Joomla, Hacks and Spammers

joomlaJoomla is a very mature CMS. Nobody can argue about that. It has won the CMS of the Year award and has a very active developer team and community.

There are numerous add-ons for Joomla to suit any type of website. There are open-source add-ons and there are commercial ones. There are hacks to modify some functionalities. It is a pity however that implementing a hack means obliterating the code and could lso be a possible source of security breach.

One such feature that I always wanted to be a part of the Joomla core is the CAPTCHA. There are numerous CAPTCHA add-ons listed on the Joomla download site but thay are all hacks which requires editing the orignal Joomla core to implement.

Another problem with hacks in Joomla is the possiblity of over-writing the modiied code when upgrading to the current version.

The use of CAPTCHA is very important for site which hav user registrations. I stopped user registration in my site TFE to stop spams as I am getting several spam registrations everyday. After three months when I open up registation again, in just a couple of hours, I already got two (2) spam registrations. That's how nasty spammers are.

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About the Author

Ver Pangonilo
A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).
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