Network Solutions Worst Email Provider

Purchasing a “Professional” email product for a customer, and found it to be the worst email set up I have ever dealt with. Almost impossible to purchase it yourself and had to call customer support to get it done. After I set up the account the password wasn’t working. I logged in and reset it, but this took several attempts. After being on hold for 40 minutes the account finally showed up in my products.

While on a chat one of the options was to chat with someone. I am in the middle of a chat, so chat shouldn’t be an option.

Once the account showed up after logging in and out a few times I still couldn’t get the password reset to take. I used a password generator, and that still didn’t help. Back onto another phone call with them. This whole process took over 2.5 hours. When I had my third call with tech support they told me their password system was down with a known issue.

The worst email set up I have ever been through. Their products are junk and should be avoided.

I hope this helps someone else out there….

SPELLSCAN.com Catching Spell Errors on Website.

I had someone write regarding a spelling error on a website I maintain. Its was a small one in a menu item, but in some way all errors look bad. They suggested SpellScan.com. I used it on a couple of sites and found a couple of other legitimate errors.

After the scan scroll down to find the spelling errors as well as other errors.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

Add Google Business Hours to Joomla

I was wondering how to do this and never got it working till today. I wanted this in the footer of Joomla site running Gantry 5 template. Regular Labs Sourcer plugin was already installed. This will allow me to add some PHP in a Custom HTML module, and put the code in the footer position. Here was the code that was needed.

<?php
    $curlURL = 'https://www.google.com/maps/search/?api=1&query=Google&query_place_id=ENTER_PLACE_ID_HERE';
    $curl = curl_init($curlURL);
    curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1 );
    $response=curl_exec( $curl );
    for($i=0;$i<7;$i++){
        $day = jddayofweek($i,1);
        $start=stripos($response,'[\"'.$day.'\",')+strlen($day)+9;
        echo($day.": ".substr($response,$start,stripos($response,'\"]',$start)-$start)."<br />");
    }
?>

I got this from the following link:

https://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/103058/is-it-possible-to-show-the-hours-from-google-maps-on-a-website-so-that-the-webs

To get our Company business ID we used the following link.

https://developers.google.com/places/web-service/place-id

I typed in our business name, found our listing, and when I clicked on the red location arrow I got our business listing ID. Everything worked but the hours weren’t quite right. As I messed with it to get it right I suddenly started getting a different error.

302 Moved
The document has moved here.
Wednesday: http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8"> 

This error happens now due to too many requests. Going to give it some time to see if I can get it worked out from a different IP or wait a day or two.

After a couple of days I ended up putting a PHP file with the code above in the templates/hydrogen/html folder and using Sourcer plugin to “include” the code into a custom HTML module. This worked perfectly.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

Joomla Change Email Text To New User

I wanted to redirect the new user sign up to a specific page and not the main site URL. I was frustrated in the process at first; however, really enjoyed the flexibility of Language Overrides in Joomla. I read a couple of articles and just didn’t get it till I read this post and went through the process.

https://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?t=953986

Of course Joomla documentation on this is a good read as well.

https://docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Language_Overrides_in_Joomla

I was using a Gantry template and in order to get the process to look the way I wanted it I needed to revise my .yaml file for the home page, and move the default “Message” and “Content” particles to a new layout.

When the user got to the screen where they needed to change their password, and changed it I wanted to redirect them back the employee portal page. The following article helped me figure this out.

https://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?t=813714

I ended up changing the “<joomla-root>/components/com_users/controllers/profile.php” line 225. I set the URL to the NON-Search Engine friendly link. The line ended up changing from
“$redirect = ‘index.php?option=com_users&view=profile&user_id=’ . $return;”

to

“$redirect = ‘index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19&Itemid=149’;”, which was the page for the portal.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

Tassos Marinos Joomla Developer

I have come across this developer’s stuff a couple of times, but never really appreciated his contributions to the community. He has a plug-in called EngageBox that is so much fun to put on a site. Check it out here.

https://www.tassos.gr/joomla-extensions/engagebox

He also gives in depth process for Google’s Structured Data that is overwhelming at first but very informative. Check that out here.

https://www.tassos.gr/joomla-extensions/google-structured-data-markup/docs/how-to-add-structured-data-to-pages

I hope this helps someone else out there…

To ensure seemless working with Virtuemart

I wanted to test out using Virtuemart on a Joomla install as a inventory program. When I tried to install from the web from within Joomla I got the following error.

I tried to just download and install that way, but I got the same error. If I actually read the error I would have figured out the the fix.

  • Go to System >> Global Configuration
  • Go to the Server tab and in the “Database Setting” change the “Database Type” to “MySQLi”.

I hope this helps someone else out there….