Multiple Sitemaps Are Better Than One Large Sitemap

5 Important Reasons to Use Multiple XML Sitemaps

OSMap is the most popular way to create a sitemap for Joomla sites. 10,000 of Joomla users rely on OSMap to help Google and Bing understand their site's content.

Over the years of developing OSMap, we've spoken with Joomla users who have larger and larger sites. Some sites have 10,000 URLs, some have 50,000 URLs and we've even talked to users with hundreds of thousands of pages.

For these large sites, we do not recommend that use a single sitemap. Neither do Google or Bing.

In this blog post, I'll explain why and how you should use multiple sitemaps for large sites. 

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CSS Grid #19: Difference Between Grid Containers and Block Containers

Until now, in this series we have assumed that grid containers behave the same as block containers. But there are some subtle differences between them.

Being aware of those, will help you improve your development workflow. This tutorial will explain the differences between the Grid containers and regular block containers.

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How to Uninstall Joomla Extensions

How to Uninstall Joomla Extensions

It's always a good idea to remove Joomla extensions that you aren't using.

However, the process for removing extensions isn't obvious, unless you know how.

Here's how to uninstall a Joomla extension ...

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How to Fix the Database Connection Error in Joomla

How to Fix the Database Connection Error in Joomla

Do you have a blank page on your Joomla site showing this message?

Error displaying the error page: Application Instantiation Error: Could not connect to MySQL.

This means that your Joomla system can't connect to your database. Since your site's data is stored there, it is highly important you fix the connection to get your site back.

Continue reading this post to find out how to fix the database connection error.

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5 Joomla Tips for Power Users

5 Joomla Tips for Power Users

Joomla is a great CMS with so many features that even regular users may not understand all options available to them.

I'm going to share 5 tips that Joomla power users love to take advantage of:

  • Global check-in
  • Display site name in page titles
  • Enable HTTPS in all your pages
  • Duplicate a module
  • Preview module positions

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Responsive Design and Joomlashack Templates

Responsive Design and Joomlashack Templates

A few years ago we wrote the Ultimate Mobile Joomla Guide. We discussed two different techniques for making your Joomla site ready for mobile phones. Both of those techniques worked by showing one template to desktops and another to mobile devices.

Since that post, a third option has emerged: responsive design. Responsive design means that your one and the only template is flexible enough to look good on any device.

In this blog post, we'll show you how two of the mobile-ready Joomlashack templates look on some mobile devices.

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Shack Spreadsheets Has Improved Data Display in Joomla

Shack Spreadsheets Now Renders Improved Tables

Shack Spreadsheets is the easiest and quickest way to get data from your spreadsheet and show it in Joomla.

The latest version of Shack Spreadsheets has improved importing features for your data:

  • Shack Spreadsheets will import the hyperlinks you have in your spreadsheet.
  • Shack Spreadsheets will allow you to set a custom CSS style for all of your data tables.

In this blog post, I will give you a brief look at these new features.

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How to Solve Common Joomla Installation Problems

Solve Common Joomla Installation Problems

Our customers often ask us about Joomla installation problems. As you're going through a Joomla installation process, there are several possible issues that you might encounter.

In this tutorial we aim to help you solve as many of those issues as possible.

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How to Change Joomla Folder and File Permissions

How to Change Joomla Folder and File Permissions

Sometimes when you're trying to upload extensions to your Joomla site, you'll be faced with error messages like this: "JFolder::create: Could not create directory" or "Warning! Failed to move file."

Often this is because your Joomla site doesn't have the correct permissions to upload the extensions. What are permissions and how can you fix this problem? Read on ...

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The Wright Framework Now Has an Improved Mobile Menu

Our Wright Template Now Has an Improved Mobile Menu

Joomlashack's Wright framework now has an improved mobile menu system. If your site navigation includes submenus, they will be hidden until you click on the new toggle button. This feature was requested by a good number of users.

This feature works for menus in the following template positions:

  • The toolbar
  • The menu
  • The bottom menu.

These are the module positions that you will find in all Joomlashack templates.

In this post, I'll give you an overview of how this mobile feature works.

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