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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.

Create a Joomla blog with commenting and sharing in under 10 minutes - for free

Create a Joomla blog with commenting and sharing in under 10 minutes - for free

One common question we receive is "how do you create a blog using Joomla?" Last week I wrote a post titled The Five Best Blogging Tools for Joomla!. In this video I show you how to create a blog that includes commenting and social sharing using the Joomla core and free extensions. The process is easy and it takes less than ten minutes.

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Mike Martin
Richard Thanks for the video, very informative, I am looking at creating a blog, hope that you want mind me mentioning http://www.... Read More
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 15:16
David Anderson
Very interesting and informative. Your previous blog on the 5 best blogging tools was great, but I would prefer to start with a fr... Read More
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 21:43
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The Five Best Blogging Tools for Joomla!

The Five Best Blogging Tools for Joomla!

Joomla sometimes comes under fire in regards to its usefulness as a blogging platform. But Joomla actually has some great blogging features "out-of-the-box" and there are great third party extensions that turn it into a full-featured blogging platform. This post discusses the five best ways to create a Joomla blog.

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Christian Sweningsen
Very disappointing, not at all up to your usual standards. Completely superficial, a quick scan of the JED would yield much more. ... Read More
Thursday, 16 August 2012 01:46
Richard Pearce
The goal of this one was to give people direction. We got this question A LOT and so we wanted to create a list of options. The mo... Read More
Thursday, 16 August 2012 06:35
Pierre Cornelissen
Great article Richard. With the recent Sitepoint's Joomla/Wordpress comparison, you nailed it on the head that Joomla is quite a s... Read More
Thursday, 16 August 2012 03:50
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Move a Joomla installation to a new folder using cPanel

Move a Joomla installation to a new folder using cPanel

Where do you build your Joomla website, when you already have a live website? You could build the Joomla site locally, but this can be problematic and doesn’t allow an outsider to access the development site. You could setup a second web hosting account, but this costs money. Or you could build the new site inside a sub-folder of your existing site and move everything when you’re ready to change. That’s a popular approach, but what is the right way to move the files? This video tutorial demonstrates our recommended procedure.

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Richard Pearce
If the other site is within the same hosting account - i.e. you can access both site folders through the same File Manager - then ... Read More
Thursday, 09 August 2012 07:16
Tom Deighton
Thank You Richard. Nice job! Moving Joomla makes my head fuzzy. I have stories I can tell ... I'll wait for Halloween though. I d... Read More
Friday, 10 August 2012 20:58
Richard Pearce
This method saves time. We love, use and recommend Akeeba all the time. But this method is faster than creating the backup (althou... Read More
Saturday, 11 August 2012 10:31
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Getting Started with RSS Feeds

Getting Started with RSS Feeds

Joomla can display RSS feeds from other sites. But how do you create an RSS feed from your own site? This function is built-in to Joomla, but it isn’t so obvious how it works. In this video tutorial I demonstrate how to use the default Joomla RSS feed and how to create a unique feed using a free extension.

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Kevin Morrison
I thought it was my sound system at first but I hear the beginning really good and then your voice goes into some techno void and ... Read More
Friday, 03 August 2012 12:47
Richard Pearce
Huh? Seems okay to me. How many seconds in does it fail? If it continues to be a problem, click the YouTube icon on the video to w... Read More
Friday, 03 August 2012 13:47
Kevin Morrison
It is only happening in Chrome and at 8 seconds your voice fades out and it is garbled and very shallow. Happens on the site and o... Read More
Friday, 03 August 2012 16:21
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Joomla Hidden Menus

Joomla Hidden Menus

If you've built static websites before, making the transition to a dynamic site such as Joomla can cause frustration. Seemingly simple tasks can end up being a nightmare. That's potentially the case when you need to create a hidden page. But there is an easy way around this as demonstrated in this week's video tutorial.

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Douglas W McNeil
Richard, This seems like a convoluted way of accomplishing that task. What is the advantage to doing it this way? I solved th... Read More
Thursday, 26 July 2012 01:23
Richard Pearce
How do you "get to the page"? You need to know the URL. And the URL needs to include the Itemid, otherwise Joomla doesn't know whi... Read More
Thursday, 26 July 2012 07:11
Douglas W McNeil
Sorry Richard, I guess I left out one part. I am using Fox Contact which just has a drop down menu for the article I want to ... Read More
Sunday, 29 July 2012 22:54
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How to Install Joomla Extensions Manually

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Robin McCamont
Seems like I'm learning this stuff "one step ahead of you releasing your articles", Richard! However, this is really great stuff,... Read More
Thursday, 19 July 2012 08:07
Tristan Montano
Hy everyone, I want to use Community builder, i downloaded it and tried to install it through the installer, but the same error a... Read More
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 04:52
Richard Pearce
You're uploading the wrong file. Some extensions, and I'm pretty sure this includes Community Builder, need to be extracted before... Read More
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:14
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Joomla recap #1

Looking for a quick wrap-up of what's been going on in the Joomla world this past week? This is the first in what I hope will be a regular series of posts on the week that was in Joomla. This first attempt is a little brief, but I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments. 

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Logging in to a Joomla site using the GMail Authentication Plugin

GMail authentication in JoomlaIf you have ever browsed through the list of standard Joomla plugins, you might have stumbled on one called Authentication - GMail. Read on to discover what this is and two reasons why it could be useful for your Joomla site.

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Peter Miranda
what about facebook authentication?
Thursday, 12 July 2012 18:50
Richard Pearce
There are several third party authentication options listed at the JED.... Read More
Monday, 16 July 2012 13:36
Robert Wilson
Facebook authentication is possible on your Joomla site; however, you'll need a third party extension for that functionality. Che... Read More
Friday, 13 July 2012 03:02
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Business Directory Options

We're often asked how to create an effective and good-looking business directory. Here are a few places to start looking.

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How to preview Joomla articles

How to preview Joomla articlesWhen writing web content, you often want to preview how an article will appear before it's published. This provides an opportunity to check that everything looks sensible, especially the positioning of images. However Joomla does not provide a preview feature and although there is a workaround, it's a bit clumsy. In this post I demonstrate how to preview Joomla articles using a free extension.

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Great tip thank you for that. I am alway quickly viewing an article then making any changes quickly hoping no one has looked at th... Read More
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