Say Hello to Shack User Switching

Say Hello to Shack User Switching

Shack User Switching is the 30th extension available at Joomlashack.

Yes, you read that correctly. Joomlashack Everything Club members now get access to 30 extensions.

Shack User Switching allows you to test any user account on your sites, without compromising their passwords. With one click, you can browse your site and see exactly what your users see. This is a safe and useful way to troubleshoot problems for your site's users.

We use this plugin at Joomlashack. Whenever a user reports an issue with their account, we can use Shack User Switching to find the solution.

Click here to get Shack User Switching, or click here to join the Everything Club.

Read more: Say Hello to Shack User Switching

Google Released Covid-19 Related Font Awesome Icons

Google Released Covid-19 Related Font Awesome Icons

Are you looking for icons to communicate good hygiene and social distancing in your existing or upcoming Joomla site? If the answer is yes, then you will be interested to hear that Google just released Font Awesome 5.13. 

This release focuses purely on Covid-19 related icons. Their goal is to help your site communicate some of the most vital things your site visitors and customers must do to protect themselves and their communities.

In this blog post, you will take a look at some of these icons which are free. You will also learn how to use them in your Joomla site.

Read more: Google Released Covid-19 Related Font Awesome Icons

Adding Text Between Fields in Shack Forms Pro

Adding Text Between Fields in Shack Forms Pro

"Shack Forms Pro" is one of the most popular Joomla extensions. It allows you to quickly and easily build nicely looking forms for your Joomla site even if you don't know how to code.

In some scenarios, you may want to mix the fields of your form with some text. In this blog post, I'll show you how to do this.

Read more: Adding Text Between Fields in Shack Forms Pro

Dealing with the "Call to undefined method" Error in OSMap

One of OSMap users faced the "Call to undefined method Joomla\CMS\Document\XmlDocument::addCustomTag()" error. You may see it trying to view either the "XML" or "Images" sitemaps.

The most likely reason for this error may be one of the 3-rd party system plugins you installed. In this blog post, I'll show you how to find which one of them is the source of the error.

Read more: Dealing with the "Call to undefined method" Error in OSMap

Recordings of Joomlashack's Online Joomla User Groups

Let's Have a Weekly Online Joomla Meetup

During March, April and May 2020 we ran a series of weekly, online Joomla user groups.

This was a project that we ran wile many stuck in lockdown at home.

We were lucky enough to have speakers that included George Wilson, Randy Carey, Peter van Westen, Vic Drover, Andy Miller and Johan Janssens.



Details on the previous sessions

You can find videos of most of the earlier user group sessions on Joomlashack's YouTube channel.


Thursday, March 26 with George Wilson

I'm delighted that George Wilson from the Joomla team joined us to talk about Joomla 4. George gave a must-watch talk about Joomla 4 at last year's Joomlashack Conference. This session was more informal. George did a Q&A and a demo of Joomla 4. Click here to see a recording of George's session.


Thursday, April 2

This was a private, group discussion. No live-streaming. No recording. We had an off-the-record chat for Joomla businesses in the Covid-19 era.


Thursday, April 9 with Randy Carey

Randy Carey gave an excellent talk at the Joomlashack Conference about Joomla plugins. Randy spoke about how to really provide value to customers through development work. He talked using a "chunking" strategy to make it easy for users to add content. Click here for a recording of Randy's session.


Thursday, April 16 with Peter van Westen

I was delighted to welcome Peter van Westen from RegularLabs.com to talk about his work. Peter is one of the most talented, interesting and successful developers in Joomla. Click here to see a recording of Peter's session.


Thursday, April 23 with Vic Drover

We welcomed Vic Drover from Watchful.net. Vic has built a fascinating business that we rely on here at Joomlashack. Vic runs a business that deals with site maintenance for 10,000's of Joomla sites. Click here to see a recording of Vic's session


Thursday, April 30 with Andy Miller

This week we welcomed Andy from RocketTheme.com. Andy was a Joomla co-founder and is the brains behind such popular and innovative projects as Gantry, RocketTheme and Grav. Click here to see a recording of Andy's session.


Thursday, May 7 with Johan Janssens

This week we welcome Johan from Joomlatools.com. Johan is a Joomla co-founder and one of the very best developers in the community. He now build extensions at Joomlatools. Johan joins us to talk about his new innovation, "Joomlatools Pages". This is an easy-to-use page generator for Joomla. Click here to see a recording of Johan's session.


Thursday, May 21 with the Joomlashack Team

For the final Jomlashack user group session, the Joomlashack staff introduced all our new extensions released in 2020:

    Shack Error Notify
  1. Shack User Switching
  2. Shack Article Layouts
  3. Shack Article Manager
  4. The new Simple Renew beta version
Click here to see a recording of Joomlashack's session.

Say Hello to Shack Error Notify

Say Hello to Shack Error Notify

Shack Error Notify is the 29th extension available at Joomlashack.

Yes, you read that correctly. Joomlashack Everything Club members now get access to 29 extensions. And we've got an additional extension to be released next week!

Shack Error Notify will rescue you from serious site problems. This plugin will send automatic notifications if anything goes wrong with your Joomla site.

We have used this plugin at Joomlashack for years, and it has saved us on many occasions. It is easy to miss site errors, but Shack Error Notify catches them all! You will get an email describing what went wrong on your site, and showing you where to fix it.

Click here to get Shack Error Notify, or click here to join the Everything Club.

Read more: Say Hello to Shack Error Notify

How We Are NOT Responding to COVID-19

How We Are NOT Responding to COVID-19

In the last couple of weeks, my inbox has been over-flowing with COVID-19 emails:

  • "Hey, it's the hotel you visited five years ago. This is how we are responding to the virus."
  • "We sold you some software in 2012. Here is some bland work-at-home advice."
  • "We have no idea why we're emailing you. But our boss told us to send out a virus update."

To be honest, I don't have any great advice at all. We're trying to navigate day-to-day, just like you are. Events are moving so fast that even good advice today is likely to be out-of-date tomorrow.

Read more: How We Are NOT Responding to COVID-19

Listen to the Joomla Podcasts from Watchful and JoomCast

Check Out the Joomla Podcasts from Watchful and JoomCast

If you are a podcast fan, you can find three active Joomla podcasts at the moment.

I'll start with a little self-promotion. One of the three is the Watchful podcast that features myself and Vic from Watchful. Our interviews focus on Joomla agencies: how they manage products, find customers, manage their cashflow and so on.

Another is JoomCast and it's a collaboration between Naveen from Joomdev and Tim from Basic Joomla. They interview people from around the Joomla world.

Also, if you speak Spanish, there's also Mastermind Joomla from Carlos Camara, who gave a great session at last year's Joomlashack Conference.

Read more: Listen to the Joomla Podcasts from Watchful and JoomCast

Your Beginners Guide to Multi-lingual Joomla Sites

Beginner Guide to a Multi-lingual Joomla Installation

If you would like your Joomla site to communicate in multiple languages, you need a multi-lingual Joomla site. In this tutorial, you will learn how to install a multi-lingual Joomla site with dummy content and localized menus.

Once you finish the installation, you will then be able to replace the dummy content for every language with your own.

Here is the process in a nutshell:

  • Get ready for Joomla installation. Firstly, you want to upload and unpack the latest Joomla installation pack to your server and create a database for your Joomla site.
  • Run the installation. Then you want to run the installation process for a multi-lingual Joomla site.
  • Translate the dummy Joomla content and add new content for every required language.

Let's take a look at this process in more detail.

Read more: Your Beginners Guide to Multi-lingual Joomla Sites

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.

Read more: Matomo: The Best Alternative to Google Analytics for Joomla