K2 edit blog button not showing

I am using K2 component on a Joomla site and find it very useful.

I was setting up Front-End adding and editing of K2 blog items.  Here is a great video for setting that up.

I ran into this issue with the template that has a “HTML” override for the K2/templates/default/category_item.php. The code looks like this.

k2_blog_post_edit_code

The issue was the templates “Modal”.   I removed the highlighted class and rel tag, and added “_blank”. Now the “Edit item” button was showing and I could click it and edit the post. It of course opened in a new window.

I looked at the code from the original K2 component/templates/default/category_item.php file. It has “data-k2-modal=”edit”” to open in a modal. I added this line and I was close enough.

One issue remained where the “close” button didn’t close the window; however, if I clicked outside the modal window it would close the modal window.

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

Chronoconnectivity V 5 for Joomla Tutorial

I love chronoforms and wondered about reading and displaying the data in such a powerful way. I looked at chronoconnectivity many times but quickly got discouraged.

I found simply going through their FAQ was a great start.

https://www.chronoengine.com/faqs/72-ccv5.html

Next I found the following walk through which were the next steps I was looking for and beyond.

http://www.icagenda.it/chronoforms-and-chronoconnectivity-tutorials-and-guides.html

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

Joomla 3.6 is Faster?

I am close releasing a new site this week when I get the notification that verion 3.6 is available. It feels like the last thing I needed when I am so close. This site has been a bit troublesome.

I was using a Themeforest template and the site was pretty slow. We are talking about 6 second page load times. I installed JCH Optimize and got the page load times down to about 4 seconds. I enabled page caching and got the page load times down to 2 seconds.

I was nervous as to what upgrading was going to do, but after the upgrade I swear the site overall is working quicker than ever before. If your worried about upgrading I wouldn’t be.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Speeding Up Joomla Page Load Times

I have been getting helpful emails from Dart Creations about speeding up page load times with my Joomla sites.

Google has a page for testing page speeds and gives recommendations.

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

Lesson 1: Turn on Joomla Cache  – page caching

Lesson 2: Enable browser caching – browser caching

Lesson 3:  Enable GZip Compression – GZip compression

Lesson 4: Reduce / Compress Joomla images – compress images

Lesson 5:  Disable or remove unused plug-ins and Modules  – disable plugins

Lesson 6:  Try using JCH Optimize plugin –  JCH Optimize

Lesson 7:  Content Delivery Network – CDN
Your website can be given the ultimate speed boost by reducing the distance your content has to travel to reach its visitor. A Content Delivery Network (or CDN) delivers the heavy content of your site from a location which is very close to them. This is a trick major websites like Facebook, YouTube, CNN and NetFlix use to make sure their sites are fast. Images, CSS files, JS files, video and other content will have to travel much less. It does make your website lightning fast.

Lesson 8:  Put your site on a fast hosting platform – Hosting

Do yourself and (most of all) your website’s visitors a favour. Upgrade to a better hosting server. Get a faster website today. If you’re on a cheap plan – upgrade it.

Check out InMotion Hosting now. Or if you really love your website, go for a Virtual Private Server. They offer free transfers, so you don’t have to worry about down time or moving your site. It’s just plug and play.

Lesson 9: Use system fonts – This method was given to me by Bmorecreative, inc. They suggested the following article:

https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/11/using-system-ui-fonts-practical-guide/

Lesson 10: Optimizing images – Optimize Images

I am also using a Joomart Template that uses the T3 framework, and here is a link that shows how to compress the CSS and JS files.

https://www.joomlart.com/video-tutorials/t3-framework/optimize-css-and-js

Theme Expert – has sent out a article on how they perfer to speed things up. I like the details the put into the article. Speeding up page load times without an additional plug-in.
https://www.themexpert.com/blog/the-beginners-guide-to-joomla-caching

 

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Adding a module in a Joomla article

I have done this a couple of different ways include using “Modules Anywhere”, which is an excellent plug-in.

This article helped me solve my issue.

https://docs.joomla.org/How_do_you_put_a_module_inside_an_article%3F

Here is what I needed to get the mod working in an article:

{loadmodule login,login2,xhtml}

  1. Start with loadmodule
  2. Type of module ( they have “login”, but I used “custom”)
  3. Name of the module
  4. XHTML to make sure it follows styling rules.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Joomla 3.X Strict standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in – Solved

I was testing a clients website local host and it was throwing a bunch of errors in WAMP.

Strict standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in

These errors were related to SuperFish Menu Module. I love SuperFish Drop-down menus, but I don’t love the module for Joomla yet.

I found this YouTube video that simply turns off Error messages on the Server settings in the Global Configuration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNi8_oCGnWY

I don’t think this is a perfect fix, but it helped me.

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

Joomla frameworks

I have been working with a couple of different templates and the frameworks they use.

Gantry:  http://gantry.org/downloads

T3:  http://www.t3-framework.org/downloads.html

Sparky: https://www.hotjoomlatemplates.com/sparky-joomla

EF4:  https://www.joomla-monster.com/knowledge-base-area/templates-documentation/general-info-ef4-framework-for-joomla-3-x/framework-ver-ef4

Zurb: http://foundation.zurb.com/

I don’t have an opinion on either of them yet.

 

I hope this helps someone else out there…