How to Test the Account of Any Joomla User

How to Test the Account of Any Joomla User

The Shack User Switching plugin is for Joomla administrators and allows you to login as any user, but using your own password. You can mimic anyone else's login and see exactly what they see.

This is enormously helpful for us here at Joomlashack. This enables us check what our users see when they login. We can easily troubleshoot problems.

Here's how to use the Shack User Switching plugin:

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How to Create Layout Overrides in Joomla

How to Create Layout Overrides in Joomla 3

Joomla makes it possible to re-design almost any aspect of your site.

In a previous post, we explained how template overrides work. In this post, we're going to talk about layout overrides.

Layout overrides are more narrow and specific than template overrides. Layout overrides allow you to customize small portions of a design, for example: social icons, article titles and tags.

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How to Create Layout Overrides for Joomla Tags

How to Create Layout Overrides for Joomla Tags

Joomla allows you to customize almost any feature through overrides.

Layout overrides are a type of override that enable you to customize small elements such as the article author or published date.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a layout override for Joomla tags.

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How to Change the Joomla Homepage Layout

How to Change the Joomla Homepage Layout

A question that comes up often of new users is this:

"How do I change the layout of the content on my frontpage?

To be more specific, the question is often about how to change the content layout from Joomla's default layout. The actual layout will vary depending on the sample data you choose. However, one common layout is the 1 column leading / 2 column intro / links layout that you can see in the image below:.

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Create Joomla Blog Layouts That Users Can Select

How to Create Custom, Selectable Blog Layouts in Joomla

One Joomlashack user wanted to create custom blog layouts that their users could chose from.

The user wanted to keep to choose different layouts in different situations. They wanted to use the default blog layout in some situations, and use a new design for some blog pages.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to create a custom layout and how to control it via your menu links.

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How to Solve the Joomla Message: "AJAX Loading Error: Not Found"

How to Solve the Joomla Message: "AJAX Loading Error: Not Found"

Did you ever see this message when trying to update your Joomla site?

AJAX Loading Error: Not Found

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you a few options for getting rid of this error and smoothly running your Joomla update.

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JCal Pro Has New Export Options and Filters

JCal Pro Has New Export Options and Filters

JCal Pro 4.5 is now available.

JCal Pro makes it easy to display your events in a stylish Joomla calendar. This week's release has a lot of code clean-up and refactoring, plus two new features you'll see while using it.

The first new feature is the ability to create customizable .ICS files or RSS feeds of your JCal Pro events. The other new feature is an improved set of frontend filters, including the ability to see all the events at a single location.

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Joomla Video Grids with OSYouTube and Template Overrides

Joomla Video Grids with OSYouTube and Template Overrides

I'm going to show you how to create a video gallery on your Joomla site.

OSYouTube is the best Joomla plugin for embedding YouTube videos in Joomla. Template overrides are the best way to safely change the design of your site.

We're going to use OSYouTube and template overrides to create a stylish grid of videos.

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How to Stop the Joomla Editor From Removing Code

How to Stop the Joomla Editor From Removing Code

Your Joomla site was built on code. The right code in the right place brings your site to life. However, there are many places where it can also be a huge security risk. 

If you allow people to use PHP, Javascript, iframes or other code inside your content, you will greatly increase the chance that your site might be compromised by a malicious code. To minimize this risk, by default Joomla restricts the code you can insert into articles. 

The downside to this is that some common code snippets, from well-trusted sources, will be blocked. For example, Joomla doesn’t allow you to insert embed codes from sites like YouTube and Google Maps.

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How to Create a Joomla Contact Form

How to Create a Joomla Contact Form

This tutorial will show you how to create a Joomla contact form.

We're going to show you two different approaches:

  1. Using the default Contacts components, so you can create a Joomla contact form without installing any extra extensions.
  2. Using the powerful Shack Forms extension, so you can take advantage of extra features for your Joomla contact form.

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