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18Aug2019

How to embed a Facebook feed on a Joomla website

Following my earlier article—how to embed a Twitter timeline on a Joomla website—there’s a similar technique to add Facebook feeds to your websites.  It’s true that many extensions exist to achieve the desired effect but, before you spend your time (and, in some cases, a lot of money), you may not need to use them at all.  This article shows how to embed a Facebook feed on a Joomla website without using any additional software.

The process is as easy as 1-2-3:  obtain the URL of the Facebook feed; copy the URL into the Facebook “page plugin” site; copy the generated code into your website  It’s really that simple.

13Mar2019

How to embed a Twitter timeline on a Joomla website

How to limit the number of timeline entries displayed

There are many extensions that people can install that will add a Twitter timeline to their websites.  I don’t want to deprive struggling software developers of their profit but do we really need additional software (some of which costs money) in order to do something quite simple?  This article shows how to embed a Twitter timeline on a Joomla website without using any additional software.

The process is as easy as 1-2-3:  obtain the URL of the Twitter timeline; copy the URL into the Twitter publish site; copy the generated code into your website  It’s really that simple.

04Mar2019

Mythbusters: Do you need to change htaccess.txt?

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371 hits Updated: 05 March 2019

You do not need to modify the contents of htaccess.txt

Some people think that it’s important to edit (that is to change the contents of) one, or the other or both of the files htaccess.txt or web.config.txt. That’s a statement of fact. Some people really believe that!

The reason that this issue has recently become a hot discussion topic is because of the advisory notice that shipped as part of J! 3.9.3.  The notice says in part,

Since Joomla 3.9.3, Joomla is shipped with additional security hardenings in the default htaccess.txt and web.config.txt files.  These hardenings disable the so called MIME-type sniffing feature in webbrowsers. The sniffing leads to specific attack vectors, where scripts in normally harmless file formats (i.e. images) will be executed, leading to Cross-Site-Scripting vulnerabilities.

The security teams recommends to manually apply the necessary changes to existing .htaccess or web.configJ! 3.9.3 announcement, Joomla Forum, 13-Feb-2019
30Jan2019

Firefox: tabs on bottom (again)

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590 hits Updated: 31 January 2019

Firefox Quantum (Firefox 65) uses tabs on top

How to place tabs on bottom

This article shows you how to change Firefox’s appearance from tabs on top (where the tabs appear above the URL address bar) to display the tabs below the URL address bar.

Before the release of Firefox Quantum (i.e. FF v57), it was possible to change the location of the tabs by changing a browser parameter setting.  The setting was

browser.tabs.onTop = false

FF  still retains the parameter but its functionality has been disabled; browser tabs remain on top (above the URL address bar) regardless of this parameter’s value.  We will see how it’s possible to change the location of the tabs.My earlier article, Firefox: tabs on bottom, discusses an older version of FF.  This article updates that advice following the release of FF65.

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