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Joomla! Extensions: Phoca Gallery CodeUnit 19 SEP 2011

Phoca Gallery is a fantastic image gallery for the popular Joomla! CMS, created by the Phoca group.

It requires a minimum of Joomla! 1.5.10 and PHP 4.4.1 with GD library to run and comes standard with everything you need from a photo gallery piece of software. It integrates very nicely with Joomla! and is extended by a variety of plugins, components, modules and themes in order to make it even more useful and integrate better into your site.

Featuring the ability to upload multiple images via either its Java or Flash uploader, Phoca Gallery is certainly a great way for sprucing up your site with some more images for your visitors!

Related Link: http://www.phoca.cz/phocagallery

Joomla 1.5: Remove Copyright Info from the Bottom of the Page Footer Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 19 AUG 2010

Most Joomla sites, with or without snazzy templates applied, all carry a pretty standard Powered by Joomla! footer text.

Now while most people should be in favour of keeping this in, there are a lot of us out there who simply don’t want it spoiling our tight site design, and so digging around the web revealed the two simplest ways of removing this line of text from your website.

First, you could actually edit the core files of your Joomla 1.5 installation directly. To do this, go to the core files, navigating through core files >> Languages >> en-GB.mod_footer.ini.

Opening this file you will see the lines:

FOOTER_LINE1=Copyright © %date% %sitename%. All Rights Reserved.
FOOTER_LINE2=Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.
THIS MODULE SHOWS THE JOOMLA! COPYRIGHT INFORMATION=This Module shows the Joomla! Copyright information

Simply change the data to what you would like to display and voila – you are done! :)

A second way is to modify your template file located at yourtemplate/index.php – scroll to the bottom, locate the lines below and change accordingly:

<a href="http://www.joomla.org">Joomla!</a> <a href="http://validator.w3.org/check/referer">XHTML</a>  <a href="http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/check/referer">CSS</a>

And that is literally that. Nifty.

How to Add Google Analytics to Joomla 1.5 CodeUnit 29 MAR 2010

Adding Google Analytics to your Joomla 1.5 website turns out to be a rather simple affair thanks to the guys behind JoomlaGATor!, formerly known as Google Analytics Module for Joomla 1.5 (needless to say, this new title for the project is a whole lot more snappy).

Featuring a host of cool features that most of us will never use like aut0-SSL, download and external link tracking as well as sub-domain tracking, the coolest thing about JoomlaGATor! has to be the fact that in order to get is working on your site, all you literally have to do is download the install package, upload/install it to your site, enable it and then finally enter your Google Analytics tracking code in the appropriately named Analytics Account Number field.

It’s seriously that easy.

Sure there is a host of other settings you can twiddle about with, but in terms of sheer reduced time of implementation you don’t really get better than this! :)

(Oh and did I mention it automatically inserts itself into the code for each published page of your site using the ga.js tracking code?)

Related Link: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/site-management/site-analytics/3356

Joomla 1.5: How to set Your Personal Favicon CodeUnit 06 FEB 2010

Favicons are a great way to personalize one’s website, and getting a Joomla 1.5 website to display your custom favicon.ico file turns out to be a pretty simple affair. Note I did say Joomla 1.5, important because Joomla 1.0 actually has a different way of setting it up.

But back to the task at hand. Essentially Joomla sites house their active favicon in the currently applied template, meaning that if you were for instance using a template called colorfall, the favicon would need to be placed in the /templates/colorfall/ directory as favicon.ico (in other words /templates/colorfall/favicon.ico should link directly to your favicon file when called up in a browser).

What this does mean however is that each time you change templates on your site, you’ll need to move the faveicon.ico file around to the new template folder, which naturally can become pretty laborious if you change templates often.

Of course, at this stage after uploading the file to the correct folder and opening the website in your browser, you might be looking a little confused at the fact that the site seems to still be displaying the old, generic Joomla favicon, an annoying but understandable situation which I’m about to resolve for you.

Basically the problem sits with your browser’s caching policy. In order to speed up site loading it saves generic files for a particular site to the harddrive for faster access the next time you call up that same site. So now that you’ve changed the favicon, you need to delete the temporary files/browsing cache from your browser and then restart, which should now show up your site with its funky new favicon. Alternatively, if the above still doesn’t work, it could be that you currently have Joomla Caching available on your website. If this is the case, simply disable via the Global Configuration > System menu option.