Why We Use Watchful for Joomla Site Maintenance

Why We Use Watchful for Joomla Site Maintenance

Joomlashack is one of the most popular Joomla sites.

Actually, that's not really true. Joomlashack is actually over 30 Joomla sites.

We've got at least 20 sites for template demos. We've got extension demo sites, test sites, client sites and more. Joomlashack.com a big and sprawling network of sites.

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Introduction to the Shack Slides Component

Introduction to the Shack Slides Component

The Shack Slides component allows you to organize collections of slides for your Joomla slideshow.

Use it to create and populate a collection of slides with images. Then set your Shack Slides module to display those slides collections as your Joomla slideshow.

By the end of this tutorial, you will learn:

  • How to create collections of slides for your Joomla slideshow and manage them.
  • How to add images to your collections of slides and manage them.
  • How to upload multiple images to your collections of slides.
  • How to display slides collections as a Joomla slideshow module.

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Introduction to Slideshow Effects in Shack Slides

Introduction to Slideshow Effects in Shack Slides

Shack Slides gives you the freedom to create beautiful Joomla slideshows with your images. You can easily customize the way your slideshow appears.

You have a choice of twenty-four dynamic effects to display slides. In this blog post, you will see all of them at work, one by one.

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How to Connect Joomla to Google Analytics

How to Connect Joomla to Google Analytics

The best way to analyze traffic to your site is the popular Google Analytics.

In this post, you will learn how to connect Google Analytics to your Joomla site.

For your Joomla site, we recommend the Shack Analytics extension.

You will have an option to add Google Analytics to all pages of your Joomla site. Install Shack Analytics from your Joomlashack account, then follow this guide.

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We're Hosting an Online Joomla Day on November 8th

Online Joomla Day on November 8

Five years ago, our team held an online Joomla Day with over 20 speakers from around the world. Over 1,000 people attended! You can see videos from that event on YouTube.

I'm delighted to say we're planning to host another online Joomla Day on November 8th.

Many of you don't live close to an in-person Joomla event, so this online version can reach many more people. Just like any normal Joomla event, we'll have presentations of 30 to 40 minutes, followed by questions.

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How to Track Shack Forms Submissions with Google Analytics

How to Track Shack Forms Submissions with Google Analytics

One of our customers asked how to track their Shack Forms submissions with Google Analytics.

Setting such tracking is a six-step process.

  1. Connect your Joomla site to Google Analytics.
  2. Create a "Thank You" Joomla article for your form.
  3. Create a hidden menu item for the "Thank You" article.
  4. Set your form to redirect to the "Thank You" article page upon submissions.
  5. Create a goal in Google Analytics to track the URL of the "Thank You" page.
  6. Test the goal conversion in your Google Analytics.

In this blog post, I'll walk you through this process step-by-step in more detail.

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How to Export Your Joomla Database with phpMyAdmin

How to Export Your Joomla Database with phpMyAdmin

We had a request from a reader to provide more detailed instructions on working with your Joomla database.

In this tutorial, I'm going to help answer his request by showing how to manually export your Joomla database.

To perform the tasks in this article, you will need phpMyAdmin installed on your server. This comes pre-installed on most hosting company servers.

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How to Set Up Frontend Event Registrations in JCal Pro

JCal Pro is the best Joomla extension if your website needs a calendar of events. You can allow your site visitors to register for the events. 

All it takes is three simple steps. In this blog post, I will show you how to set up events registrations for your Joomla site visitors in JCal Pro.

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How to Update from Perfect AJAX Popup Contact Form to Shack Forms

How to Update from Perfect AJAX Popup Contact Form to Shack Forms

Is your Joomla website still running the "Perfect AJAX Popup Contact Form" module? We acquired this module from its previous owners at perfect-web.co. Its new name is "Shack Forms".

"Shack Forms" is now a component and a module. In this tutorial, you will learn how to update from "Perfect AJAX Popup Contact Form" to "Shack Forms".

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The Joomla 4 Admin Template is Ready!

The Joomla 4 Admin Template is Ready!

Joomla 4 is making progress with Alpha releases every month or so.

The latest version of Joomla 4 is Alpha 11. You can read the release announcement here.

The major change in this version is that there's a new admin template! This has been a long process and we're delighted for the Joomla team that the template is ready. We first wrote about the new admin template in 2017 and then again in 2018. The Joomla team have been slowly improving and tweaking the template for at least two years.

Here's our video introducing the Joomla 4 admin template. This video is one of many on Joomlashack's YouTube channel.

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