How to Manage PDFs and Other Documents with Joomla

When we get two people inside a few minutes in our support system asking how to do the same thing, it's time for a tutorial ...

This week, two Joomlashack members were asking how they can upload documents and link to them from articles. Our recommendation is an extension called OSDownloads.

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How to Use Content Versions in Joomla

How to Use Content Versions in Joomla

Do you work with clumsy people?

Are you sometimes clumsy?

If you answered "Yes" to either question, then there is a Joomla feature that's perfect for you.

Versions is a security feature for your content. Versions allow you to keep a copy of your Joomla articles every time you save a change.

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10 Options for Joomla eCommerce Extensions

10 Options for Building an E-Commerce Site with Joomla

Joomlashack customers often ask us how to build an eCommerce store using Joomla. The best way to achieve this is by installing one of the Joomla shopping cart extensions listed in JED.

In this blog post, you will look at 10 options to build your online store with Joomla. This list is not created in order, so the best extension is not at the top of the list. Instead, we recommend that you download and test a variety of options.

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What Does Checked Out Mean in Joomla?

What Does Checked Out Mean in Joomla?

We had a question from a Joomlashack member. They wanted to know what "Checked out" means in Joomla, because they would see this message when trying to edit an article:

Check-out failed with the following error: The user checking out does not match the user who checked out the item. You are not permitted to use that link to directly access that page.

Why are these articles locked and what does "Checked Out" mean? We'll answer that question in this blog post.

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How to Reorder Joomla Articles, Modules and Menus

How to Reorder Joomla Articles, Modules and Menus

Joomla has a drag-and-drop for re-ordering articles, categories, modules, menu links and plugins.

The drag-and-drop feature works perfectly, but it can be hard to spot for new Joomla users.

There are two ways to activate drag-and-drop re-ordering:

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The Beginners Guide to Joomla Cache Options

The Beginners Guide to Joomla Cache Options

Some of our members are trying to make their Joomla sites run more quickly. They've seen caching options, which promise to help speed up their sites. But, there are several caching options available.

This blog post explains what options are available and how you can enable them.

This tutorial borrows from this article by Klas Berlič. All of the detailed technical explanations and image are from Klas, so a big thank you to him.

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How to Solve "Alledia framework not found" Error Message

How to Solve "Alledia framework not found"

We occasionally get reports of some Joomlashack users experiencing this error:

[OSSystem] Alledia framework not found

This problem is normally caused by not uninstalling a Joomlashack extension correctly. We use the "Alledia" framework to power many of our extensions.

Here's how to solve this message.

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Page and Module Class Suffixes in Joomla

When creating modules in Joomla, you may have seen a "Module Class Suffix" option.

When you add menu links in Joomla, you may have seen a "Page Class" option.

Did you know that these two features are very closely related? These features allow you to add custom CSS to specific modules or pages. This makes suffixes a really good way to style individual modules and pages.

Many Joomla template designers rely heavily on these suffixes to create their unique designs.

In the videos below, we'll introduce you to page and module suffixes. These videos are part of our "CSS for Joomla" class which is available inside Joomlashack University.

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How to Add Google ReCaptcha to Joomla Contact Forms

How to Add Google ReCaptcha to Joomla Contact Forms
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 on 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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How to Find The File for Joomla Template Overrides

How to Find The File for Joomla Template Overrides

Template overrides are wonderful because they are allow you to safely redesign almost any part of your Joomla site.

Here at OSTraining, we teach people how to create template overrides in Joomla.

However, for Joomla template beginners, it can be difficult to find the right file. If you're looking at the front of your site, how do you know which file is controlling the layout?

This tutorial will show you an easy way to find the file you need.

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