Why You Need a Mobile Website

Computer technology is taking over all around the world. Most companies today have a website to advertise their products and reach their consumer base, but a large majority of these companies do not have a mobile website. While a few years ago and even last year this may not have been a big deal, it is rapidly transforming into an issue of major importance for …

Joomla! Authentication Adapter for the Zend Framework

I’ve recently been developing a website using the Zend Framework (ZF). The site needs user authentication, and Zend provides a nice authentication implementation, with an adapter for authentication against a database table. Since I’ve worked with the Joomla CMS a lot, I thought it would be nice to authenticate against a Joomla! user table. The Zend DBTable Authentication Adapter The default DBTable authentication adapter is …

Using svnserve for my local svn repositories

At some point in history, I switched from using my own LAMP setup to using Xampp for my local development projects. Overall, I’ve been happy with Xampp. I’ve even been able to get XDebug working and access my local Subversion repositories via Xampp’s Apache server (by building my own mod_authz_svn and mod_dav_svn Apache modules). Unfortunately, in a recent upgrade of Xampp (from 1.6.3 to 1.6.6) …

Simplifying Community Builder Layouts (part 2)

I was looking through the Community Builder code and found another area that could use a little tweaking: tab containers. Tabs are to Community Builder what modules are to Joomla – just a little more complex. By default, tabs look like tabs in file folders. But we don’t have to leave them that way. Tabs in Community Builder can take on many forms: tabs in …

Simplifying Community Builder Layouts

Community Builder is a nice Joomla component. It adds extended user management, member lists, member profiles – everything you need to create a community-based website. So, I started to build a social networking site using Community Builder. I added a few niceties – a gallery plugin, a user blog feature, a profile book – then took a look at it. It was all there, and …

Joomla! Plugins in VirtueMart

Joomla! plugins (mambots) are great! Show a video, play some music, protect an email address, or format that nifty quote. Unfortunately, content plugins don’t work by default in VirtueMart 1.0.x. This hack lets you run Joomla! plugins in VirtueMart pages. The files modified in this tutorial are available for download in the Projects section of this site for those of you who just want the …

Switch Joomla User Component

Have you ever needed to become another user on your web site? Are you a shop owner who needs to modify a customer’s order? Maybe you need to place an order for a particular customer. Now you can! The Switch Joomla User (SJU) component allows an administrator or super-administrator to login as any Joomla user (excluding administrators or super-administrators). You can download SJU from the …