How to display the module positions overlay on Joomla

Often it can be really useful to see the name of module position areas on the front end of your website to determine what module you want to edit or to place a new modules into an area you've not used before. You can switch on a toggle that allows you to see the module positions in Joomla, including the name of each module position, in the templates area. To check the "Preview Module Positions" option is switch on, navigate to Extensions > Templates and on the templates screen then click the Options button located near the top right hand corner of your screen.

Preview module positions in Joomla templates

 

In the template options screen then you can see the toggle button for Preview Module Positions. Switch this to on. Now on the front end you can add the URL parameter ?tp=1 to your URL to see an outline of each module position and its name. You may need to clear your caching, and remember to switch this feature back off once you've completed your changes.

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Spring Cleaning your Joomla website

Recently we were asked by a client how best to go through their Joomla CMS website and clean out old content that might be lingering from previous iterations of their website, or unfinished blog posts, and even some older content that was showing up on google search that they no longer wanted appearing. Here is a run down of what we suggested they do to spring clean the content from their Joomla website, and the same strategy can be applied for cleaning out old menu items, modules and content from 3rd party Joomla extensions too.

Managing Joomla Trash

A good strategy I find is to delete anything currently in the trash on the assumption that if it's been sitting in the trash for a while and nobody has complained or there have been no issues then it is very likely these items are actual trash and are no longer needed. That gives us an empty trash as a base point for spring cleaning. In Joomla, there are separate trashes for Content items, Menu items, and Modules and it's very useful to have these separated out like this but the clean up strategy is the same for each. I'll call all of the things in each of these areas 'items'. Before you proceed remember it's always a good idea to manually run a Joomla backup before embarking on any significant changes in your Joomla website.

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Removing the 'No additional Charge' or price addition from a custom filed cart variant dropdown

Joomla's popular ecommerce extension, Virtuemart allows us to add variants of products and charge extra for those variants. You may have products that carry no additional charge such as different colors available, and by default Virtuemart will display a 'No additional Charge' message in the dropdown where your customer selects that variant. In this article we show you how to not display those extra prices or messages.

Removing the 'No additional charge'

The best way to achieve this is to add a langiage override. Language overrides allow us to replace any string constant declared in any of the language files with a custom version. In this case we want to replace the string value of 'No additional charge' with a blank, empty value.

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What is the default password reset link for Joomla 3?

Sometimes users forget passwords and rather than manually resetting them in Joomla admin, you can simply provide them with this link to reset their passwords themselves.

The default link for the password reset page in Joomla 3 and many other versions is:

index.php?option=com_users&view=reset

You simply add that to the end of your website name to navigate to the Joomla user password reset page

Joomla 3 password reset link

http://www.example.com/index.php?option=com_users&view=reset
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