Video Tutorials
How to get a link to a Joomla article

Ever wanted to link directly to a page that is not already in a menu? This video explains the many methods you can use to find out that link!

Example of the code snippet you can use when you want to...

link when no menu item exists:

index.php?option=com_content&id=171&lang=en&view=article

link when there is a specific menu that the content item is associated with (for example, on a hidden menu):

index.php?option=com_content&Itemid=194&id=171&lang=en&view=article

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Embedding a YouTube video with a plugin

More information about the featured plugin (free) can be found here.

Examples of how to use can be found on this page.

Download the plugin: Joomla 1.5 | Joomla 1.0

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Integrating Infusionsoft and Joomla

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How to add/edit users

This video will show you how to add/edit users inside the content management system.

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Here is detailed information about each user group and relevant permissions.

Registered - This group allows the user to login to the Frontend interface.  Registered users can't contribute content, but this may allow them access to other areas, like a forum or download section if your site has one.

Author - This group allows a user to post content, usually via a link in the User Menu. They can submit new content, select options to show the item on the front page and select dates for publishing but they cannot directly publish any content.  When content is submitted by an Author level user, they receive the message, “Thanks for your submission. Your submission will now be reviewed before being posted to the site.”  They can edit only their own articles but only when that article has been published and is visible.

Editor - This group allows a user to post and edit any (not just their own) content item from the Frontend. They can also edit content that has not been published.  If your site uses the default installation’s menu option “News”, which is a Table List – Content Section type, Editors will see unpublished articles in the list that they can select for editing, where as an Author or Public (unregistered) user will not even see the unpublished items in the list.  Still, Editor users cannot, publish or change the publishing status of any articles, even their own.

Publisher - This group allows a user to post, edit and publish any (not just their own) content item from the Front-end.  Publishers can review all articles, edit and change publishing options but the can also determine when an article is ready for publication, making it visible to Registered, Author and the Unregistered Public (depending on what visibility was chosen in the article, of course!)

There are three (3) Administration section groups that allow access to Joomla:

Manager - This group allows access to content creation and other system information from the Backend. Think of Manager users as Publishers, with Backend access.  They can log in through the Administrator interface, but their rights and access are generally restricted to content management.  They can create or edit any content, access to some Backend only features like adding, deleting and editing Sections and Categories, editing the Front Page and Menus, but they don’t have any access to the “Mechanics” of Joomla, like user management or the ability to install components or modules.  Note that if a Manager logs in through the Frontend interface, they’re treated just like a Publisher, with the same rights and access.

Administrator - This group allows access to most administration functions.  An Administrator user has all the privileges on the back end of a Manager, but they also have access to set options on, and install/delete components, modules and bots, User Manager access and can view the site statistics.  What they cannot do however is change, edit or install Site Templates or make any changes to the sites Global configuration options.  On login through the Frontend, they are treated as Publishers, just like the Manger users.  Interesting to note; when an Administrator accesses the User Manager list, they will see all users at their access level or below; in other words they can modify any user EXCEPT a Super Administrator – in fact, they will not even see Super Administrator accounts in the list!  Also, they cannot create additional Super Administrator level accounts, only a Super Admin can do that.

 
How to work with images and prepare them for use on the web

1.       Find a good image (good source: Stock Exchange also Google Images)

a.       Save to your computer

b.      Make a copy of the original

2.       Open your graphic editing program and open the graphic you want to edit

3.       Size the image for your project

a.       Format

i.      JPG - photograph: 72 - 300 dpi

ii.      PNG - transparent background png-8, png-16, png-24

iii.      GIF - transparent background, 256 colors (limited)

iv.      TIF

v.      PSD - Photoshop

b.      Dots per inch (DPI)

i.      72 dpi - 96 dpi is a web standard

ii.      Human eye: sees about 120 dpi

iii.      Print quality: 300-600dpi

c.       Dimensions & Pixels: width x height

i. Standard monitor: 1024 x 768 (w x h)

ii.      Higher: 1280 x 1024

iii.      Widescreen: 1440 x 900

d.      Compression / Quality & File Size

Assumptions

  • You have some type of graphics program. If not, download a free program called GIMP!
  • You are using a PC
  • You have read and agree to be bound by the Terms of Use for the image(s) you have downloaded.
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