Tuesday, 20 December 2011

How to get rid of 'Download information as' text on the contact page of Joomla 1.7 installation

I couldn't find answer to this after googling a few things like

joomla 1.7 get rid of Download information as: text on contact page

joomla delete Download information as:text on contact page

here's what I needed to do




63 is

get rid of it !!


Thursday, 15 December 2011

Changing the color of the buttons in GK4 on Joomla 1.7

you need to locate the css on this page


once there its the color here you'll need to change


and this image modules/mod_news_pro_gk4/images/nsp_portal_mode_2_interface.png

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

where is the mysql database on this server

I've been asking question like 'how do i find the mysql database on this server. When it's just occurred to me that as I know the local host address and password etc. then all I need to do is set up phpMyAdmin www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/index.php and I'll be able to have the access I need.

I'll fil you in on process when I get round to doing it next week.  Here's a link to the documentation on downloading http://www.phpmyadmin.net/documentation/#quick_install

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Getting multiple Backgrounds to work on one page using CSS

The Problem here is this:  Take a look at this screenshot. 

I wanting to show 3 layers at once using the z-index.  However to do this I needed to set the div position to 'absolute' and that through the layout out in other areas.

One suggestion I got was to make a relative container to put the other DIVs in .

However I got this solution to work where I can use 2 backgrounds in one DIV.  There's also a fix for IE 8

Multiple Background in CSS DIV  -  

Here's the css that worked for me on Wise Monkey Media -   

background: url("../../images/wisemonkeymediatail.gif") no-repeat scroll right bottom, url("../../images/mp-background-shading.png") repeat scroll center top transparent;

check the next blog for my IE8 fix 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Can you force an old module from Joomla 1.5 to work on Joomla 1.7

I'm using this news reel GK4 on this Surfing News website.   It's got one really cool feature which I like is that you can scroll left or right through the pages of news items.  However this feature isn't carried over in the Joomla 1.7 update.  So I was wondering if I could force it to work.  The answer to this I think is no.  Here's what I tried

* Copied the folder over

* copied the jos_module entry for gk4 into the new site.  You have to do this by hand as there are extra fields, and some have been ended.

* changed the params - it now starts with {  and ends with }  .  Also /n  needs to be swapped for :

this still produces a NSP error.   The next stage would be to google  how to change my Joomla 1.5 module into joomla 1.7  or something similar.  If you know of a solution then please let me know.

Monday, 28 November 2011

tar: Unexpected EOF in archive

i got this message while unzipping a gzip file

tar:  Unexpected EOF in archive
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

The reason I was getting it was because the file had not fully downloaded to the server.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Understanding Someone Elses MYSQL

Working through someone elses lovely Legacy code I've come to this MySQL statement that seems a bit odd.  So this blog is about trying to understand it.  Which by the way ultimately I don't.  If you do and can explain it to me better than these notes then let me know :)  After this blog I will be going away and trying prove it is wrong - so please check future posts.

SELECT pay_rate, LEFT(TIMEDIFF('24:00:00',TIMEDIFF(start_time, end_time)),5) AS hours, hours_only FROM shifts WHERE (employee_id = '160' AND shift_date BETWEEN '2010-11-12' AND '2010-11-18') OR (employee_id = '160' AND postdate_staff_invoice = '2')

SELECT pay_rate,  // we only looking to return 1 field

LEFT     // check here for 'LEFT' explained  - http://www.roseindia.net/sql/mysql-example/mysql-left.shtml  -

take this example  mysql> SELECT left ('GirishTewari',6)as LeftString;

this means that in this example we're taking the first charcters of this result

TIMEDIFF('24:00:00',TIMEDIFF(start_time, end_time))


So what does

TIMEDIFF('24:00:00',TIMEDIFF(start_time, end_time))

mean.  Well

TIMEDIFF() returns expr1 – expr2 expressed as a time value. expr1 and expr2 are time or date-and-time expressions, but both must be of the same type.

* in this example the second expression will be calculated from the row from the database we're in.

AS   - I normally use this after calling FROM as a form of shorthand ie
FROM tableOne AS t1


WHERE (employee_id = '160' AND shift_date BETWEEN '2010-11-12' AND '2010-11-18') OR (employee_id = '160' AND postdate_staff_invoice = '2')

Well at least this makes more sense - except for what's after the 'OR'

To be honest this mysql looks all wrong.  I think the next stage is to find out what result we're expecting.  IS IT JUST TO FIND OUT THE PAY RATE !!


Here's some searches I've made in looking for answers.


Friday, 25 November 2011

Moving a PHP script from a local network onto a Website

While I'm working on a script that sits on a local server I've put it up on our own webspace.  The only thing is I seem to be have a problem with the folder locations

require_once '/Classes/PHPExcel.php';

needed to be changed to

require_once 'Classes/PHPExcel.php';

i think the way to do this is have a configuration page where I can set up folder directions.   Like

$pathtoclasses = 'Classes';

the require once will then read

require_once $pathtoclasses.'/PHPExcel.php';

that can be changed easily when putting this software back on the server.   I've put this floder directions in db.php for know as I'll need to change the configuration on this page anyways.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Zoom out with paint magnifier tool

Just incase you find yourself using Microsoft Paint then you may find yourself frustrated by the 'Magnifier Tool'

the thing is you don't seem to be able to zoom out.  It's a one way thing, even after trying 'shift +click' or 'alt+click'.

The only way you can zoom out is using the Zoom in and Zoom out slider at the bottom right hand side of the page :))

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

How to delete your Video on Screenr.com

I've recently been using Screenr to record help videos, one thing that wasn't straight forward ( everything else on there is extremely easy to use ) was deleting a video after I'd made it.

The trick is you have to continue the process of publishing before you get the option of 'deleting the screencast' which is in red texgt at the bottom right hand side of the screen.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

joomla virtuemart - putting a equalled sized box around products on Category pages

my categories pages where looking a bit untidy with some items being taller and wider than others.

So on request I wanted to ' make a box to around products in Virtuemart on Joomla '

after adding some simple css to the existing browse page.  namely

.browseProductContainer {
    border: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
       width: 235px !important;

the sol 
my page looked like this

the solution was to add a height to the table under the 'browseProductContainer DIV'

table.tablebrowse1 {
height: 375px;
 margin-top: -20px;


It's now sorted and you can look at Womens Dresses

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

joomla 1.7 - error 500 - Unable to load renderer class tp=1

After initially thinking that this was an issue with a module by changing the template over to another and checking to see if that works I can see this is definatley a problem with the template.

My next port of call was to turn off module positions and then I found that I had been using this code

jdoc:include type="social"


jdoc:include type="modules" name="social"

the issue is now fixed.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Invalid characters when sending mailout

When sending out a mailout I need to change these characters in the html  - the

,  change for \ ,

- change for \  -

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Display Static Social Buttons on the Left hand side for Joomla 1.7

Afer doing a search for ' joomla static social buttons ' I found the Anything Tabs  plugin for Joomla.  Which is exactly the kind of this I was looking for.  However the only thing is the buttons are on the right and not the left.  Here's the hack for this.

OPEN plugins/system/anything_tabs/anything_tabs.php

FIND all instances of




The best joomla 1.7 module for Social Buttons on Articles / Blogs

After installing a ' Share This for Joomla ' yesterday and not having much success today I refined my search terms to 'the best joomla 1.7 social plugin for articles'  as it dawned on me that what I needed was a plugin, as that could then appear on every article without the need to assign a module position.

Thats when I found this Social Bookmarking for Joomla  I've installed it and it seems just what I need.  You can choose from loads of different displays.  Here's how my page looks a the moment.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

in Joomla 1.7 unable to use ?tp=1 - error 500

When trying to see where my modules where using the '?tp=1' method I was getting a 500 error

' unable to load renderer class '

After rolling back to a previous version that worked I saw that it was a problem with the last module I had installed which was ' Share This for Joomla ' - > mod_JoomlaShareThis_j17

I have contacted the programmers so will let you know if I get a response.

Monday, 7 November 2011

sony vaio laptop not working battery light comes on when you press on button

sony vaio laptop not working battery light comes on when you press on button

Our old laptop wasn't responding at all when pressing the on button.   This worked for me

* remove the battery 

* unplug power supply

* hold power button for 30 seconds

* reinstate battery and power supply.

Facebook Advertising Webinar

Here's the checklist for the first week of the Facebook Advertising Webinar 

* Start by considering who are the essential connections for your
business. Who are your advocates? Set goals for who you would like to
connect to your business.

*  If you have a physical location, claim your Facebook Place by searching
for it on Facebook. You may have fans already waiting. This is now your
Facebook Page.

*  If you don’t have a Page already, create your Page at facebook.com/page,
fill out as much information as possible and add photos.

* Make your first post. Create a schedule to track what and when you will
post. Post at least twice per week.

* Add other administrators to your Page, so they can post, respond, and
advertise for your Page.

* Invite your employees, friends, and customers to like your Page.

* Get a personalized link for your Page by visiting facebook.com/
username. (You’ll need at least 25 fans).

* Put your Facebook Page’s personalized link in all of your marketing
materials (business cards, receipts, e-mails, chalk boards, signs etc

To be honest there isn't anything here that I haven't done, except for making sure all my customers are sending  invites to there friends.

Friday, 4 November 2011

How to add Virtuemart Manufacturers Images

I'm using a module called mod_vm_manufacturers_logos  Where I show a range of Manufacturers logos.

Anyway when going back to a site it's a bit confusing as to where you add a new logo.  As you don't do it through the Virtuemart admin.   What you need to do is

* save the file as the same name as your Manufacturer

* make sure the file is saved as a .gif

* save it in the folder /images/manufacturers

There you go :).

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Joomla 1.7 can't see my template

Joomla 1.7 has a slightly different method for templates.  In Joomla 1.5 you can just drop your template folder into


once you've done this you can then see it when you login to 'administrator'

>> goto 'extensions' and drop down to 'template manager'

However this doesn't work in 1.7 - here you need to goto
>> 'extensions'  ->  'extensions manager'
>> and find the 'discover' link

Then you will be able to find the template as normal.

Monday, 31 October 2011

how to change the order of apps on facebook fanpage

If you're asking yourself  ' How do I change the order of items on the left hanside of you Facebook Fanpage ' then what you need to do is this.

> log into Facebook

> goto your fanpage

> under the lefthand side menu you want to change click on 'edit'

After you've done this you can just drag and drop into place. 

Size Guide for Womens Clothing !

You may be thinking 'what a weird subject for a Tech blog' .

well the thing is I have been putting this table into Joomla Articles and it seems to dissapear after a few days.  I'm just putting it in this blog so I can find it again easily !!

SIZE CHART Ladies Dress/Skirt size chart

Ladies Trouser size chart
268 43634

soon to be live on the Cornwall Clothing Retailer website by the way

Monday, 24 October 2011

joomla 1.7 installation A file permissions error has occurred. Please check the permissions on the script and the directory it is in and try again.

joomla 1.7 A file permissions error has occurred. Please check the permissions on the script and the directory it is in and try again

While installing Joomla 1.7 I got this message

'A file permissions error has occurred. Please check the permissions on the script and the directory it is in and try again'

Having encountered this type of problem I'm aware that what I need to do is change the folder permissions to 755 and files to 644.  And that will probably sort it out.  It didn't work this time though !!!

And the reason for that is that I was chmodding in the folders inside the installation and the folder I needed to change was the public_html folder.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Locking your Facebook Fanpage so that only Fans can see your Content

We've all seen plenty of fanpages that tell you that you have to 'Like' the page before you can see the content.

The technique has some powerful benefits for businesses as well for example ' Click on LIKE to get the Special Offers ' .  It's easy to add to FBML pages aswell

just copy and paste this in your FBML App ( taking out the spaces around the 'divs'

< div>
< div style="height: 200px;">
< !-- start non-fan part -->
< div style="margin-top:10px; position: absolute; top:10px;left:0px; height: 200px;; width:100%;">
non-fan content: non-fans will see this content, but fans will not.
< /div>
< !-- end non-fan part -->
< fb:fbml version="1.1">
< fb:visible-to-connection>
< div style="margin-top:10px; position: absolute; height: 200px; top:10px;left:0px; width:100%; background-color: #FFFFFF">
fan content:only fans will see this content.
< /div>
< /fb:visible-to-connection>

facebook how to make landing page on fanpage

If you want to make this FBML page your landing page then

> go to your fanpage

> go to 'edit'

> click on 'Manage Permissions'

on the right handside find 'Default Landing Tab' and select your page on the drop down.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Joomla Mega Menu is displaying under the RD Zoom Plugin

If your using the Module and mod_maximenu_CK and the plugin RDZoomer_VM  then you may be finding that in both Google Chrome and Firefox the menu is dropping behind the image.  Here's your fix.




div id="wrap" style="top:0px;z-index:9999;position:relative;">


div id="wrap" style="top:0px;z-index:99;position:relative;">

how to make a better template for mod_redmysticcore

how to make a better template for red mystic core

Red mystic core module templates aren't made to make design changes easily.  Unfortunatley you have to hack the file mod_redmysticcore/helper.php 

Here I basically added as many classes as I could and used css to change backgrounds and move items etc. 

Not ideal but I got what I wanted done quicker that changing Objects and rewriting code.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Flash movie plays on desktop, but not on website

in the case in hand I'm pretty sure it's something to do with a loop error with their first scene. ie the loading scene .

For example when opening the file online it doesn't load !  However if you right click and go to 'play' it works. 

I'm sure if I had the .fla files I'd find a fix in the scene 1 loop .

in this scenarion the .fla files haven't been given to me.  so this is a bit of a guess.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

where do I change the virtuemart tos

Virtuemart how do I change the Terms and conditions.

go to administrator > virtuemart >

-> find 'store' on the left hand menu
-> click on 'edit store'
-> find ->
store information > scroll down to Terms of Service

Apostrophe's and other characters are coming through on my mass mail outs as Squares.

I get the above problem when using the mass mailouts on heart internet.

in the HTML you need to swap the values as following

-  =  -

" = "

, = ,

Monday, 17 October 2011

MoleMash App inventor tutorial how to get the set Mole.x to block

MoleMash App inventor tutorial how to get the set 'Mole.X' to block

The tutorial is a vague at this line
'That's where you put the statements for the procedure. In this case there will be two statements: one to set the mole's x position and one to set its y position.'

After watching this YouTube  'MoleMash App Inventor tutorial movie'  it clear that I should have a button labelled 'Mole' under 'My Blocks' however it's not there.

To get it to appear I needed to shut down the Andriod Blocks Editior and reopen it.  Hey presto I now have it :))

Friday, 14 October 2011

jooma virtuemart add, apply and cancel buttons not working

jooma virtuemart add, apply and cancel buttons not working, this applies to the buttons on the top right hand side of the page.

I found a partial fix for this and that's to set all the folder permissions to 755 and file permission to 644 - Keep the configuration.php as 444 though.

How can I set the permissions of all files to 644 in Filezilla

>  Highlight your whole website in the 'remote' view

>  Right click and scroll down to 'file permissions'

> near the bottom click on the tick box for 'Recurse into Sub Directories'

> once ticked you get the option to select 'Apply to files only'

> click on this and click on 'OK'

Thursday, 13 October 2011

RD Zoomer for Virtuemart IE9 problem

To the fix this I updated from version 1.2 to 1.4.  However leaving the .css files so I didnt change anything important.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Temporary Fix for not being able to set products as Child in Virtuemart.

I don't seem to able set my products up as Child or Parent in the way should because of an 'Error: Saving the attribute failed.'  Error message.  Here's the forum post for my problem,http://forum.virtuemart.net/index.php?topic=77402.0 its had over 500 views so I'm guessing I'm not the only person to have this error.

However I have got a bit of a work around to this.  The only thing that I'm really not happy with though is that all my child products ( ie all colour variations ) are listed in the category pages.  This is something I'll have to fix.

Here's what i'm doing though to get the products to look like this.

>> when editing you product go to 'Display Options' and in 'extra IDs'  and enter all the other Child product IDs here.

>> select the 'Use List box for child products '

Changing the look of the Child Product List in Virtuemart

What I needed to do was move the dropdown list in the Childlist view so that it displays in the same row as description and the order button.

 after the changes I want it look like this.
Apparently I can make changes to this display here.

customize the addtocart_list_multi.tpl.php template.

The template file is located in the directory /components/com_virtuemart/themes/default/templates/product_details/includes/

However I found a quick solution that works in most browsers ( but not chrome ! )

.vmCartAttributes {
    margin-left: 200px;
    margin-top: -40px;


Friday, 7 October 2011

Getting rid of Virtuemart's notify button

I actually thought this would be something really simple - like a tick box or a drop down selection in the Virtuemart admin.  No such luck what I had to do was follow these instruction and it doesn't really solve my problem, because sometimes I'd like to display a 'out of stock' image and other ' notify when available' if anyone finds an answer for this could they comeback and let me know about it.

Thanks - anyway heres the temporary hack to change the button over.




.notify_button {
   background: url( 'images/notify_blue.gif' ) no-repeat  center transparent;

-- to --
.notify_button {
   background: url( 'images/' ) no-repeat  center transparent;

And you need to change your language adminstrator/components/com_virtuemart/language/common/english.php):
   'VM_CART_NOTIFY' => 'Notify Me!',

NOTE:  thats 'adminstrator/components' not just 'components' :)

At this point I still have a problem.  And thats that I need to change the size of the display for this button. for this go back to .css file we where ammending earlier and add

.notify_button {

 height: 50px;
    width: 115px;

to the .notify_button class.

All done :)

Check Cornish Clothing Store for the finished store - Coming Soon

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

what the server type of heart internet servers

I'm having a bit of a wrestle with setting up SSL on Heartinternet.  Anyway question I was asking my self is about the Server type at Heart Internet.   I know it's Unix but the instructions I need are the 'Apache' ones.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Customise Virtuemart Manufacturers Logos

I'm using a Joomla module called mod_vm_manufacturers_logos  - Which displays the logos of my Manufactures for me.  I've got it to look like this

Which you'll be able to see on the website Cornwall Clothing Shop when it goes live.

Any way I need to do a couple of things here.  Firstly I wanted to limit the images to 6 and secondly exclude one of the manufacturers.

OPEN  modules/mod_vm_manufacturers_logos/helper.php


$query_all .= "ORDER BY m.mf_name ASC";


$query_all .= "WHERE m.manufacturer_id != 8 ";
$query_all .= "ORDER BY m.mf_name ASC";
 $query_all .= " LIMIT 0, 6 ";

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Virtuemart Setting the No Image Image.

Swapping the no-image.gif may not be enough.  You also need to go in to the administrator panel

> virtuemart

> configuration

> scroll down to 'display'

> then on the dropdown list next to "no image" image - and select 'noimage.gif'

Monday, 26 September 2011

Virtuemart Additional Images not working.

Last week I was having this weird image problem adding additional images to Virtuemart through the 'media' button.

This is a temporary solution until I get round to looking at why the code doesn't work.

* save the picture with better name.

* go into the database and duplicate an entry , like

INSERT INTO `jos_vm_product_files` (`file_id`, `file_product_id`, `file_name`, `file_title`, `file_description`, `file_extension`, `file_mimetype`, `file_url`, `file_published`, `file_is_image`, `file_image_height`, `file_image_width`, `file_image_thumb_height`, `file_image_thumb_width`) VALUES
(13, 649, '/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/LJstripeysweatshirt4.jpg', 'Stripey Sweat Shirt', '', 'jpg', 'image/jpeg', 'http://www.oceanblueclothing.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/LJstripeysweatshirt4.jpg', 1, 1, 1600, 1600, 120, 120);

Change the file names and Product Id accordingly.

* you'll need to ftp your full size image into

* ftp your thumbnail into  components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/resized

the filename of the thumbnail should be the same as full image but have '_120x120 at the end.  For example


This will then work.  I'll get back to you with a full solution :)

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Virtuemart - Adding attributes issue and using Child Products

I'll try and  put together a tutorial for this and write and more descriptive blog about this soon. However here's some notes on the issue.

#the problem : I need to stock inventory all Atrributes in Joomla Virtuemart.

Solutions: First of all I came across this Component Easy Stock Control  but its a commercial solution that cost almost £100 and was written a couple of years back.

Another solution is to make Child items of a product - you could then make a SKU for each item.

In the scenario I'm working on we have 2 attribute - Size and Colour.  For this I could use Colour as a child product and then have a size list for each one.

This forum post explains what needs to be done Attributes / Child Products and the relevant manual information is here Virtuemart Manual Attribute and Child Products .  However I am getting this error when adding an attribute 'Error: At least one attribute name is empty'   and 'Error: Saving the attribute failed.'

I have though found a solution on how you can set up Child Products.

> Set up a Main Product
> on the 'products list' go to the table column 'Clone Product' and clone the products you want a child of.
> change the name and SKU - ie add the colour to the end of the description
> repeat this process for all your colours

> go back into the parent product you've created and scroll down to 'Extra IDs' here you need to add the IDs of the child products you want to appear on the Parents product page. 

there's a lot more to come from me regarding this, as I'll need to tweak this a fair bit so it looks really good. 

Friday, 16 September 2011

Joomla Facebook Fanpage Fanbox not working

Here's a real quick one.  However I didn't find this solution on Google so though I'd blog it just incase someelse is looking.

PROBLEM:  when visiting one of me websites a I couldn't see any of the photos or comments in the Fanbox.  I then checked all my other sites and the problem was the same.

SOLUTION: I followed the link for the widget and in the process it took me out of 'Use Facebook as Fanpage' mode and this solved the issue.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Customising a Virtuemart Joomla Review Modules to show random reviews

In my last post 4 Modules to Show Joomla Virtuemart Reviews
the modules I went through unfortunatley don't quite do what I need it to do.  In fact 2 are commercial and the other about listing products and not reviews.  Although I don't mind paying for modules if needed it's something I like to avoid if I can't pass the costs on to the customer.

So that leaves this one.

VirtueMart Latest Customer Reviews

Das "The "Virtuemart Latest Customer" Reviews Module displays the last commentaries or costumer reviews that your clients have placed in your Virtuemart shop in respect of your products in a module position. Besides text reviews, rating systems can also be displayed. By the implementation of various parameters, the following settings can be adju ...

Only thing is it gave me back duplicated results where I have copied Reviews over to similar products and I would like the list to be Random - and not the last one.



on line 24 


$query =    'SELECT


$query =    'SELECT DISTINCT



That should be it :)

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

4 Modules to show reviews on Joomla Virtuemart

It's taken me a while to find a few options on how to display review on our Joomla Virtuemart installation.  Here's what I found


VM Reviews Factory -

...the easiest way to display VirtueMart Reviews.

    display VirtueMart Reviews

    showing product name, review, rating, poster name

    including link to reviews page and product page

    configurable number of last reviews to display.


VirtueMart Latest Customer Reviews

Das "The "Virtuemart Latest Customer" Reviews Module displays the last commentaries or costumer reviews that your clients have placed in your Virtuemart shop in respect of your products in a module position. Besides text reviews, rating systems can also be displayed. By the implementation of various parameters, the following settings can be adju ...


ENY Virtuemart Customer Reviews Pro

Our module is able to display the most recent as well as random customer reviews. You decide the number of reviews to be displayed. Moreover, you can determine the categories from which a customer review will be displayed You can also determine a review's character length. The stars for the rating system are featured in nine different colors. ...


Virtuemart Top Products Module

Our Joomla! Virtuemart Top Products Module presents your top items to your customers. And it's up to you to determine whether these are to be the products that sell best or the ones with the best reviews. Selection according to best reviews or largest sales volume Activating and Deactivating of all product characteristics options. Option t ...

Monday, 12 September 2011

US Social Media report

When making plans for development and changes to websites I've started to become slightly obessesed about stats. By anaylising stats we can make informed decisions on where to make improvements.

My latest find is on a US Social Media report that tells us about what social media sites we should be using for what groups.

Social media websites accessed from mobiles

46 531   facebook
11 453  twitter
6031  linkin
4047  myspace
2112  photobucket

Check the report out at []Social Networking report

Friday, 9 September 2011

Create a Wordpress website from scratch

I don't often make my websites with Wordpress but sometimes it fits the bill for what needs to be achieved.  The other thing is from the feedback I recieve the backend is much easier to get on with.

Any I thought it may be of interest to put down my notes on how to create a personilsed Wordpress website.

After installing the Action  Adventure Theme in Wordpress the next stage was to change the header  text for a business card image.

Wordpress Replace Title with a Logo -

The above link isn't correct for my theme but it's given me a lead.  I  can see from Firebug the tag I need to work at is
< div id="site-title" >

This is where you need some software that can search a whole heap of  pages for the tag as it doesn't appear in the wp-content/themes/adventure-journal/header.php code as  mentioned above.

I found the div title in functions.php

Next I changed the code

< a href="" title="" rel="home">
                  < ?php bloginfo( 'name' ); ?>


and then get rid of the < div id="site-description" >  completely.

which is right underneath - so i put '//'  infront of $sitedescr to  cancel it out 


I'd like to add this set for a font "Palatino Linotype", "Book Antiqua",  Palatino, serif

its line 21 of wp-content/themes/adventure-journal/style.css

wordpress get rid of posted on text

FIND in wp-content/themes/adventure-journal/functions.php

function ctx_aj_posted_on()

and take out the text and links from this function.

Wordpress get rid of Categories box
in wp-content/themes/adventure-journal/loop.php


and delete all the way down to

and delete

Wordpress how to take off comments

Settings >> Discussion >> uncheck "Allow people to post comments on new  articles"

However this may be over ruled on individual pages. If 'Wordpress  changing setting discussion uncheck Allow people to post comments on new  articles ' hasn't worked for you then try this.

> go to the page that needs changing

> click on 'screen options' tab

> then click on the tick box for 'Discussion'

> a new box will appear further down the page - Under 'Discussion'  untick Allow comments.

how to show youtube video on wordpress

Use the EMBED code from Youtube and paste it into the HTML tab of your  post.

Add a Gallery to your Website

Here's a couple of blogs of interest

40 Wordpress Galleries

10 best galleries

Out of these the Lightbox gallery for Wordpress catches my eye 
First things first though - it's time to take a backup of the site as it  is at present.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Joomla - Join the Conversation Twitter Box

Joomla - Join the Conversation Twitter Box

You'll have noticed plenty of the Twitter - Join the conservation boxes around recently.

If you're using Joomla the this ones worth a check Tweet Display 1901

The only thing was at the bottom of the box I was getting a heap of characters my display didn't recognise

Here's how to get rid of it
open modules/mod_tweetdisplay_1901/mod_tweetdisplay_1901.php

online 96 find

< center >< div style="color:#999;margin-bottom:3px;font-size:9px"> **** ðñïþèçóç éóôïóåëßäáò< /span >< /a>< /div>< /center>

And change the text  ðñïþèçóç éóôïóåëßäáò - ;)

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

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