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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.

Free Joomla Form Builders

Joomla form buildersOne of the first things I looked for after discovering Joomla was a free form builder. Most sites require a basic contact form. Other sites might need to collect unique data or conduct a survey or create a simple order form. This post reveals the current state of play of free Joomla form builders.

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Ian Hayward
Having tried most of these at some time or other - and bought bfForms - I now use one you haven't mentioned - Google Forms. Not s... Read More
Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:17
Richard Pearce
I wanted this post to be about native Joomla form extensions. Here's a video on how to embed a Google form into Joomla.... Read More
Friday, 15 June 2012 06:37
JP Fourie
Thank you Richard.
Friday, 15 June 2012 09:00
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New Joomla Users tutorials released

Joomla UsersThe first half of our much anticipated revamped Joomla Users series is now available to Joomla Pro members. This function received a massive overhaul when Joomla 1.6 was released and beginners can find this very difficult to understand. Our course breaks this down into simple steps and includes examples.

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Laurie
Sounds great, Mate! Additionally, that sort of content list is a great asset to the tutorials and would be great added to all tut... Read More
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:19
JP Fourie
Hi Richard. Looks great. Please let us know when we can download them. Thanks JP
Thursday, 07 June 2012 18:05
Giovanni Yarabek
How about a link to these courses? They sound like JUST WHAT I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR! I did not see them (yet) in Pro, beyond, no... Read More
Thursday, 07 June 2012 22:37
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Site Administration Blues

Sad faceA common question we receive is "do I have to install a unique instance of Joomla for every site?" Although there are some multi-site solutions, the majority of Joomla webmasters stick with a single installation per site. That's fine when you have one or two sites, but managing several sites can be a pain. There are also many other features that I would like to see within Administrator. Read on to discover where the problems lie, what features I would like to see and why I'm doing nothing about it.

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Cropping Images

Cropping imagesIt's one thing to know how to build a Joomla website, but doing it well can be a lot harder. One of the challenges beginners face is understanding how to crop images which is an important technique, especially when you have a specific space to fill. This post provides some simple tips to instantly transform your images.

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Richard Pearce
In case you're wondering; the panoramic shot is from the headland at Long Reef Beach in Sydney. Quite a tricky golf course when th... Read More
Thursday, 31 May 2012 17:59
Giovanni Yarabek
BRILLIANT Advice. Nice and concise. 31 year veteran in all things graphic design, and you summed this lesson up very well. The re... Read More
Thursday, 31 May 2012 21:05
Richard Pearce
Thanks. As I am not a designer, I was hesitant to give this advice. But these are the sorts of "mistakes" I see on a lot of Joomla... Read More
Friday, 01 June 2012 05:11
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ACL Manager Review

ACL ManagerThe access control list (ACL) feature in Joomla 1.5 is quite basic and this was seen by many as its greatest weakness. Version 1.6 changed everything, but for some the opposite became true - the ACL was now too complicated. If this is the case for you, learn how to gain control again with this review of an extension called ACL Manager.

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Richard Pearce
I'm not sure which tool you're referring to; Joomla, ACL Manager or yourself. But thanks for taking the time to write such an insi... Read More
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 14:52
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Get Joomla installed for a fiverr

Fiverr for JoomlaThere are several ways to install Joomla, and we teach the most common methods in The Basics. But if you want to outsource this task and can scrape together 5 bucks, check out this resource.

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Joomla ACL Actions Explained

Joomla ACL Actions ExplainedThe Joomla Access Control List feature allows site owners to place users into groups and those groups can be given permissions as to who can create and manage content. This post explains the different actions that groups can perform.

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Randy Levine
Richard, Thanks so much for this tutorial. You have a knack for summing up very difficult concepts and making them seem easy. Up ... Read More
Thursday, 17 May 2012 16:31
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The 5 steps to securing Joomla content

Joomla ACLThe Joomla ACL provides two main functions; it can restrict who can view certain content and who can take action on content items, for example create an article. This post explains the basic steps for the first part - how to restrict which users can view content.

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Richard Pearce
You need a programmer to help with this. Although you could create individual users and groups, this is a messy solution. You real... Read More
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:20
ALAN HAYWARD
Hi Richard I have recently set up paypal pay now buttons on my joomla 2.5 (soon to be 3.x) site. I know how to set up paypal to di... Read More
Saturday, 30 May 2015 17:58
Richard Pearce
Strictly speaking this is hard, but it depends on how securely you want to protect the page. If you just want to send them to a pa... Read More
Sunday, 31 May 2015 10:18
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Multi Profiles Plugin

The Joomla ACL is incredibly flexible but there are a couple of areas where in some circumstances, it might not provide the features you need. For example the frontend registration option assigns users to a group that you specify. But what if you need to give your user the choice as to which group they can join? This post answers introduces you to an extensions that solves this dilemma.

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First steps with the Joomla ACL

Joomla version 1.6 was released in January last year and it heralded a vast array of improvements. The biggest change was to the access control list which is the feature that implements permissions that determine who can view certain content items and who can manage content. It is a powerful and flexible system, but it is not intuitive and requires good planning. This is the first of several articles discussing how to use the Joomla ACL.

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