Epic Struggles …

I very nearly gave up this site today because I spent far too many hours trying to figure out how to restore the ability to save hyperlinks when I have a deadline looming and a backlog of research to do. The problem and beauty of Content Management Systems (CMS) like Joomla is that while they do harness the collective intelligence of individuals, the knowledge is scattered so widely one has to be very persistent and shrewd in how one searches for information to find the kind of advice needed. It may seem obvious now but at one time I was wandering the wilderness of the Joomla forum for what seemed like forever and even posted a query myself in desperation. The topics are organised according to the type of problem and frankly, for a returning newbie like me, half the trouble is diagnosing where the problem lies. There is a grammar and language to these matters that are distinct from everyday English usage.

In the end, through trying a multitude of suggested solutions including install and uninstall of plugins repeatedly I did hit upon a solution. I am still not certain which one of the fixes worked but here is the one page I finally found that actually addressed the issue.

Now that the crisis is over (oh how close I came to reverting to a blog) I can see how much I learnt today. For one thing, I gained a much more muscular version of the WYSWIG editor (TinyMCE) courtesy of a few clicks suggested by a friendly blogger that allowed an extended rather than default version to be accessed. I also learnt a bit about filtering whitelists and blacklists though I am still mystified by the entire process. Most of all in flitting between front and back end of my site I now have a slightly better appreciation of how the two ends work together. The terminology still gets to me and I suspect if I leave off for a few weeks as I may when semester begins and life gets hectic, I will not remember how to use this interface and will have to refresh my memory. To aid my colander of a memory bank, I’ve written this article. I hope I remember where to look for it…Wink

I'm a research fellow at an Australian university where I work on a number of projects. These include projects to do with new media and migration and the Chinese diaspora in Australia, projects on the Malaysian internet, ethno-religious issues in Singapore and Malaysia. And, before I forget many of the photos I use on this site were taken by my sister, Jessie and myself. All rights are reserved.