OSDonate and PayPal Users: You Must Get an SSL Certificate with TLS 1.2

OSDonate and PayPal Users: You Must Get an SSL Certificate

If you're using OSDonate (or any software that integrates with PayPal), your site needs to use a valid SSL certificate with TLS 1.2 protocol starting Saturday, June 30.

PayPal has a post on their blog with details on this important change.

Here's the important section of the PayPal post:

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10 Ways to Improve Your Joomla Contact Form

How to Create a Joomla Contact Form Module

One question we frequently get is about the Joomla contact form. Some people think its too plain and want to redesign it or add features. Some people get too much spam.

This week we'll walk you through how to improve your Joomla contact form.

If you want to use the Joomla core, check out this guide: how to create Joomla contact forms.

But there are some serious limitations to the Joomla core. For example, you can't even store messages that are sent to you. So we highly recommend the Shack Forms extension for better Joomal contact forms.

Read more: 10 Ways to Improve Your Joomla Contact Form

How to Create a Joomla Contact Form Module

How to Create a Joomla Contact Form Module

This tutorial will show you how to add a contact form to the front of your Joomla site.

This will allow people to contact you quickly without having to navigate through to a dedicated "Contact Us" page.

Read more: How to Create a Joomla Contact Form Module

New Feature in Shack Forms: Review Submitted Data

Joomla logo and Shack Forms icon

One of the customers of our Shack Forms extension (formerly known as "Perfect AJAX Popup Contact Form") asked us for a particular feature.

They wanted to be able to view and search the data sent via their Shack Forms.

We happily implemented this feature. In this quick overview, you will take a look at it.

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Send Your Joomla Forms Entries to Google Sheets

Send Your Joomla Forms Entries to Google Sheets

Our favorite Joomla forms extension is Shack Forms.

It has a ton of cool features that you won't find in many other Joomla forms. For example, you can store your entries in Google Sheets. Once your data is inside a Google sheet you can analyze, share or use the information in thousands of different ways.

Let's show you how to send your Joomla forms data to Google Sheets.

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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

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"!


Introducing Shack Forms

shack forms

Shack Forms is the centerpiece of the Perfect Web acquisition.

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. 

Judging by the JED ranking, this is already the third most popular forms extension in the Joomla world.

We think Joomlashack users are going to love it!

Our goal with this acquisition is to provide you with the most user-friendly and powerful forms extension in Joomla.

The original name of the extension is "Perfect Ajax Popup Contact Form". We're going to call it Shack Forms.


Getting started with Shack Forms

What happens for Perfect Web members?

All existing Perfect Web customers will have their purchase agreements honored. 

If you want to move your account now, you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or look for us to contact you in the next few days.

Please note: You will need a new license key from Joomlashack to keep updating your extensions.

If you're not convinced to move, we've already started to add cool new features such as the ability to store the messages sent to you through Shack Forms.


What happens for Joomlashack members?

Anyone who is an Everything Club member will get access to Shack Forms. Joomlashack just got even better for you.


What comes next?

shack open graph

In the next couple of weeks, we plan to launch one more Perfect Web extensions here at Joomlashack: Shack Open Graph (formerly known as "Open Graph and Twitter Card Tags").

When you go on social media and share links from Joomla sites, it does not find the appropriate images on your site.

This plugin adds invisible Open Graph so that Facebook, Twitter, and other sites will automatically find the right image to show.

This plugin works with every extension on your site, from HikaShop and Virtuemart to K2 and SobiPro! Here's the current JED listing.


Sounds exciting? Here's how to get the extensions

Save over 60% when you sign up to the Everything Club today

You will get access to these 3 new extensions as well as all our other extensions, templates, and Joomla training. 

Expect to see even more exciting updates and new features from Joomlashack throughout 2018 and beyond!

Thanks for using Joomla!


More about Shack Forms

There's lots of Shack Forms documentation available, plus this video is a guide to getting started with Shack Forms:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT0WOyjNO1c

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.

Read more: Getting Started with Shack Toolbox