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Joomla 1.5 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How To Structure Content In Joomla 1.5

clock December 24, 2010 05:48 by author Jervis

Here are the steps:

1.
First we want to create a Section since they are at the top of the tree. You can access the “Section Manager” either by clicking the “Section Manager” Icon on the Admin Home Page (This is the page you see when you first login). Or you can select “Content” from the top horizontal menu and click on “Section Manager”.



2. You will now see a list of Sections, if you installed the sample data when you installed Joomla there will be a small list already here. For now we just want to create a new Section, so click the “New” Icon from the top right.



3. Now you will need to enter the “Title” for the new section and an “Alias”. The Alias is the text that will be used in the URL, no spaces allowed and if left blank it will simply use the Tile and replace spaces with hyphens. You want to set Published to yes and for now it is best to leave the Access Level set to Public.



4. For the Description just enter a basic description about this Section for now, it can be changed later if you decide you need it.

5. Click “Save” from the top right.



Add however many sections you want/need, you can always edit/add/delete these later.

6. Now we want to create some categories for those sections. From the top horizontal menu select “Content” and then click “Category Manager”.



7. We want to make a new Category so click the “New” icon from the top right.



8. This is basically Step 4 and 5 again, so repeat those steps here. No point in me saying the exact same steps again.

9. When done click “Save”



Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Joomla 1.5 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Different layout for every page in Joomla 1.5.x

clock December 15, 2010 06:07 by author Jervis

The good thing is control layout of pages by administrator panel.
The solution is create different templates. But keeping the same things like header, footer and menu in every template is bad and if we are going to change something in future (who knows?) it will be a big problem.

So we need to have one main template with basic layout and another (inherited) templates with layout for each page.

Solution


First of all we need to create main template which will be wrapper for all the next templates.


Creating global template, named it “_global”. Files that we need:

- /templates/_global/index.php
- /templates/_global/layout.php
- /templates/_global/templateDetails.xml
- /templates/_global/helper.php


1. Index.php

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="<?php echo $this->language; ?>" lang="<?php echo $this->language; ?>">
  <head>
    <jdoc:include type="head" />
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="<?php echo $this->baseurl; ?>/framework/stylesheets/application.css" type="text/css" charset="utf-8">
  </head>
<body>
  <div class="header">
    Header of page
  </div>
  <div class="layout">
    <jdoc:file name="layout.php" />
  </div>
  <div class="footer">
    &copy; Egor Hmelyoff
  </div>
</body>
</html>

Here we’ve written the new construction <jdoc:file name=”layout.php” />. Which means that you include layout.php from the current template. After that, we will create this file in each new template and insert there our layout.

2. layout.php (for _global template):

<div class="content">basic layout</div>

Here we can write whatever we need.

3. templateDetails.xml


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
<!DOCTYPE install PUBLIC "-//Joomla! 1.5//DTD template 1.0//EN" 
 "http://dev.joomla.org/xml/1.5/template-install.dtd"> 
<install version="1.5.9" type="template"> 
  <name>_global template</name> 
  <creationDate>23 April 2009</creationDate> 
  <author>hmelyoff</author> 
  <authorEmail>hmelyoff@gmail.com</authorEmail> 
  <authorUrl>http://blog.evershow.me</authorUrl> 
  <copyright>Life Fm, 2009</copyright> 
  <license>GNU/GPL</license> 
  <version>1.5.0</version> 
  <description>Global template with basic html layout</description> 
  <files> 
    <filename>index.php</filename>
    <filename>templateDetails.xml</filename> 
    <filename>helper.php</filename>
    <filename>layout.php</filename> 
  </files>          

  <positions>
  </positions>   

</install>

4. helper.php: (updated)

<?php
  defined('_JEXEC') or die('Restricted access'); 

  function global_render($_params = null)
  {
    global $mainframe; 

    // Base instances
    $document =& JFactory::getDocument();
    $user     =& JFactory::getUser(); 

    // Define global template
    $_template    = "_global";
    $_template_dir      = JPATH_THEMES.DS.$_template; 

    // Define _global params
    if (is_readable( $_template_dir.DS.'params.ini' ))
    {
      $_content = file_get_contents($_template_dir.DS.'params.ini');
      $_global_params = new JParameter($_content);
    } 

    // Define empty params if not exist
    if(!$_params){
      $_params = new JParameter('');
    } 

    // example includes/application.php "render" function
    $file   = JRequest::getCmd( 'tmpl', 'index' );
    if ( JSite::getCfg('offline') && $user->get('gid') < '23' ) {
      $file = 'offline';
    }
    if ( !is_dir( $_template_dir ) && !JSite::getCfg( 'offline' ) ) {
      $file = 'component';
    } 

    $params = array(
      'template' => $_template,
      'file'            => $file.'.php',
      'directory' => JPATH_THEMES
    ); 

    // Catch current template
    $template = $mainframe->getTemplate();
    $template_dir = JPATH_THEMES.DS.$template; 

    // Set global template as current and render document
    $mainframe->setTemplate( $_template );
    $data = $document->render( JSite::getCfg('caching'), $params ); 

    // Set back current template
    $mainframe->setTemplate( $template ); 

    $replace = array();
    $matches = array(); 

    // Catch own construction for include files
    // (example /libraties/joomla/document/html/html.php "_parseTemplate" function)
    if( preg_match_all( '#<jdoc:file\ name="([^"]+)".*\/>#iU', $data, $matches ) ){
      $matches[0] = array_reverse( $matches[0] );
      $matches[1] = array_reverse( $matches[1] ); 

      $count = count( $matches[1] ); 

      for( $i = 0; $i < $count; $i++ ){
        $inc = $matches[1][$i];
        $tpl_dir = $template_dir; 

        // if file does not exist in current template,
        // looking for it in "_global" teamplate dir
        if( !file_exists( $template_dir.DS.$inc ) ){
          $tpl_dir = $_template_dir;
        } 

        $document->params = $_params;
        $document->global_params = $_global_params; 

        $tpl = $document->_loadTemplate( $tpl_dir, $inc );
        $tpl = $document->_parseTemplate( $tpl ); 

        $replace[$i] = $tpl; 

      } 

      $data = str_replace( $matches[0], $replace, $data ); 

    } 

    return $data;

  } 

?>

This is the main function to render new inherited templates.
So, we’ve created “_global” template, but remeber: this template not for assign it.


Inherited templates

Next step: we will create new inherited template for home page (for example).


Files that we need:

- /templates/home/index.php
- /templates/home/layout.php
- /templates/home/templateDetails.php


home” here for example, we can give any name to inherited templates.

1. Index.php: (updated)

<?php
  defined('_JEXEC') or die('Restricted access');
  include JPATH_THEMES.DS.'_global/helper.php';
  echo global_render($this->params);
?>

2. layout.php:

<div class="content">

  <div class="left">new left column in home template</div>
  <div class="center">content part</div>
</div>

3. templateDetails.php:

That’s all. Now we can assign this template by Joomla administrator panel.
Also, in inherited template we have access to params of _global template by $this->global_params->get(…)


Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Fix 755 permission issues with running PHP as FastCGI

clock December 12, 2010 05:14 by author Jervis

I know there is a lot of talk about security involving any CMS these days. Especially between Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress. Everyone keeps saying 777 is bad, you should never use it because it is a security risk and your site will get hacked. Well that may be true, but most of these people never provide a solution. All they say is your directories should be 755. On many php installs this means only apache can wright to these folders. So if you try to upload a theme, component, module or plugin from your CMS it will fail. That is why so many people have to set directories to 777 in order for things to work properly. Before doing any of the below create a backup first!

If you are using Plesk there is an easy but not well documented solution. Apache suEXEC must be installed for this to work properly, but if you are using plesk it most likely is already running. http://httpd.apache.org/docs/1.3/suexec.html
Go to Domains > yourdomain.com > Web Hosting Settings. Scroll down to PHP support. Make sure ‘safe_mode’ is unchecked then select FastCGI application. This FastCGI is much different and faster than CGI. Also this should be much quicker than using suPHP which would be the other option to fixing permissions issues.




You may have to restart Apache before everything works correctly. After turning this on my site had errors and would not run. Turns out I had some ownership issues. I ran a chown from the command line which returned ownership to the ftp user. Everything worked great after this. You can now change your 777 directories to 755.

If you have SSH shell access the following commands can be run from the command line to reset all files and directories back to the server defaults of 755 and 644. Change directories to the top directory (" / ") of your Joomla! installation, then run:

find . -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;
find . -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;

For more infomation on Joomla and permissions: http://docs.joomla.org/How_do_UNIX_file_permissions_work%3F

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



About ASPHostPortal.com

We’re a company that works differently to most. Value is what we output and help our customers achieve, not how much money we put in the bank. It’s not because we are altruistic. It’s based on an even simpler principle. "Do good things, and good things will come to you".

Success for us is something that is continually experienced, not something that is reached. For us it is all about the experience – more than the journey. Life is a continual experience. We see the Internet as being an incredible amplifier to the experience of life for all of us. It can help humanity come together to explode in knowledge exploration and discussion. It is continual enlightenment of new ideas, experiences, and passions

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170 W 56th Street, Suite 121
New York, NY 10019
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