Site offline page editing

One of my sites uses Content Builder to customises a form so that people who are not too computer savvy can enter details of a voluntary position and because this sort of site can be vulnerable to attack by unscrupulous people, moderator approval is required before the position is posted publically.

Because of this, any time changes are made to the form in the admin 'back-end' any and all articles are unpublished which results in no positions been shown. So, I decided that I would take the...

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To add rotating header image to Joomla

To add a rotating image to a website built with Joomla 3, the following is one method that works and seems to be repeatable.

First, create your images to a standard size (height and width). Store these in a directory such as images/header/ and call them header#.jpg where # is the number of the image (eg:header4.jpg).

In the Joomla template file, find the <header> tag and add after this the following:

<img style="float-middle"; src="/<?php echo $this->baseurl...

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Joomla Latest Articles Hack

Do you use the Joomla Latest Articles module (as I do) to display your latest articles as a module? Do you also find that the titles can sometimes run onto a second line, spoiling the layout?

I wanted to limit this effect and after a bit of searching I found some info that I was able to adapt to do exactly what I wanted, in other words, if an article title was too long to display on one line, a little code would resolve the issue.

In your Joomla 3 admin pages, go to your templates, choose...

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Play around with Tables

Ever fancied playing around with tables on your website?

The basic tables that you can easily insert can be done by a little bit of code or using an html editor which results in a basic table like this.

Your header can go here     A second header goes here
Whilst the information in your table goes here and here as well.


But with a bit of effort and a lot of reading of the ins and outs of CSS over at W3schools you...

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Make an image stay in place

Articles iconI needed to be able to place an image on the right hand side of the screen, and stay there, even when the window was scrolled. It took a bit of finding, but thanks to Google and W3 I was able to find what I needed.

In your (custom) css file, add the following code:

div.stickyright {
  position: fixed;
  right: 0;
  top: 35%;
  width: 30em;
  margin-top: -2.5em;

This allows an image, if enclosed by a <div class="stickyright"></div> to be...

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Protective DNS Service

Quad9 - FREE Protective DNS cybersecurity Quad9, a fast new DNS service designed to automatically prevent you from accessing known malicious websites. Easy to set up, simply change your DNS settings on your router:

Step 1

Open Control Panel, select Network and Internet, and then select Network and Sharing Center. Click Change adapter settings on the left pane.

Step 2

Right click the network interface connected to the internet, and select Properties. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list and click...

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Cron Jobs

easycron logoNeed the ability to run a Cron Job but have no idea how to set it up? Have a look at EasyCron, you can use this for free or pay a subscription for even more options. It can be used to automate backing up databases, mailing Lists such as phpList and so much more.

Firefox Search Engines post 35.0.1

firefoxHave you upgraded to Firefox 35 or above? Find loads of unwelcome search engines in place of your original chosen engine?

Me too! Downright annoying isn't it? I prefer Google UK, especially being based in the UK, but the Google search engine provided was Google US (ie: .com not There is no obvious way to restore Google UK as a search engine option.

firefox searchThe solution is to Left click on the Search Engine icon (or magnifying glass at the left of the search box) and choose Manage Search...

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FreeSat not connecting

My first dealings with a freesat "dongle". Client could not connect to iPlayer and asked me to take a look. Thought at first the dongle was supposed to be inserted at a 22o angle. Not so, it had been damaged at some point. I did not have a suitable WAN/LAN connector so an easy fix as the router was close to the TV, I plugged a Cat5 cable between Tv and Router. Job sorted, Cable £5.

The original Panasonic Adaptor (#DY-WL10) has been superceeded by the Pansonic Adaptor TY-WL20U costing around...

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