Adding A Video To Joomla 3 Article / Page – Using JCE Pro

I needed to add a video to page/article in a Joomla! 3.8 site. I saw the JCE advertises as being able to do this with just a URL. I love the way WordPress embeds YouTube videos and hoped it would be the same experience. It wasn’t, but it wasn’t bad.

The first issue I had was my subscription was expired. That was a cheap fix. Less than 30 bucks and ready. After installing the Pro component I didn’t see where I could add video yet. I tried just the URL but that didn’t work. I solved my issue by adding the special toolbar in the JCE to the normal JCE toolbar. Here is a video of how to set this.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

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Create A Custom 404 Page In Joomla

When a site gets moved the old indexed URLs lead to users linking to your site through their search may link to a page that no longer exists. Using Google’s Webmaster Tools you can eliminate old URLs, but in the mean time you can pretty quickly create your own 404 page not found error page. The article below is a great resource.

https://docs.joomla.org/Creating_a_Custom_404_Error_Page

The basics are:

  • Create an uncategorized article that is the 404 page. Dress it up any way you like.
  • Create a menu link to the 404 page and set it to be unpublished. Copy the URL of this page to be used later.
  • Copy the “error.php” file from the “Templates/system” directory and paste it in the root of the template your are using.
  • Edit this file and delete out everything after the “or DIE” statement.
  • Add the PHP redirect code in the article.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

 

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instantdezign.com – unsolicited text messages

I started getting text messages from http://www.instantdezign.com/. This was extremely annoying. I replied back to stop, but more came in.

I finally went to their site and used the Chat feature, and they said I was removed from their list.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

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Wamp – Error displaying the error page: Application Instantiation Error

My localhost WAMP on my personal Windows 10 machine just crapped out on me. PHPmyAdmin wouldn’t run I get the following on my screen when I go to my localhost website running in WAMP.

Error displaying the error page: Application Instantiation Error: Could not connect to MySQL.

My WAMP install I did without using a password for the PHPmyAdmin. It ran fine for a year and suddenly not.  What to do? I had stuff not backed up that I really wanted.

  • What if adding a password to the PHPmyAdmin fixes it…it didn’t.
  • Could it be my WAMP install and should I re-install on top of my already installed WAMP?

I looked deeply into the config.in.php file and playing around with that something did work. I used the solution on this page.

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/28541325/1045-cannot-log-in-to-the-mysql-server-in-wamp

Next I was lead to OS Training and an article using MySQL Console in WAMP. I never even knew it was there. It asked from my password. I put in the password I had just created in the config.ini.php file, but that didn’t work. I went back to my original blank password and I was in. I typed in

UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD(“root”) WHERE User=”root”;

That gave me the error.

ERROR 1820 (HY000): You must reset your password using ALTER USER statement before executing this statement.

Which lead me to updating the password for root.

set PASSWORD = PASSWORD(“What ever password”);

That did the trick. I was back into my websites and PHP my admin.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

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Google Optimize – Getting started and how it benefits?

I am starting down the path of Google Optimize. I am working on a new site and want to do some comparisons of what parts will do better.

Starting with these places.

Anybody has any advise or suggestions on setting up and using Google Optimize feel free to comment.

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ROM and Other Acronyms for RFP Defined

Needed help with a Request For Proposal (RFP) and some of the acronyms in the RFP. The RFP came from the Army and they used terms like

  • CBA – Compliance Based Assessment
  • ROM – Rough Order of Magnitue

I found this site that gave me some good answers.

https://dap.dau.mil/aap/pages/qdetails.aspx?cgiSubjectAreaID=3&cgiQuestionID=110033

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

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Godaddy Hosted Website Attacked – PHP Files In Directories

We have a static HTML site built in 2013 that we maintain. We got a notification from Godaddy that there were malicious files in the website. I started to remove them, but wanted to see what was in them. When I opened one of the files that was 3 level into the website it was extremely complicated. It looks like part of many arrays and just pulling parts of multiple arrays. I believe the end goal is to assemble the final script. It looks like this.

Another interesting thing about this attack is the date of the file. It is from 2013. I had made a complete back of the site on 2/15/2016, but the bad files were from 2013. None of the bad files were in my back in 2016.

Nothing was solved. I removed the old files and updated the .htaccess file. I found it interesting how the date could be manipulated.

I hope this helps someone one else out there….

 

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Divi – Turn Off Lazy Load On Images

Started a new project with Divi and needed lazy load to not happen on the home page. Looking around I found the following page which got me started.

Divi Lazy Loading Images

What I needed to do is go to “wp-content\themes\Divi\includes\builder\scripts\frontend-builder-scripts.js”. On line 3375 I needed to change “Offeset: ‘75%'” to “offset: ‘400%'”.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

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Get Google ReCaptcha Key

Don’t know why I had some much trouble finding this page today, but I did.

In case anyone else has trouble here it is.

https://www.google.com/recaptcha/admin#list

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

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How To Create A Parallax Effect in Gantry

This actually isn’t just for Ganty. It just involves a little CSS. I needed it for a section in a Gantry template, but you can use this anywhere.

I got this set up from good old W3Schools so you know it is solid.

https://www.w3schools.com/howto/tryit.asp?filename=tryhow_css_parallax

It is really just locking down the position of the background image and setting it to cover. I didn’t have to specify the height of the div in my case.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

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