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Peter Bui

Peter Bui

Peter Bui has been a Joomla designer and Joomla developer since 2006 back in the very early days of Joomla. Peter has been building websites using Joomla ever since. PB Web Development started back in 2006 and has been creating websites for clients in Australia, USA, Canada, UK and Israel.

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Installing an Extension in Joomla 1.6

Installing an extension into Joomla 1.6 is is very easy. The same process to done for all Joomla addons / extensions including, templates, plugins, modules and components.

User Account Activation

For many Joomla 1.5 websites there was a problem with bots automatically creating accounts on websites and thus websites having massive lists of users that are all fake. Even when account activation was required there was still an issue of automated approval bots being used to create the accounts.

In Joomla 1.6 this problem has been addressed with the admin approval process of users that register on a website. This means that a website administrator has to approve the newly registered user before they can gain access.

Looking at the Account Activation Levels

Joomla 1.6 now has three levels of account creation approval built into it.

  1. Auto approval
    All users that register on the website will automatically have their registered account approved on the website

  2. User approval
    Any user that registers on the website will have to verify their registration by clicking a link that is normally sent to them via an email address.

  3. Admin approval
    This step now requires a website administrator to approve the new users account before they can have access to the website. 


Modifying the User Approval Level

In the User Manager area of Joomla 1.6 you will find an options button that will pull up a new options screen in Joomla.

User Approval Process fig 1

Once the new screen appears, next to the "News User Account Activation" drop down menu, choose the desired approval level from:

  • None
  • Self
  • Admin

User Approval Process fig 2

Once done hit the save button and you're done.

Why Joomla 1.6

Joomla 1.6 is just around the corner. The final release data of Joomla 1.6 isn't confirmed but significant progress has been made in development of the new CMS. 

This video shows Brian Teeman and Nicholas Dionysopoulos presenting at JoomlaDay Denmark 2010 and showcasing some of the great new features that are found in Joomla 1.6.

DocMan Overview

About DOCMan for Joomla

DOCMan is one of the best document management solutions available for Joomla. It allows controlled downloading and uploading of documents into Joomla.

Unlike the regular media and file manager in Joomla, DOCMan allows for permission control and restricted access, front end file submissions, and meta information about the documents all of which can be controlled from an admin interface.

Administrators can organise documents within DOCMan in to nested categories as well and control various levels of security including anti leech systems.

There are several steps that you must take in order to upload and manage content on the website.

  1. Create categories for documents to exist in
  2. Upload the corresponding file
  3. Create a virtual document of the file

Downloading and Installing DOCMan

DOCMan is a commercial extensions and a copy of DOCMan can be obtained via the Joomla Extensions Directory:

It is provided and supported by a Joomla company called:

Other Additional Plugins and Addons

There are also a great number of additional modules and plugins that interact with DOCMan. These modules and plugins can also be found on the Joomla Extension Directory:


    Metadata for Categories

    In the previous version of Joomla you we're not able to insert meta data on a category. When displaying content on a category blog view or a category table view, Google or any other search engine would simple read the global meta data for the site creating repeated meta information across the Joomla website. In the latest version you'll see that there are now parameters that have been made available for the addition of the meta keywords and meta description.

    Joomla 1.6 has made it quite easy to add meta data to a category.

    Adding Metadata to a Joomla 1.6 Category

    Simple click an existing category from the Contents menu from the backend or create a new one and expand the Metadata Options panel on the right hand side of the screen.


    Here you can set your desired meta description and meta keywords. 

    Extra features that have been added which are very nice include alternative page titles which will allow you to control the title of the page if you want it different to what is actually displayed on the content area of the screen. Author meta and the robots tag has also been included at the categories level which tells the search engine whether or not to index and follow content and links on the category level.

    Add in the details that you need and hit Save & Close.

    Planning to Create a Form

    Creating a new form in RSForms for Joomla is quite easy. It helps to have your form elements planned before you start creating the form in RSForms to make the process easier. There are just a few steps to take into account before setting up a form.

    Links: Inserting links within an item

    There are several different types of links that can be created in editor.

    1. Link to an external site
    2. Link to DocMan documents
    3. Links to internal pages within the system
    4. Links to menu items
    5. Links to images and other documents
    6. Linking to an email address
    7. Anchors and linking internally on a page

    This part of the manual will explain and demonstrate just how to create all of these links:

    The Anatomy of JCE Editor

    Your website uses an advanced Rich Text Editor called 'Joomla Content Editor' or JCE. In this chapter, you'll learn how to make the most of this feature to enhance the presentation of data in your website.

    Restoring a website

    Restoring a backup is a more complicated process that requires restoring the database by phpMyAdmin ( and is best let to site administrators that are familiar with MySQL and the restoration process of Joomla websites.

    Please contact, PB Web Development for more information about restoring a website.

    Manually Starting a Backup Process

    It is a good idea to manually invoke the backup process on the intranet when ever possible to make sure that recent backups are taking place.

    In the main control panel area of the website is a backup alert icon.


    If the icon states that a backup is required then you will be required to click on the icon and start the backup process.

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