Control Access to the Main Metadata Screen in OSMeta

How to Allow a Joomla User Backend Administration Access Only to OSMeta

This week, one of our customers asked how to give a Joomla user access only to the OSMeta component. They wanted to allow this user to update all the metadata on their site.

OSMeta is the best Joomla extension to efficiently edit metadata of your Joomla articles, categories, and menu items on a single screen.

In this blog post, you will learn how to create an OSMeta administrator with Joomla's built-in permissions systems.

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How to Catch Every Important Error on Your Joomla Site

How to Catch Every Important Error on Your Joomla Site

Earlier this year, I was working with the Joomlashack team on a project. We were busy and the work was difficult.

Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that sales were slow, but I didn't pay too much attention.

Perhaps it was just a bad day? Maybe things will improve in the afternoon?

Then I got an email. It looked like this:

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My Sidebar Menu is Missing in the Joomla Admin!

Missing Side Menu in Joomla Admin

One of our clients was having difficulty finding the Joomla administrator sidebar menu. It was hidden away by a Joomla feature that's easy to miss.

This tutorial will help you get your side menu back quickly. Let's get started.

The normal Joomla administrator view has the side menu on the left side, as in you can see in this image:

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Install a Template Manually with Joomla's Discover Feature

How to Install a Joomla Template Manually with Joomla's Discover

It is very common that large Joomla templates with many features are over 2 MB in size. On some servers, this can make these templates hard to install in the standard way.

Luckily, Joomla provides an alternative for those cases - the "Joomla Discover" core feature.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to install a large template by uploading it through cPanel and installing it with the "Joomla Discover" core component.

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How to Find the ID of a Joomla User

How to Find the ID of a Joomla User

One of the questions from our customers this week was how to find the ID number of a Joomla user by their surname.

You will unlikely need it in your day to day Joomla administration. Occasionally though a Joomla user ID number may come in handy. In this tip, I will show you how to find the ID number of a Joomla user by their surname.

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A Joomla Guide to PHP Notices, Warnings and Errors

A Joomla Guide to PHP Notices, Warnings and Errors

Websites inevitably have problems. Whether you're using Joomla or anything else, you'll need to spot and fix problems.

Joomla uses PHP and when PHP has problems, it reports them to you. However, often these errors will appear on your site and will be visible to visitors:

In this tutorial, we're going to give you a quick introduction to these errors. We'll explain the different types that might appear on your site and how you can stop them from showing.

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How to Display a Joomla Login Module in a Popup Window

Display a Joomla Login Module in a Popup Box with Shack Toolbox

One question we had this week was from a Joomlashack customer who wanted to display a login module in a popup window. The idea is that visitors can log in without leaving the page they are on.

Our Shack Toolbox Pro extension is the perfect tool for this job. You will have a ton of design options to customize your popup.

In this guide, I'll show you how to display a login module inside a lightbox popup with Shack Toolbox Pro.

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How to Enroll Students in the Required Classes in OSCampus

How to Enroll Students in Required Classes in OSCampus

This week one customer asked how to offer a student an OSCampus course only after they finished another course. The idea was to give students access to courses one after another one instead of to all of them. 

OSCampus doesn't offer such functionality. However, if you have only a handful of courses you can do the job by manually deploying Joomla's core Access Control List:

  • Create new user groups, for example, "Class 01", "Class 02", etc
  • Create a new access level for each of the new group, for example, access level named "Class 01" for the user group "Class 01",  access level "Class 02" for the user group "Class 02" etc
  • Assign required access levels to the required classes
  • Assign required students to access required classes when needed.

Now to allow student access to their next class, all you will have to do is assigning the student to the user group assigned to this next class.

Let's take a look at this process in more detail.

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Introducing the Joomla 4 Media Manager Features

The New Joomla 4 Media Features

Over the last year, we've talked a lot about the upcoming Joomla 4. If you missed any of those updates, you can check out the ultimate guide to Joomla 4.

The Joomla team has been working really hard and Joomla 4 is currently at the beta phase.

So, the stable version is still a way to go. But, because we get questions, we want to keep our readers informed about the progress of Joomla 4.

In this blog post, we'll take a look at the new Media Manager in Joomla 4.

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Introduction to Web Assets in Joomla 4

Introduction to Web Assets in Joomla 4

One of my favorite improvements in Joomla 4 is the "Web assets" feature. It allows you to load a set of JavaScript and CSS files in a specific order with a single call.

Let's say you want to load CSS or JavaScript files that depend on other files. For example, you may want to load a JavaScript file that depends on jQuery being loaded first.

In this short tutorial, I will show you how the "Web assets" feature of Joomla 4 works.

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