Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training
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Allowing users to modify user details


Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training

with Joseph LeBlanc

Video: Allowing users to modify user details

When users are able to login to the front end of a Joomla site, there is an Account Management screen you can give them access to. In this movie, we'll create a link to the screen and go over the settings front end users can adjust. Let's go to the Main Menu in the backend. We're going to add a link to this menu so that front end users can adjust their settings. Let's click New. From this list, select User. From this list there are several views you can choose.
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  1. 5m 45s
    1. Welcome
    2. What is a content management system?
      2m 49s
    3. What is Joomla!?
      2m 4s
  2. 17m 46s
    1. Overview of the installation process
      1m 20s
    2. Installing MAMP
      3m 50s
    3. Installing WAMP
      2m 55s
    4. Using other services and resolving issues
      2m 11s
    5. Installing Joomla! 1.5
      5m 9s
    6. Using the example files
      2m 21s
  3. 22m 34s
    1. Adding content to the front page
      1m 44s
    2. Using Read More
      2m 34s
    3. Creating individual pages of content
      3m 31s
    4. Dividing long articles using page breaks
      3m 10s
    5. Formatting content
      4m 12s
    6. Adding an external link
      1m 22s
    7. Adding article images
      3m 41s
    8. Deleting content
      2m 20s
  4. 18m 48s
    1. Creating sections and categories
      3m 33s
    2. Organizing content
      2m 21s
    3. Using the Blog Layout options
      2m 24s
    4. Using the List Layout options
      3m 14s
    5. Modifying section and category details
      3m 55s
    6. Adding section and category descriptions
      3m 21s
  5. 16m 5s
    1. Setting Global Configuration parameters for articles
      3m 3s
    2. Setting individual article configuration parameters
      2m 29s
    3. Setting content access parameters
      1m 53s
    4. Ordering articles
      1m 38s
    5. Setting publishing parameters
      2m 38s
    6. Setting article icons
      2m 12s
    7. Setting metadata
      2m 12s
  6. 20m 41s
    1. Using menus
      4m 7s
    2. Using other menu items
      2m 16s
    3. Creating parent menu items
      1m 54s
    4. Setting menu item details
      2m 43s
    5. Setting the menu item page title
      1m 49s
    6. Creating additional menus
      3m 43s
    7. Changing the default menu items
      1m 55s
    8. Deleting menu items
      2m 14s
  7. 17m 25s
    1. Creating a sidebar
      1m 41s
    2. Configuring modules
      3m 33s
    3. Assigning modules to menu items
      1m 40s
    4. Creating a login module
      3m 27s
    5. Creating a breadcrumb module
      3m 1s
    6. Creating a syndicate module for RSS feeds
      2m 4s
    7. Using other modules
      1m 59s
  8. 16m 46s
    1. Using the content component
      3m 25s
    2. Creating a contact component
      4m 25s
    3. Creating a poll component
      3m 6s
    4. Creating a search component
      5m 50s
  9. 11m 18s
    1. Creating a user
      1m 55s
    2. Granting user permissions
      3m 20s
    3. Allowing self-registration
      2m 57s
    4. Allowing users to modify user details
      3m 6s
  10. 13m 50s
    1. Modifying global configurations
      3m 11s
    2. Reading and writing private messages
      2m 31s
    3. Using the Mass Mail feature
      3m 10s
    4. Using the Media Manager
      2m 54s
    5. Using Joomla! help
      2m 4s
  11. 7m 6s
    1. Changing the look of the site using templates
      2m 18s
    2. Assigning templates
      1m 34s
    3. Adjusting templates with the HTML Editor
      3m 14s
  12. 10m 55s
    1. Using plug-ins
      2m 36s
    2. Using extensions
      2m 24s
    3. Managing languages in the site
      1m 57s
    4. Joining the Joomla! community
      3m 58s
  13. 10m 6s
    1. Launching your site
      4m 14s
    2. Understanding SEO
      5m 52s
  14. 51s
    1. Goodbye

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Many types of websites can be built and maintained more easily using a content management system (CMS). A CMS provides a web-based interface for creating and organizing content. The content is stored in a database, then consistently presented according to a set of templates and preferences, which eliminates the need to handcraft each page in HTML. Joomla! is a popular, easy-to-use, open-source CMS built in PHP. It has near-limitless functionality, thanks to its community of extension developers. In Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training, Joseph LeBlanc uses Joomla! to build a small-business website from scratch with no programming at all, from installation to launch. He demonstrates how to create and organize content; add menus, sidebars, and other features; change the look with templates; install plug-ins and extensions; and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL to support Joomla! Setting article access, ordering, icon, and metadata display parameters Using the login, breadcrumb, and syndication modules Inserting contact, poll, and search components Managing users and permissions Adjusting templates with the HTML Editor Managing languages on the site Understanding search engine optimization (SEO)
Joseph LeBlanc

Allowing users to modify user details

When users are able to login to the front end of a Joomla site, there is an Account Management screen you can give them access to. In this movie, we'll create a link to the screen and go over the settings front end users can adjust. Let's go to the Main Menu in the backend. We're going to add a link to this menu so that front end users can adjust their settings. Let's click New. From this list, select User. From this list there are several views you can choose.

The one we want to use is User Form Layout. We're going to title this link Change your details. If we publish this link as is, this link would appear in the front end of the website. Everyone would be able to see it. This might confuse users who are not logged into the system. Let's hide this from visitors who don't have a login. Scroll down. We're going to set the Access Level for this link to Registered.

Only people who are registered on the website will be able to see this link. Scroll back up to the top. And hit Save. Let's go back to the front end of the website now. Click Refresh. You'll notice that the link we just added does not appear in the menu. This is because we're not logged in. Let's login as Jim Callaghan. We added Jim as user in the system in the previous video. Now that we've logged in, you'll notice there's a Change your details link.

This is the link we just added in the backend. Click it. There are several details on this form that we can change. We can change the name, the e-mail, and we can also change our password. We can also change the user interface language that Joomla uses when displaying elements. Currently English is the only selection. We'll learn more about adding more languages in another chapter. We can also change our time zone. However, we cannot change the username.

Let's change Jim to James and then click Save. It now shows that Jim's details have been saved. His name is now changed to James Callaghan. When you create a link to the User Form Layout, users can set their own preferences without your intervention. This link can be hidden from visitors who are not logged in to avoid confusion. When logged-in users click on the link, they'll be able to set preferences for the functions they have access to.

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Q: Joomla!'s back end does not have all of the text options like font family and quite a few more that are seen in the “Formatting content" chapter. I have the latest version of Joomla! 1.5, so why are the options not available?
A: Between Joomla! 1.5.3 and 1.5.15, the core team decided to simplify the set of toolbar icons that display by default. Users should be able to complete the Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training course with the smaller toolbar set, but the original toolbar can be recovered by doing the following:   

  1. Go to Extensions > Plugin Manager.  
  2. Click Editor - TinyMCE 2.0 from the list. 
  3. On the right under "Plugin Parameters," set Functionality to Extended.
Note: When using Safari, you will need to click Safari's Refresh button once you return to the article editing screen. This will reload the toolbar code for the editor.
Q: After installing the 02_04.sql file from exercise 02_04, Joomla! locks the user out of admin and won't recognize the admin password. How do I access this exercise?
A: When the exercise files are used, the password gets reset to 'lynda' as typed in the video.
Q: Despite following along with the “Using the Blog Layout options” tutorial in the Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training title, none of the items in the Main Menu show up on the site’s home page. The menu links do not appear, and attempts to create new menu links are unsuccessful. The menu links can be seen by going through Extensions > Module Manager, but they still do not appear on the home page. What are possible reasons for the Main Menu links not appearing?
A: It is possible that the Access Level input is missing. This most likely means that Joomla! was not installed completely, or that an upgrade was not applied 100% correctly. Verify that the latest version of Joomla! is installed. To make sure all of the files are there, download the latest copy of Joomla! and extract all of the files from that .zip on top of the current installation. Once that's done, remove the 'installation' folder. This will ensure that the latest copies of all of the files are installed.
Q: When trying to add a new article as described in the “Creating content” tutorial, after entering the username and password, a message appears that says the password is incorrect. What is the correct password?
A: The password used for that tutorial is “lynda.”
Q: In Chapter 3 of the Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training the instructions say, "To access additional articles, please open 03_01.sql file in chapter_03 > database > of your exercise files." However, there is no explanation how to import this file into Joomla! to create the necessary articles for this section of the tutorial. How does one import the files?
A: Chapter 1, video 6, “Using the example files” shows how to import the .SQL files. This is done with phpMyAdmin, which comes with WAMP and MAMP.
Q: After installing Joomla!, a user accidentally deleted the Super Administrator account. How can a Super Admin account be restored/created?
A: To create a user with Super Admin status, follow these steps:

1. Go to phpMyAdmin and select the database for the Joomla! site in the left-hand drop-down list box. This will show the database tables on the left side of the screen.

2. Press the SQL button in the toolbar to run a SQL query on the selected database. This will display a field called “Run SQL query/queries on database <your database>”.

3. Delete any text that appears in this field and enter the following text:
INSERT INTO 'jos_users' 
   ('id', 'name', 'username', 'email', 'password', 'usertype', 'block', 'sendEmail', 
   'gid', 'registerDate', 'lastvisitDate')
   VALUES (NULL, 'Administrator2', 'admin2', '',
   'Super Administrator', 0, 1, 25, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '0000-00-00 00:00:00');
INSERT INTO 'jos_core_acl_aro' VALUES (NULL, 'users', LAST_INSERT_ID(), 0, 'Administrator', 0);
INSERT INTO 'jos_core_acl_groups_aro_map' VALUES (25, '', LAST_INSERT_ID());

4.  You should now be able to log into the back end of Joomla! with username “admin2” and password “secret”. After logging in, go to the User Manager to change the password and the e-mail to a valid address.

An important note: the preceding queries must be run on the computer that contains the MySQL database.
Q: In the Managing Users section, the author says that it is possible to enable users to submit the content to the Joomla! site, but there is no "how to" mention for that feature. How do you allow a user with "editor" permission to submit articles from the front end?
A: You can add this functionality to your site by adding a menu item pointing to the Article Submission Layout. To do this, start by adding a menu item, then select Articles as the menu item type. Once Articles is selected, Article Submission Layout will appear underneath among other options. Authors can then follow this link to submit articles to the site.
Q: Will the exercise files for this title work with Joomla 1.6?
A: The video and the exercise files are designed for Joomla 1.5. Joomla 1.6 has a different database structure and cannot use the exercise files designed for Joomla 1.5.
Q: I followed the instructions in the "Installing WAMP" movie, but I am having trouble with the Joomla installation. What could be causing the problem?
A: When using WAMP on a Windows machine, make sure that WAMP is running all services. The speedometer icon in the taskbar should be white. If the speedometer icon is red, it means no services are running. Click on the icon, and in the pop-up menu, select "Start All Services." If the speedometer icon is yellow, it means that not all of the services are running. Click on the icon, select MySQL or Apache, go to the Service option, and click Start/Resume Service.

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