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.

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.

Show Contact Form whilst hiding your email address

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If you want to display a CONTACT FORM on your CONTACT page then you must add an email address to your Contact details.

You can do this when you visit Components > Contacts and select a Contact in your website's control panel.

The CONTACT FORM and Email Address will then BOTH be displayed on your Contact page.

Not everyone wants to display their email address.

Good news!

It is possible to display the CONTACT FORM whilst hiding your Email Address.

How to hide your email address from your Contact Page

Select Components > Contacts from the menu at the top of your website's control panel.

Then select the OPTIONS button at the top right.

Under the CONTACT tab (see image below) you can then toggle between SHOW or HIDE for the mail address.

Subscribe to the Joomla! VEL newsletter

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VEL = Vulnerable Extensions List

The VEL Newsletter contains regular announcements about vulnerable extensions.

If you see an extension that you use is listed then you should immediately:

  • look for an alternative,
  • or contact the developer for clarification.

You can of course unpublish a listed extension but this will not of itself protect your website from being compromised.

Uninstall it instead AND check that there are no remaining:

  • directories and files left on the server (in public_html or httpdocs, depending upon the configuration of the server used to host your website),
  • tables and rows (of the extensions table) in the database (you can check using PhpMyAdmin in your Hosting Control Panel).

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