HISCOM Site Customisations

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Both the HISCOM web site and this wiki have been customised. The following changes have been made so far to support committee members.


Note: The Joomla portion of the site had remained unedited since late 2008, and thus it was removed in mid-2011.

  • Hacked the template index.php so it uses a 1024 pixel wide default. The original 800 pixel wide template was too narrow.[1]
  • Hacked the template template_css.css[2] so it enabled a number of things:
    • Larger text (to 12px default) for tired eyes. 11px default for news feeds and modules so the main content is given the user's focus.
    • Wider site title so we could get the whole committee name in the title.
    • Fixed the left margin and bolding on newsfeed display so that more text could fit in the news feed box.
    • Left aligned the syndication icons because centred looked wrong.
  • Enabled the default Joomla "search engine friendly URLs".
  • Changed display of content items and components so the resulting pages are less distracting — Joomla puts out a lot of extra stuff on certain pages, and this was making the page too complex.
  • Enabled the News menu item so we can trawl through the news items more easily
  • Enabled the Links menu item so we can link to member sites and related organisations. Removed TDWG link from the menu now that it was on the Links page.
  • Enabled the Contact Us menu item with one contact for the HISCOM Chair, directed to the chair at hiscom.chah.org.au email address.
  • Added our own custom .ico file in place of the Joomla default.
  • Tested the FAQs feature, but found that the Contact Us feature was going to do a better job.
  • Added Links and News items to test the new features.
  • Upgraded to Joomla Version 1.0.13 (was pretty easy, just backed up the template folder, ran the upgrade from the cpanel fantastico function and then restored the template) --Peter 13:49, 2 August 2007 (EST)
  • Updated the Global Configuration to ensure the new .ico continues to be used after the site upgrade. Benr 21:23, 6 August 2007 (EST)
  • Updated the menu item for "Links" so it doesn't display hits for each Member Site or Related Organisation. Benr 12:37, 9 August 2007 (EST)


  • Ran the edits suggested at http://bit.ly/qzJvW1 so that the site runs in PHP 5.3.
  • Implemented the Cite.php extension[3] so that our pages can do citations and references.
  • Enabled file uploads[4] so that PDFs could be created and uploaded in place of some older HTML-based technical manuals that were too difficult to convert to Wiki or Joomla pages.
  • Added a logo that matches the main site.


  1. http://forum.joomla.org/index.php?topic=8044.msg97057
  2. the customisations are mostly at the end of the file
  3. http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Cite/Cite.php
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Images_and_other_uploaded_files#Uploading_non-image_files