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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:

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!

 

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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 3.5, 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

New installation of Joomla 3.5 - Default Template

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 Pro Template'

Joomlashack Template installed

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!

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 Demo.

Where is my menu?

Let's have a closer look at the top of the template where everything seems to be all messed up. Notice the module positions. Now, have a look at the next screenshot that shows the default template in use with the same default content.

position-1 for default template

You'll notice in the default template, that content is published nicely to the 'position-1' positon. When you change the default template to the Onyx template (in this example), that content is still going to get published to the 'menu' postion, only, now we don't want that (at least, if you don't want your site to look bad you don't want that).

For now, we're just going to get rid of that unwanted content from the top of the template.

Know your available module styles.

Onyx Modules Class Suffix

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!

Written by TJ Baker

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.

 

Written by TJ Baker

Earthblog

The "Earthblog" Joomla! template is a great template for technical sites, blogs, communities, churches, portals, and so many more.

This template has a variety of time saving extras such as matching JCalPro themes and a super-lightweight mootools slider module to attract readers to your featured content!

When you purchase the Earthblog template package, you'll get all the preset styles shown in this demo as well as the Fireworks graphic source files used to create this template. To make things even easier for you, we've separated the entire CSS structure from presentation in a separate commented file that can easily be modified.

EarthBlog is a Joomla 1.5 native template only. Check it out today!

Written by TJ Baker

Earthblog

The "Earthblog" Joomla! template is a great template for technical sites, blogs, communities, churches, portals, and so many more.

This template has a variety of time saving extras such as matching JCalPro themes and a super-lightweight mootools slider module to attract readers to your featured content!

When you purchase the Earthblog template package, you'll get all the preset styles shown in this demo as well as the Fireworks graphic source files used to create this template. To make things even easier for you, we've separated the entire CSS structure from presentation in a separate commented file that can easily be modified.

EarthBlog is a Joomla 1.5 native template only. Check it out today!

Written by TJ Baker

The pace of improvements to Joomla 1.5 seems to be quickening this summer, as we're seeing new versions in weeks now.

The latest is Joomla! 1.5.5 [Mamni]. The Joomla Project refers to it as a "quick turnaround release to address the Duplicate Title error from 1.5.4

This release also contains "important SEF URL improvements and fixes for com_content in addition to a number of bug fixes and improvements."

Be sure to upgrade today, especially if you upgraded to version 1.5.4.

Need a template for your Joomla 1.5 site?

  

Written by TJ Baker

Our own Barrie North is running Joomla Training and education across New England. If you want:

  • Expert instructors with teacher certification AND deep Joomla expertise
  • One-on-one hands-on time to implement what you learn
  • Optional ongoing education and support to create a successful Joomla website
  • Small class sizes so you can ask questions one-on-one
  • An included copy of the best selling "Joomla - A User's Guide"

. then you need to attend this training.

Written by TJ Baker

Now available, the Joomla 1.5 version of J!Contact, a simple way to leverage the registration process of Joomla for powerful email marketing.

Written by TJ Baker

Now available, the Joomla 1.5 version of J!Contact, a simple way to leverage the registration process of Joomla for powerful email marketing.

Written by TJ Baker