Richard Pearce

When I met Joomla, I had no idea how much it would impact my future. The relationship was frosty at first. Hostile in fact. I was happy the way things were, but Joomla insisted that life could be even better, if I was prepared to make some changes. The problem was, the path to our ultimate happiness required a solution that had not yet been built. And it was up to me to produce the solution. Okay - sure, Joomla did provide the materials, but no cohesive way of moulding it all together.

I made a tentative approach, but was sternly rebuked. Something about having inadequate permissions. I tried again but couldn't find a way to have even the most simple of conversations. Sadly we parted and I went back to my long-term partner, Dreamweaver.

But I knew I was missing out on something. It nagged me day and night until I decided to try again. It was easier this time. Things started to look bright and I was optimistic that I had found my lifelong partner. But alas we fell at the final hurdle. We had come so far, surely something seemingly so small as a menu item couldn't come between us. But is was so. And so tragically we separated again.

This time my reunion with my previous HTML editor was not so pleasant. We were never right for each other. So I knuckled down with a new determination to use the few resources I had to build a Joomla website. The details aren't important. All you need to know is that everything finally came together and now Joomla and I are best of friends.

I want you to enjoy this friendship too, so I have produced a methodical step-by-step solution to learning Joomla. Start with our free course The Basics. Then move on to our advanced courses. I also publish hints and tips via this blog. Your first steps might also be tentative, but with my help, you are guaranteed to save a lot of time and frustration.

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Owner of Build a Joomla Website. Responsible for 1 wife, 4 kids and 17 fish.

Give your Administrator a facelift

There are a huge number of free and commercial templates for the front-end of Joomla but did you know you can also change the template used for the back-end Administrator? The clever folks at JoomlaPraise have released AdminPraise2 which gives your Administrator a new look and new functionality. I especially like the Activity Log which shows you who has made recent updates to your site and what they did.

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Uncategorised articles

As of Joomla version 1.6, Sections have been removed from the Article management layout.  Nested Categories have replaced the Sections / Categories structure in versions 1.6 and above.

The following post has been left published for archival purposes.

As I demonstrate in lesson 7a of the Build a Joomla Website tutorials, you need to create sections and categories to store your articles. However there is another option. In the Section drop-down menu, choose "Uncategorised". This will save the article but it will not be stored in a section or category. This is handy if you have something like a privacy policy article that doesn't really belong anywhere else. To link to this article from a menu, use the Article Layout type.

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HTML Editor alternatives

By now you have no doubt become familiar with the HTML editor that appears in the Article editing window. For many people this is all you need but if you want more flexibility and features, you really should check out the alternatives on the Joomla Extension Directory. The most popular by far is JCE and it tends to be the first extension I install with any new site. It is easier to use, makes linking within your site a breeze and it even has a spell checker.

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Making money with Joomla

Have you created your first Joomla site yet? If so, you now possess some valuable knowledge that you can use to start your own website development business. It is so easy to sell businesses on the benefits of using Joomla for their site. But one of the difficulties is getting started and showing prospective clients a portfolio of completed sites.
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Why I hate Joomla templates

Last week I told you why I love using templates. But they are not always the best approach so let's have a look at why I hate templates.

Recent Comments
Erica Smith
Richard, what would be an idea of cost for a professionally designed template? Ballpark area, or what considerations go into it.... Read More
Thursday, 07 November 2013 13:15
Robert Wilson
Hi Erica, It's pretty near impossible to give a ballpark figure without knowing a LOT more about your project. The range can be ... Read More
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:31
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Why I love Joomla templates

why_i_love_joomla_templatesI have a love/hate affair with templates. All Joomla pages are displayed using a base file called a template. Free and commercial templates are available from various providers. You can also create your own templates if you know how and I will be producing some training on this process in the future. Let me tell you why I love using templates from specialist template providers when developing Joomla websites.

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