Tips for Joomlers

Subscribers to WYNCHCO Joomla! CMS Support contact us on a daily basis with questions about an issue which they are unsure about when working with their Joomla! CMS website.

Just occasionally we receive a number of enquiries on a theme.

Here are some tips arising from a selection of enquiries we have received in recent months.

Security harden your website post Joomla! 3.8.8

joomla support cheshire manchester merseyside north west ukThis week saw the latest Security Release for the Joomla! CMS: Joomla! 3.8.8.

Read more: Joomla! 3.8.8 Release News.

As usual. the Joomla! Project recommended that Joomlers update their website with immediate effect.

Unusually this time however, they also recommended a little extra housekeeping.

Purpose: to harden website security.

With effect from Joomla! 3.8.8 the default Global Configuration settings of fresh installations of Joomla! CMS websites will have tighter security settings.

The Joomla! Project recommend that existing users of Joomla! review and change their website's Global Configuration settings.

Recommended changes to Global Configuration settings

The Joomla! Project recommend that you check and change the following Global Configuration settings:

Add a Telephone Field to your Contact Form

joomla support cheshire manchester merseyside north west ukIn the past you had to install a 3rd party extension to create the Contact Form of your dreams.

Now that the core Joomla! CMS supports creation of fields you can create snazzy customised Contact Forms without having to install yet another 3rd party extension.

As someone who believes in using as few 3rd party extensions as possible, this is great news!

In this article we show how easy it is to add a TELEPHONE field, like the one shown below, to your website's Contact Form.

field contact telephone eg

How to preview Template Positions

joomla support cheshire manchester merseyside north west ukEvery Joomla! Template contains a number of POSITIONS.

Each POSITION has a unique name and is a placeholder for one or more Modules.

A Module is a mechanism for controlling when and where to present almost any kind of  website content in a Joomla! website.

When you assign a Module to a Position it may not be immediately obvious where the Module will be displayed in the website Front End.