Noxidsoft | Info | Blog Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:08:33 +1000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (Noxidsoft) Fix Apple Mail by rebuilding and reindexing Aaargh!!!

This isn't a trivial problem:

Mac users depend on Apple Mail for day-to-day email use, but as those messages come in and go out your Mailboxes will become bloated. When they do, Mail's performance will suffer and you'll find that even something as simple as downloading new messages takes an age.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Mon, 09 Mar 2015 05:15:08 +1000 Cannot open file for writing log in Joomla upgrade You get the following notice when trying to use the button (one-click) update feature in Joomla.


]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:43:50 +1000
Foundation 5 - Printing I'm using Zurb Foundation. I'm trying to print a page exactly as it looks in large screen but everything get stacked and looks like a small screen?

Try the following to get nice pretty printing for your forms:

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Mon, 09 Feb 2015 01:46:36 +1000
Missing menu items from Joomla administrator If any menu items go missing from the Administrator side of things, try running the following sql.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:41:22 +1000
Joomla captcha not showing up (tooltip error indicator) If you are sporting a new template or have made some changes to your website code and you suddenly get a non-displaying Captcha (but label shows), and/or the dreaded jQuery('hasToolTip')... error; these are actually interrelated issues.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:13:08 +1000
Results from mashing Joomla 3 & Foundation So, about two days ago I became super frustrated with the bloat of my web template from a club I have been using for a few years now. I have been around the traps and tried several clubs, there are some really good one's and they deliver visually fantastic graphical designs (my lesser skill), great funtionality, but unfortuneately are becoming very over-weight in the performance arena.

As a backend/front developer I decided yesterday to change that for! We now have a template (built in-house) that hums along mostly at around 2 seconds per page load, or less (ideal in my brain), which is better than 4-10 seconds despite my optimization efforts with club templates, sporting a full screen video (thanx HTML5 & S3), and mobile device responsive (Foundation). A few tweaks to go, some extra colour but I am pretty happy with the result :D (Used Joomla 3, Foundation, elbow grease).

Read on below for some interesting graphics about page performance (, which is a little bizzare to say the least (of particular note is we have a heavier page, but faster load time), but it works and shows you shouldn't believe everything you hear/read and you should follow what is required for your own business need.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Tue, 23 Dec 2014 03:35:34 +1000
CHMOD file only in subdirectory [FYI] Do this...

Start with directories if you are changing them for the web server first, this will change files too:

$ find images -type d -exec chmod 755 {} +

Then run it again to change files, with the different switch:

$ find images -type f -exec chmod 644 {} +

I recommend adding a recursive (-R) switch along with a verbose output (-v):

$ find images -type f -exec chmod -Rv 644 {} +

You may need to use super permissions to action this. Be warned, this can lock you out.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Fri, 05 Sep 2014 01:32:32 +1000
Joomla 3 - Add language file support for plugins Do this...

* Load the language file on instantiation.
* @var    boolean
* @since  3.1
protected $autoloadLanguage = true;
]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:19:03 +1000
Generic domains names now available Here's a full list of "Generic" domain names you probably never thought were available (register at

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:34:24 +1000
Heartbleed security issue - OpenSSL Do not rush to change all your passwords!

Let me qualify that statement. I have heard and seen many knee jerk reactions from "professionals" that state we should all rush out to change our banking and social media passwords. The first question we should be asking is, what, who, why. The second, do I need to make a change right away, if at all.

What systems are affected?

Simple. All systems that use the OpenSSL security certificate service.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:21:13 +1000
Looking at Joomla 3.3 ]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:45:38 +1000 Create a HTML signature for Mac OS X Mavericks This article describes the method for adding an email signature to your mail client under Mac OS X Mavericks (may be backward compatible with Lion too, untested).

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:09:08 +1000
Backup/restore SD drive on Mac This shows how you can backup and restore an SD card, handy if you are transferring images or data or an OS from one card to another.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Sat, 26 Oct 2013 03:57:54 +1000
Sending a page to print (Ctrl + p) You might know that a website should include a print option link on the pages of your website. But what about the user doing the old Ctrl+P short-cut from the keyboard? How do you handle this, read on.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Thu, 26 Sep 2013 05:57:55 +1000
Less function reference Beta 1.4.0 These functions are only available in the 1.4.0 beta (recorded here for personal reference if the main site disappears).

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:20:25 +1000
Joomla 3 redirecting a user if not logged in You can add a one-liner to redirect a non-logged-in user to anywhere in your website (usually home page though) inside a component, module, plugin, or template with the following code.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Tue, 10 Sep 2013 02:56:28 +1000
Connecting a frontend helper in a custom Joomla 3 component There are three places to make using a helper file work for you. First make sure you have a 'helpers' directory at the root of your component and that a base file (min) exists, usually called the same as your component, without the com_ prefix. e.g. com_example you would have com_example/helpers/example.php. Once this is done, insert whatever class you might want to call on.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:23:23 +1000
Add new articles from the category blog view frontend in Joomla 3 This feature exists in the category list view, we are just transporting it over to the category blog view.

Create the normal override in your template (move blog.php from the com_content component to your html folder within your template) if you have not already done so, then copy/paste the following code into the file where you wish it to appear. In the past I have added some CSS to make a fixed floating tag at the side of the screen.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:59:08 +1000
Get the current category description in Joomla 3.1.5 I was working through getting the category description for my custom component in the cleanest way possible without doing multiple queries or echoing out the $list value (because it repeats sub-cat descriptions too). Put this above, that is, outside the $list loop for your view or add it to a helper and echo as needed, usually only once on the page.

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:18:22 +1000
Frontend login error:“You cannot access the private section" Login into your database and run this snippet on the ASSETS table:

]]> (Noel Dixon) Blog Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:08:08 +1000
Shape5 RSS template self feeding [solution] You should use an RSS module in relevant position if you want to render a third party feed, or grab one from a different part of the same website in question.

To show a relevant page feed (auto-feed articles on your own site), do this:

]]> (Super User) Blog Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:00:00 +1000
Increasing site search query length This is tested in Joomla 2.5.x only, it may work in J3.x.x

You need to edit the file at root/language/en-GB/en-GB.localise.php and focus on line 64(ish).

]]> (Super User) Blog Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:13:49 +1000
Highlighting unpublished article content This quick article tells you how to make highlights to unpublished article content items when using a category blog layout. It helps a user/editor/publisher/you identify easily with a visual aid which articles are not published. We are only covering Joomla 2.5.x.

]]> (Super User) Blog Wed, 06 Feb 2013 04:27:44 +1000
Highlighting registered only articles This brief article will tell you how to make highlights on registered access only article content similar to the default highlighting found on unpublished articles when a user is logged in. It covers Joomla 2.5.x.

]]> (Super User) Blog Wed, 06 Feb 2013 04:06:58 +1000
Check a user is admin in Joomla 2.5.x If you are modifying the edit form for Joomla 2.5.x or other form that requires a need to test if this is a Super Administrator just use the following. Handy if you need to block out certain functionality for different user groups but you still need full access to those options as an administrator.

]]> (Super User) Blog Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:48:07 +1000
Error building Admin Menus To fix the JTableMenu::_getNode Failed - Error building Admin Menus problem run the following query in your MySQL administrator tool:

]]> (Super User) Blog Fri, 07 Dec 2012 03:52:40 +1000
Joomla! 3.0 and You The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 3.0.0. This is the next major release of the Joomla CMS in the Standard Term Support (STS) track. All 3.0 users will need to plan to update to the new versions available in the STS release cycle every six months until version 3.5 is released. These updates are expected to be simple and backwards compatible.

]]> (Super User) Blog Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:49:46 +1000
Hack recovery - Super Admin Know that their are techniques available to you to recover hacked Joomla accounts that you have rightful ownership to.

]]> (Super User) Blog Fri, 31 Aug 2012 02:41:22 +1000
Displaying the Joomla Search Results Page with the Correct Template on Home Page Fix broken template features for search results on the home page...

]]> (Super User) Blog Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:40:50 +1000
Avoid hackers (non-technical) How do we avoid giving up information to would be thieves of our personal information both on and off the internet?

]]> (Super User) Blog Thu, 17 May 2012 02:31:37 +1000
New Joomla 2.5 template extension released We have released this new Joomla extension (template) called Lanky.

]]> (Super User) Blog Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:00:07 +1000
Dealing with Joomla 1.5 index.php breaking user sessions This issue occurs mostly with Joomla 1.5:-

]]> (Super User) Blog Mon, 02 Apr 2012 04:21:52 +1000
New Joomla extension released - Loadmap Loading a Google map with an address from a clickable image.

]]> (Super User) Blog Wed, 08 Feb 2012 09:43:59 +1000
Mac ZIP without .svn or .DS_Store Create zip files without the bloat on your Mac.

]]> (Super User) Blog Thu, 05 Jan 2012 05:50:40 +1000
Downloading an entire website or part of it A useful method for getting a website you need within code or from the command line.

]]> (Super User) Blog Wed, 17 Aug 2011 09:27:41 +1000
Joomla 1.6.x 404 error custom redirect Get a little fancy with your 404 page, don't settle for the default.

]]> (Super User) Blog Tue, 26 Jul 2011 05:17:23 +1000
DiffMerge What tool do you use for comparing two files during your development & troubleshooting actions?

]]> (Super User) Blog Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:10:58 +1000
Domain pricing list We have just released our full Domain Pricing list at:

]]> (Super User) Blog Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:04:38 +1000
Noxidsoft Domains & Hosting We are proud to announce Noxidsoft's Domain & Hosting Services, we are offering reliable and affordable Australian web hosting solutions with servers throughout Australia...

]]> (Super User) Blog Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:55:43 +1000
Remove Joomla Frontpage Sitename Title How to disable Joomla from displaying the Site Name Title? (Joomla 1.5.x, 2.5.x & 3.2.x)

]]> (Super User) Blog Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:47:35 +1000