I cant personally blog anymore while being logged in a web editor (being either in the frontend or the backend of Joomla). I like to prepare my articles offline. Unfortunately XML-RPC plugins have been removed out of the core of Joomla 1.7 and are not maintained anymore (an error for me). And here is how to bring back this nice feature working in Joomla 1.7
In short, the tutorial explains you to publish these 2 extensions plugins
You can now start your favorite XML-RPC client, I personally use
Here is a small how to, everything went fine: more than 1750 post were migrated without any majors issues. SInce I am using Rockettheme templates and extensions here is how I went though the update process.
Of course I can not stress enough the added value of backups: both databases and file system (using AkeebaBackup for example). Do a backup first and verify it before continuing!
Prepare a directory with all templates and extensions for Joomla! 1.7 that you were used to use in Joomla! 1.5. You may not find always equivalency but learning how to use new extensions may also be fun. Some extensions gems are waiting to be discovered at JED
You will need a migration extension from Joomla Extension Directory (JED)
Install jUpgrade 1.2.1 like any other extension.
jUpgrade is a simple Joomla 1.5 component that will download a version of Joomla 1.7, decompress it and install it. After that, it should migrate all of the data from old Joomla 1.5 to the new Joomla 1.7 installation.
Search the plugin called Mootols update and switch it on.
If you are using one of these plugins, un-publish then to make jUpgrade work correctly
The upgrade should work fine, and you should be able to browse the new instance and see the migrated content. But here are some remarks:
Articles were displayed in what seems to be random….the natural order of displaying newest post first was lost somehow. To restore it, go to the “Main Menu”, click on “Home” and set
While not ideal, I did keep a stripped version of Joomla! 1.5 for my download section, carefully removing everything and just keeping RokDownloads. For some rare case, this technique is acceptable. In this scenario you may want to use:
Redirect permanent /downloads.html http://www.waltercedric.com/old/downloads.html
I may extend this post in the the next few days if I discover something else about Joomla! 1.7. So far I am impressed by the quality and speed of this new version. The update went fine even after more than 7 years of content to migrate!
This small plugin for Joomla! add a message inviting iPhone/iPad users to add the web application to the home screen. It also optimize your site by adding all meta that are recognized by Apple iOS browser: authorize resize, screen ratio, startup picture, web app optimize rendering and much more.
The new version introduce
This extension plugin displays other Articles that are related to the one currently being viewed. These relations are established by the Meta Keywords.
All the keywords of the current Article are searched against all the keywords of all other published Articles. For example, you may have an Article on "Breeding Parrots" and another on "Hand Raising Black Cockatoos". If you include the keyword "parrot" in both Articles, then the Related Items Module will list the "Breeding Parrots" Article when viewing "Hand Raising Black Cockatoos" and vice-versa.
and best of all new plugin outputs are available!
Allow you to display a matrix of N thumbnails per lines. Post title is visible only when user hover on each pictures. Use it for blog having great pictures, when you want to maximize the visual impact and if you are ready to use thumbnails at least of 140 x 140 pixels.
Related Posts Sliding Boxes with Shuffle Function using jQuery 1.5 and CSS3.
All credits goes to the author at http://tympanus.net/codrops/2010/07/21/related-posts-slide-out-boxes/
New existing plugins are also soon coming!
Currently only for Joomla! 1.7, a back port of the functionality for Joomla! 1.5 is underway
This small plugin add automatically to any article a set of social icons that let your reader increase your social ranking. It support: Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Google Buzz, Digg, Xing and LinkedIn
SocialSharing For Joomla! has been released at version 2.0.0 for Joomla! 1.5 and for Joomla! 1.7. It is running on this blog and at the various showcase site:
To update your extension, Download the latest copy, uninstall from Extensions → Install / Uninstall → Plugin and install with the fresh copy.
Online documentation is available in the wiki
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