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Fixing Mail Instantiate Error for Joomla/RSForm

  General 1. Check Global Configuration settings. a. Make sure sending mail is enabled on site.  Go to Global Configuration->Server and look at Mail section in bottom right.  Make sure the SEND MAIL toggle is set to YES. b. Make sure other email information is filled in. 2. Send Test Email: Go to Global Configuration->Server and look at Mail section in bottom right.  If you do not have access to the email listed, temporarily change …

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Customizing Widgets in YOOtheme’s Widgetkit 2.x

Although YOOtheme’s documentation says to store customizations in Widgetkit 2.x: Place your custom content provider in THEME-NAME/widgetkit/content/PROVIDER-NAME/ Place your custom widget plugin in THEME-NAME/widgetkit/widgets/WIDGETPLUGIN-NAME/ http://yootheme.com/widgetkit/documentation/customizing/where-to-store-your-customizations   It does not explain WHERE to get the original files to modify.  In Widgetkit 1.5.x, they were in: media/widgetkit/widgets/WIDGET_NAME/   However, I just figured out that in Widgetkit 2.x, they are in: administrator/components/com_widgetkit/plugins/widgets/WIDGET_NAME/   As an example, to customize the GRID widgetkit, you would get administrator/components/com_widgetkit/plugins/widgets/grid/views/widget.php and place it …

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Redirect Joomla 1.0 SEF links for Joomla 3.x

When you migrate a site from Joomla 1.0 or Joomla 1.5 you may have hundreds of pages indexed with Google that will be broken links, showing a 404 Page Not Found error.  For SEO, you want to redirect those pages since of having Google remove from the index with your robots.txt.  Here is a redirect to catch all of them. First, make sure you have a .htaccess file in the folder that your Joomla site …

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JomSocial Installer Loop

When upgrading JomSocial one of the sites we manage, it successfully completed but got stuck in an endless loop of the JomSocial installer whenever you tried to go to JomSocial from the menu.  After searching the JomSocial forums, I found a few other people with issue but no clear instructions on how to fix.  After figuring it out, I figured I would throw together a blog to help others (and for when it happens to …

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Installing Joomla on IIS/Windows Server

Installing Joomla on an IIS server can be a royal pain in the butt and I always recommend switching to a LINUX server whenever possible.  However, for those times that it isn’t, here are some steps to help you out.   I will try to go back and grab some screenshots to improve the post, but here is the meat and potatoes for now:         From  PLESK account Go to Control Panel->Websites …

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“Unable to Load Format Class” Error on Upgrade to Joomla 3.3

    As of right now, we are unsure of the cause of this error, but have had it occur on about 10% of upgrades so far.  Here are the steps to get you back live again: 1. Go to Joomla.org and download the full package of 3.2.4: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/joomla/frs/?action=FrsReleaseBrowse&frs_package_id=6882 2. Using FTP, upload all of package, except the /installation/ folder 3. Once done, go to your /cache/ folder and delete all files except index.html 4. …

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Top Ten Mistakes for Joomla Upgrades

We have easily done over 50 Joomla upgrades over the last year.  Over that time, we have developed a pretty good checklist of common problems and how to migrate most 3rd party extensions.  However, those lessons were learned after knocking our heads against the wall plenty. In an effort to save you some of that headache, here are the Top Ten Mistakes for Joomla Upgrades we have compiled.  Feel free to leave comments with specific …

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500 Server Error Only for Googlebot in Joomla

  While trying to set up a new landing page for our maintenance services, I ran into a problem where the page would load just fine for me and on 3rd party tools like BrowserStack, but it was returning a 500 server error for Googlebot.  It would also return a 500 server error for W3C Validation and Spider View checks.  I would have never even noticed it had Google Adwords not disapproved the page URL repeatedly. This was completely …

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How to add Event Tracking with Google Analytics

  Normally when I want to use Conversion Tracking for Google Analytics and Google Adwords for a form, I just track the link of the “Thank You” page.  However, I needed a way to track users clicking the button to use our ZenDesk form. To do that, you need “Event Tracking.”     1. Login to you Google Analytics for your site and click on ADMIN.   2. Under VIEW, click on the GOALS link.   3. Click on CREATE …

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Fixing Magic Quotes for Joomla 3.x

  What is Magic Quotes? At its most basic level, it is the setting within PHP that allows quotation marks to be allowed or stripped out of a string.   How do I tell if it is enabled/disabled? A. You are seeing a warning message about it:       B. System info: Within Joomla you can go view your SYSTEM INFORMATION from the backend of your website.  To get to that screen:   Go …

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