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.

Nominate us for the 2012 J!OSCAR Awards

We'd like to think that we've helped the Joomla community by creating our free Joomla training course called The Basics. This is no "teaser" course. It covers everything you need to know to build your first Joomla website. It's free and you don't even need to register. HUNDREDS of people start this course DAILY, either here on this site or at YouTube. Comments that we receive via email and in our forum suggest that this effort is much appreciated. Read on to learn how you can thank us by nominating us for an upcoming J!OSCAR award.

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Michael Sharp
Nominated you Richard. I'd like to think my single vote will help. You sure deserve to have your courses recognized, as I say they... Read More
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What is your favourite Joomla 2.5 feature?

Joomla 2.5Joomla 2.5 was launched in January and it has already had two minor, but important updates. I need to know what your favourite feature is and why. Or perhaps you haven't started using 2.5 yet. If not, tell me why.

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Richard Pearce
I'll start things off. The most useful feature to me is the upgrade function. This is such an important requirement that it is ama... Read More
Thursday, 15 March 2012 10:39
Ian Hayward
I've scratched my head over this and thought long and hard. Yes, the upgrade function is great and so too extension upgrade warni... Read More
Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:31
Kevin Morrison
What is your favourite Joomla 2.5 feature? I would have to say it is a toss up between the powerful ACL and the nested categories.... Read More
Thursday, 15 March 2012 12:06
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How to use Captcha in Joomla 2.5

reCaptcha(VIDEO) Sick of getting spam registrations on your Joomla website? This video tutorial demonstrates how to use the Captcha feature that was introduced in Joomla 2.5.

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Andy Markley
... thanks Richard. Brilliant, as usual.
Thursday, 08 March 2012 11:32
Christine Isaiah
Quick question...My site is using Joomla 2.5.2 (missed the 2.5.0 and 2.5.1 updates they happened so quickly). I see in Global Conf... Read More
Thursday, 08 March 2012 12:42
Robert Wilson
Christine, I've seen this mentioned in the Joomla forum somewhere. You might try going to the Discover page of the Extensions Ma... Read More
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The number one thing I love about Joomla

The number one thing I love about JoomlaLast week I revealed that the number one thing I hate about Joomla is extensions. I have a love/hate relationship with Joomla at times, and so it's only fair that I counter this with a look at the thing I love most about Joomla. Discover what this is and I'll also introduce you to some Joomla goodies you've probably never heard of. 

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Richard Pearce
I'll get the ball rolling. I wish there was a combined project management / support ticket / customer relationship management exte... Read More
Thursday, 01 March 2012 09:46
I love that most of them are very clean. You can install, try and uninstall without breaking everything on most occasions. I've on... Read More
Thursday, 01 March 2012 10:30
I love easyPayPalButtons. I'm not ready for a full-on shopping cart, but there are a few items I want to sell. With easyPayPalBu... Read More
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The number one thing I hate about Joomla

There are a huge number of positives that Joomla has in its favor. It's open source. It has a huge community. And once our fabulous and free Joomla training course gives you the knowledge to use it properly, it does become easy to manage. But there is one thing that drives me and thousands of others crazy. Learn what this is and how to take steps to minimize its impact on your Joomla life.

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Thanks Richard I agree completely... that although its a good thing that there are so many extensions it is a fact that having so ... Read More
Saturday, 25 February 2012 11:55
Andy Markley
... thanks Richard. As always, you get right to the point and make it clear. Without your Basics and Beyond courses, I'd have kill... Read More
Saturday, 25 February 2012 12:43
Jim Gregory
Are there keyboard shourt cuts in Administrator to 'Save', 'Save & Close', 'New', etc? If not, that's the number 1 thing I hate. ... Read More
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How to embed a Wufoo form into a Joomla article

Wufoo logoI am a fan of using Joomla for all your website needs wherever possible. However there are times when it might make sense to use an external solution. In this tutorial you will learn how to create forms using a popular service called Wufoo and embed the form into a Joomla article.

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Kevin Morrison
Richard, as always very useful and timely, thanks for a great article. I have been a long time member of RSForms and over the year... Read More
Friday, 17 February 2012 14:53
Richard Pearce
I don't want to give the impression that I am calling them out as much as using this experience as an illustration as to why it is... Read More
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:16
Mike Martin
Hi Richard Thanks for introducing us to Wufoo, I am looking for a good contact form, I am having problems with core Joomla form. ... Read More
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Creating spaces around images

Text aligned hard up against an imageDo you like to wrap your images around your text? The standard editor supplied with Joomla provides an alignment feature to do this, but this results in the image crashing in to the surrounding text. This tutorial demonstrates how to solve this through the use of a free extension that every Joomla site should use.

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Thanks Richard, great tip. Will get this one immediately.
Friday, 10 February 2012 19:40
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How to avoid the Joomla 2.5 upgrade blues

Joomla 2.5 was released last week, but it has already received a security update. Version 2.5.1 is out now, so if you haven't yet made the switch from 1.7, now is the time to do so. We have seen some common issues occur during upgrades, so be sure to read on to ensure your upgrade is smooth and painless.

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Sher Lizz
a security release... already...?? bit sloppy or not?
Friday, 03 February 2012 08:24
Richard Pearce
Sloppy? Perhaps - you'd have to talk to a security expert. I guess I see it as keeping on top of things. The nature of software is... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 08:48
Kevin Morrison
With all the trouble I have been having migrating and updating I am having second thoughts on my excitement when the Joomla team a... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 08:25
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What's new in Joomla 2.5?

(VIDEO) I have picked through the 26 new features in Joomla 2.5 to bring you the top ten. Spend just 20 minutes watching this video to learn everything you need to know about the latest major Joomla release.

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Thanks Richard, thats very useful (for a lazy person like me who does not like to read release notes;-)
Friday, 27 January 2012 22:12
Richard, Many thanks for this blog/tutorial, its very helpful. But I discovered the Smart Search is not shown during my upgrade fr... Read More
Friday, 27 January 2012 22:18
Richard Pearce
The component and plugin should be there. But you might need to create a new module (Extensions - Module Manager - New - Smart Sea... Read More
Saturday, 28 January 2012 06:33
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7 ways to make your Joomla site shine

We’re a couple of weeks into the new year and I’m ready to attack my website To Do list. I realised that a lot of points on my list would apply to your site too, so here are my 7 ways to make your Joomla site shine in 2012. Wish it were still 2009 – the title would have had a much nicer ring.

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This is a very useful guide. I started my Joomla design with your beginners course before registering for pro. Many thanks... Read More
Friday, 20 January 2012 09:50
Brad Hamilton
You may not contribute DIRECTLY to the Joomla Project, but your Joomla for Beginners course is a great asset to the Joomla "cause"... Read More
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Richard Pearce
Remember me should work. If you know how, delete any cookies in your browser for and http://www.buildajoom... Read More
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