Let’s be honest. Forgetting password is a pretty common occurrence. Some users keep passwords in their default browser memory, after several months you can forget anything. Some of us don't even remember the password that they issued at the time of Joomla installation. This article describes how to reset the Joomla administrator password.

Normally, you can add, edit, and delete users and change passwords from the back-end User Manager. To do this, you must be logged in as a member of the Super Administrator group. But if for some reason, you cannot log into the backend, then that's a problem.

Fortunately, there are several methods to recover the Joomla administrator password.

Basic way

The easiest way would be to have your new password emailed to you from your Joomla front-end login screen. Yes, there is always a "Reset password" link. On form submission, the e-mail address bounded to that user's account will receive an email with one-time auto login link and instructions to set a new password. Even if you have not published the login module or login menu item, you can use the core link to get access to that area:

https://your-domain.com/index.php?option=com_users&view=login

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If you have a normal Joomla site setup, anyone can come along and visit. Anyone can browse around and see what you're doing.

However, what happens if you're building site for a client? You don't want the whole world to see. The same is true if you're developing a site for yourself and aren't ready to make it public.

Joomla Offline Pages for Beginners

To solve this, Joomla allows you to work on a site in private where only you (and your client) can see it.

It has a very nice feature that allows you to test your site in complete privacy. You might just need your site offline for a few minutes, you might want to show it privately to a client, or you might want to keep the site offline for weeks while you build it. Either way, this is a good solution.

Login To Your Joomla Site

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Go to Global Configuration

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A reader asked me about this recently. What he wanted was to hide the "Home" menu item when on the frontpage of his site.

I must admit I haven't really been in the situation where I'd needed that. Still, there might be others that need the same functionality on their site. So here are a couple of solutions for hiding a menu item on a particular page.

1. HidE the menu module

This is the approach my reader had chosen. The method is quite simple: You add a menu, and move your "Home" menu item to that menu. Then, you add a menu module to your site and choose to display it on all pages except on the frontpage. This is really simple to do in versions of Joomla after 1.6. Of course, this can be done for any menu item on your site.

The reader published this module in the same module position as his main menu, so the "Home" link would appear to be part of the same menu. He chose to hide the module title for the same reason.

The good thing about this method is that it's really simple. You don't need to fiddle around with CSS etc. The challenge is that the two menus might look disconnected. It really depends on your template and how the modules stack up.

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About a week ago, I received an email from an anonymous hacker. He had sent the same email to around 350 people in the Joomla community. They were all registered in the same affiliate system for a well-known software developer, and attached to the email was an Excel sheet with all of their contact info and user names. The hacker said he had extracted the info from an insecure system and offered "security services" to protect from similar hacks.

Apparently, people had been talking about this for a couple of days already on Twitter. Still, I wanted to check a little more what this guy was after.

This is what it said in the first email:

I am writing to warn of a failure, a serious vulnerabilities in your system, I could give them information and solution on these if interested contact me with an answer.

I sent him an email, asking which system he had gathered the information from.

The person behind the email answered me quickly and offered his services again:

These data were extracted from a vulnerable system, I can protect the rest of your data and provide the best security for you and your website.

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Protect your Joomla site against brute-force attacksBrute-force attacks on Joomla sites are common these days. The reality website owners must face is that hackers are in control of large farms of hacked computers. These computers can be used to coordinate massive brute-force attacks on a website.

As a website owner, in fact I'm hosting several sites, I'm constantly getting these types of attacks on my servers. In this post, I look at a few ways to reduce the chance that someone gains unlawful access to your Joomla websites by way of brute-force attacks.

So, what is a brute-force attack?

Let’s see what Wikipedia says:

In cryptography, a brute-force attack, or exhaustive key search, is a cryptanalytic attack that can, in theory, be used against any encrypted data (except for data encrypted in an information-theoretically secure manner). Such an attack might be used when it is not possible to take advantage of other weaknesses in an encryption system (if any exist) that would make the task easier. It consists of systematically checking all possible keys or passwords until the correct one is found. In the worst case, this would involve traversing the entire search space. When password guessing, this method is very fast when used to check all short passwords, but for longer passwords other methods such as the dictionary attack are used because of the time a brute-force search takes.

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A common task many web site owners do regularly, is to add PDF files or other documents to their articles.

In this post, you will learn how to add a link to a PDF or any other document file to a Joomla article.

This time around, I will explain how you can do this using a basic Joomla installation. Later this week, I will show you how to insert a PDF file into a Joomla article using the JCE File Manager plug-in.

This is how you insert a PDF file using the Joomla core. For this tutorial, I have used Joomla 1.7.

I will assume that you are using a standard installation of Joomla and that you are using the default text editor TinyMCE. If you're using JCE, you can follow most of the procedure even if some of the screens may look a bit different.

1. First, you need to upload the PDF file (or other type of document file) to a folder in the Joomla Media Manager. In Joomla 1.6 and later versions, the Media Manager is found in the Joomla administrator -> Content menu -> Media Manager. In Joomla 1.5 it is found in the Joomla administrator -> Site menu -> Media Manager.

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OK, so you have a brand new site going on - and it's all made in Joomla. But how to get traffic from the search engines?

There are several things you can do to ensure that Google and other search engines are picking up your pages. This will, over time, give you search engine positions for  your keywords.

Without indexation, no positions, and no traffic from search engines. It's not rocket science, but you need to make sure that your pages are reachable by search engine spiders to get indexed.

I'll show you six steps to get your site indexed by Google and other search engines.

Without indexation, no positions, and no traffic from search engines. It's not rocket science, but you need to make sure that your pages are reachable by search engine spiders to get indexed. I'll show you six steps to get your site indexed by Google and other search engines.

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I have previously written several blog posts about Joomla and SEO.

The first one was Six steps to get your Joomla site indexed in Google. In the post, I talk about things you can do to make your Joomla site attractive in the most important search engine of them all.

A later post was the fourth in my series on Joomla meta tags which discussed how to check your Joomla meta tags in Google Webmaster Tools.

Both of the posts mention Google Webmaster Tools and how to use various functions of these useful tools.

I recently figured out, though, that many people have trouble understanding how to verify their Joomla website in Google Webmaster Tools.

By verifying your site with Google. you tell them that you are the owner of the website and that they may show details about the site to you. Without verifying your site you won't get access to a lot of the more advanced functions of Google Webmaster Tools.

Read on to get the full instructions on how to verify your Joomla site in Google Webmaster Tools.

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10. Use the cheapest hosting provider you can find.

Preferably use a shared server that hosts hundreds of other sites, some of which are high-traffic porn sites. Don't check the list of recommended hosting providers.
FYI: You can use a tool such as Robtex (if you are using a shared Hosting Provider) to see who you are sharing space with and if you should be proactive to request a move to another shared space. For example: http://www.robtex.com/dns/joomla.org.html, or for REALLY cool information: Google.com: http://www.robtex.com/dns/google.com.html. This shows domain, shared, whois, blacklist, analysis, contact...

9. Don't waste time with regular backups.

Maybe the hosting provider will help you out.

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1. Artisteer – Automated Web Designer

 

Artisteer claims to be the first and only Web design automation product that is able to instantly create a fantastic looking and unique website templates and blog these as well.

Check out the most important features that you’ll get the chance to try out if you decide to use this tool:

  • You will be able to design some pretty awesome blogs and cool web templates in just a few minutes.
  • Using this tool will turn out fun and easy.

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