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06
July
2016

Hiding MijoShop sections on Category view using CSS

Sometimes you want to hide sections or images in Mijoshop without using an extension.  Here are some fields.  I will add as I use others in sites:

 

Category Title

.mijoshop.common-home h3:first-of-type {display:none;}

 

Category Image

.mijoshop.common-home h2 + div {display:none;}

Categories: Mijoshop/Opencart

05
July
2016

Hiding Opencart/MijoShop Fields using CSS

Sometimes you want to hide checkout fields or shopping fields in OpenCart/Mijoshop without using an extension.  Here are some fields.  I will add as I use others in sites:

 

Card Issue Number

#payment .form-group:nth-of-type(6) {display:none;}

 

Extra Expiration Date

#payment .form-group:nth-of-type(3) {display:none;}

Categories: Mijoshop/Opencart

03
July
2016

Change URL from old folder to new folder

This is when you need to change everything (all content) from an old folder to a new one.  This is different than redirecting just the exact match of the folder.  I had to use this when changing a menu alias to something new and fix all the indexed pages with one line instead of a ton of individual redirects.

RedirectMatch 301 ^/folder-old(.*)$ /folder-new$1

Categories: .htaccess

27
June
2016

Hiding Card Issue Number on PayPal Pro in Opencart/Mijoshop

Add this to your CSS:

#payment .form-group:nth-of-type(6) {display:none;}

Categories: Mijoshop/Opencart

23
June
2016

Hiding extra Expiration Date on PayPal Pro in Opencart/Mijoshop

Add this to your CSS:

#payment .form-group:nth-of-type(3) {display:none;}

Categories: Mijoshop/Opencart

20
June
2016

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 it to one you do.  Then hit the new SEND TEST MAIL button added in Joomla 3.x.

 

3. Make sure the email address is valid and a real email address not a distribution list.  You might want to try some other email addresses you have access to determine where the issue is.

 

To test specific mail settings, you need to...

Categories: Joomla Core, RSForms, Email

16
June
2016

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,

Categories: Joomla Extensions, Widgetkit

20
May
2016

Redirect Joomla 1.0 SEF links for Joomla 3.x

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.

 

 

Categories: .htaccess

31
July
2014

JomSocial Installer Loop

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 me again in a few months and I get annoyed that I didn't write down the solution).

To escape the JomSocial installer loop, do these steps:

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: Joomla Extensions

13
June
2014

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 & Domains

 

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: Server Settings, IIS, Joomla Installation

06
May
2014

"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. Go to phpmyadmin and delete all rows in SESSIONS table (example, DELETE FROM `jos_session`)

 

 

When we encountered this error, the final result was it was caused by an outdated version of the JPayPlans component.

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: Joomla Installation

13
March
2014

Top Ten Mistakes for Joomla Upgrades

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 questions, as we tried to pick items that would apply to everyone.

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: Joomla Installation

16
February
2014

500 Server Error Only for Googlebot in Joomla

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 perplexing to me and took several hours to troubleshoot.  In researching the issue, the only possible leads I found were some older forum posts mentioning both the core Joomla {loadposition} plugin for modules and the NoNumbers Modules Anywhere plugin.  I was not using the Joomla loadposition and disabling Modules Anywhere did not change the error code.  

I contacted our hosting company HostGator who found nothing from their end. In systemically disabling items, I found the culprit to be RSForms Pro by RSJoomla.  It did not matter whether our signup form was loaded as a menu item, module, or in the content plugin (like { rsform 4 }), it would give the 500 server error for Googlebot.   

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: Joomla Extensions

15
February
2014

How to add Event Tracking with Google Analytics

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.

goals

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: Search Engine Optimization

05
February
2014

Fixing Magic Quotes for Joomla 3.x

Fixing Magic Quotes for Joomla 3.x

If you have ever installed a new Joomla 3.x website or moved a Joomla site from one server to another, you may have gotten the error for needing to disable Magic Quotes.  This can seem easier said than done depending on your hosting company.  

We compiled a quick guide for how to figure out whether it's enabled, how to change it, and how to troubleshoot it when that STILL doesn't work.

As a disclaimer, messing with server settings can seriously mess up your website.  If you have that feeling like "hmm, should I be doing this??" then you might want to hire a professional to fix it for you.  If you feel like you just need to know where to go, then read on!

 

 

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.

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: Server Settings, Hosting, .htaccess, php.ini

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