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[This inquiry came to us via email so I am posting it here as this is the place to get support]

I have recently been asked to take over a website that was built by Joomla and I have access to this site as administrator with a user name and password. However I keep getting an the following when I login (which I can do) and then try to edit one of the articles

Fatal error: Call to undefined method stdClass::onDisplay() in /home/[username]/public_html/[folder]/libraries/joomla/html/editor.php on line 287

[moderator - I changed some of the above to hide personal info]

I have downloaded the joomla files and they are on my computer but still get this same error.

Two questions:
1 How do I get past the Fatal error?
2 Secondly how do I change the administrator name and password to something I create myself rather than the previous web master?
Richard Pearce Accepted Answer
Let's start with question 2 as that's an easy one. In Administrator, CLICK the cog wheel in the top right and SELECT Edit Account. ENTER the new password twice and CLICK Save & Close.

Now installing Joomla locally is fraught with problems which is why I don't teach this method in The Basics. The fact that you can login means you've gotten closer than many so well done. I appreciate that there are advantages in working with a local version, just keep in mind it can be frustrating until all the kinks are ironed out.

So I looked around for this issue and can only find references to a quite old version of Joomla. The problems looks to be associated with the HTML editor that is used to enter the content. The easiest answer is to try a different editor. If you're using the one supplied with Joomla (TinyMCE), I recommend you install JCE. It is much more powerful and is the one used by most Administrators. It's at

Once installed you go to Global Configuration > Default Editor and change it to JCE.
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