Website Management

Documentation for processes/procedures for managing the FHA website.

Please use these email addresses to ask for or provide information about FHA website services.

Question or Problem Send Email To
  • Can't Login
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help@fearringtonfha.org
  • Content Issues
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managers@fearringtonfha.org
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notices@fearringtonfha.org

Directory Changes (Accepted ONLY from resident except as noted

  • New resident
  • Changed name, address or contact information
  • Residency ended (Accepted from neighbor or Area/Block Contact)
directory@fearringtonfha.org
  • Payments or Receipts
  • Covenants Issues or Procedures
  • Common Property Maintenance
fha@fearringtonfha.org

This capability is provided by the free Joomla plug-in "Simple Popup", which is configured under Plugins on the back end.

To activate the Simple Popup, copy and paste the following three lines of code into the bottom of ehe website home page FHA Front Page (NOTE: EDIT THIS PAGE TO VIEW CODE):

Remember to remove these lines after the reason for the message goes away.

The article with ID=3433 is entitled "Emergency Urgent Notice". The {simplepopup} on the first line will cause the article #3433 to be displayed as a popup in what's called "fancy window" style, provided a) the article is published, and b) there is no cookie named "spuFhaUrgentMessage". (spu=simple pop up, of course.) If 3433 is not published, or has expired, or the cookie exists, nothing will be shown. If the popup IS shown, the cookie is set with a lifetime of seven...

First, RENAME THE FILE. You don't need to upload files like "Bylaws as amended 2017.pdf". Before you upload them change their name to a simple, one-word, easy to remember name like "bylaws.pdf" Why?

Assuming the file is replacing a previously linked file of the same name, when you upload (see below) the updated file, it will just replace the previous one on the website, and you're done. No relinking needed, no hunting around for a lengthy file name. Go pour a favorite beverage and congratulate yourself.

If this is a file to be linked for the first time, upload the PDF file (video instructions here) to your group's image directory, usually found in

Root/stories/blog_pics/[group_name]/
   or
Root/[group_name]/

*REMEMBER: Give your uploaded PDFs a generic file name like "ApplicationForm.pdf" instead of "Application Form for 2014 dated 1-15-2014.pdf" so you don't have to change the LINK every year, just upload the new file, remaned to be...

The Smart Content Manager (SCM) is difficult to configure, layering a complex set of new permissions over the already impenetrable Joomla 2.5 permissions. To learn about the Jooml permissions (Access Control List - ACL) see

http://docs.joomla.org/J2.5:Access_Control_List_Tutorial

To learn generically about SCM capabilities please review the SCM online help, installed on our site at

http://www.fearringtonfha.org/index.php?option=com_smartcontentmanager&controller=help

This should give you an overall idea of what SCM does. It was installed to give the website's Group Publishers a tool they could use to edit and manager their own content from the website's front end.

I (Jim) don't believe the component works exactly as one would undertstand it should work from reading the documentation on the link above. This may be a failure to communicate, as they say, but after a number of emails back and forth with the authors of SCM (and a threat to demand a refund of the € 15 it costs), and...

The Quick Reference page linked on the top menu under "Info" needs to be updated when the directory is republished in order to get the page numbers in the "printable" Quick Reference to match the new directory pages.

Clicking the Quick Reference link shows only website links for available information, while the "Print" box at the bottom of the page will print the information on a single sheet of paper and will refer to page numbers in the FHA directory. Three files are used to display and print the information:

  1. /fhaphp/fyi.php - invoked by a Joomla article. Calls a function to display the reference material, and displays a print "button" at the bottom
  2. /newprint/fyisource.php - contains reference material source, including page numbers that may change. CSS (@media groupings) used to differentiate between screen display and print display.
  3. /newprint/fyi.css - CSS to display the Quick Reference page as a web page or as a print...

This is a small text file placed in the site's root directory that is meant to have the effect of disallowing automated indexing of files on the website by search engine crawlers.

For the FHA site, the following additional directories have been disallowed in robots.txt: /newprint, /fhaphp, /code, and /dev. These directories MAY contain personally identifiable information (e.g., email addresses, phone numbers) which, if discovered by a search engine, would subvert the security protections afforded by Joomla's access level protection for menu items and files. 

The "DEV Site" is the FHA administrators' test bed, and is accessed as

dev.fearringtonfha.org

When embarking on a new project that has the potential of disrupting or breaking the function of the FHA website, the DEV site should be "refreshed", meaning the production site's current state should be replicated on the DEV site.

This is easily done using a current backup file from Akeeba Backup, plus a downloaded (to get the most current copy) program called kickstart.php, available at

https://www.akeebabackup.com/download/akeeba-kickstart.html

Download the kickstart zip file, unzip it, and then extract from the ZIP file two files:

  1. kickstart.php and
  2. eng-GB.kickstart.ini

Upload these to the website's /dev directory.

Now login to hostmonster.com and, using the cPanel's File Manager, copy the latest backup (a large file with extension 'jpa') from /public_html/administrator/components/com_akeeba/backup to /public_html/dev.

There are now three new files on the DEV site, and you can begin the restoration of the backup on DEV...

If you have a need to put a link to a group's website in text outside of the "Groups Directory" (linked from the Groups drop-downmenu and from "Clubs and Organizations" on the left menu), there is, as of 12/15/2011, a relatively easy way to make a link to the group website:

http://group.fearringtonfha.org?TitleString (i)

or alternatively

http://group.fearringtonfha.org?GroupID (ii)

Format (i) requires an unambiguous character string that is a part of the group's title. For example, "adopt" (without quotes) is unambiguous, as there is only one group that has this character string in it: Adopt-a-Highway. However, "women" is ambiguous because there are two groups with titles that include "women": Women of Fearrington and American Association of University Women.

Format (ii) requires the id-number of the group as it is stored in the FHA website directory. This id-number has been added to a group's directory listing, printed in a very light gray on...

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