Guides to Get You Started With Shack Forms

Shack Forms and Joomla logo

We recently added Shack Forms to the library of Joomla extensions here at Joomlashack. 

Shack Forms will allow you to create contact forms, booking forms, support ticket forms, and many other types of forms.

This forms extension has 10,000's of users, with nearly 300 reviews and a perfect 10/10 score on the JED. 

To help Joomlashack members get started with Shack Forms, we've been writing a lot of Shack Forms documentation.

In this post, I'm going to give you an overview of the most useful new tutorials.

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Open a Joomla Form by Clicking on a Menu Link

Open a Joomla Form by Clicking on a Menu Link

Some websites make it really hard to contact them. The "Contact Us" page is hidden in the footer. The social media icons, if there any, lead to accounts where no-one ever replies.

Why not make it as easy as possible to contact you?!?

One good idea is to place a "Contact Us" in your menu. As soon as people click on it, they'll get a pop-up box with a contact form. Your visitors don't even need to visit a different page. That's as easy as it gets.

Read more: Open a Joomla Form by Clicking on a Menu Link

How to Add Google ReCaptcha to Joomla Contact Forms

new recaptcha joomla

Back in 2014, Google reinvented it's ReCaptcha spam prevention system.

Previous versions of Captcha tried to prevent spam by presenting users with distorted letters and numbers. This system was more painful for users than it was for spammers.

The new Google system is known as No Captcha ReCaptcha. This new system is way more user friendly and only requires the user to click in a checkbox.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to enable this spam prevention solution in your Joomla site. If you want to take a step back and learn how to create forms, read this guide on how to create Joomla contact forms.

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Shack Forms Is Now Live at Joomlashack

A Quick Tour to Shack Forms

Back in March, we announced the acquisition of Perfect Web, another Joomla extension company.

As a result, three Perfect Web extensions are moving to Joomlashack. We already moved over Shack Toolbox.

We are happy to announce that the second extension is also here today. Say hello to "Shack Forms"!

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What is the Contact Creator Plugin in Joomla?

What is the Contact Creator Plugin in Joomla?

We've already written a tutorial on how to create Joomla contact forms using the core Joomla Contacts component.

There is also a plugin built into the core, which automates the creation of the contact form and adds new users to the contact list as soon as you create them.

This little plugin, called Contact Creator, will cut the work of adding contacts almost in half, or if used correctly, could automate it completely.

We recommend Shack Forms for any advanced Joomla contact forms, but there's a lot you can do with the Joomla core.

Read more: What is the Contact Creator Plugin in Joomla?

Shack Toolbox Is Now Live at Joomlashack

shack toolbox

Back in March, we announced the acquisition of Perfect Web, another Joomla extension company.

As a result, three Perfect Web extensions are moving to Joomlashack.

I'm delighted to say that the first extension is here! The original name of the extension is "Perfect Everything in Everyway". We're going to call it "Shack Toolbox".

Shack Toolbox provides powerful tools to show content from 19 different sources.

Shack Toolbox has over 50 reviews and a perfect 10/10 score on the JED. 

Read more: Shack Toolbox Is Now Live at Joomlashack

Getting Started with Shack Toolbox

Getting Started with Shack Toolbox

We are happy to announce the release of Shack Toolbox. This is one of the extensions we recently acquired from Perfect Web.

Shack Toolbox will take your Joomla modules to a new level. You can use Shack Toolbox to display Joomla articles, multimedia content, or posts from your social networks.

The extension enables you to use many themes, animations, and visual effects including lightboxes, slideboxes, and popups.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to use Shack Toolbox. We'll see how to display your site's Cookie Policy and a Joomla article.

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Introduction to jInbound's Smart CTA Module

How to Present a New Content to a New Lead with the Smart CTA Module

Our inbound marketing component jInbound ships with the Smart CTA module. CTA stands for Call-To-Action.

Set this module to show laser targeted calls to action depending on the visitor status in your jInbound marketing campaigns.

Learn in this post how to display one call to action to a first-time visitor and another - to a new marketing lead.

Read more: Introduction to jInbound's Smart CTA Module

How to Hide the Course Difficulty in OSCampus

Hiding a course difficulty level in OSCampus

One of our OSCampus customers asked how to remove a course difficulty from a course and a pathway frontend pages.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to achieve this with a powerful set-and-forget technique called "template overrides".

At the end of this lesson, you will be able to edit a couple of the OSCampus core files even you know nothing about coding.

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How to Add the Font Awesome External Link Icon to Joomla

Icon for external links

Small details in your website design make a big difference for its visitors.

Take care of such details, and your visitors will pay you back with their trust and repeat visits.

One of such important details is the little icon you may have seen placed in some sites, like BBC, before or after a weblink to an external site.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to manually add such helpful icon to external links in your Joomla articles.

Read more: How to Add the Font Awesome External Link Icon to Joomla