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Recently another client of mine was having so many issues with his joomla site and this was really really driving him mad. The major problem was his host that keeps turning off his site due to the fact that it is causing overloading to the system on a shared hosting. Please note that this same topic was previously written about in this post here but this is just an update on a related issue.

Problem: Please see a list of problems that you may be experiencing with joomla server overload:

1. My site loads too slowly

2.It gives you an error page when it loads

3. I'm regularly switched off by my host and i have been asked to turn on my cache before my site would be put back online

4. My site loads into a white dis organized page (first check that you are not importing articles from a microsoft word)

5. I have been warned by my host that my site is using too much resources.


1. I would recommend that you get rid of some un-necessary modules you dont need and delete them entirely from the site and server as these may be calling up some database queries even if they are disabled ( A case of bad programming).

2. Another thing is to go to your hosting provider and check if you need to move to a bigger server space either a VPS or Dedicated server, i know most hosting companies would like to push you to do this but make sure you are seeking the best advice. Check your Bandwidth limit used up monthly and your remaining disk space and then determine if you will really heed their advice and try to get a second and third opinion from an expert in the related field, you can do this by simply visiting hosting forums online and asking questions. Most forum members are usually very helpful and would offer you the best and truthful advice they can give.

3. If your case is the case where you are using up too much resources, please take note, if you are on a shared hosting or VPS, please tell your hosting provider to  help you delete your trash bin, usually you would not have access to this trash bin , you may think you have deleted all your trash from cpanel admin but really that is not the case. A helpful hosting admin was able to dig around the problem and found that my client had 18 GB worth of trash not deleted. Once this was done, the site's speed was up again and there was little issue with resource. so it is really advisable to let your host make sure all the trash has been deleted.

Thanks and watch out for more update.



This is just a quick one , if you are having problem accessing your database through  phpmyadmin on a server running a cpanel platform, please make sure you are not logged in as the root, make sure you are not logged in through WHM.

Another very important note to take is that even if you use the same password for your WHM and cpanel login, it will always log you in as a WHM user and you would not be able to access your database using PHPMYADMIN, in order to avoid this situation please make sure the two passwords are not the same.



I am actually tired of apologizing all the time to my readers for lack of constant updates on this site. Please bear with me as i have a lot to handle these days but just like i always do, let's get down the business straight away.
I dont know why but me and a client of mine got frustrated with joomla recently when it started loading partial pages and loading pages with the template css missing and also calling up templates and modules that has already been deleted. We did a lot of research in this field and after coming up with no tangible answer to fix the problem right away and of which the last option was to re-install joomla again, we decided to wave goodbye to it and move to another CMS.  A programmer demanded a large sum of money we couldn't afford to help fix this issue but we were quite concerned that the problem may develope again in the future as we are convinced it's a bug problem with joomla.
Drupal offers a very good platform and very stable with less module and bad programming issues you get with joomla. Though the graphic user  interface (GUI) and editor in joomla are superb and also the ability to install modules and configure them easily are better in joomla, drupal on the other hand offers you the ability to be independent and develope your site to your taste. if you ask me, i would say Drupal is actually a bit for advanced users.

Well just to cut the long story short, if you find yourself in our shoes and would like to move to Drupal, migrating to drupal from joomla is as easy as can be, it takes just few minutes depending on your database size.

To do this please follow this link  here and if you have any more problems please let us know. I decided to post this here because a lot of discussions may confuse people on the best approach but i find this approach to be the best so far.

Hope this helps out!



Again let's call to your attention a little problem with Module title not showing after you have designed your own custom templates. Normally the basic joomla template tutorial which many would tend to follow would show you how to go about your template design but  after designing you may find out that your modules do not show titles even for the fact that you have commanded it to do so in  the joomla admin .

Normally you will get a code like this to display module '<jdoc:include type="modules" name="left" />',  to get it to display module titles just replace it with this one '<jdoc:include type="modules" name="left" style="xhtml" /> '

Notice that the only thing added there is only 'style="xhtml" '



Hello all, i just can't explain why i am  so lazy to blog these days, there are so many things to blog about but let's get down to business right away.

I know many people who run their sites on joomla would like to have a separate login page set up as a menu link as opposed to the normal login form appearing as a module, especially when you are using virtuemart. Well to do this is very simple.

Just login into your joomla admin > click on menu manager and try to set up a menu under the menu section you want > then afterwards choose type to link the menu to a type > choose "user" in the list and then choose "default login layout"  > Just publish your menu and you should be done by now.

Normally this works with virtuemart because by default, virtuemart is linked to joomla user database if you opted to make it the same.

Note: Applies to 1.5 - 1.7 and normally should apply to other versions



When a new template had been uploaded to joomla admin and set as a default, when you try to view the new template, it produces a blank page with "Restricted Access" written on it.  I know this can be a pain as you would be  lost on what the issue and the solution is.

Cause of Problem: This means that you were using a template built for the older version of joomla.

Solution: In this case you would have to log into your joomla admin panel, Go to Extensions on the top menu > Go to Plugin Manager > and then when the list of plugins open up. Look for this plugin "SYSTEM-LEGACY". Just enable this plugin and then refresh your front page. i think you should be okay then.

Hope this helps!



I would have to be quick here before it skips my memory. Now after installing Jooma VirtueMart and trying to register as a user, you may experience problems where the user registration keeps looping back to the registration form  after you click "send" .

SOLUTION: Simply change the email address when registering as joomla VirtueMart has no error message to tell you that the email is already in the database. Most Admins would tend to use the same  email registered during installation to try out a user account.

This is an extract from a post on how the problem was solved.


So I finally found that it's posted clearly here in several threads...For anyone still facing these registration issues...

It's not a bug that needs fixed, you just have to have your settings correct:

  • Joomla > Site > Global Configuration > System: "Allow User Registration" is turned ON
  • Joomla > Site > Global Configuration > System: "New User Account Activation" is turned OFF
  • Joomla > Extensions > Module Manager: Disable standard Joomla Login
    (*Note: I was also using the YooTheme YooLogin and had to disable it as well)
  • VirtueMart > Admin > Configuration: set your "User Registration Type"
    (I was able to use "Normal" and "Silent" without problems)
  • *ALSO NOTE* - I had to make sure my Joomla/VM/server email was working properly as well, before the user registration would work. For me that meant going into the Joomla > Site > Global Configuration > Server: and setting my "Mail From" to an email address that was @ the same domain/server as my Joomla/VM site.

My issue was this:  Whenever a new customer would add an item to their cart, then begin the checkout process, they were not able to register and create a new account.  After completing the fields, then clicking "Send Registration" they were shot back to the registration page again.  After changing the above settings (disabling the modules was my big hangup), things are working perfectly.

If anyone still needs more info, this post basically explains things in detail:  

Hope this helps out!



This is just a quick one , i know most of the people using outlook already know this but this is meant for those curious ones. Outlook express has what they call a distribution list, if you want to import email list from a word document to your distribution list. The most important thing and which might be the hardest thing here is to make sure all your email addresses ends in a semi colon, you may have to do this manually. It is even more demanding when outlook tells you to go back and edit an email address by adding semi colon to it.

At the same time it's all very easy , just follow the link here for a guide and then after you have succeeded with it, follow this link here for a guide on how to send an email to a distribution list.

Hope this helps out!



Just a little tip for my good readers using joomla. Recently  an email from one of my clients hosting provider came  informing him that his site has been suspended due to his site overloading the entire server. As a seriously growing website, you would not want your site to be offline for even a minute.

One of the reason why it is good to rent your server from an established hosting provider is the fact that they are used to most problems and would normally work with you to take care of the problem.

The culprit was simply the joomla cache that was turned off. If you turn on the joomla cache option from the joomla admin > Site >  Global configuration >System > Cache Setting.  Joomla would generate a file saved on your computer that can be called up when ever it is requested instead of stressing the server all the time if requests are made. In order to avoid this happening to your site, it's better to turn it on after installation.

Please visit Joomla Hacks for more info.



One of the headache  that come with Prestashop is the fact that most people cannot get around the function in the admin. I considered myself a prestashop guru but was brought down to my knees with a simple problem setting default carrier in Prestashop.

PROBLEM: Once a customer logs in and checks out an order, they cannot go further because of this message "There is no carrier available that will deliver to this address!"

You may wonder why this is happening even after you have created a carrier and saved it as a default.

Quick solution: Go to Admin > shipping > Carriers. Make sure you have set up your carrier and save it as the default carrier, then go to the >  Price 0r > Weight tabs  just above on the menu.  Add a price rage  or weight range.

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