Matomo: The Best Alternative to Google Analytics for Joomla

Matomo: The Best Alternative to Google Analytics for Joomla

Over the last year or so, we've heard from more and more people who want to drop large, centralized services such as Google Analytics.

The most common reason is privacy. People want to stop sharing so much data with Google. I suspect this is partly driven by a new focus on privacy and data protection laws. But increasingly, many users just don't trust Google.

Another reason is simplicity. The Google Analytics interface is increasingly busy and people often want easier access to important trends.

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Joomlashack's Managed Hosting is Available in Beta

Managed Joomla Hosting is Available in Beta

Are you tired of managing your Joomla site's updates and backups?

Do you have more important tasks than configuring your SSL, CDN, and SMTP server?

Then we have the Joomla hosting for you.

Today is the beta launch of the very first managed Joomla hosting service

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Remove Duplicate jQuery Files in Joomla With jQuery Easy

Remove Duplicate jQuery Files in Joomla With jQuery Easy

One common problem with all CMS's is 3rd party software that loads extra scripts. This can often lead to slower sites or conflicts with other software on your site.

For example, In WordPress, Joomla and other platforms, it's not unusual for software to load their own jQuery libraries.

jQuery Easy is a Joomla plugin which helps fix common conflicts with jQuery files. The extension makes sure that you only ever load a single file.

Here's how to use jQuery Easy ...

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How to Add Custom Fields to the Joomla Contact Form

How to Add Custom Fields to the Joomla Contact Form

Many people choose to use an extension such as Shack Forms to create their contact forms.

Shack Forms is a great choice, but with the arrival of custom fields in Joomla, you can also customize contact forms with the Joomla core.

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Get Email Notifications When Users Join Your Joomla Site

Email Notifications When Users Join Your Joomla Site

One of our users asked us how they could receive an email notification whenever a new user registered at their Joomla site.

In this tutorial, I will explain how to set up your Joomla site so that site administrators will get notifications of newly registered users.

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The Future of Joomla is CSS Grid, Not Bootstrap 4

The Future of Joomla is CSS Grid, Not Bootstrap 4

Joomla 4 is currently in development. It may be months before Joomla 4 is released, but we're already working on compatability for Joomlashack templates.

One of the most important changes in Joomla 4 is the upgrade from Bootstrap 2 to Bootstrap 4. However, one thing we've discovered is that Joomla 4 will not rely exclusively on Bootstrap.

Joomla 4 will also rely on CSS Grid Layout, a CSS method that is revolutionizing the frontend web design industry.

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How to Upload and Use SVG Images in Joomla

How to Upload and Use an SVG Image in Joomla

One of our customers asked how to insert an SVG image in their Joomla content. SVG images are great since they retain quality in any screen resolution.

But for security reasons, your Joomla system doesn't treat SVG images the same way as JPG, PNG or GIF. This seemingly creates two problems:

  • You won't be able to upload an SVG image to your Joomla site via "Media" component. If you try, the "Media" component will throw "This file type is not supported." error message.
  • You won't be able to insert an SVG image in your Joomla content items with point-and-click. If you try, you won't see the SVG image available.

In this blog post, I will show you how to overcome both of these problems.

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How to Add Google AdSense Auto Ads to a Joomla Site

How to Add Google AdSense Ads to a Joomla Site

A few customers recently asked us about how to add ads from Google AdSense to their Joomla sites. If your Joomla site is live and has some content, you have an opportunity to monetize it by displaying ads from Google AdSense.

You have two options to display ads:

  • Allow Google to place their ads on your site automatically. This option is called "Auto ads".
  • Create ad units yourself and manually place them throughout your site as you see fit, unit-by-unit.

Our blog post "How to Display Google AdSense Ad Units" discusses ad units. In this blog post, I'll show you how to place Google AdSense ads automatically.

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How to Display Google AdSense in Joomla

How to Display Google AdSense Ad Units

Many of you asked us about the best way to place Google ads on your Joomla sites. If your Joomla site is published and already has some content, you have an opportunity to monetize it with Google AdSense ads.

You have two options:

  1. Let Google place their ads on your site automatically. In Google Ads interface this option is called "Auto ads".
  2. Create ad units by yourself and then manually place them throughout your site as you see fit, unit-by-unit.

We previously wrote about how to use "Auto ads". In this blog post, you will learn how to display ad units manually.

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How to Duplicate a Live Joomla Site with Akeeba Backup

How to Duplicate a Live Joomla Site with Akeeba Backup

We've had a few customers recently asking us how to duplicate their live Joomla site. They wanted to create a clone of their main Joomla site for testing purposes.

Creating such a test site is a four-step process:

  1. Install Akeeba Backup on your live Joomla site.
  2. Configure your Akeeba Backup extension.
  3. Create a .JPA file with a compressed copy of your live Joomla site with Akeeba Backup.
  4. Use this .JPA file to install the copy of your live site.

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