Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Joomla 3.6.3 Unable To Edit Module

I updated a bunch of sites yesterday after the 3.6.3 release. When I went to add the login module the edit page was complete white with a drop down box. I was deeply concerned and thought maybe this Gantry template was the issue. It was not. I found this page.

https://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=709&p=3435967

I refreshed the browser window and everything was fine. Basically came down to Joomla worked on their caching component and you need to manually refresh the page.

Another install I upgraded simply refreshing the cache did not work. I was using Firefox. Firefox is making it tough to find the delete recent history. I had to close out of the administrative area all together. Open a new tab and then the modules were be having the way they should.

The articles are a different story. When I go into edit an article I get the following message.

joomla_3_6_3_update_error

I can still edit and save the article

I hope this helps someone else out there.

 

Help Sucuri Clean Sites

Sucuri Antivirus is a great service. I found an attack on a Joomla 3.5 site where a PayPal form and zip file were inserted into the images folder.

There were the following clues to the attack:

  • PHP & INI files in the images directory
  • New folders called “bt”, “BT”, and “mic” in the images directory.

I contacted Sucuri to see if they wanted my findings and they have an email address to accept this kind of information …. labs@sucuri.net

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Are Placeholders 508 Compliant and Should They Be Used Over Labels?

I have a cousin that is blind and fully uses the web. This is amazing to me. When I am building websites I often think about how my site could be used by people with life challenges.

While redoing a site I wondered should I ditch the 508 compliant “label” tag and just use a “placeholder” tag.  After some Google searches and good old common sense I have determined that label tags should stay.

Here are my reasons:

  1. Placeholder text color can be an issue with some users.
  2. Placeholder text can be confusing to screen readers. I personally have no experience with screen readers, but have heard this from screen readers users.
  3. I read that placeholder text can confuse users into thinking the field is already filled out.
  4. I know labels are 508 compliant.

This article was helpful with my determination.

https://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/2011/02/html5-accessibility-chops-the-placeholder-attribute/

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

 

JS Jobs – Not Displaying Company Logo on Job Search

I am taking JS Jobs component out for a test drive. I posted a few test jobs from a test company and logo doesn’t show on the jobs page.

I was able to get this to work by doing the following.

In the file “components/com_jsjobs/views/job/joblisting.php” line 75,  I added the following.

<img src="'. $path  .'">'

The whole line now looks like

$html .=        '<div class="js-image"><img src="'. $path  .'">';

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Solved – Joomla 3 Localhost – Could not instantiate mail function.

While working on a Joomla site in WAMP I went to test the email and got the following error.

Notice
Could not instantiate mail function.

Here is how I fixed this. This could be the long way, but it worked for me.

  1. I had to set up sendmail. I wrote about my best solution for localhost in this post.
    http://blog.grimeymedia.com/setting-up-mail-service-in-wamp/
  2. Then in Joomla I went to Global Configuration  >> Server tab. At the bottom is “Mail Settings”.
  3. I changed “Mailer” to “Sendmail”, and set the path to  “C:\wamp\sendmail\sendmail.exe”
    sendmail_path_joomla

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Getting Google to crawl your site

hope While working on our Analytics today I realized Google hasn’t crawled one page in a couple of years. I changed the description in the spring of 2015 and in the Fall of 2016 Google’s index still shows the old data.

I did what I could with the Robots.txt file and adding a new sitemap.xml. Just to make sure I wanted Google to crawl my site again. I did a fetch and render on the one page. In the meantime I went looking for what others are doing .

I came across this video. It is simple and easy. Not sure exactly how affective yet, but a good place to start.

 

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

Joomla Security Check Extension – trying this one out

Got an email from Joomshine about security. I have had a couple of Joomla sites get attacked, and really want not have to deal with lack of faith that the site is attacker proof.

I downloaded this plugin “Securitycheck”, and I am going to take it for a test run. I will let you know how it goes.  Here is the link.

https://extensions.joomla.org/extension/securitycheck

I hope this helps someone else out there…