A simple question checklist to get you started on your new website

This simple checklist will help you think about all the aspects of your website. This will help you to have a good understanding of what you are trying to achieve in your own head before beginning. It is very important to be prepared before you begin a website project and before you sit down with your web designer. It will save you both time and money.  


Basic Information

Starting with the simple questions. 
  1. Who is the main contact, mailing address, email & phone? 
  2. What is your preferred method of contact?
  3. Is there a different billing address or contact?  

Broad Overview 

Broad overview questions are not to include any specifics, pull back and think big picture. 
  1. What is your business and what do you sell/promote?
  2. What is unique about your business or company?
  3. Do you have a slogan or tagline?
  4. Is this website to be ecommerce or information based? 
  5. What are some expectations that you have of this website?  
  6. Pretend it is six months from now. How will you know your website has been a success?

Website Specific  

These questions are looking at your website goals and needs. 
  1. Are there any collateral marketing materials (brochures, publications, corporate identity programs, or posters), or media (video or audio) that the Web site needs to be consistent with?
  2. Are there specific colors that should be used?
  3. Do you also need a logo?
  4. Do you need marketing materials and media to be created that are consistent with your new Web site? 
  5. What kind of people are you targeting with your website (age, demographic, etc)? 
  6. What do you want people to do after visiting your website (buy something, do something, response)? 
  7. How much of the content must be created from scratch and have you started that process? 
  8. Is your content in electronic form, and if not, do I need to handle the text conversion? 
  9. If you could, write out what you think the pages would be on your website (home, about us, services, products, etc)? 
  10. Tell us anything you can about the organization and content of the site. What features are necessary? (i.e. search, ecommerce, downloads, password-protected areas, mail forms, slideshows,  events, social integration, encryption, etc.) 
  11. Are there parts of competitor sites that you like? 
  12. Are there parts of competitor sites that you hate?


I always provide training for my clients to ensure they know how to use the website to make updates. Serious clients also sign up for dedicated help that ensures they receive security updates and faster support.  
  1. How many people will require training? 
  2. Have you managed a website before? 
  3. Are you familiar with website backups and security?

Hosting & Domains

I provide affordable hosting with full Control Panels (cPanel) for all my hosting clients. I also provide domain management.   Don’t worry if your answers are no, we can set those up right away! 
  1. Do you already have a domain name registered?
  2. Do you already have webhosting? 
  3. If so do you want me to transfer them to my system for you?

How to get started

You don’t need to have all of these questions answered before we begin your website, and chances are that some of your answers may change as you go along. 
Now give me a call at 204-648-4952 or contact me by email. 
I’m looking forward to building your web project for you! 

How can I insert a PDF into Joomla as a Content Link?

Inserting a PDF into Joomla content is very similar to inserting an image. You can use the image manager to upload and organize your PDF documents. Then create a link in your article to the same URL as your PDF document. This way when one clicks on the link the PDF will be opened. 
It is best to make sure to set the link to open in a new window, as by default, when one is done looking at the PDF they will close the document and your website along with it :( . 

Need a better tutorial? Follow this video, or if you need help then please contact me for Dedicated Help. 


How to automatically logout a user when they submit a form - RSForm Pro Joomla

This technique can be used on absolutely any form you want, but what we want to do is automatically log out the user after they submit a form. To do this we are using RSform Pro and the Quick Logout component in Joomla 2.5.

The first thing I’ve done is I downloaded and installed Quick Logout.

Now you’re going to create a new menu item. Just call it logout and link it to the menu item quick logout and the redirect page is going to be to our thank you page. To create your own thank-you page go into your content and create an article.

Now login to your webpage and find the URL to your logout menu item. You may have to login to see it.

Go to RS form Pro, manage forms, and pull up the form that you’re working on.

Under Properties, Form Info, set “Show Thank-you message” to no. This will also automatically remove the continue button.

Now enter in the URL of your logout menu in the “Return URL” field and save.

This will cause that when the form is submitted successfully, the user will be redirected to the logout link, which will automatically log the user out of the website, and then forward them to the thank-you page, or wherever else you want them to be forwarded to.

Still not making sense? Watch the tutorial video for a better understanding on how to automatically logout a user when they submit a form.

How to hide conditional fields in an RSForm Pro Email

Good morning, Merry Christmas and all that fun stuff!

Welcome to Richard Bankert Web Design Tutorials. Today we are looking at RSForm Pro and we had a question here: How do I make the Email to the Customer admin with different values? We were talking about conditional forms when this question was asked. So, I’m going to cover this topic. If you are looking for something different, then leave another comment below and we’ll make another tutorial on that.

So, in this tutorial what we are going to cover is, if you have conditional fields, how do you make them to show or not show, based on if they have values or not?

So, if I have an Email where I want to send something to.. let’s just get into it here and we’ll start. Let’s make a conditional field here, just to get things started. So, Newsletter sign up - No thanks, Subscribe, Unsubscribe. We chose Subscribe and we’re going to make a conditional field that will show up, if someone says: Subscribe. If you need to know how to do conditional fields, you can look at my tutorial on: “How to add multiple conditional fields in RSForm Pro”. I’ll put that link up here.

So, here we have this new condition. We now have the field, and I’m going to hit: Preview.

You can see we can say: No thanks, and that field goes away, so it’s conditional, based on what you choose. Now when we have our letter going out to say, the admin, what if we don’t want that Email to be in there? So, I’m just going to grab all of these… If someone from RSForm Pro is watching this, this needs to be changed. This is terrible, on the side here, it’s hard to work with. Everything else is pretty good, but this is hard to work with. So, I’m dragging all my values and I’m just going to put it in here.

So, right now we have all of our values into our Email and we also have this Tell us why caption. What this does is it allows us to have our Caption name and then the value in there.

What if we have a condition where the Email is going to someone, and if the condition is met, this information is supposed to be sent to user A, if the condition is not met, then we don’t want this value passed on, we want this value to just not be there at all. However, we only have certain amount of Emails that we can send out, so we want to specify what information gets sent which direction.

In our condition, we can say here… If this condition doesn't get filled out, that means if it’s blank, there’s nothing there at all, that means we can say something like this: if, then Space, now we have our Tell us why caption, we go to the end of it, we add another curly bracket, then I’m just going to clean that up, and then we’re going to put a curly bracket in the end, SLASH, if, closing bracket. So, what this does is: If this has a value, it will display it. If it does not have a value, then it won’t get displayed. One thing to know is this is starting with Revision Number 46, so if you have an older version of RSForm, you may have to upgrade in order to use this short-code, cause they added it about a year ago I guess. So, now when you send your Email, if there’s no value, it won’t get shown at all.

The other thing that you can do in here is: you can actually add text, so right in here I can say: I want to subscribe because… and then this. Everything within here doesn't get shown. So, you can actually use this to control various texts, as well as if someone selects something, and you can have information show up in your letter, that won’t show up if someone doesn't select that.

So, that’s a quick answer. I hope that’s what you were looking for. If you were looking for something else, please let me know and I will do another tutorial.

Thanks for visiting RichardBankertWebDesign.com today and I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

How to insert a PDF into a Joomla article in 5 easy steps

There may be times when you need to insert a PDF into your Joomla 2.5 article, and if you do not have a downloads manager installed than this can appear to be quite the task. But don’t worry, inserting your PDF’s into your Joomla article is easier than it looks.

Here I am going to show you a quick and easy way to insert your pdf file in 5 easy steps. Total completion time…less than 5 minutes.

If you are using Joomla 1.5 the steps are exactly the same, just your Media Manager location may be different. Just follow these steps to get yourself rolling.

Joomla 2.5 Media Manager Quick iconStep 1: Start with your Joomla Media Manager. You can find this in your admin control panel quick icons or in Joomla 2.5 you can find this in your admin area under - content -> media manager, and in Joomla 1.5 – site -> media manager.  


Step 2: To help keep your PDF’s separate create a folder, using the create folder button on the bottom right, called “pdf” or whatever you wish to name it.

Create Folder

Step 3: Now open your pdf folder and click the “Upload Files” button. This will allow you to select a file from your computer. Then clicking the “Start Upload” button.

Upload Files

Step 4: Now navigate to the article you wish to insert your pdf in.  Create some text, such as “download my awesome Joomla pdf file here”, or highlight some text you wish to associate with the file and click on the cable/link icon on the toolbar.

Joomla Toolbar with link icon highlighted

Step 5: A popup will open, enter the following URL, substituting your information in http://www.yourdomain.com/images/pdf/yourPDFfile.pdf. To make sure that the URL is pointed correctly open a new tab and copy and paste the URL into it. It should open up your desired PDF file. Select whether you want to open the file in the same window or a new window from the “Target” drop-down menu.

Insert/Edit popup

Next, Click “Insert” and save your Joomla article.

Insert Cancel Buttons

You should now have a PDF properly inserted into your Joomla article.

Do you want a proper Joomla downloads manager to control your pdf files? Need to sell files, have easy uploads, restrict who can access them or just want an easier way to manager PDF’s in Joomla 2.5? Contact me to get started. I can help you with your PDF woes so you can get back to doing what you do!


How to insert a PDF into Joomla as a menu link

There may be times when you want to point a menu link directly to a PDF document. Follow this tutorial to easily link to your PDF so that it opens automatically in a new window. This option is used best when you do not have a downloads manager.


What is the default Joomla 2.5 article url?

The default url for Joomla 2.5 to access a specific article without creating a menu link is:


The number at the end, in this case 22, is the id of your article. You can find this number in your article manager on the right hand side. 

Just add that string after yourwebsitename.com, correct the article id at the end to your article. 

For example:

What is the default Joomla 2.5 user edit profile url?

The default url for Joomla 2.5 to access the user edit profile page form without creating a menu link is:


Just add that string after yourwebsitename.com

For example:

What is the default Joomla 2.5 user login url?

The default url for Joomla 2.5 to access the user login page form without creating a menu link is:


Just add that string after yourwebsitename.com

For example:

What is the default Joomla 2.5 user password reset url?

The default url for Joomla 2.5 to access the password reset page form without creating a menu link is:


Just add that string after yourwebsitename.com

For example:

What is the default Joomla 2.5 user profile url?

The default url for Joomla 2.5 to access the user profile page form without creating a menu link is:


Just add that string after yourwebsitename.com

For example:

What is the default Joomla 2.5 user registration url?

The default url for Joomla 2.5 to access the user registration page form without creating a menu link is:


Just add that string after yourwebsitename.com

For example:

What is the default Joomla 2.5 username remind url?

The default url for Joomla 2.5 to access the username remind page form without creating a menu link is:


Just add that string after yourwebsitename.com

For example:

What is the front-end/back-end of Joomla?

What is the front-end/back-end of Joomla? I am often asked this question by clients who are new to dynamic websites. When you create a Joomla website you can think of it as creating two websites.

  • The first is the front-end or public web site that is accessed by typing in your url (http://www.yourwebsite.com).
  • The second is the back-end or administrator web site that is accessed by typing in (http://www.yourwebsite.com/administrator)

NOTE: If you have developed your website with Richard Bankert Web Design typing in (http://www.yourwebsite.com/administrator) may not take you to your login screen as your administrator page is hidden via a special script.

It is possible to do some administrative functions from the front-end of your website. These functions may vary depending on your particular set of extensions. For a simple install you will be able to change your links, articles, add new articles, and edit your own profile details.

The back end is where most of your site changes can and should be made. Note that the back end of your website is quite simple to navigate and manage. It can also be a place where you can damage your website so if you have a question about the back-end of your Joomla install please contact us.

The first thing you will notice is the quick links buttons. From here you manage existing articles, your front page (or landing page), sections, categories, your media, languages, and change your global configurations. Above the quick links you will also see a menu bar that contains all the available options in the back-end.

We will not discuss the back end in Joomla here, but will create a new post for that that you can find here once I have created it. Need some help with your Joomla install or need a new website? Fill out my quote form or drop me a comment below.

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