Chronoforms V5 Auto Responder Set up

I was setting up an autoresponder in chronoforms and was getting the following error.
chronoforms_5_autoresponder

The first email to the site owner went and “your message was sent” displayed, but the autoresponder email element was causing the “Mailer Error”.

I had “email” in the Dynamic to field; however, the I got this error.

How I fixed it was by using a legitimate email address in the “from email” field in the first part of the email element in the setup tab of chronoforms.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Link Joomla Read More To Another Article – [Solved]

I had section on the home page of a site that displayed the intro text to four services the customer provided; however, we only had one page of services.

I wanted to use the read more feature built into Joomla to make this happen. Here is what I did.

  1. Install Sourcerer plug-in
  2. Created the 4 pages with intro text and image.
  3. On the the pages I wanted to go to another page I added the following code.

{source}

<?php  header (“Location: link to the other page”);   ?>

{/source}

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

Tracking Clicks, Downloads and Other Events in Joomla

I have really come to enjoy OSTraining.com and all their work with Joomla. While looking at a customers website they wanted to upgrade I saw in the database the guy before me wrote special code to handle “impressions” and “clicks”. It got me curious and wanted to see how I could do this in my Joomla proposal.

In my google search I found what I was looking for, but a listing above the one I used mentioned similar details so I clicked on it. Not to mention it was OSTraining and I have been liking the extensions.

The link was fascinating. I read through the following article and can’t wait to try it.

https://www.ostraining.com/blog/joomla/google-analytics-events/

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

[Solved] – Joomla log into administrator area – Fatal error: Class ‘FOF30\Container\Container’ not found

My local version worked perfectly; however, when I tried to log into the administrative area I got the following error.

Fatal error: Class ‘FOF30\Container\Container’ not found….

This article helped me to get started.

https://www.akeebabackup.com/support/akeeba-backup-3x/23141-fatal-error-in-administration.html

Basically I deleted the directory “plugins/quickicon/akeebabackup”. I was then able to access the administrative area again.

 

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

I am getting this in my Google Analytics reports.

please enter the email address for your account. a verification code will be sent to you. once you have received the verification code, you will be able to choose a new password for your account.

Does anyone know what to do about this?

 

 

Joomla 3.6.2 – The most recent request was denied because it contained an invalid security token.

When the Joomla 3.6.2 update finalizes I get the following message.

The most recent request was denied because it contained an invalid security token. Please refresh the page and try again.

I just delete out everything in the URL after “administrator” and hit refresh.  I can’t wait till this gets fixed. Have to admit I am disappointed with this last round of Joomla updates.

The next site I started the upgrade. I use Akeeba so it ran an Akeeba backup, and then gave me the error.  When I cleared the the stuff in the URL after “/administrator/” the site said I still needed to update to 3.6.2.

The site was telling me to update other components so I started with upgrading Akeeba from 5.1.3 to 5.1.4.

After I updated Akeeba to 5.1.4 and tried the Joomla update the update installed correctly.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Joomla 3.6.2 update – Email Cloak Fix

Another Joomla! update just two days after the 3.6.1 update. It is getting stressful to stay on top of all these update and the pitfalls one can encounter.

Here are some tips I have come across this morning.

Joomla – https://docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Updating_from_an_existing_version

JoomlaShack – https://www.joomlashack.com/blog/tutorials/361?utm_source=Alledia&utm_campaign=a0292c0a93-The_Alledia_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_80803af9fd-a0292c0a93-270714557&goal=0_80803af9fd-a0292c0a93-270714557&mc_cid=a0292c0a93&mc_eid=bb80f31be3

I have updated a few sites this morning and had no real issues. I did have to do the following to get everything to work.

  • Go to Extension > Manage > Database.
  • Click “Fix”.

I had to upgrade my Akeeba to 5.1.4 on one site first before the update worked.

This brings about the question of how much to charge customers to keep the site up-to-date. That will depend on how much you charge per hour and how complicated the site is to review to ensure the upgrade didn’t break anything. Here are some things I am putting into considerations.

  • Time it takes to upgrade( 30 minutes ) I timed my 3.6.1 update to 3.6.2. It took about half a hour to update Akeeba, run the Joomla update, clear the cache and quickly check the site.
  • How many Joomla Updates per year – ( 10 times per year ) I wasn’t able to find this out directly, but another site that did a comparison on CMS’s stated that every 31 days is Joomla’s update cycle, so roughly 10 updates per year. That brings us to about 5 hours per year in just updating the Joomla! core if nothing goes wrong.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Enforce Password Complexity in Joomla

Well you can learn something new everyday.  I was looking at a proposal that I thought Joomla would be a good fit for. The proposal asked about enforcing password complexity. I wasn’t sure that Joomla 3.6 did this natively, but it does. I found the following article that quickly demonstrates how to set it up.

http://officialjoomlabook.com/elin-waring-official-joomla-book-blog/joomla-3-1-4-password-strength-options

Here is how it looks in Joomla 3.6.

joomla_password_complexity

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Joomla 3.6.1 update – An error has occurred – Cannot write to log file.

I recently moved a site to a new Godaddy hosting account. I had to move the site manually instead of using Akeeba backup, so I had to make few changes to the configuration.php file.

When I got the 3.6.1 available update in the control panel I test my localhost version and everything worked perfectly, so I decided to do it on the live site. I got the following error when I went to install the update.

joomla_3_6_1_error_log_1

A Google search lead me to incorrect path to the log directory in my configuration.php file. Here is what mine looked like.

joomla_3_6_1_error_log_2

I logged into the Godaddy hosting CPanel and found the “Home Directory” path.

joomla_3_6_1_error_log_3

I added that to the configuration.php file and used FTP to upload the file. Cleared the site cache and ran the update again and it worked.

I had tried just using Filezilla to change the folder permissions, but that didn’t do it. When I would go into the administrative area of the site and go to System >> System Information >> Folder Permission the log directory was still unwritable.

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

 

Upload .vcf files in joomla

I wanted vcards or .vcf files to uploaded and downloaded from a joomla site so the customer could update them themselves.

I had K2 installed on the site and it was easy for me to download the .vcf file, but uploading was unsupported.

JCE was installed and I discovered that JCE “File Manager” add-on has an allowable file extensions built in. It was easy for me to add the extension. Then I used “JCE File Browser” to upload the files. Here is the article that helped me out.

https://www.joomlacontenteditor.net/support/forum/unable-to-link-to-a-file-with-extension-vcf

I hope this helps someone else out there…