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Embed a Gift Certificate in Email with Virtuemart and Joomla

By default, our Gift Certificate software for VM 2 includes an email template with an embedded gift certificate.  However, you may need to change the design, specs, or otherwise modify the image dimensions to your liking.  Follow this tutorial to find out how to properly embed an image background in an email.

New Website, New Software, New OS Ignite

The new OS Ignite website has been launched along with a brand new version of the Virtuemart 2 Gift Certificate component.  A complete re-build from the ground up, with all new features, it is now a comprehensive solution.

Create Gift Certificates for Virtuemart 2, New Extension

We have developed, tested, and fully released one of our first new extensions for Virtuemart 2.  This plugin will allow any store owner to quickly set a specific Virtuemart 2 category, or multiple categories, as flagged for gift certificate products.  This means that any product found in one of these categories will generate a gift certificate for the purchasing customer.

Fastest CSS Image Mouseover Effect

To achieve an image mouseover effect with CSS, you only need a few lines of code an a single image. No javascript and no dependency on clunky onload() or onmouseover() events.  Another great part about this method is that you will be utilizing a single image, rather than two images (inactive state and active state), so it is ultra fast, with no additional image to load.

Basic Joomla! 1.5 Module Styling, Rounded Modules

Creating a round module is a fairly common need with creators of a Joomla! 1.5 template, and it’s actually quite easy.  The creators of Joomla! put in a pre-set module type just to deal with this need, and made it easy to access.  By simply making changes to two files for the template, you can create your own rounded Joomla module.  The two files ‘template.css‘ and ‘index.php‘ can even be edited from the Administrator console directly if you are scared to access your site via FTP.

Joomla 1.5…Link to Article Without a Visible Menu

There are two methods for linking to a Joomla! 1.5 article available, and depending if you are using Search Engine Friendly (SEF) URLs you should use one or the other.  As of the writing of this post, there is no built in method for inserting direct article links while typing in another article, although there are several extensions that will do this (GET JCE EDITOR).  However, if you know what you are doing, it is very easy to accomplish yourself without any extension usage or writing.

Making the .htaccess SEF URLs Work With Godaddy Hosting

Help! My .htaccess doesn’t work on Godaddy hosting or ‘blablabla’ hosting. I hear this a lot, and as a professional website developer I have used Joomla! with search engine friendly URLs on more hosts than I can count.  There are some that are trickier than others and even a few that just plain won’t work no matter what.

Most of the people having problems with their .htaccess file on various hosts are having the problem because of two simple reasons.

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