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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Solve Joomla NewsFeed RSS Disappear

clock June 29, 2016 22:19 by author ben

One of the nice things about Joomla is that you can pull RSS newsfeeds in to your content area by use of the newsfeed component. I am currently using this feature to list the CloudAccess.net Webinars as I just don't have enough hours in my day to run webinars as frequently (and as well) as CloudAccess.net. I ran into a big issue with the RSS newsfeed though when it came to display on the front end.
The RSS Newsfeed in Joomla was simply disappearing!

I'd get everything set up, check the front end and see that the RSS feed was displaying properly. I'd come back a few minutes later, and lo, and behold, it was gone! I searched for the answer, and found a solution that worked for this site on the JoomlaCode website, "Single newsfeed doesn't display when caching is enabled"

Here's what I did that fixed the problem on this website:

1. Opened Filezilla (FTP Client) and logged into my server. I went to httpdocs/libraries/joomla/factory.php as in the solutions provided by the bug squad.

2. With a text editor, I went to line 341 - public static function getFeedParser($url, $cache_time = 0)
and replaced it with the code provided here:

public static function getFeedParser($url, $cache_time = 0)
{
jimport('simplepie.simplepie');

$cache = self::getCache('feed_parser', '');

if($simplepie = $cache->get($url)){
return $simplepie;
}else{
$simplepie = new SimplePie(null, null, 0);

$simplepie->enable_cache(false);
$simplepie->set_feed_url($url);
$simplepie->force_feed(true);

$simplepie->init();

if ($cache_time > 0)
{
$cache->setLifeTime($cache_time);
$cache->store($simplepie, $url);
}

return $simplepie;
}
}


3. Next, go to your Joomla admin and clear the cache by going to the top menu and clicking > Site > Maintenance > Clear Cache


Now your RSS feed will not disappear anymore!

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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostportal.com :: Simple Steps to Change Offline Logo in Joomla

clock June 15, 2016 23:51 by author ben

Joomla offers the ability to click a button in the system and take the site down. Instead of your web site showing up when someone goes to your URL, they get a message that indicates the site is down for maintenance. This message can be changed, as can the Joomla logo.

To change the offline message

The default message that shows up for a site in maintenance is, "This site is down for maintenance. Please check back again soon."

To change this message, log into the Joomla administrator page.

  • Click on "Global configuration" on the control panel, or select "Global configuration" from the site menu.
  • On the Site tab, click "Yes" next to site offline. Underneath Site Offline is the Offline Message.
  • Change the text in the entry box to whatever message you wish.
  • Hit Save or Apply
  • Go to your site, and you'll see the offline message.

To change the Joomla logo that appears with the offline message

To do this, a php file needs to be modified. If you know unix, you can do this directly on the system. If you do not know unix, you'll need to copy the file via ftp to your computer, edit the file on your machine, and then ftp the file back to the server.

Whether you need to ftp or you choose to edit the file directly on the system, the file is located in the same place. Go into the templates directory and then go into the system directory. You should see the following files in this directory.

component.php css error.php html images index.html index.php offline.php

Css, images, and html are directories and component.php, error.php, index.html, index.php, and offline.php are files.

Make a backup copy of your offline.php file. To keep it simple, I always call my copy "offline.php.backup" Next, put the logo you wish to display in your images directory on your site. Don't put it in the images directory located in templates/system. Put it in the images directory at the root of the system.

Edit the offline.php file. (If you can't edit it directly on your system, ftp it over to your desktop. You can edit the file in any text editor, such as notepad. Dreamweaver can also be used.)

Find the code in the file that matches the code below. This code is in the top third of the file.

img src="images/joomla_logo_black.jpg" alt="Joomla! Logo"

Change the filename "joomla_logo_black.jpg" to the name of the graphic you want to appear.

Save the file. Reload your home page on your system and the new logo should appear.

If you can follow the php, you can change the whole look and feel of the offline page, but I don't recommend doing that unless you are confident in your php. Of course, if you make a backup copy of your offline.php file first, you can always replace it. If you ruin your offline.php file and you haven't made a copy of it, you can always go to Joomla.org, download a fresh copy of joomla, extract the files somewhere other than where your web site is, and get the offline.php file from there.

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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Simple Tips to Increase Google Rank with Joomla

clock June 8, 2016 21:50 by author ben

Once you have created your site in Joomla the next important task on hand is to improve its Google Rank or in simple words increase the visibility of the website. Most of the traffic to your Joomla site would come via the web portal and hence you need to optimize the site to have maximum impact on your customers and visitors. Joomla by default is extremely web crawlers friendly but you still need to optimize it further to generate best results. So let us discuss a few ways in which you can improve the Google Rank with Joomla.

Unique Content

The most important part of your website is the content and hence you need to focus on it to improve your page rank. Write unique content that is relevant to your products, services or business model. Once you have this in place Google's crawlers bots would offer you better position on the search engine results pages. You can also create a blog in your site as this gives you the opportunity to post content regularly on your website.

Robot.txt

This is a simple approach of telling the search engine spiders which page to index on your site and which ones to ignore. You would always want the users to visit pages that are highly relevant to your business. This is a great way to ensure that dead links and the non-relevant pages don't find prominence on the web spider.

Sitemaps

Search engine crawlers are indexing millions of pages each day and it is wise to make their task easy on your Joomla powered website. Creating a Sitemap is one of the best techniques to make the website professional as well as add to its search engine friendliness. You can make use of the Xmap Sitemap extension that generates dynamic.Xmap Sitemap. Add this sitemap to the Google Webmaster tool and all new pages added to your site will be indexed faster.

Search Engine Friendly URLs

The default URLs generated in Joomla aren't search engine friendly. They merely follow a pattern which doesn't get you any mileage. So you need to tweak the default system and come out with a mechanism to create URLs which are rich in keywords and search engine friendly. For this purpose you can make use of an extension such as Artio that generates search engine friendly URLs automatically.

Canonical Issue

You are aware of the fact that Google would penalize you for having duplicate content on your website and this happens when you have the same content on both the WWW and non-WWW versions of your domain. There are a number of extensions such as Canonical Url, Avatar Tools and Finch - Canonical URLs that help you get rid of this problem on your website and gain high rank on the web spider.

These are some of the most important things that you need to implement on your Joomla website to improve its Google Rank.

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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: why joomla is suitable for government and education websites

clock June 3, 2016 00:05 by author ben

 

 

Joomla is fast gaining approval as one of the most used content management systems in our planet. The first and foremost attraction of Joomal is that it is free and open source. However there are several other free and open source management systems too. Even then most of the government and educational institution websites are built on this software. Government and educational institute websites are revered even by the search engines and they give much preference for the back links from such websites. When Joomla is used mostly for such sites, there should be many advantages.

Joomla is highly user-friendly and search engine friendly. There are thousands of extensions and applications which can be used to make the website a unique one. Active Joomla groups and forums are other attraction where you will get an answer to all your queries. Joomla is 100% risk free and it is regularly updating with latest technology.
Although there are several advantages, you need the touch of a professional hand to create a highly performing website from Joomla. The crucial area is PSD to Joomla conversion. Here the design in the PSD format should be converted to HTML and then to Joomla. The original charm of the design can be maintained only when you do it perfectly and precisely. Here you need to have the help of a professional PSD to Joomla conversion service provider.

Once the website is created professionally, you can certainly enjoy the benefits. A properly constructed Joomla website will be search engine friendly and will get high ranks naturally. Besides, the users will not find any problem in navigation or in any other areas. These are the two reasons for government websites and educational websites to go with Joomla.

A website can any time meet with some technical problems. Here you need timely help. Active Joomal communities will take care of such situations and will come forward for your help. As you know the government websites and educational institution websites are the two categories browsed quite frequently. Here they cannot afford more down time and hence they depend on Joomla.

However, the most fascinating fact is that Joomla developers have built a large number of templates and extensions over a period which more than any commercial content management systems. When such good facilities are available free of cost, how can we avoid using Joomla? As they keep on updating their technology and coming out frequently with new versions, there is no doubt that Joomla will be the major content management system in the future.

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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: 3 Useful Apps to Mobilize Your Joomla Website

clock May 11, 2016 23:11 by author ben

Websites that do not load correctly on regular desktops can be annoying. Websites that do not load properly on a smart phone are just a nightmare and hard to remedy. If a mobile customer cannot reach the website that is in mind, then there goes a visitor and potential customer.

With the popularity of Smartphones, the most successful websites add a mobile site for their mobile customers. The best way to keep visitors and customers happy is to upgrade to the mobile Internet train and offer this option.

Traditional websites cause problems for Smartphones to load because the traditional website has a lot of additional features. Websites that have a large array of flash images, large pictures, or even large java-scripts can cause the mobile phone to not load properly. Many Smartphones have a slower Internet connection; regular websites will take a longer time to load.

The products listed below are to help customers run better Joomla sites while browsing the mobile Internet.

Mobile Joomla

One of the tricky things with having a traditional website and having a mobile website is trying to balance the two. The best thing about Mobile Joomla is once a website has gone mobile, Mobile Joomla has a built in detection monitor that displays the website to which setting it is in (either traditional or mobile).

Apart from the ability to detect which setting the site needs to be in, no matter which style the site is in, the display for both traditional and mobile is beautiful and clear.

Mobile Content Switch

This is a great app for Joomla users; due to it allowing the webmaster to manage their website; no matter what setting the site is based upon (again, mobile or traditional). This is a popular application for iPhones and iPads, so there is a lot of attention to troubleshooting out there. This app is really easy to use and should always be considered first if the user has an iPhone and a Joomla account.

Joooid

Based around the Android, Joooid allows Joomla users to manage their sites so the end result is a beautiful and easily functioning website. Joooid also lets the user publish articles, post photos, upload maps, and keep everything running in a fine-tuned manner.

A great app for webmasters that like to keep a well structured website that works great for traditional websites and mobile Internet Smartphones.

One important thing to keep in mind when managing a mobile website is that once a traditional website is built and a mobile website is created, is that the mobile website needs to continually be managed along with the traditional website. There is now a way to create a mobile website that will update when the traditional website is updated.

Joomla users can keep their websites up-to-date with little to no effort, and still produce a wonderful website for mobile users that does not lack in detail.

The best function for these helpful apps is the ability to be updated from Smartphones as well as regular PCs. There will never be a poorly designed mobile website again with the use of these three helpful apps.

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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Easy Ways to Recover Your Joomla Password

clock May 4, 2016 21:59 by author ben

Super Admin is a user with the highest powers in the management of the site. In some situations, you can not login with Super Admin acount. For example, your site may have been "hacked" and had the passwords or users changed. Or perhaps the person who knew the passwords is no longer available. Or maybe you have forgotten the password that was used.

In these cases, it is still possible to fix up the Joomla! database so you can log back in as a Super Administrator.
Recover lost Super Admin password in Database

  • Navigate to phpMyAdmin and select the database for the Joomla! site in the left-hand drop-down list box. This will show the database tables on the left side of the screen.
  • Click on the table jos_users in the list of tables (note: you may have a prefix that is not jos_, simply go to the _users table for your prefix).
  • Click Edit (the small pen on the user whose password you wish to reset)

  • You will now see all user data in a form. Under the password field, you will see a long list of encrypted letters.

  • Select "MD5" in the function dropdown list. Delete all letters in password field and type in a new password.

  • Click Go to save your new password.
  • Now you can log into the backend of your Joomla! site.

Remember to change you password again from the back-end, as the MD5 encryption is much more secure this way.

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Joomla Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: 2 Ways to Hide Your Joomla Home Menu

clock April 28, 2016 00:45 by author ben

A reader asked me about this recently. What he wanted was to hide the "Home" menu item when on the frontpage of his site.

I must admit I haven't really been in the situation where I'd needed that. Still, there might be others that need the same functionality on their site. So here are a couple of solutions for hiding a menu item on a particular page.

1. Hide the menu module

This is the approach my reader had chosen. The method is quite simple: You add a menu, and move your "Home" menu item to that menu. Then, you add a menu module to your site and choose to display it on all pages except on the frontpage. This is really simple to do in versions of Joomla after 1.6. Of course, this can be done for any menu item on your site.

The reader published this module in the same module position as his main menu, so the "Home" link would appear to be part of the same menu. He chose to hide the module title for the same reason.

The good thing about this method is that it's really simple. You don't need to fiddle around with CSS etc. The challenge is that the two menus might look disconnected. It really depends on your template and how the modules stack up.

2. Use CSS to hide the menu item

Another approach is to use CSS properties to hide the menu item. In Joomla, every menu item has it's own unique ID (CSS class selector). This means that you can style menu items individually. Perfect in our case!

What you want to do is to use a combination of page class suffixes and CSS to hide the menu item on your page.

Confused? Don't worry, I'll explain in detail!

Add a page class suffix

First, go to your home page menu item. Enter a page class suffix like "frontpage" into the page class suffix field and save. This will create a class in the body tag of your template. What this means is that you can style any element on the page just for the frontpage by using the body tag class.


You can check if this works as expected by looking at your frontpage source code and see if the body tag contains the "frontpage" class. By the way, I always recommend using Firefox and the Firebug add-on to debug and check source code.

In one of my sites (based on a YooTheme template), it looks like this:

<body id="page" class="page sidebar-a-right sidebar-b-right noblog frontpage">

You can see the frontpage class is added to the list of class names for the body tag.

Note: If you're using a low quality template, it might not support page class suffixes. All good Joomla templates should support that, though.
Find the menu item class name

Now, you need to find the menu item class name. To find the class, take another look at the source code. The menu item will look something like this:

<li class="level2 item172">

The item172 class is what you want to use. That's what allows you to style that menu item specifically.

So, in this case, the menu item class is "item172".

Add the CSS

Now, in your template CSS file, add the following:

body.frontpage .item172 {display:none;}

This code will hide that particular menu item when the page class suffix is frontpage. That means you will be able to keep one menu module. One less element to maintain. Obviously, this technique can be used to style other elements on your page, too. Be creative!

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