there is both a free and a Pro version.

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How to Build a Responsive Slideshow in Joomla

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Lots of Joomla users want a responsive slideshow on their site's homepage.

Creating a responsive slideshow is really easy, and we're going to show you how with the Simple Picture Slideshow plugin.

If you use Simple Picture Slideshow, your slideshow can be managed directly from your Media Manager.

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Use Sourcerer to Embed Any Code in Joomla

Update: we also highly recommend the OSEmbed extension for embedding code in Joomla.


sourcerer

If you build websites with a CMS, then you probably have a love-hate relationship with your site's text editor.

The editor makes it really easy to create formatted pages. But, editors can make a mess of any code you try to use.

Sourcerer from NoNumber.nl is a great way to solve this problem inside Joomla. If you put your code inside Sourcerer's tags, the code will always work correctly.

Here's an example of using Sourcerer to add a Google Map to Joomla:

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How to Uninstall Joomla Extensions

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It's always a good idea to remove Joomla extensions that you aren't using.

However, the process for removing extensions isn't obvious, unless you know how.

Here's how to uninstall Joomla extensions ...

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What Are the Plans for Joomla 3.5?

Joomla 3.5 and 3.6

The Joomla team released version 3.4 in February, and then there have been several smaller releases including 3.4.3 this month.

So, after a break of several months since a major release, what expectations should we have for Joomla 3.5?

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Stop the Component Showing in Joomla

Joomla Component Creator

Normally, Joomla relies on components to load every single page. Components are so central to Joomla that even the URLs are based around the particular component that is being used.

However, sometimes more advanced site designs need to avoid showing the component.

Some templates already allow this via built-in features, but there other ways to this.

In this tutorial we will show you how to hide the component area from your home page by using Component Creator. Component Creator allows you to create your own installable components without typing a single line of code.

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