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Don Cranford

Don Cranford

Hello, my name is Don. I'm a Principal at Katalyst Creative Group and we specialize in Web Design, SEO, Branding, Graphic Design and Content Development. I have been working with Joomla since the Mambo days and love the Joomla community. I have over 20 years in the telecommunications and Internet industry. In my free time, I love running, music and camping.

Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00

Adding Fields to com_content The Smart Way

I was recently working on a project where I needed to add customer testimonials. I wanted to output them using the schema.org/Reviews format. As I searched for solutions, everything I was finding was more than I needed. My goal was to keep it simple for my client to use, but still be able to output the right format. The easiest approach for my client was to add fields to the Articles (com_content) extension within Joomla. Of course I didn’t want to actually modify the com_content code or the #__content table in Joomla. Otherwise that would lead to maintenance and upgrade headaches down the road. So, plugins to the rescue!
While the release of Joomla! 2.5 was a great success for Joomla! and its community, it also left a lot of your clients running older versions wondering "what do I do now? Should I upgrade now or wait until later?" This article will highlight some key aspects that will aid your clientele in making a sound business decision.

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