Adding parameters to a Joomla 2.5 plugin

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Joomla! Plugin Development

So far we have created a very basic plugin that simply shows our predefined text in articles. You probably have noticed that while we were configuring the plugin there was no other parameters to configure, we have simply enabled the plugin. But many other plugins have many parameters to configure, and how we can have such parameters be added to our plugin? Yes, we are going to learn that now.

Let us modify the plugin so that instead of ‘Hello World’ we can show anything we want. We will specify our desired text through a parameter, and that text will be displayed in article. Continue reading


How to create a content plugin (Markdown) for Joomla! 2.5 in 10 minutes

Very recently I am impressed by Markdown and in all my writing using Markdown. Thanks to Leanpub I am writing some of my books in Markdown and planning to write all my blog posts in Markdown too.

As a first step, I have installed WP-Markdown plugin for my wordpress blog and happily using that.

But I am a Joomla! guy and usually support my clients managing and building sites with Joomla!. I was searching an extension for Joomla! that can easily transform an article written in Markdown syntax to HTML. In JED, with keyword markdown nothing returned what I was searching. So I decided to develop a plugin.

Great Google helped me finding PHP Markdown, it has two files – I downloaded PHP Markdown Extra 1.2.5. This file contains a readme and license text, and the main file markdown.php. The file contains classes to transform markdown’d text into HTML using PHP. Based on this, I created a content plugin for Joomla! 2.5, and fololowing are the steps which you may use as a Tutorial. Continue reading


Tutorial: Developing Joomla! Content Plugin

This entry is part of 3 in the series Joomla! Plugin Development

As you know, content plugins for Joomla! mainly deals with content items. It searches the content items and performs some actions on the content. For example, when shubmitting an article, content plugin may check for valid markups and remove invalid markups. Similarly, when displaying the article, another content plugin may perform some activities to display the article in a special format. In this chapter, we will learn how to develop content plugins for Joomla!. In this chapter, you will learn:

  • How to create plugin files
  • How to Install the plugin
  • How to enable the plugin
  • How to add functions to the plugin
  • What are the events for content plugin
  • How to package the content plugins Continue reading

Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions for Using Languages

This article focuses on using multiple languages on a Joomla!-based site. It shows you how to add a language, translate language files, translate a site’s content on the fly using Google’s translation service.

In this article by Suhreed Sarkar, author of Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Adding a language to your site
  • Translating language files for your site
  • Translating your site’s content using Google’s translation service

Protecting login into Joomla! administration area

It is very easy to identify a site built with Joomla!. Once you know that the site is built with Joomla!, you also know where is the administration area. Hackers may try to login to Joomla! administration area by typing its URL, such as Once the URL of administration area is known, the hackers only need to crack the administrative username and password.   You may think about hardening security of your site adding some extra checks in this login system. In this recipe I am going to show you how you can add another security layer to Joomla! administration area. Continue reading