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Questions Joomla Users Group Meetup - Wed 14th Mar

1. What is the best method to upgrade from 1.5 to 2.5 - should I use export content extensions or go through the Joomla upgrade process?

There were a few different answers to this question that can be split into two sections:-
use an upgrade extension, or
migrate the site manually

Updating Joomla with Extensions
There were a few migration tools listed and they are as follows:-

XML Migrate
There are a few XML migration tools available. Check them out here:-

J Upgrade
jUpgrade is a simple Joomla 1.5 component that will download a version of Joomla 2.5, decompress it and install it. After that, it should migrate all of the data from old Joomla 1.5 to the new Joomla 2.5 installation.

SP Upgrade
Migrate your old sites from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 with one-click and keep safe your Google Rank. All 2.5, 1.7 and 1.6 releases are supported

Updating Joomla Manually
This is pretty much a case of re-installing 2.5 on a new sub-directory or staging server and then manually adding the articles etc into the site. Laborious but very thorough.

2. What are the access controls in Joomla 2.5 used for? Are there any good applications for them?

This feature allows different groups to have access to some articles and not others. It’s also a great way to ensure different levels of admins only have access to the components they need to use.

The new Access Controls in Joomla 2.5 gives administrators tighter control over who has access to what and you can use JCE Editor to manage directory / folder access (how cool is that!)

3. How can you make a joomla site ‘go live’ when it’s installed in a sub directory?

A few answers here. First one was ‘take it out of the sub-directory’ - LOL you guys are funny!
The easiest way is to add an index.php file into the root directory with the following code (obviously replacing ‘yourwebsite’ with the website address and ‘subdirectory’ with the name of the folder your Joomla install is located).

The other option was to use .htaccess to re-direct users to a subdirectory. Here’s an article explaining this:-

When installing Joomla in a subdirectory always make sure your $live_site variable in the configuration.php reflects the subdirectory your joomla install resides. (make sure you add /yoursubdirectory to the end of your URL).

4. What are the biggest hurdles / problems with using Joomla 2.5?

  • There are many extensions that aren’t compatible with the new version yet
  • Joomla seems to have increased in complexity with the newer version
  • Joomla appears to be moving out from the bottom end of the market to a more complex system that many non-technical users may find difficult to use
  • Big components can have lagging migrations meaning updates can be delayed
  • Migration tool is definitely not as good as it should be
  • The availability of components and templates can be an issue

5. What are the standard extensions / modules / components you install with every site and can’t live without?

Akeeba Backup



JCE Editor

Admin Tools



Wufoo (not a Joomla component but a great form builder all the same)

6. Is it best to build custom templates or use templates from a provider like Yootheme, Template Monster or Rockettheme?

The main sentiment here was it really depends on the client. If you’re building smaller websites that aren’t focused on speed or customisation then a template will be fine... if you’re working with large websites or intranets with loads of content and a need to be quick, then a custom template is the way to go.

Artisteer was mentioned as a good template creator.

There were a few template providers listed in the answers. Here’s some links:-
Rockettheme in particular their theme Afterburner was well liked
Joomla Bamboo

7. What’s the best shopping cart extension to use with Joomla and why?

When we all got to this question there was much gnashing of teeth and flailing of arms! Since the update to 2.5 many of us have found it really difficult to settle on one particular shopping cart solution for Joomla. There were quite a few listed.

Shopping carts for Joomla 2.5:-

redSHOP is the leading webshop solution for Joomla - The powerfull Open Source CMS with 20 million downloads till date.

Hika Shop
Have your users purchase your products efficiently, facilitate the management of your store, and so much more! Increase your sales thanks to built-in marketing tools.

Tienda is a complete ecommerce extension for Joomla. Tienda is not a fork or bridge; it is a brand new extension designed and written from scratch on Joomla's MVC framework and can therefore be easily modified or themed using Joomla's templates.

Virtuemart (shudders and keeps typing through gritted teeth)
VirtueMart is an Open Source E-Commerce solution to be used together with a Content Management System (CMS) called Joomla!. Joomla! and VirtueMart are written in PHP and can be used in typical PHP/MySQL environments.

RokQuickCart is a simple shopping cart for Joomla. It takes a simple, yet elegant, shopping cart script and integrates directly into Joomla. It allows you to showcase products, inclusive of images, descriptions and additional options, and purchase these items, with support for shipping and tax calculation.

Ecwid (This is my new personal favourite)
Ready for a new breed of shopping cart software? Ecwid offers the performance and flexibility you need, with none of the hassles you don't.

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Overview Joomla Users Group Meetup - Wed 9th May May 11, 2012 2:38 PM Peter D.
Overview Joomla Users Group Meetup - Wed 18th Apr April 24, 2012 4:23 PM Peter D.
Questions Joomla Users Group Meetup - Wed 14th Mar March 19, 2012 7:44 PM Peter D.
About Brisbane Joomla Users Group January 25, 2017 2:05 PM Carly W.

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