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.

AceShop Review: First Look

aceshopThe latest contender for the Joomla ecommerce crown has arrived. AceShop integrates the popular OpenCart application into Joomla. Does the combination of the stable OpenCart platform and the flexibility of Joomla lead to the ultimate ecommerce solution? We decided to find out.

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As a relatively new Joomla developer I was pretty nervous about upgrading one of my sites to add a shop. However I was pleasantly ... Read More
Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:01
Murray Cowell
A solid, reliable alternative to Virtuemart is certainly needed. I'd be very interested to see a series of reviews of alternative ... Read More
Saturday, 28 April 2012 22:01
Mikael Pettersson
My company is in the process of building our new ecommerce collution based on aceshop. The issues we are experiencing are mostly r... Read More
Monday, 30 April 2012 17:23
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Language overrides from Administrator

Language file overrideVarious functions in Joomla require certain text to be displayed. These values are stored in various text files and previously you could only change the text by finding and downloading the correct file, changing the text and then uploading the file again. And then repeating the process if you got it wrong. Fortunately there is a much easier solution now and this post explains how to use the language override feature.

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Jonathan Frewin
That's great Richard but can you change typeface/colour?
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 02:07
Brad Hamilton
Now there is a compelling reason to upgrade to 2.5!
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:53
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Awesome Joomla!Days Infographic

JoomlaDay infographicThe first Joomla!Day was held in 2006 in The Netherlands. Discover some interesting facts about this and subsequent Dutch JoomlaDays in this amazing infographic. 

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Joomla's greatest threat

Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities ThreatsIf you operate a business you may have run a SWOT analysis at some stage. This planning approach examines your organisation's Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. When choosing a piece of software, or in our case a content management system, it's common to examine the first two – strengths and weaknesses. But what about the other two? Let's leave opportunities for another day and in this post ask the question "What is Joomla's greatest threat?"

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Christopher Bookwalter
I think that this is a very interesting topic to be concerned about. I think Joomla is going to be safe at least for awhile as it... Read More
Friday, 13 April 2012 13:01
Pat Vanden Bosche
Great post, Richard. I'm going to post it on my Facebook business page PatVB-Web-Design so it will help drive traffic your way. ... Read More
Friday, 13 April 2012 13:33
Richard Pearce
I talk about security a bit in Joomla Pro. Keep Joomla current. Keep your extensions current. Use a good host. This blog is powe... Read More
Friday, 13 April 2012 13:44
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Picnik Replacement

Picnik alternativeThe tool we have previously recommended for resizing images is about to disappear. This post introduces you to a great replacement that's not only dead simple to use, but a lot of fun too.

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Ian Hayward
Hi Richard I stumbled across a free utility that I have found invaluable. It's called Fast Stone Photo Resizer - Read More
Thursday, 05 April 2012 02:05
John Miley
Richard, Another tool is at John... Read More
Thursday, 05 April 2012 09:54
Richard Pearce
This post was shared at LinkedIn and created a lively discussion. So for more thoughts, see Read More
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 20:34
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Google Webmasters Warning

Google is informing Joomla users of outdated versions of their sites.

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Looks like I'm almost two years late with a comment. Having had two (1.5) sites hacked through a loophole in an extension maybe i... Read More
Friday, 08 March 2013 12:26
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the people who view and optionally manage a website. There are several types of Joomla users and various permissions can be assigned to groups of users.
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Hi Richard, Is it necessary to make any changes to the standard Joomla install where all of the content is administered by one pe... Read More
Thursday, 29 March 2012 21:56
Robert Wilson
Andrew, If you are the only administrator on these sites, then the default Joomla settings will be fine.
Friday, 30 March 2012 04:35
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Is Joomla about to fall off a cliff?

Two weeks ago I asked the question "What is your favourite Joomla 2.5 feature" and asked you to comment on the upgrade process. Some of the comments suggested that upgrading was a frustrating experience. This got me to thinking that Joomla might be in danger of falling off a cliff. Is this the beginning of the end or the beginning of a new era? 

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Kevin Morrison
I can say without a doubt that I will not be migrating any more sites on Joomla. The migration from 1.0 to 1.5 was a real chore an... Read More
Thursday, 29 March 2012 10:12
John Miglautsch
I maintain 32 sites. Most of them are for friends or non-profit organizations which do not pay me. Most have had very few change... Read More
Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:01
I understand the frustration BUT: professional IT companies warn their customers about the maintenance costs of software and inclu... Read More
Thursday, 29 March 2012 19:37
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Mobile on the move

Mobile JoomlaTowards the end of 2011, we produced a course called "How to earn $4000 a month as a part-time Joomla developer". The main challenge for most people starting a business is making sales and this is especially difficult with web development. So many businesses already have a website and therefore don't see the need to build it again. However the proliferation of smartphones has changed everything. This post explains how to make money developing mobile-friendly Joomla websites.

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Richard Pearce
There is more info at Read More
Thursday, 29 March 2012 09:54
Bob Standish
I would really like to see more information on building Responsive pages and sites.
Thursday, 29 March 2012 10:54
Daniel Jordà
Hi Richard, I am using the template Cloudbase 2.0 by Cloudaccess which is based on Gantry. It has a tab for Mobile where you can d... Read More
Thursday, 29 March 2012 18:30
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The main type of content that appears on a Joomla powered website.
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Robin McCamont
hi, richard! i'm reading a javascript & jquery manual right now, and i've learned how to "call" jquery and then build something c... Read More
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 09:57
Richard Pearce
Adding JavaScript and other certain other tags to a Joomla article is tricky. By default, Joomla strips certain tags to prevent us... Read More
Friday, 30 March 2012 06:47
Robin McCamont
Thanks for the "heads-up" on this point, Richard. I appreciate the guidance. I will probably give it a go on a test site I have,... Read More
Friday, 30 March 2012 08:43
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