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Drag and Drop Joomla Templates

The slogan of Sparky Framework is the only framework that won't make you feel framed. You could guess from the slogan that our aim when making this framework was to make something that can be used for development of literally any kind of template, without any restrictions in layout, number of modules, their sizes, etc.

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Sparky Framework Problem With Joomla 3.2

If you experienced problems with your Sparky Framework based Joomla template after upgrade to Joomla 3.2, this text explains how to fix this issue.

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How To Upgrade Free Hot Bokeh To Premium

If you are satisfied with free Hot Bokeh Joomla template but need to upgrade to premium version and get additional features, this tutorial will help you to upgrade without losing data of the site you created with free version.

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HotStart Installation Method For Joomla 3.x - Copy Demo Data

HotStart installation is the only way to copy demo data that you see on our demo server when installing our Joomla templates. Furthermore, if you are using this installation method, all extensions (modules and plugins) used in template demo will be installed as well. This installation method is appropriate for new websites only.

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Integrate Google Search With Joomla And WordPress

All content management systems contain some kind of search component. It allows visitors of our website to enter any keyword and get results that's appropriate for this keyword. This sounds straightforward, but it's not. In many occasions, visitor knows what s/he is looking for, but s/he is unsure what keyword to use. This is where search algorithm takes place.

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Benefits Of Hosting Your Company Site On A Linux VPS

Hosting your company site on a Linux VPS server is a wise decision. As you may be aware, VPS or Virtual Private Servers have recently replaced dedicated servers as the main servers used to support a company website. A VPS, however, can be either Linux based or Windows based. But so far, Linux VPSes have proven to be the more attractive option due to its greater flexibility and reliability. Thus, the shift towards Linux-based VPS is not at all unexpected given the many benefits a Linux VPS offers.

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Sparky Framework 1.1 Released

We are happy to announce availability of the new version of Sparky Framework for Joomla 2.5 and 3.x. This version comes with several bug fixes as well as several cool new features.

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Ask a Question Button in VirtueMart 2.0.14

"Ask a Question button" is feature of VirtueMart e-commerce Joomla component which allows your potential customers to contact you prior purchase of a product from your site. One new option regarding this button has been added in VirtueMart 2.0.14, which is useful, but could cause problems until you release it exists.

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Rename Database of Joomla/WordPress

Both Joomla and WordPress keep data in MySQL database. That's the reason why you need to create a database on your server prior to installation of Joomla or WordPress. When you are making a new MySQL database, you select its name. What if you, from any reason, decide to change MySQL database name later?

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Site Is Not Sending Emails? Switch To Mandrill

Your website is not sending emails? You probably experienced this problem already. Popular CMS platforms such as Joomla and WordPress usually rely on PHPMail script that's installed on the server. Is there a better solution? Yes! Please keep reading...

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Publish Twitter Widget in Joomla or WordPress

Twitter has changed API recently, so you might release that your old widgets are not working anymore. This article explains how to create a simple widget that shows your latest tweets and how to publish it on your Joomla or WordPress site.

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What's PSD file and do I need it?

This article explains what's PSD file and do you really need it when you work with our templates. This is a frequently asked question, so we will try to explain you what's PSD file using several examples.

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Favicon and Apple Icon for Joomla site

Favicon of your website has the similar function as icon for programs you're using every day on your computer or for applications you're using on your mobile device. This is something that will help your visitors to remember and to recognize your site. Therefore, you can imagine how important the favicon should be for your website, which is, in this case, your brand, your product, your virtual office where you meet your clients.

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HotThemes Site Becomes Responsive

If you have visited our site recently using your smartphone or tablet, you probably noticed "responsiveness" of the HotThemes' main site. After several days of re-development, we can finally announce that HotThemes is following the latest standards in web design industry.

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WordPress 3.6 and HotThemes

WordPress 3.6 ("Oscar") has been released few days ago. We immediately started to test all our WordPress themes against the latest release of the blogging platform. After testing we could conclude that all our themes are compatible with this version of WordPress, however, some of them needs small modifications in code.

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After Update To Joomla 3.1.5 No Buttons

After update of one of my sites to the latest Joomla 3.1.5, the backend of Joomla becomes broken. Actually, all the buttons (for Save, Edit, Update...) simply disappeared. I couldn't even save the global configuration edits without editing the configuration.php file manually.

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How Sparky Demo Site (Joomla Version) Is Made

Since Mart 2012 when we published Hot Blankie, all following Joomla templates are developed using Sparky Framework. This is a piece of software that we are making and tweaking since then. All our experience in development of Joomla templates is embedded in this framework.

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Move WordPress Site

We would like to share our solution for moving local WordPress installations to the live servers (and vice versa). We are using this solution for making all our HotStart installations (WordPress theme installations packed with demo data). This solution works for all WordPress versions since WordPress 3.4 and the last version we tested it was WordPress 3.5.1.

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Joomla Tags Included in Joomla 3.1

Content tagging is one of the features that all Joomla users missed for a long time. While it's part of the core in WordPress, in Joomla we had to install additional component to have such feature, such as K2. The wait is over as Joomla 3.1 have content tagging as a part of the core.

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CSS3 Media Query for Responsive Websites

There's one old feature of CSS that we usually ignored in the past. This is @media and it's natively added to separate CSS commands regarding of the media type, in example, screen or paper. Furthermore, it can be used to execute CSS commands depending of the screen size. In the modern web development where responsivity of the website is not an option, but necessity, we started to use this old and forgotten feature intensively.

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VirtueMart 2.0.20a Update Info

VirtueMart development team announced a new redesigned site today (congratulations!) and also availability of the new VirtueMart component 2.0.20a.

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Multiple Versions of Internet Explorer (IE) on PC and Mac

Even if Microsoft's Internet Explorer is not your favorite browser, you should test your site on it, because many people are still using even older versions of this browser.

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Testing Website's Responsivity on iOS or Android without Device

We are witnesses of a flood of responsive websites and templates. All them promises that, if your site uses them, it will look great on all screen sizes and all mobile devices based on iOS (iPad, iPhone and iPod) and Android (Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, etc.). But how actually you can test this. Should you go to your favorite electonic store and buy all those devices?

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Add Functionality to Your WordPress Website with Snippets

The most common way of adding additional functionality to a WordPress website is to add functions to the functions.php template. These small functions are sometimes known as 'snippets'.

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