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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
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 10:05
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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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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
Thursday, 01 March 2012 10:45
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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
Saturday, 25 February 2012 15:29
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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
Friday, 20 January 2012 12:44
Richard Pearce
Remember me should work. If you know how, delete any cookies in your browser for and http://www.buildajoom... Read More
Friday, 20 January 2012 12:57
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K2 templates

This week's newsletter will explain how you can get a custom K2 template working for your Joomla website. It's a bit more involved in terms of file manipulation, but we'll look at it from a very general point of view, give you some tips and explain why we think this is a really nice feature. You will need either good knowledge of and access to cPanel or a good command of FTP. You will also need to know a bit about CSS, and remember that you can always get professional help when you need it.

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How to create Joomla sliders

This week we’ll take a look at a new slider building extension from Offlajn. It's a pretty nice toy to play with, and while we haven't had it for long enough to become complete experts yet, the benefits are pretty clear if you're wanting to include dynamic content on your website.

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K2 Tags

This week we're back to K2 and discussing item tags and their benefits. If you're used to search engine optimization, then most of the concepts will be familiar, it's just nice to know you have this capability on a local level, within your website, as well.

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Richard Hamilton
Hi there, I am using Joomla 2.5 and K2 but am looking for a good tag cloud module for my site..
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 22:49
Robert Wilson
For some reason the tag cloud extensions haven't been quickly updated for Joomla 2.5, but check this page in the JED: http://exte... Read More
Thursday, 21 June 2012 16:29
Robert Wilson
Yes, it should search through your categories as long as you are using the exact same tag throughout.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 06:17
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How to write killer titles

the-most-overlooked-feature-of-JoomlaThis week is a bit of a combination topic. We are talking a bit about K2 still as we address the topic of titles for your articles, but we're also including some SEO ideas, as well as some basic standards for good writing. We are, after all, trying to drive traffic to our websites with almost everything we do. If you produce your own content for your website, you'll want to go through these points carefully.

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Review: EasyDiscuss

EasyDiscussIs it a forum? Is it a support ticket system? Is it the Joomla equivalent of Yahoo Answers? 

Today we take a look at EasyDiscuss, a flexible extension that can be used for all sorts of applications.

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Hugh Bradley
Greetings Richard: I have both, EasyBlog and EasyDiscuss. The question is, wWhich to use: EasyBlog or EasyDiscuss? Any suggestion... Read More
Monday, 22 August 2011 03:13
Richard Pearce
Depends what you want to do. A blog is usually initiated by the site owner. EasyDiscuss posts are often (but not necessarily) init... Read More
Monday, 22 August 2011 06:22
Kevin Morrison
@Hugh - Really there is no comparison between the two. One is a blog tool and the other is a discussion tool. Also I would not cla... Read More
Monday, 19 December 2011 16:50
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