Find your facebook ID

In setting up a Facebook Plugin for WordPress I needed my facebook ID. It is no longer just in the URL.

Go to your facebook page and change the “www” in the URL to “graph”. Here is an example.

This did not work for the first time I tried, but eventually it did give me this.


I found this article which helped me locate my ID.


In addition, I needed a customers ID and I used this link to retrieve it. I just used the URL of their facebook page.

Joomla “read private message” or “Tracks” in url

Recently migrated a Joomla 1.5 site to 3.3. Some but not all of my category blog links worked. It resulted in a “404 – Category not found” error. I would get various messages in the url. There would be “” or “ Private Message/thepageIwant.html”

I googled and found my answer here.

Basically delete the menu item and make a new one. Worked perfectly for me.

It gets better I found a “rebuild” button in the menu section. I checked the links that were giving me the 404 and they worked.

Hope this helps someone out there.

Disable or Override bootstrap css in Joomla version 3.x

Add this line to your index.php file of your template to disable bootstrap.

<?php unset($this->_scripts[JURI::root(true).’/media/jui/js/bootstrap.min.js’]); ?>

It worked for me till I updated my version of Joomla to 3.3 through the back end. Bootstrap.css gets updated. I needed to do a core override. Here are the steps.

  1. Add this line to your index.php of your template.
    <link rel=”stylesheet” href=”templates/<?php echo $this->template ?>/css/bootstrap.css” type=”text/css” />
  2. Copy bootstrap.css from “/media/jui/css/”, and paste it in the css folder of your template. Make sure to include it in your template.xml file if you are listing your css in a file index versus listing just the folder.
  3. You can strip out what you don’t need in this new css. I only need to keep the styles for the breadcrumbs.


Joomla email not showing up correctly.

I recently upgraded a 1.5 site to 3 something. Shortly after getting the extensions I needed I realized the email addresses were showing javaScript before the email link.

‘); document.write(addy837); document.write(‘<\/a>’); //–>\n “>the email address.

I found a thread about turning off email cloaking.

1. Login as Joomla Administrator
2. Extentions – > Plugin Manager
3. Check the plugin “Content – Email Cloaking” and click Disable

This issue stemmed from “System – AntiCopy” plugin that was installed. I needed the plug-in so the cloaking had to be disabled.

Joomla 1.5 trojan Dropper.Generic_c.PTZ

While installing a joomla 1.5 site locally AVG popped up with a virus found.

It appears to be a “.gif” that is wrapped or renamed. It caused the website to not save content when it was being added or updated.

I found the file in the root of the Joomla install and also in the /images folder. It looked like this.

Solution: AVG quarantined the tojan and I upgraded the Joomla install to version 3.

I found more info on the virus here.


Recapcha not showing up in Joomla 2.5

Had a 2.5.8 site where the integrated Capcha stopped working. Tried some things that others suggested, but nothing worked.

  1. Changed a line of code in the Recapcha php file as suggested in the Joomla Forum. Didn’t do anything.
  2. Regenerated new keys. Didn’t do a thing.

I got it fixed by updated my Joomla core install from 2.5.8 to 2.5.11 and the capcha was working again.

jupgrade Migrating undefined

Recently ran into a jupgrade issue moving from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5. Everything was going fine till I reached migrating menus, just after migrating categories, then migrating content.



I was able to get through by skipping menus in the core skips found in the options of jUpgrade. I had “skip banners” checked as well but that wasn’t the issue. I went back and did the experiment a couple of times. I even deleted certain menu item at first, and then whole menus. I had no menus at all and it still failed.


This skipped the menus, but it was too hard to rebuild the database and migrate the menus over manually. Joomla 2.5 dropped the sections and only has subcategories.

Admintools to the rescue. I had an old download of admintools for Joomla 1.5. Installed this. Go to “Components >> admintools”.  Click on “Database Collation”, and “apply”.  Go back and run jUpgrade again. It should work.

Here are links to the components I used.