How to Add Invisible reCAPTCHA Spam Protection to Shack Forms

How to Add Invisible reCAPTCHA Spam Protection to Shack Forms (2)

A few years ago, Google reinvented its reCaptcha spam prevention system. Previous versions of Captcha tried to prevent spam by presenting users with distorted letters and numbers. This system was confusing to users, and also failed to stop spammers.

The new Google system is known as "Invisible reCAPTCHA" This new system is much more user-friendly and also prevents spam.

In this blog post, I am going to show you how to add the "Invisible reCaptcha" spam protection to Shack Forms.

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How to Get Joomla Sending Emails via SendGrid

How to Set Joomla Mailer to a SendGrid SMTP Server

Some of our extensions, such as Shack Forms Pro, OSDownloads, and JCalPro send out emails. A few of our customers told us that their users had issues with receiving such emails.

One of the first steps to troubleshoot such issues is to test your Joomla Mailer with an external SMTP server. We suggest the free SendGrid SMTP service for such testing.

In this blog tutorial, I will show you how to switch your default Joomla PHP Mailer to a free SendGrid SMTP testing server.

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How to Edit Labels of Mobile Menus in the Wright Template

One of the customers running their Joomla site on the Wright template asked this week:

  1. How to replace the "hamburger" icon of their mobile Joomla menus with text.
  2. How to edit the text label of each of those mobile menus.

You can achieve this by setting the "Mobile menu text" in your Wright template. Then you will need to apply a small CSS hack. In this blog post, you will learn how to do this.

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How to Make Joomla Plugins Work in Custom HTML Modules

How to Make Joomla Plugins Work in Custom HTML Modules

By default, Joomla content plugins will always work inside articles

However, they may often not work inside Custom HTML modules, even though those modules also have a WYSWIYG editor.

In this short tutorial, we will show you how to enable content plugins within your Custom HTML modules. 

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How to Use Google Maps Overlays in Joomla

How to Use Google Maps Overlays in Joomla

Shack Locations is the best way to create a location-based directory in Joomla.

Version 1.5 is available now with a really cool new improvement in the Pro version. You can now highlight areas of a map with graphic overlays. This is possible because we've added an integration with Google's "My Maps" service. 

This image below is an example of how this feature works. You can see red, green, and blue overlays highlighting different areas of the map. All of these were drawn with the tools in "My Maps".

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How to Display a Search Module in a Joomla Menu

How to Display a Search Module in a Joomla Menu

It's very common for websites to put features inside top menus. You may find some sites do this with a login form. Other sites may include an advertisement or search box in their menu

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to add a search module to your Joomla menu. We won't use any coding in this tutorial. You will learn how achieve this either with the Modules Anywhere extension or with Shack Search.

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Open a Popup Window When Joomla Users Visit a Page

How to Automatically Open a Popup with Shack Toolbox

One Joomlashack customer asked how to open a popup window automatically when a visitor opens a page. Our "Shack Toolbox" Joomla extension is the best tool to do the job.

In this short tutorial, we'll explain how to open a popup on a page load using "Shack Toolbox".

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How the Image Sitemap Works in OSMap

How the Image Sitemap Works in OSMap

Image sitemaps help Google crawlers to better find images in your Joomla site. Google then indexes them and includes them in its "Google Images" search.

If you would like to help Google find and index images on your Joomla site, OSMap is your best tool. In this blog post, I will show you how the image sitemap works in OSMap.

OSMap does index all the content in your media library. That would be the wrong approach, because it might reveal private files. Instead OSMap looks for any images that are attached to your content.

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Connect Matomo Analytics to a Joomla Site with Shack Analytics

Connect Matomo Analytics to a Joomla Site

One Joomlashack customer asked us how connect a Joomla site to "Matomo Analytics".

Matomo Analytics is a server-side PHP/MySQL analytics self-hosted platform. It aims to be an open source alternative to Google Analytics.

You can quickly install it using your hosting control panel. In this blog post, I'll show you how to connect Matomo analytics software to your Joomla site using the Shack Analytics extension.

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How to Add Facebook Pixels to Joomla with Shack Analytics

Connect Facebook Pixel to a Joomla Site with Shack Analytics

One of our customers asked about adding Facebook Pixels to their Joomla site. The site had products that they were advertising with Facebook Ads. Once you connect Facebook Pixel to your site, you will be able to measure and optimize your Facebook advertising.

You can create such a connection without technical skills using the Shack Analytics extension. In this blog post, I'll show you how to do this.

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