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How to solve "Fatal error: Can't use method return value in write context" after quickstart installation?

Some of our customers report that their website does not look as our demo site after quickstart installation. A website may look like it was broken and there may be a fatal error message similar to this one:

Fatal error: Can't use method return value in write context in /home/quickqui/public_html/modules/mod_jm_social_icons/mod_jm_social_icons.php on line 144

The above error occurs due to incompatibility of JM Socials Icons module with PHP version on a server.

How to solve this issue?

The solution is very quick and easy. You need to update the JM Socials Icons module.

Step 1: Login at

Step 2: Download the latest module version from your download area at

My Account -> Downloads -> Free modules

Step 3: Update the module on your site by installing the module package on your Joomla.

After installing the module, refresh your website and the issue should be gone.