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From the list below choose one of our FAQs topics, then select an FAQ to read. If you have a question which is not in this section, please contact us.

Current Users

Questions that users migrating to Joomla! 1.5 are likely to raise

  • 1 - Where did the Installers go?

    The improved Installer can be found under the Extensions Menu. With versions prior to Joomla! 1.5 you needed to select a specific Extension type when you wanted to install it and use the Installer associated with it, with Joomla! 1.5 you just select the Extension you want to upload, and click on install. The Installer will do all the hard work for you.
  • 2 - What happened to the locale setting?

    This is now defined in the Language [lang].xml file in the Language metadata settings. If you are having locale problems such as dates do not appear in your language for example, you might want to check/edit the entries in the locale tag. Note that multiple locale strings can be set and the host will usually accept the first one recognised.
  • 3 - How do I upgrade to Joomla! 1.5 ?

    Joomla! 1.5 does not provide an upgrade path from earlier versions. Converting an older site to a Joomla! 1.5 site requires creation of a new empty site using Joomla! 1.5 and then populating the new site with the content from the old site. This migration of content is not a one-to-one process and involves conversions and modifications to the content dump.

    There are two ways to perform the migration:

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  • 4 - Only one edit window! How do I create "Read more..."?

    This is now implemented by inserting a Read more... tag (the button is located below the editor area) a dotted line appears in the edited text showing the split location for the Read more.... A new Plugin takes care of the rest.

    It is worth mentioning that this does not have a negative effect on migrated data from older sites. The new implementation is fully backward compatible.

  • 5 - Where did the Mambots go?

    Mambots have been renamed as Plugins.

    Mambots were introduced in Mambo and offered possibilities to add plug-in logic to your site mainly for the purpose of manipulating content. In Joomla! 1.5, Plugins will now have much broader capabilities than Mambots. Plugins are able to extend functionality at the framework layer as well.

  • 6 - Where is the Static Content Item?

    In Joomla! versions prior to 1.5 there were separate processes for creating a Static Content Item and normal Content Items. The processes have been combined now and whilst both content types are still around they are renamed as Articles for Content Items and Uncategorized Articles for Static Content Items.

    If you want to create a static item, create a new Article in the same way as for standard content and rather than relating this to a particular Section and Category just select Uncategorized as the option in the Section and Category drop down lists.


New to Joomla!

Questions for new users of Joomla!
  • 7 - What is the difference between Archiving and Trashing an Article?

    When you Archive an Article, the content is put into a state which removes it from your site as published content. The Article is still available from within the Control Panel and can be retrieved for editing or republishing purposes. Trashed Articles are just one step from being permanently deleted but are still available until you Remove them from the Trash Manager. You should use Archive if you consider an Article important, but not current. Trash should be used when you want to delete the content entirely from your site and from future search results.

  • 8 - How do I remove an Article?

    To completely remove an Article, select the Articles that you want to delete and move them to the Trash. Next, open the Article Trash in the Content Menu and select the Articles you want to delete. After deleting an Article, it is no longer available as it has been deleted from the database and it is not possible to undo this operation.

  • 9 - Is it useful to install the sample data?

    Well you are reading it right now! This depends on what you want to achieve. If you are new to Joomla! and have no clue how it all fits together, just install the sample data. If you don't like the English sample data because you - for instance - speak Chinese, then leave it out.

General

General questions about the Joomla! CMS
  • 10 - Is it possible to change A Menu Item's Type?

    You indeed can change the Menu Item's Type to whatever you want, even after they have been created.

    If, for instance, you want to change the Blog Section of a Menu link, go to the Control Panel->Menus Menu->[menuname]->Menu Item Manager and edit the Menu Item. Select the Change Type button and choose the new style of Menu Item Type from the available list. Thereafter, alter the Details and Parameters to reconfigure the display for the new selection as you require it.

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  • 11 - What is an Uncategorised Article?

    Most Articles will be assigned to a Section and Category. In many cases, you might not know where you want it to appear so put the Article in the Uncategorized Section/Category. The Articles marked as Uncategorized are handled as static content.
  • 12 - How do I install Joomla! 1.5?

    Installing of Joomla! 1.5 is pretty easy. We assume you have set-up your Web site, and it is accessible with your browser.

    Download Joomla! 1.5, unzip it and upload/copy the files into the directory you Web site points to, fire up your browser and enter your Web site address and the installation will start.

    For full details on the installation processes check out the Installation Manual on the Joomla! Help Site where you will also find download instructions for a PDF version too.

  • 13 - Can Joomla! 1.5 operate with PHP Safe Mode On?

    Yes it can! This is a significant security improvement.

    The safe mode limits PHP to be able to perform actions only on files/folders who's owner is the same as PHP is currently using (this is usually 'apache'). As files normally are created either by the Joomla! application or by FTP access, the combination of PHP file actions and the FTP Layer allows Joomla! to operate in PHP Safe Mode.

  • 14 - Contact Enhanced Plugin Demo

    Contact Enhanced Plugin Demo

    This is a content Item (article) and bellow is an example of the Contact Enhanced Plugin.

    {loadcontact 1}

    Joomla! features:

    • Completely database driven site engines
    • News, products, or services sections fully editable and manageable
    • Topics sections can be added to by contributing Authors
    • Fully customisable layouts including left, center, and right Menu boxes
    • Browser upload of images to your own library for use anywhere in the site
    • Dynamic Forum/Poll/Voting booth for on-the-spot results
    • Runs on Linux, FreeBSD, MacOSX server, Solaris, and AIX
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  • 15 - What are the requirements to run Joomla! 1.5?

    Joomla! runs on the PHP pre-processor. PHP comes in many flavours, for a lot of operating systems. Beside PHP you will need a Web server. Joomla! is optimized for the Apache Web server, but it can run on different Web servers like Microsoft IIS it just requires additional configuration of PHP and MySQL. Joomla! also depends on a database, for this currently you can only use MySQL.

    Many people know from their own experience that it's not easy to install an Apache Web server and it gets harder if you want to add MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP, WAMP, and MAMP are easy to install distributions containing Apache, MySQL, PHP and Perl for the Windows, Mac OSX and Linux operating systems. These packages are for localhost installations on non-public servers only.
    The minimum version requirements are:
    • Apache 1.x or 2.x
    • PHP 4.3 or up
    • MySQL 3.23 or up
    For the latest minimum requirements details, see Joomla! Technical Requirements.
  • 16 - What is the FTP layer for?

    The FTP Layer allows file operations (such as installing Extensions or updating the main configuration file) without having to make all the folders and files writable. This has been an issue on Linux and other Unix based platforms in respect of file permissions. This makes the site admin's life a lot easier and increases security of the site.

    You can check the write status of relevent folders by going to ''Help->System Info" and then in the sub-menu to "Directory Permissions". With the FTP Layer enabled even if all directories are red, Joomla! will operate smoothly.

    NOTE: the FTP layer is not required on a Windows host/server.

  • 17 - My MySQL database does not support UTF-8. Do I have a problem?

    No you don't. Versions of MySQL lower than 4.1 do not have built in UTF-8 support. However, Joomla! 1.5 has made provisions for backward compatibility and is able to use UTF-8 on older databases. Let the installer take care of all the settings and there is no need to make any changes to the database (charset, collation, or any other).
  • 18 - Why does Joomla! 1.5 use UTF-8 encoding?

    Well... how about never needing to mess with encoding settings again?

    Ever needed to display several languages on one page or site and something always came up in Giberish?

    With utf-8 (a variant of Unicode) glyphs (character forms) of basically all languages can be displayed with one single encoding setting.


Languages

Questions related to localisation and languages
  • 19 - I installed with my own language, but the Back-end is still in English

    A lot of different languages are available for the Back-end, but by default this language may not be installed. If you want a translated Back-end, get your language pack and install it using the Extension Installer. After this, go to the Extensions Menu, select Language Manager and make your language the default one. Your Back-end will be translated immediately.

    Users who have access rights to the Back-end may choose the language they prefer in their Personal Details parameters. This is of also true for the Front-end language.

    A good place to find where to download your languages and localised versions of Joomla! is Translations for Joomla! on JED.

  • 20 - What languages are supported by Joomla! 1.5?

    Within the Installer you will find a wide collection of languages. The installer currently supports the following languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Bengali, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Devanagari(India), Croatian(Croatia), Magyar (Hungary), Italian, Malay, Norwegian bokmal, Dutch, Portuguese(Brasil), Portugues(Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Svenska, Thai and more are being added all the time.
    By default the English language is installed for the Back and Front-ends. You can download additional language files from the Joomla!Extensions Directory.
  • 21 - Does the PDF icon render pictures and special characters?

    Yes! Prior to Joomla! 1.5, only the text values of an Article and only for ISO-8859-1 encoding was allowed in the PDF rendition. With the new PDF library in place, the complete Article including images is rendered and applied to the PDF. The PDF generator also handles the UTF-8 texts and can handle any character sets from any language. The appropriate fonts must be installed but this is done automatically during a language pack installation.
  • 22 - What is the purpose of the collation selection in the installation screen?

    The collation option determines the way ordering in the database is done. In languages that use special characters, for instance the German umlaut, the database collation determines the sorting order. If you don't know which collation you need, select the "utf8_general_ci" as most languages use this. The other collations listed are exceptions in regards to the general collation. If your language is not listed in the list of collations it most likely means that "utf8_general_ci is suitable.
  • 23 - How do I localise Joomla! to my language?

    General

    In Joomla! 1.5 all User interfaces can be localised. This includes the installation, the Back-end Control Panel and the Front-end Site.

    The core release of Joomla! 1.5 is shipped with multiple language choices in the installation but, other than English (the default), languages for the Site and Administration interfaces need to be added after installation. Links to such language packs exist below.

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