Your Guide to All the Default Components in Joomla

Your Guide to All the Default Components in Joomla

If you want to add an exciting extra feature to your site, there’s a good chance it’s a component. Do you want to show an advertising banner? That’s a component.

Want a contact form? That’s a component too. How about an events calendar or a discussion forum? Both are components.

Joomla arrives with eleven default components such as advertising banners and contact forms. In this blog post, we show you how they work.

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Introduction to Joomla Multilingual Sites

Introduction to Joomla Multilingual Sites

Would you like to know how to create Joomla sites with content in multiple languages? Joomla really can build professional-quality multilingual sites.

But before you begin, there are some key questions to answer:

  • What do multilingual sites look like?
  • Can I trust Joomla with my multilingual site?
  • Are there any advantages or disadvantages to multilingual sites? 

In this introductory blog post, we'll answer those questions. Let's start by seeing some examples of real multilingual Joomla sites.

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3 Different Approaches to Multilingual Joomla Sites

3 Different Approaches to Multilingual Joomla Sites

In our "Introduction to Joomla Multilingual Sites" you learned what multilingual sites look like, what companies or celebrities use them and their advantages and disadvantages. 

In this blog post, you are going to review different approaches to building multilingual sites. There are many different ways to build a multilingual Joomla site, but these are three of the most common:

  • Approach #1: Use Joomla's core features
  • Approach #2: Use different websites for each language
  • Approach #3: Replace Joomla's core features with a third party extension

The choice is not always straightforward. So in this post, you'll take a close look at all three approaches. You then will learn which of the three we recommend.

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How to Add a Joomla Module Position Inside Any Component

Add a Joomla Module Position Inside Any Component

Do you know that you can display Joomla modules inside components? This is possible with only a single line of PHP code.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to display a module inside any component.

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How to Add the Font Awesome External Link Icon to Joomla

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Small details in your website design make a big difference for its visitors.

Take care of such details, and your visitors will pay you back with their trust and repeat visits.

One of such important details is the little icon you may have seen placed in some sites, like BBC, before or after a weblink to an external site.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to manually add such helpful icon to external links in your Joomla articles.

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Send Test Emails From a Locally Installed Joomla Site

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One Joomlashack user asked us if they can test a contact form on their Joomla site even though the site was installed on their personal computer.

This is a great question because normally local servers are not configured to send out emails.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to set up your local Joomla site to send out emails.

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10 Top Tips to Speed Up Your Joomla 3 Site

10 Top Tips to Speed Up Your Joomla 3 Site

The faster your Joomla website loads up, the better ranking it will get from Google. And you don't have to break a bank to speed it up.

In this tutorial, you will learn top ten tips on getting your Joomla site running much more quickly, on mobile devices and on the desktop.

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How to Translate Joomla's Contact Form

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If you follow our blog, you have a good idea of how to handle content on your multilingual Joomla site.

Now take a look at how you can translate Joomla's extensions.

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a contact form that is available in both English and French.

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How to Secure Your Joomla Site During Installation

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Keeping your Joomla website from getting hacked isn't hard. However, there are some critical basics that you simply must get right first.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make your website safe during Joomla installation.

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How to Control Joomla's Metadata with OSMeta

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If you want to update your titles or descriptions in Joomla, you normally need to open up each of your articles one-by-one.

The more content items you may want to edit, the more time-consuming this process will be.

A Joomla extension called OSMeta will make this task much easier. I'm going to show you how to quickly update all the titles and descriptions for your Joomla content.

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