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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Using Form Fields in Joomla Templates

Joomla template developers can include parameters that allow the site owner to change certain functionality from a simple interface within Administrator. This post explores this feature called Form Fields and gives you an overview of how you can include these with your own Joomla templates. 

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