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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Joom!Fish - Multilingual Support for Joomla! 1.0.x

Two weeks ago I set up a Joomla! website for my sister. This week I installed Joom!Fish for her. Joom!Fish is an add-on component for Joomla! It allows you to manage multilingual contents within this CMS (Content Management System). In order to make it work, you have to find and download language pack(s) to go with it. The latest version of Joom!Fish is JoomFish_1.8.2. It is stable and compatible with Joomla! 1.0.x. Download JoomFish_1.8.2.zip here if you are interested.

  • Login to your Joomla! interface, click on Installers/Components/ on the menu bar.
  • Do not unzip the file you've downloaded earlier.
  • Browse JoomFish_1.8.2.zip file and click on Upload File & Install button.
  • If you've succeeded, you'll see Multilingual Content Manager for Joomla! shows up.
Here is the rest of the page says,

"Welcome to the Joom!Fish

Please make sure you read the following instructions carefully and try out a first example. After that you will find additional information, tutorials and support on the Joom!Fish website.
The Joom!Fish component supports you with design and creation of multilingual websites. This topic itself isn't that easy and so the handling of this component isn't easy.

This version of the Joom!Fish is only working together with the Joomla Version 1.0.7+. If you have a different version please refer to the project site to get a suitable version.

1. Step: Language installation

The first step is the installation of standard Joomla! language files. Those files can be found on the Joomla! extension website.
Please install all languages (there is no limit) you like to use within your site - using the Site -> Languages -> Install function.

2. Step: Language configuration

After you have done the language installation it is needed to activate the languages and give them a "natural" name and some other configuration values. This is done with the language configuration of the Joom!Fish (Components -> Joom!Fish -> Languanges).

First check: When you change the languages within the frontend (Solarflar template is patched) then all static text should change.

How to translate content?

After you are sure that the basic configuration of your site works for the static text translations let's try to translate dynamic content that is included in the database.

3. Step: Translation of information in the database

For the first simple test we try to translate the menu names in your website. For this please go to the control panel and select the function Translation. In this translation overview first select the language into which you like to translate. Then select the "content element" Menus. After you did that you get a list of all menus existing in the database. With selection the menu type "mainmenu" you reduce the list to all menu items used within this menu definition. Please translate all the menu items by clicking on the title name. It is important that the translation is published (last column).

Second check: When you change the languages within the frontend then the menu should show your translated menu names.

4. Step: Translation of additional information

For all other dynamic content within your database the translation process is exactly as described in step 3. For 3rd party Joomla! extensions you might need to install additional content element files with the configuration.

Joom!Fish development status

This release is a stable release and already the second enhanced version for the Joomla! 1.0.x code base. For Joomla! 1.5 we will provide a new Joom!Fish version using the new available features and framework provided. The development of Joom!Fish 2.0 started with the release of Joomla! 1.5 RC2 and will take still a little bit. Check out our website to get the latest news. If you have any questions please use our website forum and have fun using the Joom!Fish

Your Joom!Fish development team"

If you are using Joomla! 1.5, there is a beta Joom!Fish 2.0 for it. Not suggesting for productive websites. If you have questions, feel free to ask in comment.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

How to Add a Favicon to Your New Blogger?

What is a favicon? Well, it stands for a favorite icon. It is normally a 16x16 pixels or 32x32 pixels icon that appears next to your URL (web address) of your web browser. Most people prefer to use 16x16 pixels icon. Adding a favicon to you blog/website will no doubt distinguish your blog/website from the millions of other blogs. I've already created one for my WordPress blog. I was wondering how I could get one for my New Blogger blog here. The steps below are showing you how I've created mine on this blog:

  • To add a favicon to your blog/website, you need to have your picture(s) ready on you PC (personal computer). If you don't have one, then you can create your own by using Paint or Photoshop program; or you can create one here from Favicon Generator; then save it to your PC as favicon.ico.
  • If you have your picture(s) ready on your PC, then upload it to FavIcon from Pics; choose either 16x16 pixels or 32x32 pixels; you can preview your favicon on that site. If you are satisfied, then download it to your PC as favicon.ico.
  • Once you have your favicon.ico ready on your PC, you need to upload it to your website's root directory.
  • Since you know you don't have access to your server if you are using Google Blogger, so what can you do now?
  • The solution is to find a third party image hosting to host your favicon.ico. Be aware that most of the Free image hostings don't support .ico format. Still you can find one that supports it. Here is a free image hosting that supports this image format.
  • Once you find one to host your images/pictures; get the link and come back to Blogger Dashboard.
  • Click on Layout/Edit HTML, find <head> line in the HTML editor; it should be at the beginning of the template.
  • Then insert <link href='URL your icon file' rel='shortcut icon' type='image/favicon.ico'/> right after <head> line, where URL your icon file is the link you've got from your third party image host.
  • Save your template and refresh you blog/website to observe the favicon.
It should appear next to your URL in the address bar of your web browser. Any questions? Ask in comments.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

A Security Warning Message in Joomla! 1.0.12 Backend?

If you own a self-hosted blog/website, you probably can install other free CMS (Content Management System) such as Drupal, Joomla!, Mambo, to name a few in your web server. This week I was asked to set up a Joomla! website for my sister - Starrli Point of Sale Software in PowWeb - a web server. Setting up this website is not hard. I just followed the instructions provided by PowWeb and it did not take me that long to do so. However, after I've installed that, two drawbacks I realized:

  • PowWeb failed to provide the newest Joomla! version for upgrading. The latest version she can get is Joomla! 1.0.12. I might have to manually upgrade to the newest one for her if necessary.

  • There is a security warning message showing up on her Joomla! admin area (backend) after logging in; see the screenshot below:A Warning Message
Initially when I first saw the warning message, I though about of fixing it by turn it off in globals.php file. However, I was not sure that is the right way to do. I was thinking there might be other way to fix this problem. So I search the web for an answer using Google Search Engine; and I found the solution to it in a forum. Here is the solution to it:
Use FTP to download globals.php file to your PC (Personal Computer) from this folder /htdocs/(same as /public_html/); find line 24, change

PHP Code:
define( 'RG_EMULATION', 0 );

PHP Code:
define( 'RG_EMULATION', 1 );

After you've done that, save globals.php file, and upload it back to the same folder that you've downloaded it. I tested it out and the problem now is solved.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

What is Google Page Creator?

Google provides Google Page Creator service. It is still in its beta stage - meaning it could possibly have bugs. It is a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish his/her web pages in minutes. You'll need a Free Gmail account to get access to it. Listed below are the features you'll get once you sign up:

  • One thing I like about Google Page Creator is that it allows you to upload and edit your images through its editor.
  • When you first sign in to Google Page Creator, you'll be given a website with the same name as your Gmail address. You are allowed to have up to five websites with different URLs (world wide web addresses) in one account.
  • Every page you created will be customized to fit in a mobile phone so people who use mobile phones can access the page(s) through their mobile browser. Google Page Creater
This Free online tool makes creating a new page as easy as you creating a document in your word processor. You don't need a software and a web designer. Your page(s) that you've created will be hosted on Google server. The limitation is that you can only use up to 100 Megabytes of space for your pages and no more than 500 files can be uploaded at a time.

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