There is nothing more infuriating than the white screen of death with the word 'error' written int he top left hand corner and nothing else. After all in 2018, it is not beyond the wit of man to actually display a message that explains what the error is so at least you can start looking in the right dorection for a solution. 

But fear not, there is an easy way to get your website back.

You will need to log into your hosting control panel and change the PHP vesion for 7.x to 5.6. 

This will at least get your front page to load. You can then try and work out which of your components or plgins is causing the error at your own leasure and when sorted, change it back up to PHP 7.x. This will quite likely be resolved by updating your plugins and components.

 

A mail dropped into my inbox this morning informing me that Joomla have released version 3.5. Amongst other new features, Joomla 3.5 supports PHP7 which speeds the site up significantly. 

I have upgraded this website with only a coouple of database errors which were fixed easily by using the 'fix database' button.

Other new features drag and drop images if you are using the Tiny MCE editor and the ability to insert modules into articles without using a third party plugin.

I am posting this blog article to catalogue bugs encountered during Joomla builds to both help myself refer back to them if ever the bug rears it's head and to help out anyone who is having problems with them.

(Picture left:  Bugs of the less time consuming and hair pulling variety)

 

Joomla and working with design agenciesI have worked with several design agencies over the last couple of years. Agencies sometimes contact me because their client wants a new design and have decided that they want to continue using Joomla or have checked Joomla out and think it is ideal for their needs.

I will present you with a short case study where I worked with an agency in west London to help them create a new website for a large medical diagnostics company based in Harley Street.

The agency contacted me to ask if I would be interested in helping them with a website as their client had specifically requested Joomla. The agency did not have anyone with the necessary skills on their books so they requested the services of a freelancer such as myself.

What is a Joomla developer?A Joomla developer's main role is to set up and maintain the technical side of the Joomla content management system.

The content management system consists of several thousand files that work and interlink with each other on the server.

Each time someone puts a URL into the search bar the files will interact with each other and pass each other bits of required information.

Our first job is to install the content management system onto the server by uploading all of the files.  Our next job is to connect the files to a SQL database which also resides on the folder.  The database will then pass data to any file requesting it.

Once that is complete we have a fully working content management system with the basic template that comes with Joomla.

I started using Joomla when version 1.5 was released way back in 2008. I had a mix of work that took in the previous version, 1.0 and the newer version, 1.5.

There was never an easy upgrade path between the two.

There were components to do it but is was a very messy affair due the the huge differences between the old system and the new system.

The comparison can hardly be objective in general, since both platforms are different.

Each of them excels in its niche and has certain downsides.

We have found a handy chart to help you compare the two different, but extremely competent Content Management Systems.

Joomla is written in PHP, uses object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques (since version 1.5) and software design patterns, stores data in a MySQL or (since version 2.5) MS SQL database, and includes features such as page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search, and support for language internationalization.

As of March 2012, Joomla has been downloaded over 30 million times. Over 10,000 free and commercial extensions are available from the official Joomla! Extension Directory, and more are available from other sources. It is estimated to be the second most used CMS on the Internet after WordPress.

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Joomla white page "error"
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Thumbnail There is nothing more infuriating than the white screen of death with the word 'error' written int he top left hand corner and nothing else. After all in 2018, it is not beyond the wit of man to...
Joomla 3.5 is here
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Thumbnail A mail dropped into my inbox this morning informing me that Joomla have released version 3.5. Amongst other new features, Joomla 3.5 supports PHP7 which speeds the site up significantly.  I have upgraded this...
Joomla Bugs and Fixes
Monday, 30 December 2013
Thumbnail I am posting this blog article to catalogue bugs encountered during Joomla builds to both help myself refer back to them if ever the bug rears it's head and to help out anyone who is having problems with...
Joomla and working with design agencies
Monday, 02 September 2013
Thumbnail I have worked with several design agencies over the last couple of years. Agencies sometimes contact me because their client wants a new design and have decided that they want to continue using...
What does a Joomla developer do?
Sunday, 01 September 2013
Thumbnail A Joomla developer's main role is to set up and maintain the technical side of the Joomla content management system. The content management system consists of several thousand files that work and...
Thumbnail I started using Joomla when version 1.5 was released way back in 2008. I had a mix of work that took in the previous version, 1.0 and the newer version, 1.5. There was never an easy upgrade path...
Thumbnail The comparison can hardly be objective in general, since both platforms are different. Each of them excels in its niche and has certain downsides. We have found a handy chart to help you compare the two...
The history of Joomla
Thursday, 29 August 2013
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