Did you know that Joomla is the second most popular CMS in the world (after WordPress)? Joomla is a free CMS with millions of users, suitable for corporate and personal projects, e-commerce and non-profit sites, community and government pages, etc.
If your website is running on this platform, you should read as many dedicated articles as possible. How well do you know the platform? What kind of errors can you encounter while using it? We will answer these questions, so keep reading this dedicated Joomla guide.
Why do you need to be familiar with your CMS platform?
A CMS, or content management system, enables you to edit, manage, and maintain a website and its pages in a single interface. To use a CMS, you don’t require any special technical skills and knowledge.
However, you do need to spend time getting to know the platform of your choice.
If you still haven’t decided what CMS to use, you should first get acquainted with the technical specifications. For example, the minimal Joomla 3.x server requirements include PHP 5.3.x or above, MySQL 5.1 or above, or Apache 2.0 or above.
What kind of errors can you have with Joomla?
All websites encounter issues, regardless of the CMS. Since this CMS runs on PHP, some of the problems you can have with it are related to PHP. If PHP runs into an issue, it will report it to you. The unfortunate thing is that the errors may show up on your website, becoming visible to your visitors.
So, so what are the most common PHP problems on a Joomla website?
First of all, we should mention that PHP issues can be presented as notices, warnings, and errors. Notices are not that crucial, generated when the script bumps into something that could indicate an error. However, it may also turn out to be a typical case of running a script. So, with notices, you shouldn’t be that worried.
The next group consists of warnings which are considered more severe but are unlikely to break your site. They are non-fatal errors that are caused when the execution of the script is not halted.
And then, there are the errors or the most severe issues that can break your website. PHP describes them as “fatal run-time errors.” In most cases, you can’t recover from such troubles because the script’s execution is halted. An example of such a fatal happening is a memory allocation problem.
If you don’t want your visitors to come across any of the described error messages, you can disable error reporting on your site. You can do so by going to your website, then selecting global configuration, server, and error reporting. Once there, you can choose from five options depending on your expertise.
Another option for you is to fix the encountered problem. If you don’t have a developer by your side, you can perform some basic checks, such as ensuring your website and extensions are updated. If you don’t have the budget to hire a developer, you can rely on expert blogs such as HowToHosting.guide that feature detailed tutorials and tips on various topics, such as how to install Joomla templates.