Displaying Different Shack Forms for Different Pages

Displaying Different Shack Forms for Different Pages

One of the questions we had from a customer last week was how to display different Shack Forms on different pages. Shack Forms is a very popular Joomla extension for building forms. Once you install it on your Joomla site, you will have a default Shack Forms module. But what if you would like to have different forms for different pages?

This can be easily achieved by duplicating the default module. You then customize each of the duplicated modules as you see fit to meet your Joomla site requirements. In this blog post, I will show you how to do that.

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Display a Joomla Login Module in a Popup Box with Shack Toolbox

Display a Joomla Login Module in a Popup Box with Shack Toolbox

One of the questions this week was if we had a Joomla extension to display a Login module in a popup. Our "Shack Toolbox Pro" module is your perfect Swiss Knife for this job.

Once you set it to display your Login module, you have a ton of design options for its popup. In this blog post, you will learn about displaying a login module in a Lightbox popup with "Shack Toolbox Pro".

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How to Allow Frontend Article Submissions in Joomla

How to Allow Frontend Article Submissions in Joomla

One Joomlashack user came to us and asked this question:

"I want to allow some users to create Joomla articles from the frontend of our site. But, I don't want them to see articles written by other users".

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to do this with the Shack Article Manager extension.

If you haven't used Shack Article Manager before, these two videos will be a good introduction. You can then follow along with the rest of the tutorial and set up your publishing workflow.

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How Joomla Freelancers Get Paid Faster

How Freelance Web Developers Get Paid Faster

Do you know what’s great about being a freelancer building Joomla websites? The convenience technology can provide, such as Joomla templates. Do you know what’s NOT great about being a freelancer building Joomla websites? Getting stiffed by a customer.

In fact, freelancers everywhere are getting stiffed by their customers (just check out the World's Longest Invoice). You didn’t become a Joomla freelancer to be in the business of collections. If only there was an equivalent to Joomla templates for getting paid!

Although there is no official template, there are in fact specific steps you can take to secure your chances of receiving money when owed. In this blog post, you will learn 7 ways to help you get paid faster.

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Customizing the Date Format in Shack Article Manager

Changing Date Format in Shack Article Manager

Among other useful data, Shack Article Manager displays the dates of Joomla's articles. One of our customers recently asked us how to customize the dates format.

By default, Shack Article Manager displays dates in the format of "Year-Month-Day". With Joomla's brilliant "Language Overrides" tool, you can easily change this format to, for example, "Day-Month-Year". Let's take a look at how to do just that.

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How We Grow Joomlashack's Sales and Mailing List

Marketing Automation with Joomla and OSDownloads

About a month ago, I wrote about how we were NOT responding to COVID-19. My point was that we're software developers. We're not medical experts.

So the only thing we can do is provide good software and advice. First, we launched two new extensions: "Shack Error Notify" and "Shack User Switching". Now, I'm going to give you the strategy we've used to grow Joomlashack's sales and email list over the last 4+ years.

OK, this isn't the only thing that has helped us grow. But if you asked me to keep only one of our sales tactics, I would keep this one.

This is our approach to freemium. Our aim is to give away enough free resources that people learn to trust us. We give away free extensions and hope that people trust us enough to sign up for the Pro version.

Freemium isn't the right approach for every business, but it works well in many industries. Here's a step-by-step guide how we have grown Joomlashack, and hopefully it has some useful tips you can replicate in your business.

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How to Embed Facebook Posts in Joomla

How to Embed Facebook Posts in Joomla

If you use Joomla, then you've had problems with embeds. 

Before the launch of the OSEmbed extension, it was difficult to reliably embed any outside sources into your Joomla articles.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how easy it is to embed Facebook posts into Joomla.

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Displaying Checkboxes in Shack Forms Horizontally

How to Display Checkboxes Horizontally in Shack Forms

Shack Forms in one of the best form building extensions for Joomla.  By default, your Shack Forms module will display checkboxes of the "Checkboxes group" field vertically.

If your checkbox group field has more than four or five checkboxes, your Shack Form may look a bit overstretched vertically. 

To make it look tidier and more compact, you may want to display checkboxes horizontally. In this blog post, I'll show you how to do that by splitting the checkboxes into a few columns. 

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The 6 Best Joomla Forms Extensions

The 5 Best Joomla Forms Extensions

Are you looking to add Joomla forms to your site?

It is possible to use the Joomla core, and we explain how to do that in this tutorial: How to Create a Joomla Contact Form.

However, there are some limitations to using the "Contacts" component in the Joomla core. The default component doesn't have many features and doesn't save your submissions.

So, if you want a powerful contact form on your Joomla site, you'll need to look for a new extension. Here's our ranking of the 6 best Joomla forms extensions. We tested dozens of these extensions and compared their pros and cons.

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Creating Multiple Private Calendars with JCal Pro

Creating Multiple Private Calendars with JCal Pro

One of our customers asked how to give each Joomla user a JCal Pro calendar only with events they created themselves from the frontend. JCal Pro calls such events private events.

In this blog post, I will walk you step by step through creating multiple private calendars with JCal Pro.

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