Matomo: The Best Alternative to Google Analytics for Joomla

Matomo: The Best Alternative to Google Analytics for Joomla

Over the last year or so, we've heard from more and more people who want to drop big, centralized services such as Google Analytics

The most common reason is privacy. People want to stop sharing so much data with Google. I suspect this is partly driven by a new focus on privacy and data protection laws. But increasingly, many users just don't trust Google.

Another reason is simplicity. The Google Analytics interface is increasingly busy and people often want easier access to important trends.

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How to Upload and Use an SVG Image in Joomla

How to Upload and Use an SVG Image in Joomla

One of our customers asked how to insert an SVG image in their Joomla content. SVG images are great since they retain quality in any screen resolution.

But for security reasons, your Joomla system doesn't treat SVG images the same way as JPG, PNG or GIF. This seemingly creates two problems:

  • You won't be able to upload an SVG image to your Joomla site via "Media" component. If you try, the "Media" component will throw "This file type is not supported." error message.
  • You won't be able to insert an SVG image in your Joomla content items with point-and-click. If you try, you won't see the SVG image available.

In this blog post, I will show you how to overcome both of these problems.

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Connect Facebook Pixel to a Joomla Site with Shack Analytics

Connect Facebook Pixel to a Joomla Site with Shack Analytics

One of our customers asked about how to connect Facebook Pixel 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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Connect Mautic to a Joomla Site with Shack Analytics

Connecting Mautic to a Joomla Site with Shack Analytics

One of our customers asked whether it is possible to connect a Joomla site to Mautic. Mautic is a server-side PHP/MySQL self-hosted marketing platform.

You can quickly install it using your hosting control panel. After the installation, you will be able to log into your Mautic administrator dashboard and copy the tracking code.

Then paste this code in the Shack Analytics extension on your Joomla site, and that's it!

Let's take a look at how to do this in more detail.

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Connect Matomo Analytics to a Joomla Site with Shack Analytics

Connect Matomo Analytics to a Joomla Site

One of the questions this week was about how to 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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Connect Woopra to a Joomla Site with Shack Analytics

Connect Woopra to a Joomla Site with Shack Analytics

We recently had a few questions asking how to connect a Joomla site with Woopra using Shack Analytics.

Woopra is a SAAS platform that allows you to easily track, analyze and optimize how visitors and customers engage with your Joomla site.

In this blog post, you will learn how to connect the Woopra platform with your Joomla site using Shack Analytics. Once you did, you are well on your way to becoming a data wizard, even if you are not a technical person.

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OSMap Has a New Cache With Multilingual Support

OSMap Has a New Cache With Multilingual Support

OSMap Pro is now even faster! We've released a new version with a faster caching system that supports multilingual sites.

Almost four years ago, we added a caching system to OSMap Pro. That system increased the site load speed by 1000% for sites with large sitemaps. But, there were some issues with it:

  1. The caching didn't work well for multilingual sites.
  2. The caching codebase was complex and proved to be difficult to maintain.

So starting with OSMap Pro 4.2.25, you'll find a new and improved caching system.

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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.

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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.

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How to Delete Articles from the Joomla Trash

How to Delete Articles from the Joomla Trash

Joomla allows you to delete articles, but in case you made a mistake, it doesn't permanenently delete them unless you to take another step.

Joomla's trash can is similar to those on PC's and Mac's. Sending items to the trash can is an action that can be undone.

In this short tutorial, I'm going to show you how to remove articles from the trash can and delete them forever.

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