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Fourteen Fabulous February Freebies

Fourteen Fabulous February Freebies

Didn't get what you hoped for this Valentine's Day? Roses are red; violets are blue; look at these goodies I found for you.

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Testing and Troubleshooting the User Experience

Testing and Troubleshooting the User Experience

The biggest feature to hit Joomla 1.6 was the vast improvement with access control. However this greatness comes with responsibility and it can be a pain to test a development site or troubleshoot issues with a live site. Joomla Administrators would love to be able to login as a particular user, without knowing that user's password. Well ... it turns out that this is indeed possible.

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Ric Raftis
What a fantastic extension Richard. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I've already shared it with a couple of others. Having... Read More
Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:26
Clemon Allison
Hi Richard, I'm having a time troubleshooting an issue with trying to get the admin page to come up after I go through the install... Read More
Saturday, 27 April 2013 00:04
Richard Pearce
The only time I have had issues in the past is when something was showing as 'No' in the pre-installation section of the web insta... Read More
Monday, 29 April 2013 13:14
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Cannot find XML setup file

Cannot find XML setup file

JInstaller: :Install: Cannot find XML setup file

One of the most common ways to generate this error is by trying to install a compressed extension that needs to be extracted first. For instance, some extensions ship with two different versions inside one zip file. If this is the case, you must first extract that "outer" directory to get to the version of the extension you need. But, how do you know if you have one of these extensions or not?

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Robert Wilson
Hi Beto, If you haven't gotten the Joomla version upgraded yet, nothing you do will make the 2.5 template install into a 1.5 Joom... Read More
Thursday, 15 November 2012 05:46
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Plugin

Plugin
Plugin:
A specific type of Joomla Extension that provides some functionality or behavior in the background of a Joomla website.

In the early days of Joomla, plugins were called mambots. Since version 1.5, the name was updated to plugin as their power and versatility increased. Joomla comes installed with several core plugins, such as Load Modules and Pagebreak, but many other third party plugins are available.

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Mail In Vote Makes Web Polls Portable

Mail In Vote Makes Web Polls Portable

If you've ever polled your online audience or asked them to vote on something, you might be interested in Code Haiku's new extension, Mail In Vote, which offers a bit of a different way to get feedback from your followers and friends. Instead of relying on them to come to your site for a poll, you can now easily send a quick ballot to them directly through email.

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Apptha Lets Joomla Developers Have Their Very Own Pinterest Site

Apptha Lets Joomla Developers Have Their Very Own Pinterest Site

Extensions for Joomla can range anywhere from a small plugin that sits inconspicuously in the background performing some small function to full blown applications. Social Pinboard for Joomla is definitely the latter. Apptha has created an extension that is in iteself an entire web build. In fact, your only template option when setting up Social Pinboard is the Social Pinboard template, making it much more of a web solution than only a Joomla extension.

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Richard Pearce
Yes but there is some additional setup required outside of Joomla to get it working.
Saturday, 28 July 2012 06:45
Richard Pearce
The developer has documentation on their site at http://www.apptha.com/pinterest-clone-for-joomla... Read More
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 06:53
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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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Component

Component:
A specific type of Joomla extension. Components are similar to small applications in that they do work for a website or add functionality.

Setup, configuration and modification of component behavior is usually managed through the Joomla Administrator. Some components, such as Banners and Contacts, are installed with the Joomla core installation, while others are third party software packages that you download and install yourself.

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Extension

Extension:
A native or third party piece of software that extends the functionality of Joomla to enhance either the front end experience, the back end Administrator or both.

The term extension can mean a software package that has been developed for a specific task in a Joomla website, or it can also be a very generic term that encompasses the more specific types of extensions available for Joomla, such as components, modules, plugins and templates.

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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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