Solved Network Solutions Email 550 5.7.1 Connection refused

We have a customer who purchased business class emails with Network Solutions. Our customer had issues right away with delays in email and rejections. This turned out to be a outdated Sender Policy Framework (SPF) record in the DNS settings. This didn’t solve all the issues.

One user was still having issues with delayed emails. We sent an email to user-1 but got a rejection for user-2. Turned out user-1 was set to forward to user-2. We added user-1 email address to user-2 email account as a safe sender; however, we got still got rejections. We ended up just turning the forwarding off and everything was working.

Not really a solution, but it is working. We are not a fan of Network Solution here.

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FontAwesome Alternative Google Icons

We use icons all the time. Sometimes it is a simple FontAwesome or Icomoon fonts. Other times we make our own through Illustrator. We stumbled upon Google’s icons and discovered there are a ton of them. Great looking artwork and easy to use. We watched the following video before using them and found it helpful.

Here is a link to the Google Icons page.

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The User’s password must be changed before signing in

This is something we see often; however, today we got this message and it took several tries to get it right. Often we jump into the Active Directory and reset the password with the option for the user to change the password again on next sign on. This is method I took and we got the following afterwards.

We had to set the password and this time we did not check the “must change password on next sign on. “

This got us into the machine. Once in we were able to hit CTL + ALT + DEL, go the Password Change option, and the user was able to set the password they wanted.

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Error: Attempt to assign property “group” on null: Attempt to assign property “group” on null

We were getting this error while moving a Joomla site. This is a 3.10.8 site that has been upgraded for many years, so there were experimental plugins, modules, and components that could be the issue. Lucky for us this turned out to be a simple update to the Gantry Framework. We updated the framework to 5.5.12 and the site was fine.

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XAMPP Update to PHP 8

We use XAMPP as well as WAMP, but our XAMPP’s PHP was outdated.

Go to this URL:

Download the latest “Portable Package“.

In our XAMPP directory we renamed two folders “apache” and “php” by adding “-old” to each folder. We used 7-Zip to open the downloaded “Portable Package” and extracted the two folders “apache” and “php” into the “C:/xampp/” folder. We restarted our XAMPP by stopping and starting it again.

We were so please when everything was working the way it should. Many other tutorials on this didn’t include replacing the Apache folder, but those techniques didn’t work for us.

We thought we were done till we needed to access PHPmyAdmin. This was not connecting. Looking around on the web we found a great article from OS Training that resolved our issue. We renamed our phpmyadmin folder in XAMPP by adding “-old“, and coping the folder from the “Portable Package”. Next we copied the file “” from the old folder to the new one. This resolved our PHPmyAdmin issue. Now we were fully upgraded without reinstalling XAMPP.

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Gantry Use Joomla Media Folder

We have used Rocket Theme’s Gantry templates a number of times, but have never liked having the images stored in the Gantry/Images folder. We are use to using Joomla‘s native Media folder, and were happy when we found the way in Gantry to do this. We will show you how to do it.

  • Log into the back end of the site, and go to site’s template.
    There is a different path between Joomla 3 and Joomla 4.
  • Go into the “Styles” aspect of any of the Gantry templates you are using. We have 5 gantry templates we run, so just pick one.
  • In the upper-right click on the “Extras” button and select “Platform Settings“.

Click on the “System – Gantry 5” tab and toggle “Use Joomla Images Folder“.

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Mobile Friendly Website Test

We have found that following Google’s Search Console tips work great for your website’s Search Engine Results, so we get an email from Google saying there is a issue with Mobile we jump on it. We got one today and we don’t remember being directed to the following page before. We decided to post this URL to help ourselves as well as others. Here is the link to Google’s Mobile Friendly tester.

We will be looking at each of the sites maintain to help our customer stay at the top of search engine results. Staying on top of our search engines results has been a huge benefit to our business, and we hope to do the same for yours.

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“Domain Registry” Expiration Scam

We received a letter from Domain Registry looking to renew our domain. They sent a form for us to fill out with credit card information or we can go to their website to pay the bill. They do not own our domain, so this is a complete scam.

Their website looks totally legit, and has a form to pay for the domain renewal online. These attempts are looking more legitimate and we want to make sure our customers don’t get taken by this scam. Feel free to pass this information to anyone.

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Full Page Screen Shot Firefox

When designing a website it is hard to see the full web page when the content is added, so printing the full page is helpful to show the customer. We were looking for a quick way to do this and found Firefox has a great tool built-in. We used the following documentation from Mozilla to figure out how to take a full page screen shot.

In the end it is so easy. Just Shift +CTL + s, but give it time to build. Then you can save and print it.

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