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Friday, January 22, 2016

Solving Error 500 caused by Joomla template

Getting an error spewed out when testing a local or remote website installation makes my heart race.  I had accessed the site over LAN using my smartphone. Things were smooth until I edited my Joomla template.
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My Apache redirects were working.  I have to got to share what for almost 15 minutes frustrated me after this came up Unable to load renderer class.

Reenactment

I wanted to add a module position to a Joomla template. I copied some code from above my desired module position and pasted it there. I save my changes. Went over to change an existing module to the newly created one, which by the way, I too declared in templateDetails.xml, anyway, saved changes to the module in the back-end and the nasty red error page comes up.

Panic

I read a few too many forum discussions about redirects, and restarted Apache. I went as far as changing the $livesite variable's value in the configuration file located in the root folder of the site to reflect my LAN IP. All to no avail.

Retrace your steps

After taking a deep breath, I thought about backtracking to get to the root of the issue. Soon enough I noticed a typo. A big bad one.

<jdoc:include type="modules" name="infoblock" style="html5" />

Should have actually been

<jdoc:include type="modules" name="infoblock" style="html5" /> 

Where infoblock is the name of the position being added.

If you were able to solve your problem after reading this post, drop me a comment.


Gotta go.

hector@nsa-hornet:~$ date; uptime
Fri Jan 22 21:58:50 CST 2016
 21:58:50 up  6:47,  2 users,  load average: 4.15, 4.23, 4.45