How We're Improving the Admin UI for JCal Pro

Improved Admin UI for JCal Pro

We released today JCal Pro 4.2.5, a new version of the best calendar component for Joomla.

Over the last few releases, we been improving the admin UI, so that JCal Pro looks more like the core Joomla UI.

In general, we think that extensions should look like Joomla, rather than have their own, completely unique design style. This makes it much easier for users, who don't have to learn a new interface.

In this post, we'll give you a quick summary of how the JCal Pro backend evolved during the last updates.

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13 Free Videos on the Wright Framework

The Wright Framework for Joomla Templates

Wright is bootstrapped, responsive and lightweight. It's the best Joomla framework you'll find anywhere. Wright powers all the templates here at Joomlashack.

We've just released a free 13 video class on how to use the Wright Framework.

You'll learn how to use Wright to quickly create your own custom Joomla templates.

Simon Kloostra shows you how to install Wright and use Wright's default styles to quickly set up your template. You'll learn how Wright provides you with many of the Bootstrap's key features and components. You'll also be able to safely customize your template using custom CSS and PHP files that won't be over-ridden during any updates.

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How to Create Template Overrides for Joomla Plugins

How to Create Template Overrides for Joomla Plugins

Despite being tremendously useful, template overrides for plugins are a type of override that is barely known in Joomla community.

There is no way to create this type of override from the Joomla backend. It is a completely manual process. Template overrides for plugins are intended for extensions that output content in frontend. This means just a few plugins are ready for this feature.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to easily create plugin overrides in Joomla.

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How to Create Hidden Menu Items in Joomla

Hide Menu Items on Menu Modules in Joomla

Since the beginning of Joomla, users have created hidden menu links. This is a neccesary workaround because menu links control many of the features on Joomla pages - even pages that don't show in menus.

One very common use case is to create links to special sales pages and landing pages. Sometimes we need a menu link to set up the page, but we don't want that link to be easily visible. 

"Add Menu Title" is a menu option that makes it really easy to hide links. Here's how it works ...

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Improved RTL Support for the Wright Framework

Wright Now Supports Joomla Update System

All our templates are built using the Wright Framework so we are constantly updating it and adding features. We just released version 3.3 of the Wright framework, and in addition to several improvements and bug fixes, it now includes improved RTL support.

If your website has text oriented from right to left (mostly likely you're using a language such as Hebrew and Arabic), then Wright is now better able to follow this approach.

Read more about what makes the Wright Framework unique.

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Using Phing with the Wright Framework to Get a Working Joomla Template

Wright Now Supports Joomla Update System

Wright is the template framework we use at Joomlashack to create our commercial templates. We are always making it a little more awesome.

In this post, we will show you the process we follow to generate a working Joomla template by using Phing in combination with the Wright repository from Github, plus how to add your custom styles.

Read more about what makes the Wright Framework unique.

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The Updated Version of Joomla 3 Explained

The Updated Version of Joomla 3 Explained Book

The Completely Updated Joomla 3 Explained is Here and it is proudly sponsored by us.

Joomla 3 Explained is the best-selling and best-reviewed guide to Joomla 3. This is a completely new version of the book, updated for 2017.

The book covers all the new features in Joomla 3.7, including custom fields.

Using Joomla 3 Explained, you can master Joomla 3 by using step-by-step examples. 

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JandBeyond and the Plans for Joomla 4

JandBeyond and the Plans for Joomla 4

Update: we took our first look at Joomla 4 here.

JandBeyond was last weekend in Poland. This is big annual Joomla conference in Europe. The session videos are now on YouTube.

Almost all the Joomla teams were at the conference, so there was lots of Joomla news from the event.

There is now a plan for the release of Joomla 3.8, which will include a new router and the initial steps towards Joomla 4.

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Wylia 2, Our New Joomla Ecommerce Template

Wylia 2, Our New Joomla Ecommerce Template

We released Wylia 2, a Joomla template that's perfect for several types of websites, especially ecommerce sites.

Wylia 2 is designed with an elegant approach. Wylia 2 can match any business and organization that wants to show-off a portfolio of products. It is easy on the eyes, and intuitive to navigate - a great template for small and medium store sites.

Wylia 2 is compatible with the very last version of the Wright framework, and Hikashop, the ecommerce extension.

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How to Add Custom Fields to Joomla Contact Forms

How to Add Custom Fields to Joomla Contact Forms

Many people choose to use a extension such as Shack Forms to create their contact forms.

Shack Forms is a great choice, but with the arrival of custom fields in Joomla, you can also customize contact forms with the Joomla core. Every Joomla site ships with a "Contacts" extension. This is easy-to-use and doesn't require an extra extensions. The main disadvantages are that you don't get many features and the Joomla core doesn't save form submissions. For that, you'll need Shack Forms or an alternative.

However, the Joomla core form is getting more features. I'll walk you through the basics of creating a Joomla contact form, and then you'll see how to add fields.

The examples in this tutorial are taken from "Joomla 3 Explained", the best-selling Joomla book. If you join the Everything Club you can get a copy of Shack Forms and also Joomla 3 Explained.

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