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Joomla Overrides OSTraining

A Beginner's Guide to Joomla Overrides

understand-template-overridesOSTraining is one of the best places to go for Joomla!, Wordpress and Drupal training, and caters to all skill levels. Consider it "Lynda for Serious People". The tutorials start off at a beginner level, but often go deep into the most advanced techniques later on in the tracks, making for the most complete training in our opinion.

In Joomla!, it is best practice not to modify core files as they will be overwritten when you do upgrades to your Joomla version. If you do happen to mod a core file, after the upgrade, you'll need to go back and hack the core again. Not a good idea, and you're doing work needlessly.

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Joomla Ping Services with RSS Feedburner

Joomla! can be used as a really powerful blog, but how do you ping other web services when you post?

Ping Services for Joomla

Wordpress users will know very well about the pinging services that come by default that notify other services every time a new post is published. Joomla doesn't have the functionality built in natively so here's a quick way to get the job done.

You will need to sign up for a feedburner account.  Once you've signed up, you will need your RSS feed urls for each category.

Install Joomla With Softaculous Installer

Learn How To Install Joomla Using Sofaculous

This tutorial will show you how to install Joomla using the popular Softaculous One Click Installer. The install is easy aand requires only a couple minutes to complete. Perfect for beginners and new site owners. No coding skills or web server administration skills needed.

Log Into CPanel and find the Softaculous Installer

You can either scroll left or right through the apps until you find Joomla 3, or you can go to Portal/CMS and then to Joomla 3

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 Next, you will find a form that you need to fill out.

Just choose the version (latest one is preferable) if you want to install Joomla 3 in the root directory, then leave the "In Directory" field blank.

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Just enter the admin's username, password, real name and email. It's important to use a real email address as this is where password resets are sent if you happen to forget your password.

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Click the install button and wait for 30-60 seconds. Your site will be installed, and you will have links to the front and administrator panel show up as soon as the install completes

Joomla Installation Video (credit: Siteground hosting)

Manually Install Joomla Command Line

While using one click installers is OK for beginners, It's far better if you plan to have a small business site, high traffic blog or even a frequently updated personal site to install Joomla manually via the command line. The process is very straightforward, and even novices can do this following this tutorial. 

First off, you must have SSH access to your server. If you're on shared hosting, you might not have SSH on your account, so please check with your hosting provider. If you wish to get hosting that does have SSH access, we recommend either or as reliable, shared hosting providers (under $10/month too).

Joomla vs Wordpress

You're probably thinking, "Not Another Joomla vs Wordpress" post!

But this one is different. I'm taking the top Joomla vs Wordpress posts from other blogs and posting links to them here as a collection for anyone who wants to know which is better, Joomla or Wordpress. During my search, I found plenty of great comparisons, but these are the best ones.

 Website Setup - CMS comparison - WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal

First of all, The manual install time is way off. Joomla can be installed in under three minutes, just as Wordpress can. This one was written by a self-admitting Wordpress lover, so his opinion is biased, but what throws his article into this list is that his facts are unbiased. In the end, he bases his conclusion that Wordpress is better becuse of personal opinion, not facts. Still, a good read.

Install Joomla on Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

20150722 210105-1The Raspberry Pi is such a wonderful device for hosting websites. Where else can you get a full time web server that not only costs about than $40 to purchase, but also the fact that it costs less than $5 a year to keep running is phenominal! I have been using Raspberry Pi's as webservers here at home since the Model A was introduced. I received my first Model A in May, 2012, and since then, I have also aquired two Model B (512MB RAM), One Model B+ and finally one Pi 2 (with another just ordered and on the way from Amazon).

Stop TinyMCE Stripping iFrame Code Joomla

There are still a lot of people that want to enable iframes in the TinyMCE Editor within Joomla. I often will embed YouTube videos in my Joomla articles to add substance, better illustration and examples. By default, TinyMCE will strip out the iFrame tag. 

This step-by-step guide shows you how to quickly enable iframes in the TinyMCE editor

Login to your Joomla Administration and go to ExtensionsPlugins (Indicated by the Green Arrow)

In the filter field, type the word "MCE" (without the quotes). and click the filter button. (Indicated by the Red Box)

You will now see the Editor - TinyMCE plugin. Click on it. (Indicated by the Orange Arrow)

Joomla TinyMCE Plugin

There are a lot of setting within the plugin configuration but if you scoll down, you will find a field called Prohibited Elements, and within the field, you will see "script,applet,iframe" already prefilled.

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All you have to do is remove the word "iframe" and the comma that preceeds it and click the save & close button.

Now, in your Joomla Article, just click on the Tools menu on the far right to bring out the source code window, and paste your Youtube or other iframe code as shown below:

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You will now see the video show up in your Joomla Article:

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Just save the article and you're done. The video will show up in your Joomla Article for people to view!

As you can see, the TinyMCE editor will not strip the iframe code when saving Joomla articles now.

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