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Managing Editors and Editor Switching with Joomla

There are a variety of back end editors you can use with Joomla.  I have found it important to jump between them for a while now.  There used to be a functional "Editor Switcher" plugin (from Japan) that would allow me to change editing interfaces on the fly.  Though still available it does not work for me anymore.

The "standard" way to change this is via either the Joomla - Global Configuration or the User Configuration.  Those are a bit too "over-riding" for my tastes.  I did do some research and I found that the JSN PowerAdmin has some shortcuts in this mode.  The one they seem to document - changing on the fly - also does not show up where It seems it should.  However, the PowerAdmin Menu bar, when you enable it, allows very quick changing of the assigned User Editor on the fly.  I hit "Save now".  Change the Editor.  Close the Ariticle.  Re-Open it and your alternative Editor shows itself.

You can also simply Save your article (keep it open), change your editor, then Right Click and "Relaoad" your page.  Works well enough to stop complaining or look for hours for a better solution.

There are variations between editors.  I am most partial to JCE Editor, but I also like ARK Editor.  Additionally I have available Code Mirror Editor and TinyMCE.

I won't go chasing editors for a while.  I need to do some editing.

Much of these notations are in part structured so that I myself work through the practice and reinforce my own learning.  That practice is a critical piece to this or any form of technical learning.  The other critical pieces are the research, the initial explorations and testing, and decision tree's going up to the practice stage of whether you want to continue down a path.

Explore and have fun.  Perhaps I will enable some feedback here.

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Managing Joomla Templates

This is a huge subject.  Still there are some important touchstones to keep track of and likely be updated here.

  1. You want your Google Analytics Code to be attached properly to your Template, and especially in a Multi-Domain setup, you need to have multiple variations of your templates so that each can attach to the proper domain  (there are likely ways to do this in Apache instead). 
    1. For instance, if a Template will be shared by domains, you need 2 fundamental copies of the Template or a way for your GA code to be attached exterally.  If this causes an issue of having too much to keep up, and Apache updates do not seem a comfortable route then Chameleon can be set up to respond on a domain basis to output the appropriate GA Code.
  2. FavIcons should be attached to Templates and ther domain variations where appropriate.

There is much much more to Joomla Templating. We have been partial to YooTheme templates. RocketTheme templates can also be good.    This realm changes very fast and it is important to have ways to test.  Ideally it would be good to test on "staging" or "parrallel" sites thought I have not been very good at sticking to that rule.

I can see from a UI (user interface) point of view that I need to work through some template changes now as I am having a hard time seeing simple links in the current template.

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Moving Joomla Images

Although there are a variety of ways to upload images to the Joomla backend, and there are system tools to move (mv command) files in a Linux filesystem, it is not always easy to clean up after yourself if you drop an image into the wrong folder.

Right now, working in the Joomla Admin I have had about 3 ways to get to and add "my media"

  • Joomla Media Manager  (under content- media)
  • JCE Editor (under componenets - jce editor -  control panel - file browser)
  • JSN PowerAdmin  (not seeing an interface just now - possibly in their Pro version)
  • ARK Media Editor ( Took a while to install.  - perhaps connected to Ark Editor.  No file moving appears possible -  perhaps is in their Pro version)

None of those, at my last view, would allow me to move a file.  All I couild do is upload a new one and delete an old one.  Technically, that is probably what happens inside a Linux Move command, but in an ideal situation, moving an image should also move the links to that image as well.

Today I started working with Balbooa Joomla Gallery and viola, it is easy to move images.  I expect it will also be easy to move and work with Galleries (which my sites absolutely need some work on just now).  

Best to Access via:  Components - Gallery 

Either Create a New Category or Edit one you have Created  (you can not do this from "Root" nor "All if you have no Categories.

Once you are "in a category" you can then access the Balboa Media Manager - easiest to choose Upload from Folder and start using the ability to manage your files more fluidly.

Granted, it would be nice if this were a bit easier and more intuitive to get to, but once you are there it works well

On the Gallery side it is nice that they build a "shortcode" to put Galleries right into Joomla content - and I could add some here if I actually had made a gallery by now.

The goal with this is to work efficiently and also correctly..  Joomla has some great aspects to it and it is quite extensible, but a considerable amount of time is required in researching, testing, and deciding what you want to work with and how.  If all goes well, this one will be a winner.  Excited for that, and kudo's at first round to Balbooa though certainly it would be nice to have a shortcut to their Media Manager.

I am certain that there are other ways to do this, but more time for aforementioned - researching, testing and deciding will be required.  I can envision a Dropbox connection at least for a raw image organization and feed.  Also a "double check" database to see what images are built in to content and that no damage is done with further massaging of the directory structure.

In the end, efficiency comes from smooth categorization and navigation on both the backend and the frontend.


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Multiple Domain Resolution in Joomla

It seems sad to write this at Joomla 3.92 expecting Joomla 4 to change everything, but still, here we go.

Joomla is a fantastic system.  That said, it is a fair bit of work to maintain and there is an attraction to getting one system setup and capable of hosting Multiple Domains on the one Joomla system.

It is pretty easy to have one system show the same information on a variety of domains.  This is done primarily in DNS and pointing correctly.  That said, why do it?  Better to have it resolve to one domain, give one SSL and one set of information.

But with multiple domains you want different SSL,  Different Menu Navigation and Different Content.

The advantage of having it in one system still is that you can generally maintain one system.

The negative is that you have to make sure you don't trip over yourself.  

I have been testing "Virtual Domains" on this system. 

  • I can get different templates to resolve to different host name calls. 
  • I can get different menus to resolve
  • I should be able to get SSL to respond to different Host Name calls in Apache (To Do)
  • Module need to be controlled as well
    • What I find is that the Module needs to not show on "All" first and foremost
    • I can get content from another domain to show in certain calls:  IE WidgetKit can put Accorians in that give a full Category of information.
      • That works until you go click on something like "Read More" when all goes into 404 Page not found land  (should work shouldn't it?)

I have a second system I have tested that is much more complicated called Chameleon.  I will likely test it more but it is a whole bunch to get your head around

Other systems are also out there but lets see about getting Virtual Domains working.

Virtual Domains basically ends up "Filtering" Menus.  As such, in order to have consistent control you want to add all of your Different Domain Menus to the Menu Position.

You can sort them in case you want some menu aspects to show up on multiple Domains.  Generally though only the content for the filtered Domain will show itself.

There are several ways to get at the Menu Assignment and this is in fact an important part of Joomla.  One can work through the Menu Administrative Panel,  Virtual Domains (and Chameleon), as well as through one of my favorite tools,  JSN PowerAdmin

It is important with all of this to have a Checklist, lets call it "1,2,3".  Menu, Content, Filter.  Technically it is also important to say "1,2,3"  for every set of that  as in Main Page, Menu Filter, Publishing SEO" being set for each piece of content  (including this one).

Related to these subjects are DNS and SSL control and having these also be working well.  This article has information on those subjects.

Turnkey and Apache SSL configurations


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