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If you see a padlock next to content items - for example, article title, menu items or any modules at Joomla! administrative backend, it means that other user is currently editing the item. There are few ways to get rid of locks.

After clicking for example on the locked article item, you will see the following error message:

Check-out failed with the following error: The user checking out does not match the user who checked out the item.
You are not permitted to use that link to directly access that page.

For Joomla 3.x

Check-out failed with the following error: The user checking out does not match the user who checked out the item. You are not permitted to use that link to directly access that page.

For Joomla 2.5

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There is a simple but very effective way to create an article in a non-standard way, especially if you need to introduce very long article or display many threads on the one page. Joomla brings you a possibility to divide the article, segregating it with tabs or sliders or display index of thematic pages. Just have to get learn Content - Pagebreak plugin to put it into practice.

Let's start, in your Joomla back-end navigate to Extensions -> Plugins -> Content - Pagebreak to see all parameters.
Take a look at basic options of the plugin:

How to paginate your article using tabs, slides or pages in Joomla?

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It's very common problem, so I believe, that you will find that piece of info very useful. After installing the fresh Joomla, the standard Joomla editor view looks like on the screenshot below:

standard Joomla editor

The functionality of the editor is quite poor, there is no simple way to change font colour, size, insert video file or add custom character. You would need to have, at least, the basic knowledge of html or css code to add few styles to the content you want to introduce. But, there is much easier way to modify your content, just have to use advanced preset for the Editor - TinyMCE plugin.

Navigate to (in the Joomla administrator back-end) Extensions -> Plugins -> Editor - TinyMCE

Then select the set for which you want to change settings and choose Use advanced preset. Each set can be assigned to different user groups. By default the Set 2 is assigned to Public, Set 1 to Manager and Registered, Set 0 to Administrator, Editor and Super Users.

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Joomla-Monster templates receive updates frequently. We get many questions asking about the proper way to update our templates. We hope this tutorial will cover all the necessary steps that have to be taken to successfully update your template.

Should I update Joomla template?

Of course. Having the latest template version is very important for several reasons:

  • bug fixes - we include fixes for bugs which we have found in our templates or which have been reported by our customers
  • new features - when our framework or extension gets some new features, templates may require additional adjustments to support them
  • security - compatibility and use of the latest Joomla and extensions gives your site better security
  • technical support - we provide technical support for the latest versions of our products only

 

Joomla Template update notification

From the EF4 Framework 4.7 version, we have included template update notifications. If you are using an EF4 template, then you will be informed about new template version on the notifications bar in your Joomla dashboard.

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AkeebaBackup is a very popular Joomla backup extension, which allows you to create and manage backups of Joomla sites. Such a backup can be restored on another server. The process is fast and simple, even for beginners. It is a very useful tool: for example, when you configure your website on a localhost, and then you want to migrate it on a live server. You can save time and effort. The tool is also very helpful in daily work of an administrator. Regular backups is a fundamental process of maintaining websites safety. Moreover it is a free extension, which you can use without any charge.

How to download AkeebaBackup for Joomla?

Step1: Go to AkeebaBackup website and navigate to the "Download" tab.

Step2: Download AkeebaBackup for Joomla.

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Many hosting providers offer auto installers (e.g. Fantastico, Softaculous) for Joomla installation via server cpanel. It may be confusing for many customers who would like to install a demo copy (Quickstart) of purchased template.

Since quickstart is a demo copy it means that the package already includes Joomla so it's impossible to install Quickstart via Extension Manager as many customers try to do it in this way. 

Quickstart is the best solution to start working on the project, to be honestn it's very useful for advanced users as well - simply it saves time. 

Automatic Joomla installation is helpful for customers who would like to build their site from scratch, so you can install a template, extensions, configure everything - not advanced Joomla users may find it difficult.

It's also helpful for customers who have no idea how to create database and collect necessary details to install Joomla manually - and usually this is the main problem. 
 

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After adding a custom HTML code in an article or a module, you may find out the HTML code is stripped out from some keay HTML tags once you saved the module/article. Especially, this issue applies to scripts (e.g. if you try to add Google Adsense on your website) or iframe and embed tags (e.g. if you try to add YouTube or Flash video).

Why Joomla remove some HTML code?

In Joomla configuration you can define different filtering options regarding the entered HTML code by members of each user group.
It is a protection against markup commonly associated with website attacks. 
How to change these settings you will find out below.

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Who said Joomla template must be the same on every page? 
Not Joomla! CMS, that’s for sure! You can use one template with different properties to chosen (sub)pages provided that your Joomla 3.x template includes configuration options which allow creating multiple different styles of a template with variations of these options.

This useful Joomla feature let the template apply to any of your site area (e.g. forum, contact page, your business description, etc.) with diverse template views.

It’s handy and easy to learn. In this tutorial, we will show you how to do it.

Making a duplicate.

The first step is creating a duplicate of the default Joomla 3.x template.

  1. Go to back-end Joomla! administrator panel.
  2. Click Extensions -> Template Manager.
    You can also select the Styles menu link from the Template Manager: Templates screen.

  3. Select a style you want to duplicate (1) and then click "duplicate" button (2):

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A large number of templates contains image menus as icon menu, for example JM Services.
I'm going to show you how to configure it.

First of all, you have to copy your icon images to images folder in root directory of your Joomla installation.

In your Joomla back-end navigate to Menus -> Main Menu (your menu) and edit a menu item. On the Link Type tab you will find an option to select an image for the menu item:

How to display image in a Joomla menu?

Remember to Save your settings after assgning menu icons.

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Free Tools for optimizing website

Optimizing a website for free is possible. However, you need to take your time to get familiar with free tools for optimizing websites. Let's take a look at the most valuable tools that help to manage and keep your website in good condition.

Google Trends

google trends

https://trends.google.com/trends/

Google service providing information on the quantity, origin, time dependencies and main regions of queries directed to Google search. Explore trending search topics with Google. Perform your keywords using comparing trends by search terms, regional trends, forecast.

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