WAMP Server Reset Root Password

I recently wanted to install Joomla 4 Beta and discovered I need PHP 7 or higher. I am running XXAMP and only PHP 5.6. I also have WAMP installed and have a bunch of sites started in there. My WAMP would start; however, the sites couldn’t connect to the database.

I looked in the “C:\WAMP\apps\myphpadminX.X.X\config.inc.php” file and the password was what I thought it was. I tried a bunch of things including using the MySQL Console but this article got me working again.

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/29070501/regaining-access-to-lost-mysql-password-for-phpmyadmin-on-wamp

The lines in my “wampserver >> MySQL >> my.ini” file in the looked like this:

# The MySQL server
[wampmysqld]
#skip-grant-tables

I assumed the “#” was a comment so I removed it. I didn’t have to add it. It looked like this:

# The MySQL server
[wampmysqld]
skip-grant-tables

Restarted everything and I could log into PHPmyAdmin and all the sites were now connecting.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Firefox Turn Off Google Tag Manager Preview

I recently added Google Tag Manager for a customer and in experimenting I added to my company website. Now in FireFox I am getting a preview pane at the bottom of the page. In Chrome this can be turned off, but I couldn’t find how to do in Firefox till I found the following article.

https://www.shoutmeloud.com/disable-google-tag-manager-preview-pane.html

The basics for this are:

  • Log in to Google Tag Manager.
  • Go to your site dashboard (Workspace < Overview).
  • Click on the option that says Leave Preview Mode.

I hope this helps someone else out there.

Google Tag Manager In Gantry 5 Hydrogen

Was asked by a customers marketing company to add Google’s Tag Manager to their clients website. I wasn’t currently using Google’s Tag Manager, so I decided to look into and apply to my site running a Gantry 5 Hydrogen theme.

I tried just adding it in the “Settings” section of my template. The “before body” portion worked; however, the code for the head section was showing up on the page and not hidden.

A quick Google search lead me to this page where someone built an Atom to handle this.

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=https://www.en-toutes-lettres.fr/services-web/joomla-news/358-google-tag-manager-sur-gantry5&prev=search

This Atom was awesome. I had to use it both the home and default. They suggest just putting in the base outline, but that didn’t work for me.

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

WordPress Akeeba – Ajax Loading Error

I was restoring a WordPress website using Akeeba kickstart in my WAMP environment. I got the following error.

I moved over to XXAMP I got site installed; however, my SendMail isn’t set up in XXAMP so I couldn’t test the forms. I wanted to restore the site in WAMP.

Ran the Akeeba Kickstart again and this time I choose to run the files restore “directly” and “ignore most errors”.

The website installed, but while working on the site I discovered a lot of odd things. None of my Widgets or Widget positions were available in the dashboard.

I ran the install again, but this time I did not check “Ignore most errors”. This is installed correctly this time.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Google Analytics Not Displaying Full Page

Using Firefox I went into Google Analytics to see the results on a website recently launched and want to see if the SEO was going as planned. When I clicked on “landing pages” I was getting a double scroll on the right-side, and I couldn’t scroll down to the bottom of the results pane. It looked like this….

A search lead me to trying Chrome where it did work. Suggestion were to try this page “https://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/”, but that was no help.

I resolved this issue by resizing the browser window. Grabbed one corner to adjust the size of the window and content on the page resized its self.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

This endpoint has been retired – Instagram API

Looking in on a customers website I was hit with a dialog box stating “This endpoint has been retired”. Not sure what to do I Googled it and found the following article.

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/49661515/sorry-an-error-occurs-from-instagram-api-this-endpoint-has-been-retired

I was using a Instagram module, and sure enough it was broken. I now need to go back to the customer to ask for more money to fix it. These API’s make it awesome to pull Social Media; however, I wish the Social Media Platforms could standardize and make it easier for a developers reputation. I like asking for money, but hate having to do because something put in place 6 months before is now broken.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Free Joomla Site And Hosting – Joomla.com

Got a great tip last night from the developer at BMoreCreative inc. He was having issues installing a Beta version of Joomla 4 for development purposes. Then he discovered Joomla.com not .org.

I decided to give it a try myself. It was super easy. I provided an email address and what I want the site to be called. Received an email with the activation link, created a password, and I had a “mysite.joomla.com” hosting, cpanel package ready for me in seconds.

It installed a 3.8 site but they provided me with a CPanel so I plan to upgrade to Joomla 4 to get ready for when it becomes the main distribution.

They also offer up a free Gantry based template called Cloud 3. I installed this since I do love Gantry. You can download it here.

https://www.cloudaccess.net/cloudbase-3.html

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

Using Google Fonts And Font Awesome In Photoshop

With a recent project I needed to design a mock-up for the customer in Photoshop. I was planning on using Font Awesome and Google Font Orbitron. I used this tutorial to show me how to download and install a Google Font on my machine so I can use it in Photoshop.

https://www.google.com/search?q=use+google+fonts+in+photoshop&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1#kpvalbx=1

For adding Font Awesome I followed the instructions presented by OSTraining

https://www.ostraining.com/blog/webdesign/fontawesome-psd/

I hope this helps someone else out there…