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Get An Invite To Our New Locator Service

Go ahead and sign up for our Early Access Program to the My Store Locator Plus service.

My Store Locator Plus is an online subscription service that brings Store Locator Plus to ANY web technology stack.  WordPress, Django, Ruby, ASP.Net.    As long as you are hosting a site that can run JavaScript then My Store Locator Plus will work.

We are currently in the very early stages of development; what we call our “alpha release”.  It is far from being the final product but it IS functional and has been tested on various web technologies to see how well it can bring the Store Locator Plus service to non-WordPress sites.

We are now opening up our private invite to the Alpha Release of My Store Locator Plus.   The select few users that are granted access will help guide us in the features and overall user experience that will make it into our initial public launch coming in early 2017.

MySLP Locations July 2016 Alpha Release
MySLP Locations July 2016 Alpha Release

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Joomla: Updating The Text For Categories and Sections


In Joomla you often have a page that displays the various categories of articles that appear on your website.   This is especially true for content-heavy sites.

The main “category index” page is typically setup as a section on your Joomla site and is typically connected to a top-of-page or sidebar menu item.  Selecting the section from the menu will display the main section, or “category index” as I’ve called it here, page.   This “category index” will show the header for each category as well as the “lead-in” text, or description, for that category along with the article count.

Here is an example from a client site:

Here is how you change the section text:

  1. Login as an administrative user, typically at http://<siteurl>/administrator/index.php
  2. Select Content / Section Manager from the main menu.
  3. Click on the title of the section you wish to edit.
  4. Update or add your description.
  5. Save

Here is how you change the category text:

  1. Login as an administrative user, typically at http://<siteurl>/administrator/index.php
  2. Select Content / Category Manager from the main menu.
  3. Click on the title of the category you wish to edit.  If there are multiple categories with the same name make sure you are selecting the right category and section (the section is listed further over to the right on the same page).
  4. Update or add your description.
  5. Save
That’s it, your done.

How To Fix Formatting Issues

When editing your content in Joomla! using the built-in TinyMCE editor you will often copy and paste content from other programs such as Microsoft Word or even another web page (that you own, of course).   The editor will make an intelligent guess as to what format the original content was in and will mimic the settings in your article.   Often this is not what you want.  You want the content, not the formatting.

The Joomla! editor makes it easy to clean up the formatting of copied content.

  1. Open the article, section, or category.
  2. Highlight the “offending” text, the part that is mal-formatted.
  3. Click the “Clear Formatting” icon on the toolbar.

    Joomla! Clear Formatting
    Joomla! Clear Formatting
  4. Save.

The text should now default to the format defined by your theme.  This is typically the preferred method of formatting text.

Manually overriding the format on a case-by-case basis is not recommended.  If you ever change the look of your site you will need to manually rework all the articles, categories, and sections to match the new look.

It is highly desirable to let the theme define font styles.  Clear all formatting and only use the basic header, paragraph, and bullet list tags/formatting options.  Stay away from selecting specific fonts or styles.