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.

Read more: How to Add Google AdSense Auto Ads to a Joomla Site

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.

Read more: How to Display Google AdSense in Joomla

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.

Read more: How to Duplicate a Live Joomla Site with Akeeba Backup

How to Track Button Clicks in Joomla with Shack Analytics

How to Track Button Clicks in Joomla with Shack Analytics Pro

With the "Shack Analytics Pro" Joomla extension you can easily analyze visitors' traffic to and engagement with your Joomla site using Google Tag Manager and Google Analytics. With "Shack Analytics Pro" you can set a button click tracking even if you are a Joomla beginner with limited technical knowledge.

For example, you may want to track clicks on a button on your Joomla site. It could be a button of a contact form. It also could be a button of a sign-up form, or a button of a shopping cart, or a button for a file download. 

In this blog post, you will take a look at how to use the "Shack Analytics Pro" Joomla extension to connect your site to Google Tag Manager and Google Analytics and track and analyze clicks on a button of a contact form.

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Does Joomla Support the MariaDB Database?

Does Joomla Support the MariaDB Database?

Recently, we've had several customers ask us about running their Joomla sites on the MariaDB database.

MariaDB is a fork of MySQL and is nearly identical to it. Yes, it's true that Joomla doesn't officially support MariaDB. However, many webhosts do use it. In fact, Joomlashack.com is running on MariaDB!

Read more: Does Joomla Support the MariaDB Database?

How to Customize and Rebrand Your Joomla 4 Admin Area

Customize and Rebrand Your Joomla 4 Admin Area

Over the last year, we've talked a lot about the upcoming Joomla 4. If you missed any of those updates, you can check out the ultimate guide to Joomla 4.

We're now at version Beta 4 of Joomla 4. As we get close to release, we'll keep explaining and documenting the new features in Joomla 4.

This week, we'll show you how to re-brand the Joomla 4 admin screens with your colors and logo.

Read more: How to Customize and Rebrand Your Joomla 4 Admin Area

How to Remove Fields from the Joomla Registration Form

How to Remove Fields from the Joomla Registration Form

This week, a Joomlashack University member asked us about simplifying the Joomla signup process.

This Joomlashack member wanted to remove fields from the signup form, without touching Joomla core files.

He wanted to remove the Name field and keep just three fields: "Username", "Password" and "Email address".

Read more: How to Remove Fields from the Joomla Registration Form

How to Send Test Emails From a Local Joomla Site

How to Send Test Emails From a Local Joomla Site

One Joomlashack user asked us if they can test a contact form on their Joomla site even though the site was installed on their personal computer.

This is a great question because normally local servers are not configured to send out emails.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to set up your local Joomla site to send out emails.

Read more: How to Send Test Emails From a Local Joomla Site

You Can Now Choose "Finish Publishing" Dates in OSCampus

You Can Now Set "Finish Publishing" Dates in OSCampus

Our OSCampus extension is the best way for you to build an online training site with Joomla. With the latest release, you can choose "Finish Publishing" dates for your OSCampus pathways, classes, and lessons. This feature was sponsored by Graham Jarvis from Advanz S.A. and written by Carlos Cámara, a Joomla developer. We appreciate their collaboration on the project.

With this new feature, you can release your online training blocks in a sequence. For example, you may want to create a series of classes and release them at weekly intervals.

Or if you need students to take your class by a specific date, you can unpublish it automatically on that day.

In this blog post, I will show you the new "Finish Publishing" feature in OSCampus pathways, classes, and lessons.

Read more: You Can Now Choose "Finish Publishing" Dates in OSCampus

How to Edit Joomla Modules via the Frontend

How to Edit Joomla Modules via the Frontend

One of the hardest things about updating a Joomla site used to be figuring out which module to edit:

  • What was the name of the module?
  • What position was the module in?

That problem can be solved easily - you can edit your modules just by visiting the frontend of your site and clicking on them.

Read more: How to Edit Joomla Modules via the Frontend