Joomla 2.5 – suddenly internal links contain Smart%20Search [solution]

In a Joomla 2.5 installation, SEF URLs enabled and URL rewrite using .htaccess enabled I suddenly got internal menu links with URL:s containing Smart%20Search, like:

The link itself does not work, ending up on an error page. I have no explanation why this occurs.

The solution is to go to Menu -> Menus, then select all menus and then click the Rebuild button


Internal Server Error 500 when trying to install JCE 2.2.6 in Joomla 2.5

When trying to install the JCE content editor for Joomla version 2.2.6 in Joomla 2.5 it failed with HTTP Error 500 Internal Server Error. Directory permissions was not a problem and there was no problem installing other extensions. 


  1. Download the JCE 2.2.6 zip archive to your computer.
  2. Unzip it to a local folder, called for example "jce"
  3. Upload the folder to your Joomla! tmp directory
  4. In the Joomla! backend, go to Extensions -> Manage extensions and go to the box for installation from a folder on the server.
  5. Enter the path where the uploaded folder containing JCE is uploaded, i.e. probably something like /var/www/mysitename/web/tmp/jce and click install.



Create a start page without a corresponding menu item in Joomla!

In most cases when creating a site in Joomla!, the first choise on the menu is something like "Start" or "Home" that brings the user back to the landing page of the site. Normally you will also link the website logo to the start page.

But sometimes when creating a site in Joomla, it is not desirable to have a specific menu item with the sole purpose to bring up the start page. Just linking the logo to the start page may be sufficient and you don’t want to clutter up your menu with an additional item (or you are running out of menu space).

The solution to not having a menu item corresponding to the start page is to simply create a hidden menu, for example "hiddenmenu". Do not publish a module for it. Place the menu item that brings up the start page in this hidden menu. Done!

By the way, linking your logo to the start page can be done in the template html-file by something like this: 

<a href="<?php echo $this->baseurl; ?>"><div id="logo"></div></a>



Joomla! templates looking strange in MSIE8

Some Joomla! templates looks nice in all browsers except Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8). One easy solution is to add the following line to the <head> section of the index.php for the template in question: <head>

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7"/>

Be careful to check that your site works as expected after applying this solution.

VirtueMart installation problem (Joomla!)

If the installation of VirtueMart version 1.1.3 for Joomla! 1.5.10 fails, a manual installation is needed. The error message says that some critical components of VirtueMart are missing. In addition to the following instructions, read the VirtueMart installation manual.

  1. Download the VirtueMart Manual Installation package for Joomla! 1.5 from VirtueMart website.
  2. Unzip the contents of the archive to a folder.
  3. Upload the subfolders and contents using ftp to the web server running Joomla! according to instructions in the VirtueMart installation manual.
  4. Use a ftp program or login using a shell to change permissions of the catalog administrator/components/com_virtuemart to 777.
  5. Change the permssions of the file administrator/components/com_virtuemart/virtuemart.cfg-dist.php to 666.
  6. Go to http://www.yoursite.tld/administrator/index2.php?option=com_virtuemart and perform database installation according to instructions in the VirtueMart installation manual.
  7. Follow the VirtueMart installation manual for the rest of the installation process.

Changing “Welcome to the Frontpage” heading in Joomla!

When installing the sample data during the installation of Joomla, the heading of the front page is "Welcome to the frontpage". To change this text,

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