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TOPIC: Beware Joomla Statistics Gotcha!

Beware Joomla Statistics Gotcha! 1 year 2 months ago #7865

  • robertf
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This problem will only affect you if you're disconnected from the internet, working offline or, like me, rogered by another Telstra broadband outage!

One of my dev (localhost on MAMP) 3.5.1 Joomla websites stopped displaying the front end. It looked like it was loading, slow--ly, but wouldn't display. The back end admin was fine.

I tried disabling and deleting recently added items, like menus and articles, and extensions. Nada! I even deleted the database and directory and reinstalled Joomla, but it just would not display the front end.

The REALLY annoying part is that it had worked fine yesterday. And I could not recall having installed or tweaked anything that could have broken it. (Other dev websites were fine.)

And then the penny dropped: Thanks to (another!) Telstra outage, I wasn't connected to the internet. So, I hooked up via Hotspot on my phone AND the website front end displayed. It didn't take long to realise the culprit was Joomla Statistics. I was certain I had selected Never on installing Joomla, but when I tried another fresh install (over the dev website), I didn't see the Joomla Statistics option(?).

Anyway, the solution was to change the settings in the plugin, which is called System – Joomla! Statistics and can be found in the plugin list available by clicking Extensions → Plugins in the admin main menu. I did select Never, but that didn't work, so I just disabled the plugin. Again, it took a while for the cached settings to refresh, but they did eventually and the dev website front end is now displaying fine.

I share this in the hope it saves someone else a VERY frustrating couple of hours! :angry:

PS. I downloaded the attached info on Joomla 3.5 Statistics from a Gavick Pro blog post:
www.gavick.com/blog/joomla-3-5
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