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Im sure most people reading this will have experienced being logged out of a Joomla site. Its a great piece of security that gets built into the core but it can be incredibly frustrating if you are prone to losing track of time, getting distracted or you just take your time while writing an article, creating a support ticket or a responding to a forum post.

This little tip should hopefully restore some sanity and while it doesnt always work its certainly helped me recover some well thought out prose that I thought I could never rewrite after being unceremoniously logged out of the Joomlabamboo back end.

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Last week I was doing some "optimising" on the site and one of the things I "optimised" broke. I guess this happens a lot when you are playing with software and going through trial and error to create the best working scenario, but this "optimisation" broke our Joomla registration process and so it had some reasonable ramifications for (thankfully) a short period time.

The fix was easy ... but finding it was hard. The fix was really just down to the inbuilt Joomla cache plugin that somehow was breaking the user session somewhere between the Community Builder and AEC (our subscription component) handshake. The fix was to go to the plugin manager and disable the cache plugin. That was easy.

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At first glance to a new user the code in a Joomla template is a little complex and perhaps even daunting. This is a simple step by step aimed at explaining how easy it is to add a new module position to your Joomla template.

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Its definitely an understatement to say that Internet Explorer 6 isnt much liked in the web design and web development community and while alot of template clubs have stopped supporting IE6 in their template releases and the uptake of other browsers seems to be growing considering the latest IE6 security issue, there are still some simple tools that you can use to track down why something is happening in ie6 and not other browsers. The first thing I check when troubleshooting ie6 is the w3c html validator.

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The more I work with the K2 component from Joomlaworks the more I am in awe of it. The templating engine for me is what drives the potential of this component because it effectively gives you the ability to create unlimited sub templates within a single Joomla template.

The advent of the template overrides in Joomla 1.5 was a real boon for template designers and developers because it meant that we could start overriding the core output from Joomla. This however is limited to a handful of "views" (eg blog category, frontpage etc) which soon becomes a little limiting if you want to start laying out a blog category in more than one way.

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During the Joomlabamboo rebuild I found that I was rewriting alot of basic information and so I thought that rather than rewriting it each time Id use the loadposition plugin to do the work. This is a little step by step instruction for using the loadposition plugin on your site as way to repeat or reuse content, images or anything else in your content.

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Yesterday Pierre (aka LaFrance) approached me about making a possible change to the Joomla admin feed module to display the Joomla security feed which highlights vulnerable Joomla extensions. To be honest although we released our own Joomla admin theme which changes the whole Joomla admin experience, I rarely dig into the other functionality available in the admin and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to use the core feed module as it is.

The following is a little tweak to the Joomla admin configuration for anyone who wants to keep abreast of official security reports from the Joomla team in regards to 3rd party extension vulnerabilities.

You can read the official Joomla announcement for this new feature here.

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Create your own Joomla installer

Do you spend a lot of time customising a Joomla setup when you start creating your site? Here is a step by step guide to short cut a lot of the setup process to get your project running faster.

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Have you ever wanted to increase the number of menu items available on the component menu item in the Joomla admin area? If you run a site with a large number of components - 19 or more in fact - Joomla will create a menu link at the bottom that leads you to the list of all components on the site.

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