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Removing Title-Header on Wordpress

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If your WordPress theme is displaying the word BLOG or the menu title on the page, and you don't want it there, this simple hack will take care of removing the "title-header" element.

The method to add css will vary from template to template, you may have to edit your style.css file or add custom CSS into your template settings, in either event just add the following code and POOF - your title header is gone.

.title-header {display: none;}

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Adjusting Responsive Templates in Purity III

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I am truly loving the versatility that the Purity III template by JoomlArt gives me, it's an excellent design that takes a little getting used to in the administration section. As I work on the designs edge site, I will be recording many tutorial videos and posting them for you.

Be sure to subscribe on YouTube and share some feedback in the comments section, what tutorial would you like to see next?

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Over the past two days I have been trying to re-render a video clip, usually a simplistic process, but after an update to the sunab repositories, quite the task to complete.  After loading the latest 0.9.10 version of Kdenlive everything worked perfectly, until I hit the render button - then my RAM would be consumed and quickly spill onto the swap area degrading system performance, and sometimes requiring that I CTRL-ALT-F5 to login to terminal to kill the kdenlive & MLT processes.

Upon researching the issue today I found that others were having this issue with as much as 16GB of memory. This new issue is the 3rd time that I have had problems with kdenlive updates, every time I see it in my package manager, I shudder a little. Today; however, there is a new hope - un-be-knownst to me and many others there is a "Last Version" repo available. That's right, not bleeding edge, not the archaic ubuntu version either...a nice little hidden gem.

So, I removed the repo in my synaptic, purged kdenlive, mlt, fre0ir and other related installations and added this blissful repository to my system...

deb precise main 

That's right, and old repository with the 0.9.8 version ready to be installed. After some package wizardry, the correct repository references, I had rolled back to kdenlive 0.9.8 and rendered a file using the normal amounts of CPU & memory. 

As an older and non-code based user, I think I will keep the -1 version repo enabled, and unless you like debugging, you may want to as well.

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It seems to me that this would almost be core functionality in Joomla, but it's not. Having a single homepage can detract from a user's experience. So today I began using the "Nomad Plugin" for Joomla on one of my sites. I use the Purity III template by JoomlArt  (this template) almost exclusively now even though it has a whopper of a learning curve, but once you know how to properly manipulate the design, you can accomplish some pretty amazing things. When Purity III is in mobile mode, it displays the sites logo or name as a button and I need the target of that button to change depending on if you are a guest, or an authenticated user.

A couple of notes on Nomad - first, it does what it says - 

Nomad is not login redirection, it's homepage redirection!!! Joomla gives you a single homepage - Nomad gives as many as you need! Per-group or per-user - as many as you need.

but, there are some caveats.

First, it does not override the default joomla menu item - where you put the star still determines what pages new visitors will see. Second it does redirect users once they are authenticated (social, joomla or EasySocial) logins. Once the user is identified as a group member - Nomad will silently redirect that group to the page you have assigned with almost no overhead.

If you are using Nomad or trying to accomplish the same thing, I would love to hear from you in the comments.  Also, please excuse the emptiness of the site, recently migrated to 3.2 and still moving data over, so please be patient.



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