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Strange Joomla Bug: Articles Displaying

Joomla 2.5, or any CMS for that matter, is designed to be used by multiple people. True to its intentions, my clan’s website has a few users responsible for creating and editing content.

One of our pages is a category blog that displays all posts in the “Our Servers” category. The idea here is that if/when we add a new server, its information can be placed in an article that is placed in that category and it will instantly show up on that page. We’ve already added a new server, so this is something that has a legitimate use/purpose.

Well, one of the users didn’t manually place an author in the “Created By” section. Initially, everything worked fine. However, when someone else edited to article and saved it, it began to be displayed twice, even though only one copy of the article existed in the Article Manager. Needless to say, this was some very strange behavior.

Going back and manually adding in the author fixed the problem and the page displayed as expected.

Running The Clan’s Website

As of 3am yesterday, I am now hosing my Day of Defeat clan’s website. Luckily, I don’t have to do the design work myself, as another awesome individual (link to come) is taking care of that. I just deal with the back-end, which is what I do best. We’ve already noted better responsiveness and page load times.

This is my first site that I’ve taken live with Joomla 2.5 and I have to say I rather enjoy it.  Of course, this means new learning experiences. Anything interesting I come up with will be posted here.

SimpleCalendar

After getting Joomla set up, themed and some basic content added, I began looking for a way to display the guild’s upcoming events. My first thought was to connect to a Google Calendar, but my host’s  machine seemed to have issues with the Zend GData plugin and the iframe method was unnaceptable.

I looked at Joomla modules and found SimpleCalendar. It does exactly what I needed it to:

  • Display a block on the side of the main content which contains a number of upcoming events.
  • Allow multiple users to add/edit events.
  • Provide a brief description of the event.

SimpleCalendar is not only easy to install, but easy to configure and use.

A New CMS For The Guild Site

Yesterday, I moved the guild website back from static HTML pages to a content management system. In the past, I had used Drupal almost exclusively. However, I have recently become enamored with Joomla, another open-source CMS. The Joomla module community seems to be a little stronger and they seem to release a more “professional-looking” product.

I’ll keep posting about any tricks I come across or any modules I really enjoy.