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11-22-2005, 02:21 PM
Post: #11
Help with session save path
All my sucessful installations use the default PHP 4 PHP-CGI, so I strongly suspect that using PHP5 is the problem. I'm not sure where you "selected" php 5...in the Joomla install (I don't recall seeing it there, but if I did I would have chosen PHP4 as that's how all my domains are configured), in setting up your domain (again, I've not seen that, as I have been with dreamhost since long before PHP5 was available, and have used only the DH PHP 4), or in "some other setting".

My advice is:

1) clear your directory.
2) Make sure you are using the default PHP-CGI PHP4 on your domain (Control Panel, etc.)
3) wait till everything is reset
4) reinstall the "one-click" Joomla, or "manually" install the newest Joomla 1.04 (security fixes) if the "one-click" is still using 1.03
5) Enjoy.

I suppose there is always the chance that something might still be wrong, but the process I described is what worked "like a charm" for me yesterday when I did it to test for your problem.

There are some compatibility issues with Joomla with PHP 5, especially if you have not compiled your own at DH. To use Joomla fully, you *do not* need PHP 5.

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rlparker
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11-22-2005, 03:00 PM
Post: #12
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You might want to check out this thread....looks like DH PHP5 might not be quite "ready for prime time" for most users ;-)

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11-22-2005, 06:02 PM
Post: #13
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IT WORKED!!!
It was just a matter of switching back to PHP4 in the domain name settings.
I have successfully logged into the sites admin section now and I am so relieved.
I need to now try and upload my Mambo site over the top of Joomla or maybe I will just use Joomla with my sites template. I haven't built the site as yet so maybe this will be the best option.
Thanks heaps for all your support, I couldn't have done it without you Smile

Kind regards,
Jonathan.
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11-22-2005, 06:25 PM
Post: #14
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Congratulations! I'm glad you got it working. One caution, though, is that I *strongly advise against* your trying to "upload my Mambo site over the top of Joomla". You are liable to creat a whole slew of problems that way.

The templates should be interchangable, with only the slightest (usually, none at all!) changes between Mambo and Joomla, and the Joomla code is considerably better debugged then the Mambo code.

Since the site isn't built yet, I think you should just build it in Joomla (there is no better way to learn to enjoy the power of Joomla CMS than to play with it!).

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11-22-2005, 06:47 PM
Post: #15
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Template worked fine so I am not even going to torture myself by trying to overwrite Joomla with Mambo...so not up for that!
Will I be able to enable SEF by changing the htaccess file?
At the moment I am just thankful it's running, all the rest will work itself out in the end I guess Wink
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11-22-2005, 06:56 PM
Post: #16
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Yes, all you have to do is enable the SEF in the Joomla Site Configuration section of the backend, and rename the htaccess,txt file to .htaccess and you are good to go!

THe site looks nice and, I think, I managed to get to be the first registered user... WooHoo!

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11-22-2005, 07:07 PM
Post: #17
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LOL...thanks mate Wink
I really love Mambo/Joomla...it sure beats messing around with a HTML editor then having to upload the files.
It took me weeks to get a grasp of Mambo but now the light has turned on and I feel like I am on my way to conquering it at last!
What are your websites? I like to check out what other people are doing with Mambo.
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11-22-2005, 07:59 PM
Post: #18
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I've done a bunch... several with Mambo, and now Joomla. Some have since been "taken over" by my clients (which was, to me, the whole point of Mambo/Joomla) and, subsequently, have gotten "a little rough around the edges" (or maybe "dog-earred" is a better term ;-) since they took over populating them and doing some dastardly bad things with the content (remember when the secretary in the 80's discovered fonts - OMG!) but here a couple of "typical" sites I've built for clients:

http://klatchroasting.com
http://acquisitionventures.com
http://christianminstrels.dreamhosters.com - pro bono

and an older one that the client has definately "made his own" ;-)

http://johnnystarr.com

my own site is currently suffering from the old "the cobbler's children have no shoes" syndrome...hasn't been updated in *years*and now really reflects badly on my work. I've just been building stuff for clients. I really need to re-do mine, but I don't have the money to hire myself! he he he...

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11-23-2005, 05:18 PM
Post: #19
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I am in the same boat as you with my very first website, I haven't updated it for well over a year now! I will just scrap it and replace it with a Joomla site Wink
Your latest Joomla sites look great...is web design your full-time job?
I see what you mean about your clients handy work...the great thing about Mambo is it is so easy for the client to take over the site...so you gotta love that!
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11-23-2005, 09:15 PM
Post: #20
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Thanks for your kind remarks....I *don't" consider myself a "designer", but I *do* develop websites, and provide other internet and IS systems consulting and training on a "full-time" basis.

I agree with you that "you gotta love" giving the small business user the ability to control their content, and Joomla/Mambo (and other CMS systems) make that a reasonable proposition for the "little guy" that can't afford to have a "webmaster" make all the little mods, changes, addition, deletions, that are part of *operating* a site. Frankly, very few of my clients can really afford to pay me, or anyone other than the $10 and hour High School kid, or "off-shore and out-sourced" third world coders to do that kind of work.

I just try to give them a servicable, attractive, and well-architected site (and initial training) and let them take it from there. Some do better than others, and others who can afford it have me maintain it. Ultimately, it gives the *client* the ability to balance their budget with the quality of their site, and seems to work out, either way, well enough.

Doesn't leave an impressive portfolio of stylish "cutting edge" or innovative sites to show off....but it pays the bills.

--rlparker
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