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How to convert your website to Joomla 3.x?

Creating websites is not as difficult as you think. This is probably what you have read when you were first looking for making website. You tried making website and you have probably succeeded in doing so. You might have learned HTML, complicated CSS, a little bit of graphic design and maybe a bit of coding. In the end, you might have found yourself with a nice looking, useful website.

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How to convert Photoshop file to Joomla template?

Joomla is very soon becoming the most popular content management system. With more and more websites adopting Joomla as their platform of choice, it becomes necessary that one is able to build professional quality websites with the platform. The most important part of the Joomla is the Joomla template. So, what if you start with Photoshop, build an awesome looking PSD file and then convert it to a Joomla template. Here is how to convert Photoshop file to Joomla template.

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How to Split a Long Article into Multiple Linked Pages?

Breaking up a lengthy article into smaller divisions is a very effective method for demonstrating content. For this purpose, Joomla has been found to be an efficient platform. By using Joomla, articles that are connected through the previous and next page navigation can be divided into multiple pages. Along with it, a table of contents area that is shown as a portion of the article can also be divided effectively. Here is a guide on how to split a long article into multiple linked pages.

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How to protect your Joomla website from malware attacks?

malwareHas your joomla website been recently blacklisted as a malware distributing website by search engines and antivirus softwares? If you do not wish to be tagged as a malware website or some hackers have attacked malwares on your website then you must take actions before Google removes you from search engines.

What is Malware attack?
Malware attacks have become one of the major security threats these days. Besides, worms and phishing attacks also have become a subject of concern. Basically, malware attacks consist of worms, Trojans or some similar system viruses. These Malware enter into the system and spreads through different programs while reading mails or during file sharing through the internet.

How malware attacks a computer?
Usually, malware attacks a computer through three different means:

  1. Through emails via email attachments.
  2. Through Instant Messaging via IM attachments.
  3. Through file sharing via different file sharing programs.

After entering into the system, these malware start corrupting data files, the system’s boot, installed software and also the system BIOS, thereby damaging the system files. Sometimes, this may also lead to the system shut down. These malware are primarily developed with the aim of spreading throughout the system. Besides, malware attacks may also occur while surfing social networking sites through internet, through pirated software, through removable media such as USB keys or external hard disks or through various infected websites. So if you do not want your website to be called as a website which spreads malware, then you need to make your website free from malware. Before understanding how to remove malware let us first understand various tools and techniques to find out if a website or blog is infected with malware. After scanning and detecting the malware, we can then easily remove malware completely.

How to scan and detect malware joomla  websites online?
In general people would prefer to transfer the code from their websites locally on a computer and then run a tool such as Malwarebytes or Superantispyware in it to detect any malware. However, there are a number of better online tools available that can directly scan and detect malware from the URL you provide. Let us have a look at some of such tools:

Tool to detect malware in website or blog:
Sucuri is one of the best options to scan and detect malware on online websites. If a threat is found, the scanner lists the infected files and also points out the type of malware or infection. Besides, the tool also points out to the lines of suspicious code.

Tool to find out a website’s or blog’s reputation:
Site Advisor is another tool which can help understand current reputation of the website or blog. If your website or blog’s reputation is marked as suspicious, then there is every reason to worry about it. This usually happens due to the malware present in your website. In such cases, you need to perform a more thorough site scanning.

Tool for webmasters to get a health check on their websites or blogs:
Google provides its own version of scanning and malware detection tool called Google Safe browsing api. Every webmaster gets an alert via Google webmaster page when there is any suspicious or malicious code found on your website. In order to perform the test, you need to type http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=yoursite.com URL in your browser and replace the domain name from your site.com to your domain.

How to remove malware from your website or blog?
In order to remove malware you can adopt one of the following approaches:

  1. Use automated program to remove malware from your website or blog:
    This should be easy if you are technically sound enough to complete the setup. Use the software called iScanner. This is free software that can detect and remove malware automatically. This software needs to be installed directly on the server hosting your website or blog.
  2. Use last backup to remove malware from your website or blog:
    This is one of the easiest ways to remove malware. All you need to do here is replace the website with a copy of your back up. This would remove malware infections fastest. If you have a WordPress blog then this could just mean that you hit the update button in your WordPress dashboard. That should replace all your infected WordPress files with new ones from the WordPress repository. If you have any WordPress plugins and themes you can use the same mechanism of just replacing them. Since all the settings are in the database you should not lose them while removing malware by this mechanism.
  3. Perform manual cleanup to remove malware from your website or blog:
    Another option is to identify individual files that are causing the malware. Some of the tools like Sucuri mentioned above can point out the files and lines of code causing the malware. You can then remove the files or code causing the problem thereby removing the malware. This is definitely a time consuming option and should only be done if you do not have a non infected backup.

Hence, by following the above techniques you can protect your Joomla website from being a victim of malware attacks effectively.

How to setup Google Store Maps using Lightbox Content Popup Module ?

Lightbox Content popup Module can be used to popup Google Maps.  You can either use image or a text to open a location inside a popup. Setting of a google store maps or location isn’t at all difficult. You can either publish the module in a module position or can have it inside a Joomla article.  A module can be loaded into a joomla article by using a content plugin called “Load Module”. The syntax for loading a module into a article is {loadposition your_custom_position}. So now, to setup lightbox content popup to open google maps when image or text is clicked, you can follow the steps mentioned below :

  1. Once you have installed the module using Joomla installer, go to the module manager and click on Lightbox Content Popup.
  2. Then go to Content Settings in the General tab in the module parameters.
  3. Choose content source as “Manual Text” to find the option to add slides.
  4. Select the image and caption for the maps.
  5. Choose Media as “Google Maps”.
  6. Now, go to https://maps.google.com/ and search the location in the search bar. (check screenshot below)
  7. Once you find the correct location, copy the short URL as shown in the screenshot below.
  8. Paste the short URL into the module parameters .
  9. Repeat the steps and add slides  to have more than one locations.
  10. Publish the module to view it in the frontend.

How to get short URL using google maps ?Where to add the Google Maps short URL ?

How to setup Youtube Video Gallery using Lightbox Content popup Joomla Module ?

Lightbox Content Popup Joomla Module (view on JED) can be used as create a youtube gallery and published inside a joomla module position or a joomla article. To publish the module inside joomla article you can use load position plugin . To know how to add module inside an article please check this . So now to setup lightbox content popup module as youtube video gallery follow the instruction below:

  1. Lightbox Content Popup is a  commercial joomla extension, you can only download it after you purchase it. Once you make the purchase you will receive a  ZIP pack containing all the versions of the extension. UNZIP the pack and read the README.txt file where you can get the information about the exact file to install.
  2. Install the mod_lightbox_content_your_version.zip using the joomla installer.
  3. Once you have installed it, go to module manager > Lightbox Content Popup.
  4. Under the General Tabs go to Content Settings and choose “Content Source” as “Manual Text”
  5. After you choose Manual Text, you will find the option to “Add Slide”.
  6. In the slide upload an image and mention the caption.(You can either choose only caption, only image or both to show)
  7. In the slide you will find a option called media. Select Media as Youtube.
  8. After selection add the URL of the Youtube video inside the text area. (check screenshots)
  9. Youtube Gallery using Lightbox Content PopupHow to get Youtube URL ?

  10. In the module parameters choose whether you want to display the list horizontally or vertically. You can play with other options to make it look better. The options are clear and simple,you may not face issues with it.
  11. Repeat the above setup and publish the module.