Administrators Toolkit
Sunday, 01 April 2012 00:00

Customizing the Admin Menu

Give your clients a backend menu that is tailored for them. Here’s how.
Published in 2012 April
Sunday, 01 April 2012 00:00

Joomla! Versions and Updates Explained

Background: December 2009, New York City When the newly-formed Production Leadership Team (PLT) met in New York City in December 2009, we faced a challenge. Although Joomla! version 1.5 was popular and successful, it had been released almost two years earlier. The code for version 1.6 contained many incomplete and untested features, and no one could say how soon version 1.6 might be ready for release. (It turned out to be a little over a year, in January 2011.)
Published in 2012 April
Sunday, 01 April 2012 00:00

Are You Sure You Want To Do It Yourself?

Because of the rise (and continuous improvement) of Content Management Systems like Joomla!, companies are more capable than ever of maintaining their own websites. However, deciding whether or not to actually maintain your own website (or pay a web design company to do it for you) is a more complicated decision than most people would think.
Published in 2012 April
Improve user experience by customizing login modules, menu items, and other content to provide a consistent, tailored experience for your users.
Published in 2012 March
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 00:00

Joomla ACL: Access Levels

Now that you have a grasp on the terminology of ACL, let's implement a simple system where different users see different content on a website. To follow along with this example, you should be working with Joomla 1.7 or higher.
Published in 2012 February
Saturday, 31 December 2011 16:00

Joomla 1.6, 1.7, and 2.5: ACL Concepts Overview

One of the most powerful new features in Joomla 1.6 and later versions is Access Control Lists (ACL). ACL stands for access control lists. It refers to who has permission to do what on the website, including read, create, edit, delete, or log in, among other permissions.
Published in 2012 January
One of Joomla!'s best features is how easy it is to change the look and feel of a website simply by using a different template. But many users may not know that the look and feel of the backend administrator's area for a Joomla! website is also defined by a template, and backend templates can be changed just as easily as frontend templates. This article shows how to do that and also gives links to some different current free administrator templates.
Published in 2011 November
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 00:00

How off-line is Joomla!'s off-line mode?

Joomla!’s temporary off-line mode is a very handy option to temporarily take your site down while performing maintenance —e.g. updating the Joomla! core or an extension— and is even suggested by the official documentation for the unfortunate time that your site has been compromised. However, is this really off-line, or are there any pitfalls you should be aware of?
Published in 2011 February
Saturday, 01 January 2011 00:00

777: The number of the beast

I promise you, this article doesn't have to do anything with religion. It talks about site security. The beast I am referring to, is unwittingly opening a back door to your site to potential hackers. You may not know it, but you could be a sitting duck. It all lies in the dark world of ownership, users, groups and permissions. This is a long article, but I promise you that you will learn things you would have never imagined. Let us shed some light to the mystery of the 777 number, and kill the evil beast!
Published in 2011 January
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