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Sneak Peek: Build a Joomla Website from Scratch #3

Sneak Peek: Build a Joomla Website from Scratch #3

I dropped into the Joomla Beat studios this week to share some Joomla installation tips. This coincided with some recordings I made this week for the latest version of our upcoming Build a Joomla Website from Scratch course, so I thought I should share these lessons publically. These tutorials demonstrate how to install Joomla using Softaculous and how to save time if you install Joomla manually. 

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Going Old School with Image Maps in Joomla

Going Old School with Image Maps in Joomla

Image maps were very widely used for web design in the past. Hand coding them was almost impossible for most people, but tools like Dreamweaver made them quite easy to create. A large, prominent image with hot spots linked to various pages of a website were at the edge of creative web design. They improved the look and feel of a website and helped to make branding easier for many businesses. So, what happened to image maps?

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How to add a PDF to a Joomla Article

How to add a PDF to a Joomla Article

VIDEO: A common request we receive is how to upload a PDF (or any file) to a Joomla site and then link to it in an article or module. Well, here is a step-by-step video demonstration on how to do just that.

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Directing Visitors to your Most Important Content

Directing Visitors to your Most Important Content

Don’t you hate it when you’re in the middle of something important on your computer and it suddenly stops working? That’s the dilemma I faced a few weeks ago when I had to put this site into maintenance mode while I made some changes to the template. I knew some people would be in the middle of watching some tutorials and I wanted to minimize the frustration they would feel when they found the site had switched off. Discover how I overcame this and how you can use the same approach to grow your website.

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Kickstart Your Blog this Weekend

Kickstart Your Blog this Weekend

Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2013:

1. Exercise more

2. Spend more time with family

3. Do more with your website!

I can’t help you with the first two, but it is my job to help you do more with your website. So let’s get a head-start on 2013 with a simple project that you can complete this weekend. In just two hours, you will complete a vital task that is one of the best ways to attract new visitors. Regardless of where your site is at - if it is brand-new, established or even if you haven’t started building yet - this is something everyone can benefit from and your only investment is time.

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How to Create a Modal Window in Your Joomla Website

How to Create a Modal Window in Your Joomla Website

What is a modal window exactly? How is it different from a popup window? When would I use them, and doesn't everyone hate them anyway?

These are all very good questions to ask yourself before implementing modal windows in your website, but thanks to a resurgence in the popularity of well written JavaScript libraries, this technique has definitely made a comeback. This is especially true of the type of modal window called a lightbox. Click here to see one in action.

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Move a Joomla installation to a new folder using cPanel

Move a Joomla installation to a new folder using cPanel

Where do you build your Joomla website, when you already have a live website? You could build the Joomla site locally, but this can be problematic and doesn’t allow an outsider to access the development site. You could setup a second web hosting account, but this costs money. Or you could build the new site inside a sub-folder of your existing site and move everything when you’re ready to change. That’s a popular approach, but what is the right way to move the files? This video tutorial demonstrates our recommended procedure.

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Getting Started with RSS Feeds

Getting Started with RSS Feeds

Joomla can display RSS feeds from other sites. But how do you create an RSS feed from your own site? This function is built-in to Joomla, but it isn’t so obvious how it works. In this video tutorial I demonstrate how to use the default Joomla RSS feed and how to create a unique feed using a free extension.

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Joomla Hidden Menus

Joomla Hidden Menus

If you've built static websites before, making the transition to a dynamic site such as Joomla can cause frustration. Seemingly simple tasks can end up being a nightmare. That's potentially the case when you need to create a hidden page. But there is an easy way around this as demonstrated in this week's video tutorial.

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How to Install Joomla Extensions Manually

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