- Applies to Joomla 2.5.x +, 3.4.x

So I can't stand the way the default "Search" component in Joomla works. The default is to sort the results by popularity (hits) or by most recently added (depending on your version) which I have never seen in any other system.

I've googled and binged but could not find anything that documents how to bring it into line with other search systems. So here we go, hope this helps you.

I've created search systems for a plethora of other systems. The aim of this article is to enhance the Joomla search into par with Google and Wikipedia (or near enough).


So I'm getting an error like this:

The requested page can't be found.
An error has occurred while processing your request.

You may not be able to visit this page because of:
- an out-of-date bookmark/favourite
- a mistyped address
- a search engine that has an out-of-date listing for this site
- you have no access to this page

If difficulties persist, please contact the System Administrator of this site and report the error below.
404 Component not found.
Just because I'm doing something like this:
Joomla SEF 404 Error


So there is other documentation out there. I'm basing most of this article on the official Joomla 1.6 documentation: http://docs.joomla.org/Creating_a_profile_plugin and I want to use an example that worked for me. Important: This is for Joomla version 1.6.x+.

Aim / Objective

  1. Add a field with a dropdown list.
  2. Add a button to upload an avatar (and sync with 3rd party avatar).
Not riveting stuff but something that all my clients want. Fortunately for me, I just created one plugin which I can install on any number of Joomla 1.6 sites and it does all this for me... Neat huh?

I'm going to shove all these files into a folder which I will then compress and install using the Joomla! CMS Extension Manager.

I'm going to call the folder "profile5" (without the double-quotes) and create a subfolder called "profiles".

So I should end up with the following file/directory structure:
Also copy one of those handy blank "index.html" files into each of these folders in case "directory listing" gets enabled on your server.I'm going to refer to the files to create as being in this folder.

Applies to

  • Joomla CMS v2.5.14

This article is a note on how I fixed an issue on a client site. The website had a redirect on the login which would go to a page accessible by "registered" users but only "Super Users" could actually login. "Registered" users would not be able to login, despite their status in the admin panel saying "enabled" and "activated" (not blocked).

If I used a test account, none of the Joomla groups, not even "Administrators" could login. However set the same test account to a "Super User" and they would be able to login. Was the problem authentication? Restricted access to a component? A load of blab on ACL managers?

In our case, the website had recently been migrated from Joomla 1.5.x to 2.5.x. I asked to examine the database and a quick scan in the assets table revealed 3 assets had the parent_id = 0. Only one asset can have that and that is "root".