How to add Captcha to your User Registration forms

  1. Go to Site > Global Configuration and click on the Site tab, set Default Captcha to ReCaptcha.
  2. Go to the Re- Captcha website at, and register your site to get a free private and public key code.
  3. Then go to Extensions > Plugin Manager, find the Captcha - ReCaptcha plugin and open it up. Paste the two keys you have received into the correct fields in the plugin and click Save & Close.

How to add an attachment to an Article

You can now click on the new Add Attachment button beneath the Editor Window in Joomla 2.5. This will show the PDF or other attached article as a download link at the bottom of your article.

Instructions for deleting all content and structure from a standard Joomla! install

When you initially install Joomla!, unless you un tick the box marker 'Install sample content' you will have a number or articles, sections, categories and menu structure installed. Before you can start building your site you will need to remove this content.

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How do I highlight the search term in my search results in a different colour?

Add the following line to your template_css.css file for the currently active template,.highlight{background-color: #fbf803;} Go to Site > Template Manager > Site Templates, select the radio button next to your template, and press the Edit CSS button against the default template. Add the line and press Save.

How do I upload PDF files and link them in the body of my article page to download?

The easiest way to do this is to upload your files using the Media Manager. I suggest you create a sub folder called PDF within the 'Stories' sub directory, and store them there. You can then use the Media Manager feature which generates the correct URL to your PDF file when you select it and cut and paste this URL as a link in the appropriate place in your article page using the link button in MCE editor. This is simpler than installing DOCMan, document management for a few files. If you have a large number of files to maintain, then DOCman may be a better solution (see Chapter 8.3.2 of the eBook).

What files do I need to backup to create a complete backup of my Joomla! site?

You need to copy all the files and directories in the root (/) directory of your webspace, and you also need to copy the MySQL database using PHPMyAdmin or other tool provided by your hosting provider.

How do I move my Joomla! site from my existing server to a new domain on my server or a new one

To move your Joomla! site from either one folder to another or one server to another, here's what to do:

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How to display a live date on my homepage?

Use the PHP function <?php echo date('D j M Y'); ?> in the appropriate location in your index.php file in the default template

How to change the favourite icon (displayed in the browser URL field?)

Ensure that you have included a bitmap of your icon called favicon.ico (you can create a bitmap in GIMP and rename it to the .ico extension) in your template file. Make sure that the file is described in the XML file. Alternatively you can FTP a replacement favicon.ico to replace the default icon at location /images/favicon.ico (from your web root)

How do I put a still image in a display box in a column or other user defined position?

The easiest way to do this is using the ArtBanners 3rd party component and to place a copy of the ArtBanners module in the position where you want the image to appear. See Chapter 8.6.4 of the eBook for more details

I installed the sample content by mistake. How do I delete it completely?

Appendix C in the eBook explains all the steps required to delete the sample content prior building a new website.  The Appendix is reproduced here . (Process takes 10-15 minutes).

How do I change the graphic displayed when the site is offline?

When you take your site offline for updating, it displays a large Joomla! logo and text stating "This site is down for maintenance. Please check back again soon". You can change the text from Global Configuration. To change this graphic to one more suitable to the design of your site, use FTP to replace the file /images/Joomla!_logo_black.jpg, with your own artwork, setting the image size to 350 x 71 pixels.

How do I put some static text in a display box in a column or other user defined position?

To do this you need to create a new module, and place it in the position where the text is required.

(a) Go to Modules > Site Modules, and Click the New button

(b) Give the module a title, e.g. 'Hints & Tips', and set the position, e.g. right

(c) If you need to chose a moduletable visual style, add the appropriate -suffix in the CSS field templateDetails.xml so that Joomla! loads it when the template is installed.

(d) Now go to the bottom of the display, and enter your text in the Custom Output box, using the Tiny MCE editor to style as required.

(e) Clive the Save button. Your text will now appear in the position selected.

(f) If you want to place dynamic text in a display box which is not in the main display area, use the Content Item 3rd Party module - see Chapter 8.6.6 in the eBook

How can I check the available module positions in my template?

You can add ?tp=1 after any Joomla! URL to see the available module positions in your currently loaded template.e.g.

An article is locked (padlock showing) - how do I unlock it?

 A: Log in as a Super Administrator. From the Administrator Control Panel go to System > Global Checkin This will unlock any items which have been checked out and locked, including modules