“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 Wednesday, 26 November 2008 14:13
I have just made available a new tutorial on the JCE (Joomla Content Editor) on "How to make a Mini Photo Gallery in JCE" for Joomla 1.0.x.
The tutorial is a bit outdated now because it was made for the older version of Joomla and JCE, but with a bit of adaptation and ingenuity it can still be relevant for the new versions. The tutorial was made with Wink. Learn more about Wink here.
I hope you'll enjoy the tutorial.
4 Written by Marco Conti Tuesday, 25 November 2008 22:05
JCE (Joomla Content Editor) is a very powerful online HTML editor for the Joomla! Content Management System (CMS). JCE is easily one of the main reasons why I and many other developers use Joomla as their CMS of choice. Once you get used to JCE's depth of features going back to any other editor is frustrating and time consuming.
4 Written by Marco Conti Sunday, 23 November 2008 21:18
4 Written by Marco Conti Friday, 21 November 2008 14:31
The Problem: There are plenty of horizontal, unordered list based, pure CSS menus for Joomla, but there are no standard compliant Vertical CSS menus available.
4 Written by Marco Conti Friday, 21 November 2008 14:26
The Problem: After importing emails and custom folders from MS Outlook, the Thunderbird custom folders appear empty.
The Fix: In Thunderbird, select the account and go to Properties. Select "Do not delete messages from server". All your emails will reappear.
You may need to r-click on the folders and choose Properties: Rebuild Index
4 Written by Marco Conti Friday, 21 November 2008 14:17
The problem: In Joomla 1.5.8 after an update from 1.5.7 the JCE editor strips the and tags from the code for a video file. The end result is gibberish.
The fix: Go to Content->Article Manager Click on Parameters.
Scroll to the bottom of the parameters popup and select 'Registered' in the 'Filter Groups' (ie : the user type that WILL be filtered) section and check the 'Blacklist (Default) ' option in the 'Filter Type'.
4 Written by Marco Conti Wednesday, 19 November 2008 14:29
Many people are comfortable writing their website content with a Word Processor. For most that means using Microsoft Word.
Unfortunately, Microsoft Word is not very compliant with most modern browsers and it adds a plethora of superfluous code to your HTML that is very hard to clean properly. The result is that if you copy and paste from MS Word to your HTML document, regardless of the system you use, the result will be less than satisfactory and it often will even break your page.
The reason is that MS Word uses a number of proprietary tags and even saving your document a HTML page won't cure the problem.
(Pressed for time? Don't want to read the entire post? Skip the article and use the Checklist)
4 Written by Marco Conti Thursday, 13 November 2008 11:39
Adobe just released the stable version of their popular IDE, Dreamweaver. Now in version CS4 (or version 10 if you like to keep track of it that way), Dreamweaver continues to be the editor of choice for many web developers and whenever a new version is released it is an important milestone in the business.
In this "First Impressions" review I am going to look at Dreamweaver CS4 as applied to the editing of Joomla templates and websites and not so much as related to the more traditional uses of the program. For more information in regard to my Joomla (and dynamic website) workflow, please refer to my blog post here.
4 Written by Marco Conti Tuesday, 11 November 2008 18:29
This is a very quick adaptation of a forum post I made on the Adobe Dreamweaver forums. After writing it I thought it contained some valuable info that others may find useful or inspiring. Read it with a grain of salt and consider it's initial intended audience.
4 Written by Marco Conti Monday, 10 November 2008 12:32
You may have noticed that this article is getting a bit long in the tooth and that part 2 is not published yet. There is a very good reason for it and I hope it will be worth the wait. In the meantime, click here if you want to find out where Part 2 is (or what it has become), read this other article on how to help me write the definitive book on Joomla Development or jump directly to the Joomla/Dreamweaver survey.
If you really can't wait to start coding your own Joomla! web sites with Dreamweaver, check my online Joomla Classes. But hurry because there are only a few spots open.
Over 2 years ago I wrote my first blog post on how to incorporate Dreamweaver into your Joomla development and template design. It is time now to revisit the issue and update the technique for the newer version of Joomla and Dreamweaver.
If you are a traditional web designer, you are probably wondering how it could be possible to edit a Joomla website, the template more specifically, with a tool like DreamWeaver.
4 Written by Marco Conti Sunday, 09 November 2008 20:52
I want to open my new Web Dev blog with a post about backups and why I was so damn lucky.
I finally got around to launch a new version of my website. I worked at it for over 6 months and I was either never happy with it or I had something more pressing to do. My old website was about 2 1/2 years old and it no longer reflected neither current technologies or my personal abilities.
Finally, over the past weekend I decided to take the plunge and launch the site. It wasn't finished, but it was good enough for me.
Usually, when I make a site launch for a client I move like an old spinster. I very cautiously backup every file, I keep a log with notes on the move and only after I check things twice I finally make the move.
On my own site, of course, I was more cavalier and I paid the price.
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