Shack HelpScout is Now Live at Joomlashack

Shack HelpScout is Now Live at Joomlashack

We are happy to announce that Shack HelpScout is now available for Joomlashack members. This is the 32nd extension available at Joomlashack.

Yes, you read that correctly. Joomlashack Everything Club members now get access to 32 extensions, plus 20 templates and hundreds of Joomla training videos!

Help Scout is one of the most popular and user-friendly ways to provide customer support. With the Shack HelpScout extension, you can closely integrate Help Scout with Joomla.

Shack HelpScout enables you to display Help Scout forms and user conversations directly inside your Joomla site. Your users will never realize that their questions are being answered from inside Help Scout.

We have happily been using Shack HelpScout on Joomlashack for years to manage customer support.

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How to Change Text with Joomla Language Overrides

How to Change Text with Joomla Language Overrides

Did you know that you can change any of the default text on your Joomla site without touching the language files?

The feature that makes this possible is called "Language Overrides". If you're new to "overrides", check out this introductory tutorial.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use Language Overrides to safely customize your site's text.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Joomla 4

Your Ultimate Guide to Joomla 4

Joomla 4 is getting closer and closer!

The Joomla team have released the beta version of Joomla 4. This version is not ready for use on your live sites, but it is 100% ready for testing.

Click here to download the beta version of Joomla 4.

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How to Change the Joomla Homepage Meta Title

How to Change the Joomla Homepage Meta Title

One of our Joomlashack members asked this question:

How do I control the meta title on my Joomla homepage?

They wanted to have a meta title for search engines that would have a similar format to the one on this site: "Joomlashack: Joomla Templates, Tutorials, Free Joomla Templates - Joomlashack".

In this tutorial, we'll show you two options for controling the metadata on your Joomla homepage.

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How to Embed Twitch.tv Videos and Streams in Joomla

Twitch is a very popular live streaming platform that is owned by Amazon.

Twitch is famous for streaming video games, but in recent years it branched out into other topics. I've even seen chess games becoming fashionable during the pandemic.

Twitch has millions of broadcasters and tens of millions of viewers each month. In this blog post, I'm going to show how you can embed streams, clips, videos, and chats from Twitch.tv to your Joomla site.

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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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