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Site Offline: Selecting either the No or Yes radio buttons will determine whether the Front-end is accessible via the Internet or not. If Yes is selected the Front Page will be replaced with a temporary “Site is Unavailable” page. The message that is displayed is determined in the Offline Message field that follows this one. The Administrator Back-end is unaffected by this action.

Use this facility when updating or installing templates, extensions, or data, when visitors should be unable to view the site until the changes are completed.

It is also possible to edit the Site is Unavailable display by direct editing of the HTML within the offline.php file in the joomla_root/ directory of the Joomla! installation on the web server. Adding site specific images, organisation logos, titles, for example.

Select the No option to return the web site to normal viewing accessibility (remembering to first check the “Override write protection while saving“ check box within the Global Configuration panel).

note711_small NOTE: It is still possible to view/preview the Front-end of the web site from within the Administrator Back-end, when the Site is set to Offline, simply by accessing the Preview options Menu=>Site=>Preview. There will be a message reminding the administrator that the site is unavailable shown at the top of the displayed page (by default). See below.

Offline Message: When the Site Offline is set to Yes,  the content of this field forms the basis of a message that displays as the Front Page of the web site to the public. Edit the content of this field, if appropriate. The default message is "This site is down for maintenance. Please check back again soon."

It might be of benefit to post the time and date that the site became unavailable together with the expected duration of this downtime.

System Error Message: This message will automatically display if the initial database connection fails. Once again any message can be entered in this box. However, something friendly, informative, and apologetic, stating that the web site will be available again as soon as possible would be appreciated by the web site Users.

Include a link or e-mail address so that the problem can be reported as there is often a chance that the site administrator does not know about it.

note711_small NOTE: Standard HTML code can be used in this box also, for instance, <br /> to return a line break. 

Site Name: Set the name that will display in the Title Bar of a Users web browser when they access the web site. The entry can simply be the name of the web site, or can include some additional, brief wording.

This is the field that was completed during the installation procedure of Joomla!. Special characters can also be used in this field.

The title can also be entered into the site template by inserting the following code statement into the Site Template file joomla_root/templates/template_name/index.php. This would be wherever it is intended that the Site Name should appear:

<?php echo $_CONFIG->SITENAME; ?>

Show Unauthorised Links: This option controls whether all visitors can see all registered content in the Front-end to which they would not otherwise have access.

If set to Yes they would be able to see Content Items that had been given an Access Level of Registered or Special. They would only be able to see the Intro part of a Content Item and would have to register in order to see any more Content following a Read more...  link. Once registered they would have access to the full Content Item(s).

If this option is set to No then only content with an Access Level of Public will be viewable without being registered and logged in.

note711_small NOTE: The Access Level for each Content Item is selected under the Publishing tab in the Edit Content screen.

Allow User Registration: Set whether visitors to the web site site can register for a User account. If set to Yes the Login Form will also include the link... No account yet? Create one... If set to No there will be no option to register and only existing Registered Users will be able to access the member areas of the web site.

Use New Account Activation: As an additional security measure it is possible to require new Users to confirm the e-mail address that was provided during the registration process is in fact valid. If this process is required by the site administrators then set the radio button to Yes. An activation link will be sent in an e-mail to the new User's e-mail address.

New Users will be unable to log in to the web site until they have clicked the activation link. This link takes them to an activation page which would then confirm that they are able to log in. If the "No" radio button is chosen, Users will be able to log in right away without any further activation requirements.

Front-end Login: Choose whether to have the Login Form fields displayed or not. This allows control of when Users can login to the web site but without making the site Offline or Unpublishing the Login Form Module . Select Yes to show the Username, Password, and ...No account yet? Create one...(if enabled above) fields and message. Select No to hide these same elements.

Front-end User Param's: This option controls the additional functionality available to Users in the Front-end of the web site. For example: If set to No, Users are unable to choose which Editor is available to them and this defaults to the system choice or the selection made by the site administrators in the Back-end User Manager screen. They would normally be able to edit these parameters in the, default titled, Your Details selection of the Front-end User Menu. If set to Yes then a User has full access to any of the additional parameters (functionality) that may be allowed within Your Details.

Require Unique E-mail: Select Yes to prevent registration with duplicate e-mail addresses. In combination with User activation, this option prevents Users from signing up more than once with the same e-mail address.

Debug Site: Setting this to Yes allows PHP and database errors to be displayed. It is a tool for debugging (tracing) problems in code or connections and for reporting errors to the system administrator or web host. The levels of error reporting can be set under the Global Configuration=>Server tab.

The levels available are:

  • System Default,
  • None,
  • Simple, and
  • Maximum.

The output of the debugger is shown at the foot of the current page. Even a page that is functioning without error shows a list of tests that the system has run, together with the resulting data.

note711_small NOTE: As a general rule it is better not to have this option activated as the output can (at the very least!) be distracting...However, in the event of problems with the web site it can be an invaluable tool, especially when seeking the help of others for example, in the Joomla! forums.

Default WYSIWYG Editor: Choose, from the displayed list, which of the installed Text Editors should be used as the Global Default Editor to edit Content Items within the web site. This affects both Front-end and Back-end use. Selecting the No WYSIWYG option will open a very basic, plain text, editor for all authoring/editing functions on the web site.

Additional editors can be installed. See the Joomla! Extensions Directory for a selection.

If the Front- end User Param's (see above) is set to Yes then Users may select their own preference, but until they do this is the editor that will be set for them.

List Length: It is possible to set a default length for all the lists in the Administrator (Back-end). These are the lists of Categories, Sections, Content Items, for example. Select the optimum number required from the drop down list.

note711_small NOTE: Changes to these settings will only take effect for an individual when they next log in. Their current session will remain based upon the settings in place when they logged in.

Favourites Site Icon: This sets the icon that appears in a browsers address bar next to the name and/or address of the web site.  By default this is the Joomla! icon. The image is, by default, called favicon.ico and is located in the joomla_ root/images directory of the installation.

If a different icon is required to show up, a company or organisation logo for example, upload another icon to replace the Joomla! icon. Then type in the address of the icon in this field.

Alternatively, change the name of the current icon to something else and upload the new icon to the same location and name it as favicon.ico. If no favourite icon is required to show at all, simply enter /. (forward slash and a full stop) and the default browser icon will be displayed instead.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 July 2007 )
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