Interview with Richard Hughes from GingerWeb.co.uk

This week, we had the chance to interview one interesting customer from our Everything Club. Richard Hughes has been a Joomlashack customer since 2011. He has been running gingerweb.co.uk and building websites for clients since 2004.

In this blog post, you will learn:

  • How banter with a work colleague led Richard to the launch of his Joomla business.
  • One rock-solid marketing technique Richard has been using to consistently find Joomla clients.
  • The goal Richard aims to achieve in every Joomla project.
  • His three super tips for anyone starting a Joomla website building business.

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Why We Use Recurring Subscriptions at Joomlashack

Why We Use Recurring Subscriptions at Joomlashack

It's not easy to build a strong and sustainable business. That's true whether your business is in construction, retail, food, farming, or any other industry.

It's definitely not easy to build a strong and sustainable business in Joomla. The platform is over 10 years old and the user-base is active, but not growing quickly.

However, over the last few years, we've managed to grow Joomlashack. Yes, we have some good extensions and templates, but one thing has made that growth possible: recurring subscriptions

Here are key reasons why we use subscriptions:

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In Joomla 4, Module Styles Will Move to Layout Files

Joomla 4: Module Styles as Layouts

Here at Joomlashack, we've been writing a lot about next year's Joomla 4 release. If you want to quickly catch up on Joomla 4, I recommend watching this video.

In this tutorial, I'm going to talk about a technical change in Joomla 4 that will have a big impact for designers.

In Joomla, module styles define the HTML output for modules. These styles control the output for the module title, heading and class suffixes.

Up until Joomla 3, module styles were managed through a unique file named modules.php located inside the /html folder of each template.

Starting in Joomla 4, module styles will be now managed in layout files.

In this post, I'll introduce you to the new approach for styling modules implemented in the upcoming Joomla 4.

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With Simple Renew 3 You Can Use Stripe for Joomla Subscriptions

Simple Renew Now Supports Stripe for Joomla Subscriptions

Over the last few years, we've managed to grow Joomlashack. Yes, we have some good extensions and templates, but one thing has made that growth possible: recurring subscriptions. Here's our explanation of why we use subscriptions.

I am 150% convinced that the most stable businesses are subscription businesses. That conviction has deepened since the arrival of COVID-19. I've talked with a lot of business owners in the last two months, and the happy ones are those with strong subscription revenue.

If you're not there yet, you really should move your business over to subscription revenue. Our aim at Joomlashack is to help you make that move by creating a reliable subscription extension that's very easy-to-use.

So today, I'm delighted to introduce Simple Renew 3.0. This is the extension we use to power Joomlashack.com. This release adds support for the Stripe payment gateway. We've chosen Stripe because it's the most popular choice for new subscription services.

Read more: With Simple Renew 3 You Can Use Stripe for Joomla Subscriptions

Joomla Pagebreaks and How to Use Them

Joomla Pagebreaks and How to Use Them

Pagebreaks are designed to split up very long articles.

If you use pagebreaks, Joomla will automatically generate a table of contents for you. This feature is called "pagebreaks" because it will split your content into different pages. Every break in your content will lead readers to slightly different URL.

Here's how to use them pagebreaks inside Joomla:

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How to Protect A Landing Page with Google ReCaptcha in jInbound

How to Protect A Landing Page with Google ReCaptcha in jInbound (2)

jInbound is a great Joomla extension to generate leads and convert them to customers. You achieve this by setting a landing page with a web form. But according to DataProt, "45% of all emails are spam".

Last week, one of our customers asked how to protect their jInbound form from spambots. This is a four-step process:

  1. Generate your Joomla Site and Secret Keys with Google Recaptcha free service.
  2. Create a new jInbound field by the "captcha" type.
  3. Add this new field to your iInbound form.
  4. Enable a Joomla Captcha plugin of your choice. For my demonstration, I selected the "Captcha - Invisible reCAPTCHA".

In this blog post, I'll give you a walkthrough of this process.

Read more: How to Protect A Landing Page with Google ReCaptcha in jInbound

Using the "Magazine" Layout in Shack Article Layouts

"Shack Article Layouts" is one of our newest Joomla extensions. It already has a good review from a happy customer at Joomla Extensions Directory. Yes, it is a module but you can display it as a focal point of your Joomla site, just as if it would be a fully-fledged component. 

We decided to use "layouts" in its name due to its six beautiful built-in layouts. One of them is the "Magazine" layout. Embed "Shack Article Layouts" module in a Joomla article, and the "Magazine" layout will neatly display your Joomla articles in a nice grid. 

In this blog post, I'll show you how to display the "Shack Article Layouts" module inside a Joomla article using the "Magazine" layout.

Read more: Using the "Magazine" Layout in Shack Article Layouts

Fixing the invalid_grant Error in Shack Forms Pro

Fixing the ivald_grant Error in Shack Forms Pro

One of our customers bumped into the ivalid_grant error in their Shack Forms/Google Sheets integration. The "Shack Forms Pro" Joomla extension allows you to automatically feed data submitted in a Shack Form to your selected Google Sheets.

You need to authorize your "Shack Form" connection to Google Sheets for this data transfer to take place. But such authorized connection may get corrupted. Then you will see the "invalid_grant" error in your form. Let's take a look at how to fix this error.

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What Layouts Are Available in Shack Article Layouts?

What Layouts Are Available in Shack Article Layouts

Layouts are at the center of the "Shack Article Layouts" Joomla extension. You can neatly display your Joomla articles with this module in one of the following five grid layouts:

  • "Blocks"
  • "Cover"
  • "Default"
  • "Magazine"
  • "Wide".

Each of them offers your Joomla site visitors a unique preset design. Each of them, except the "Wide" one, allows you to nicely layout your Joomla articles in a neat grid with more than one column.

Let's take a brief glance at the five layouts of the "Shack Article Layouts" module.

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Shack Article Layouts is Now Live at Joomlashack

create complex layouts with advanced relationships using only this module, the Joomla core and your template.

We are happy to announce that Shack Article Layouts is now available for Joomlashack members. This is the 31st extension available at Joomlashack.

Yes, you read that correctly. Joomlashack Everything Club members now get access to 31 extensions!

"Shack Article Layouts" allows you to display your articles in many attractive layouts. This extension is perfect for creating homepages, or landing pages for blogs, portfolios, testimonials, and other content.

You have the freedom to choose how to display your articles, as well as what to display from the articles. You can display images from articles, some or part of the article's content, links, and read more buttons included in the article, or authors, dates, and so much more. Additionally, you can pick from several stylish layouts and organize the number of columns and rows to fit your needs.

Click here to get "Shack Article Layouts", or click here to join the Everything Club.

Read more: Shack Article Layouts is Now Live at Joomlashack