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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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.

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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.

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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.

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