• Building a Basic Blog

    To build a basic Blog for Joomla! use Joomla! itself

    1. Go to Content -> Category Manager -> Add New Categor -> Name it Blog, enter a brief description of your blog and "Save and Close"
    2. Go To Content -> Article Manager -> Add New Category -> write your first article and be sure to select Blog in the Category pull down so that the article is displayed in your Blog

    Next you need to set up your Blog in your Menu.

    1. Go to Menu you want to link your blog to Menu -> Menu Name -> Add new Menu Item, name the item something like "Family Blog" in Menu Title
    2. For Menu Item type select Category Blog
    3. Under Required Settings -> Choose a Category -> select the category name you chose above (Blog in the example above)
    4. Under Category Options -> To start with Select Category Title and Category description to show. you can modify these later to suit your preferences
    5. Under Article options -> set Publish date to show. Again this can be modified later
    6. "Save and Close"


  • Document Sharing - Remository

    Remository by Martin Brampton is a very stable extension that has been around for a considerable amount of time. Remository's strength is in its ability to upload, hold and download files like documents and images. In the words of the developer:

    A component that is easy to install and use, yet has an unparalleled depth of features for a powerful file repository. The latest version adds the ability to play audio/video files as well as to download them. There are related modules and plugins to complement the main component. Remository supports the secure hosting of local or remote files for download by site visitors. Files can be uploaded by users, and locally hosted files can be stored in either the database or the file system. Thumbnails can be uploaded along with files, or automatically generated with uploads of image files. Displays can be customized, and Remository includes a very flexible access control system so that upload, download and editing can be managed in almost unlimited ways.

    To visit their site go

  • How to Add a Commenting System

    Disqus Commenting System

    This week we're going to walk you through adding a commenting system to your site, the easy way!

    We're going to be using the 'Disqus Plugin for Joomla' by JoomlaWorks. It's a free plugin that allows visitors to comment on your articles in designed categories and/or menu items using the popular Disqus Comment System.

    Here's how set it up:

    • Step 1: Visit Disqus.comand sign up for a free account.
    • Step 2: Visit and download the Disqus for Joomla plugin.
    • Step 3: In the administration area of your Joomla site, go to Extensions >> Install / Uninstall and upload the file.
    • Step 4: In the administration area of your Joomla site, go to Extensions >> Plugin Manager >> Disqus Comment System for Joomla! (by JoomlaWorks), and add your Disqus subdomain name to the Plugin Paramters (this will be the name you added to the 'short name' field when you set up your Disqus account), assign the categories/menu items you would like to allow comments in, and enable the plugin.
    • Step 5: Start adding comments to your site!

    There are quite a few other features you can enable, like shared login for Facebook and Twitter, and the ability for visitors to post their comment to their twitter feed, thus taking your commenting system to a 'social networking' level! These features and more can be enabled within the Disqus settings and managed in your account at


  • Phoca Gallery

    Phoca Gallery is a image gallery for Joomla! CMS. It includes component, modules and plugins and allows users to display images or Youtube videos in many different styles. Phoca Gallery also includes a plugin that allows you to build a page with an icon in it linking to a photo or document that is in the main gallery. Jan over at Phoca has done a fantastic job building the Gallery component and it is free to use. for additonal information and links to a demo website check out