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Trivial Exploit Threatens Outdated Joomla! Sites

If your website is running on Joomla! Content Management System (CMS) and you haven't applied any critical security releases lately or didnt upgrade to the latest version, please take some time to do that. There are quite a few trivial exploits to the outdated versions of Joomla especially to Joomla 1.5.x, Joomla 1.6, Joomla 1.7 and the versions released before Joomla 2.5.13 and Joomla 3.1.4. An exploit could allow users to inject malicious content into your website that would turn it into a malware trap or phishing hub for the visitors. 

Joomla 1.5.x

This version of Joomla! has long been outdated now. Since December 31, 2012, no security releases or bug fixes are coming up for this version of Joomla and hence it is vulnerable and open to hackers. Infact, most Joomla! sites based on Joomla 1.5.x are being hacked everyday - yours could be the next. We can help your migrate your website to latest and secure release of Joomla! without any data loss. You can learn more about migration and can request a Free Joomla Migration Analysis here. 

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How to preview an article in Joomla before publishing

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While creating article we wish to visualize how the content will layout on the frontend of the website before finally publishing it. Unfortunately Joomla! doesnot provide an easy preview button in the backend artile editor to display the content behavior on frontend. No worries, this blog post will walk you through the process on how to review the frontend behavior of an article.

Approach 1

What you need to do is to change the status of the article to "Archive". Once you do that you will no longer find the article in the article manager unless you hit the Archive tab. In the archive manager locate your desired article and note down its ID present at the end of the article detailes.

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Joomla! 3.5 'COMING SOON'

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Joomla! project is moving forward to 3.5 release, its sixth standard term release of the major Joomla! 3 series. In the process Joomla! project has announced the availability of Joomla! 3.5 Beta 4 for its community members for quality assurance tests and encourages them to develop extensions and plugins for the stable relase of Joomla! 3.5. Although it is not encouraged to update the production sites to this version as it is still in evolution state and needs maturity.

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Get rid of "Error uploading file to this server"

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If you are getting this error "There was an error uploading this file to the server." when trying to install any new template, plugin or extension during upload from Joomla! backend, DON'T PANIC. This article will walk you through the steps to resolve this hurdle in your development process.

Reason
The most common reason for this problem is that the file you are trying to upload is too big than a server upload file limit. By default server allows files to be uploaded that are under 2MB in size. Files larger than 2MB will not be entertained and your will get this iritating rejection error message.

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