“You cannot build dynamic websites until you forget most of what you learned building static sites.”
A blog on Joomla, Zen Cart, Drupal and other Open Source scripts written from the trences!
This page is actually a compendium of several blogs and resources I publish on my website. From Joomla articles and tutorials to quick tips and tricks to blog posts about Open Source CMS, web design, e-commerce, seo and more.
To read the individual blogs in their respective pages, here is a list of the current blogs and podcasts:
4 Written by Marco Conti Sunday, 26 July 2009 17:46
In this episode of 10 Minute Joomla! Tips Marco explains how to use the Joomla module CSS suffix. Even if you are not an expert developer you will learn some interesting techniques and discover that Joomla modules are not that tough after all.
If one of your Joomla Modules is missing the CSS suffix field in this video you'll learn how to add your own easily and painlessly.
4 Written by Marco Conti Wednesday, 22 July 2009 18:52
Recentaly I started a new screencast about Joomla called 10 minute Joomla! Tips. It turned out to be quite the undertaking. Mostly I had a lot of problems choosing the right videoframe size, resolution, capture resolution, frame rate and hosting web sites (and I am still working on it). But that was not as hard as finding any good SEO tips for Video.
4 Written by Marco Conti Tuesday, 21 July 2009 20:02
Recently I launched a new feature on the site called "10 Minute Joomla! Tips", a series of screencasts about Joomla and web technologies. WHile learning how to use the various tools needed for the screencast I generated a lot of video tutorials on a variety of subjects. Some are actually pretty good but for one reason or another they are not suitable for the 10MJT screencasts. In this case I created a comprehensive tutorial on how to install and configure JCE, the Joomla Content Editor.
4 Written by Marco Conti Tuesday, 21 July 2009 19:55
This is a quick tutorial I made for a client on how to set up the free shipping option in Virtuemart. It also covers coupons and meta tags. It's not as polished as my 10 minutes Joomla! Tips series but I would like to share it in case anyone is interested in the topic.
I have a lot more videos I created for my clients and if this is well received I'll make sure to post the others as well regularly. Click on read more to view the video in a larger size.
4 Written by Marco Conti Monday, 13 July 2009 18:39
In this issue of 10 Minute Joomla Tips Marco takes you for an overview of the new features in Joomla 1.6 Alpha. While the built is very rough, it is enough to see the great new upcoming features to Joomla!
4 Written by Marco Conti Monday, 06 July 2009 16:52
10 Minute Joomla Tips is a new Screencast brought to you by ContiCreative.com.
10MJT is a screencast about Joomla and relevant web technologies with tips and tricks about the Joomla CMS, HTML, CSS, and the business of web site management.
Some 10MJT issues are converted and remastered for Ipod and Itunes. The master videos are distributed as a 1280x720 pixels video file for best viewing full screen since much of the screencast displays code and small interface items.
In this issue Zero Marco, the presenter and chef developer at ContiCreative.com introduces the screencast to viewers.
4 Written by Marco Conti Wednesday, 24 June 2009 17:11
By default Joomla 1.5.x displays the article date next to the byline in this format:
Sunday, 07 June 2009 22:32
Most people do not like this format. I would argue that most authors and most readers would not want/care about the time the article was written.
Fortunately, the fix is very easy (but it requires you to have FTP or Cpanel access to your files) and it can be changed in a matter of a few minutes.
4 Written by Marco Conti Wednesday, 24 June 2009 12:50
I just recently discovered that sh404sef has a long standing bug with the Joomla and SOBI pagination system. The pagination numbers create URLs that 404sef is unable to handle and therefore no matter what page number is clicked it will always display the same page.
I am currently researching the topic and I am trying to find a solution, but it looks like for the moment the only real fix is to change SEF component. Artio SEF, an old stanby seems to be working fine with the pagination.
It is a real pity because I have been using SH404sef almost exclusively for the past couple of years and finding this bug is very distressing.
If you know of a solution, please comment below or contact me, otherwise I will post the results on this blog.
Unfortunately, no good news so far on this topic. However, if pagination is not very critical, a temporary fix would be to allow more entry per page in SOBI therefore eliminating the need for pagination. That's what I am doing for the site until a better solution can be found.
4 Written by Marco Conti Sunday, 07 June 2009 22:32
A long, long time ago, my very first computer was a Macintosh Plus with 284K of memory, no hard drive (and no second diskette slot, something I envied newer Macs owners for) and a 2 inch screen... almost.
Then, in the early 90's I dropped $5K on a shiny new Mac and until 2002 the Mac was my primary machine. However, due to my corporate webmaster position, I always had a dual machine set up. Slowly but surely, my PC took the place of my Mac and when I started working on my own, my newest box was a PC and most of my software licenses were for PC. It was only natural that my next computer would be a PC.
4 Written by Marco Conti Friday, 05 June 2009 00:00
Joomla is a great option for an online e-commerce store.
Joomla is a CMS (Content Management System) meaning that its job is to allow a website owner to manage their website content without having to know HTML or any type of coding (although some basic html/css and graphic skills don't hurt).
4 Written by Marco Conti Friday, 29 May 2009 00:00
A few years ago I wrote an article titled "Creating a static Joomla Homepage". It is consistently one of the most read articles in my blog.
While sticking a "welcome to my site" article on your home page has dubious merits, many site owners and clients still feel compelled to do so (as am I, if you landed on my home page). But for the novice Joomla designer this "welcome" text happens to be one of the hardest things to do in Joomla. From their point of view it's simply counter intuitive that a system like Joomla, with all the incredibly advanced features it has, would not be able to simply stick an article at the top of a page and leave it there. Well, it doesn't. Or at least it doesn't in its native format.
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