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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

08
January
2014

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

Font Awesome for IconsEver 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. 

Those rules translated into use, look like:

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: CSS

02
August
2013

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

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

I wrote a blog awhile ago about building a Joomla website on Network Solutions, and it is one of the most popular blogs on the site.

Since it is very outdated, here is a revised version for installing Joomla 3.x onto Network Solutions Hosting.

 

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.


 

 

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: Hosting

29
July
2013

Broken Extensions in Joomla 3.1.4

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:

 

 

As we find more, we will update this blog.  In the near term, disabling these will allow the website to work properly.

In troubleshooting, I suggest looking at plugins that affect the front end rendering, like content plugins.

Know of other extensions?  Please let us know in the comments.

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: Joomla Core

14
February
2013

Move website, remove folder name from path

Move website, remove folder name from path

This is how to re-direct existing URLs to the new path after moving the site.

 

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.mysite.com/folder/index.php?option=com_content&view=categories&id=3&Itemid=2
  • SEF1: http://www.mysite.com/folder/index.php/about-us
  • SEF2: http://www.mysite.com/folder/about-us.html
  • STRINGS: http://www.mysite.com/folder/?id=104

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: .htaccess

27
August
2012

Fix Out of Date PHP

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

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: Server Settings

11
April
2011

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 (see my post on Hosting Companies). However, if you find a situation where you absolutely HAVE to, then this is what I finally figured out. This is after finishing a project my company lost money doing because of the many, many extra hours dealing with Network Solutions....

Written by: Alexis Priddy Categories: Hosting

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