How to Change the Joomla Homepage Layout

How to Change the Joomla Homepage Layout

A question that comes up often of new users is this:

"How do I change the layout of the content on my frontpage?

To be more specific, the question is often about how to change the content layout from Joomla's default layout. The actual layout will vary depending on the sample data you choose. However, one common layout is the 1 column leading / 2 column intro / links layout that you can see in the image below:.

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Create Joomla Blog Layouts That Users Can Select

How to Create Custom, Selectable Blog Layouts in Joomla

One Joomlashack user wanted to create custom blog layouts that their users could chose from.

The user wanted to keep to choose different layouts in different situations. They wanted to use the default blog layout in some situations, and use a new design for some blog pages.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to create a custom layout and how to control it via your menu links.

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How to Solve the Joomla Message: "AJAX Loading Error: Not Found"

How to Solve the Joomla Message: "AJAX Loading Error: Not Found"

Did you ever see this message when trying to update your Joomla site?

AJAX Loading Error: Not Found

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you a few options for getting rid of this error and smoothly running your Joomla update.

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JCal Pro Has New Export Options and Filters

JCal Pro Has New Export Options and Filters

JCal Pro 4.5 is now available.

JCal Pro makes it easy to display your events in a stylish Joomla calendar. This week's release has a lot of code clean-up and refactoring, plus two new features you'll see while using it.

The first new feature is the ability to create customizable .ICS files or RSS feeds of your JCal Pro events. The other new feature is an improved set of frontend filters, including the ability to see all the events at a single location.

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Joomla Video Grids with OSYouTube and Template Overrides

Joomla Video Grids with OSYouTube and Template Overrides

I'm going to show you how to create a video gallery on your Joomla site.

OSYouTube is the best Joomla plugin for embedding YouTube videos in Joomla. Template overrides are the best way to safely change the design of your site.

We're going to use OSYouTube and template overrides to create a stylish grid of videos.

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How to Stop the Joomla Editor From Removing Code

How to Stop the Joomla Editor From Removing Code

Your Joomla site was built on code. The right code in the right place brings your site to life. However, there are many places where it can also be a huge security risk. 

If you allow people to use PHP, Javascript, iframes or other code inside your content, you will greatly increase the chance that your site might be compromised by a malicious code. To minimize this risk, by default Joomla restricts the code you can insert into articles. 

The downside to this is that some common code snippets, from well-trusted sources, will be blocked. For example, Joomla doesn’t allow you to insert embed codes from sites like YouTube and Google Maps.

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How to Create a Joomla Contact Form

How to Create a Joomla Contact Form

This tutorial will show you how to create a Joomla contact form.

We're going to show you two different approaches:

  1. Using the default Contacts components, so you can create a Joomla contact form without installing any extra extensions.
  2. Using the powerful Shack Forms extension, so you can take advantage of extra features for your Joomla contact form.

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How to Use Joomla's PHP Error Reporting

How to Enable Joomla PHP Error Reporting

If you have a problem on your Joomla site, one of the most important steps you can take is to find an error message.

You can find errors more easily by turning your Joomla error reporting to maximum. From there you can take step-by-step action to find the cause of the problem.

This tutorial will take you step-by-step on how to change your Joomla Error Reporting setting to its Maximum or Development option. You will learn to do this either from your Joomla administrator panel or using Joomla configuration.php file.

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Add Custom Javascript to Your Joomla Site

Add Custom Javascript to Your Joomla Site

One Joomlashack member wanted to add Javascript to their site, but didn't feel comfortable enough to modify any existing files.

If you want to add custom Javascript to your Joomla site without modifying any existing files, we recommend the "Add Custom JS" plugin.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to safely load your custom Javascript.

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Use the New Facebook and Instagram Embeds in Joomla

Use the New Facebook and Instagram Embeds in Joomla

Last month, Facebook and Instagram made some breaking changes to how you can embed their content.

This post has a good overview of the updates. The short version is that both services retired their old, simpler embed system.

With the old system, you could embed Facebook or Instagram posts with just the URL, so long as you were using a platform such as WordPress, or Joomla with the OSEmbed plugin. That old system no longer works. Any previous Facebook or Instagram embeds are probably broken.

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