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Auto Adding Social Media Icons to Links Using CSS and Font Awesome

Ever wanted to have social media icons automatically appear next to any link that went to Facebook, Twitter, etc?  We decided to add this to our website portfolio to display the link to the new website, as well as our client’s social media links.  However, having several links stacked together was confusing without the icons.  You can see this in use here or by clicking on any item in the portfolio. 1. The first step is making sure your …

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Installing a Joomla site on Network Solutions, updated for Joomla 3.x

When you get to the install process, it will tell you all the default problems with Network Solutions configuration: Network Solutions makes it harder to modify these because it does not recognize a custom php.ini.     1. Upload a phpinfo.php file to your hosting via FTP This will show you where you need to go to make the changes.       2. Login to Network Solutions and go to your hosting, then MANAGE …

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Broken Extensions in Joomla 3.1.4

It looks like the upgrade to Joomla 3.1.4 can cause headaches for many extensions.  If you haven’t upgraded yet, I would hold off till 3.1.5. Apparently the new release can cause problems with some “views”:  http://docs.joomla.org/J3.1:Extensions_Broken_in_3.1.4   Since upgrading our maintenance clients, we have found problems with: JA Comments (JoomlArt) Compo Comments ProjectFork Editor Switcher     As we find more, we will update this blog.  In the near term, disabling these will allow the …

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Move website, remove folder name from path

This is how to re-direct existing URLs to the new path after moving the site. For example purposes, I am using /folder/, please substitute your own folder name (hey, there is always one person that doesn’t). SCENARIO: Client has a website in a subfolder on their server such as /folder/ so that the links currently indexed by google might be something like: NON-SEF: http://www.example.com/folder/index.php?option=com_content&view=categories&id=3&Itemid=2 SEF1: http://www.example.com/folder/index.php/about-us SEF2: http://www.example.com/folder/about-us.html STRINGS: http://www.example.com/folder/?id=104 GOAL: When a user goes to those links, …

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Fix Out of Date PHP

More and more extensions are requiring PHP 5.3.  If you are getting warnings, there are two main ways of switching your website over to PHP 5.3 Using .htaccess Towards the top of your .htaccess, add: # Use PHP 5.3AddType application/x-httpd-php53.php   Change in Control Panel of Hosting Look for “CGI and Scripted Language Support” Then go to “PHP Scripting” Set “Select Default PHP Version” to PHP 5.3

How to Build a Joomla Site on Network Solutions (if you must)

Overall, my suggestion would be to never bother with Network Solutions because there are too many other good hosting companies. However, if you MUST, then this is what I have figured out… Overall, my suggestion would be to never bother with Network Solutions because there are too many other good hosting companies (see my post on Hosting Companies). However, if you find a situation where you absolutely HAVE to, then this is what I finally …

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