Starting in January 2017, any website with a "login" form visible (e.g. Client Logins, Shopping Carts, etc) will show an "insecure" message in the browser's address bar if the site does not have an SSL certificate properly installed and configured.
Particularly for my clients that are security-minded, it's important to consider how to proceed with this information. Some of my clients already have SSL certificates running on their sites, even ones that don't process credit cards. For clients who already process credit cards, their sites already have the necessary SSL encryption certificate (https), so this is a non-issue.
I had been researching this issue for a client and wanted to share it with everyone. My client and I had been discussing the ability to collect recurring payments via PayPal WITHOUT requiring the user to have an actual PayPal account.
I recently received an email that is referenced in this forum thread. I was going to post my response on this other site but it tried to get me to sign up for a premium plan in order to post a response. Instead, I am posting it here:
Solution after finding myself unable to print multiple lines on my Quickbooks Invoices. Seems like there are a lot of other people who posted similar problems and Intuit was fairly unresponsive. Hopefully this video will help shed some light on the issue. I almost wound up typing an amount and hourly rate for EVERY line on my invoices, even though only 1 line per invoice was actually required. Yikes!
I noticed that after installing the Joomla 3.6.4 security patch, the background color of the /administrator control panel login screen changed. It seems that with today's release of Joomla 3.6.4, and ease of which the exploit can be executed, it's really bad timing to make it so easy for hackers to see whether or not a site has been patched. This latest Joomla exploit allows for a person to do two things:
I just encountered an issue after upgrading a client's site to Joomla 3.6.4. I was presented with the following error message on both the front end and back end of the site:
Error displaying the error page: Illegal mix of collations (utf8_unicode_ci,IMPLICIT) and (utf8_general_ci,IMPLICIT) for operation '=' SQL=SELECT id, home, template, s.params FROM #__template_styles as s LEFT JOIN #__extensions as e ON e.element=s.template AND e.type='template' AND e.client_id=s.client_id WHERE s.client_id = 0 AND e.enabled = 1: Illegal mix of collations (utf8_unicode_ci,IMPLICIT) and (utf8_general_ci,IMPLICIT) for operation '=' SQL=SELECT id, home, template, s.params FROM #__template_styles as s LEFT JOIN #__extensions as e ON e.element=s.template AND e.type='template' AND e.client_id=s.client_id WHERE s.client_id = 0 AND e.enabled = 1
I received another "Is this legit?" questions from a client today, and wanted to share so that others can also avoid this.
These people are combining “SEO” with “Registration” in their tactics, which is total shenanigans… it’s like a mechanic telling you that your car needs a new muffler bearing. There is no such thing.
I was recently frustrated when trying to find a freely available, open source responsive slider / slideshow plugin for Joomla K2 items. It seems there are plenty available if you are willing to pay, but for something this simple, I figured I would roll my own and share.
1. Add the following jQuery and FlexSlider script to your template’s index.php file:
From the dawn of time, Google has provided you the exact keyword queries people have used to find your site. So, anybody that goes to Google, types in a keyword combination and winds up at your website, Google has told you the keywords they’ve used to find that. And that’s highly valuable information because you can use those keyword combinations to optimize your site around to get even more people to your site.
Well recently, they stopped doing that, and this was a big hit to a lot of people. But today, I’m going to show you three reports that Google has started including inside of their analytics dashboard, that can help you get around this, to identify what keywords people are using to find you, and to optimize your site around those keywords. So, let’s get going.
I put this video together to discuss some of the similarities and differences between Joomla, Wordpress, and Drupal. In particular, I set up some sample content in a "plain vanilla" installation of each platform, and examine the underlying database structure. Too frequently, I find myself reading peoples' opinions about which of these platforms is better than the other, and I can't help but think to myself, "You're just saying that because you learned (insert platform name here) first."
If you already have a site built using one of these platforms and want to hire me, I'm happy to play the role of consultant. If you don't have a site and want to engage me to design & build it, I can do that, too. (I generally don't find the database structure by itself to be enough of a reason to switch from one platform to the other, but that's also an option if sufficient reasons exist.) Get in touch today!