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Joomlashack Reaches 10,000 users

We are pleased to annouce that Joomlashack has reached 10,000 users!

Reaching this milestone is a good time for us to reflect on our progress in serving the Joomla community. In 2006, we have sold over 2000 templates, created over 30 custom websites and have hundreds of glowing testimonials. We have developed an active community on our forums with over 2000 posts, many of which spend time helping out others new to Joomla. In April we implemented our new online store with the functionality to introduce many exciting new products including our popular Template Monster Joomlafication! We have many other exciting product releases for Joomla over the next few months, stay tuned.

We would like to thank our customer community for your support and business. We are motivated by the feedback you give us and will continue to improve our products, services and support to be your #1 choice for Joomla templates and website design.

Joomlashack featured on Joomla Design Site

Joomlashack has been featured on the Joomla design showcase site joomlaform.com. Corey Webb searches out Joomla sites that show good form and showcases them as inspiration of what can be done with CSS design and Joomla. "The reason that I chose to feature this site is because it clearly exhibited good form" says Corey. Check out the review at joomlaform.com.

Thanks Corey! We appreciate the praise, your project hopefully will push Joomla designers to work harder with CSS and valid XHTML design.

Site Updates

Important Announcement Below:
All new and returning users please read. Thank you.

Welcome back to Joomlashack!

If you're a returning user, you'll notice things look a bit different. This is just part of our latest relaunch which includes some added FAQ's, a knowledgebase, screencasts and a few more tutorials (all of which we're going to be updating over the next few days). Aside from that, we have some more structural changes designed to make your visit more functional in terms of support and purchasing.

Please read more to familiarize yourself with these changes.

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Create a Joomla School site in Minutes

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Struggling to set up a School Joomla website? Get a complete  responsive and multilingual website specifically designed for schools with 7 top extensions installed and configured. 

School Websites need to be content rich, easily managed, and constantly updated. For that reason, since the launch of the Joomla project in 2005 school website admins have found a perfect fit with Joomla as a CMS. So a preconfigured, diagrammed, and structured school website packet makes perfect sense and saves the developer hours and hours of development and tweaking. 

This is why back in 2007 we introduced the first Shack Pack for Schools

We are pleased to introduce the Joomlashack Shack Pack for Schools v3

We are very excited to have updated this great product. We hope to help beginners and intermediates (or busy people) build a new School Website or bring their existing one up to date. 

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Joomla! Jargon

Dictionary.com defines jargon like this:

1. jargon: -noun, the language, esp. the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon.

It also defines jargon like this:

2. jargon: -noun, unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.

Joomla!'s roots go back a few years, and it definitely has a language all its own. Seasoned veterans are fluent in Joomla! jargon, but for "newbies", that second definition is probably the most appropriate definition for what Joomla! jargon really is. For that reason, I have decided to attempt to compile a list of the most commonly used words and/or phrases in Joomla!, and give them a definition that actually means something to a non-veteran Joomla! user.

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Why I am excited about Joomla! 1.5

If you follow Joomla! news, you no doubt heard that Joomla! 1.5 beta was released on October 12 (or October 13, depending on what time zone you live in). This is great news for anyone using Joomla!, because it means that we are close to the stable release of version 1.5. I am extremely excited about this new version for several reasons, but as a designer, there is one main reason for my excitement.

That reason can be summed up in three words: no more tables! The new templating system for J!1.5 enables designers to override the default html output of the core Joomla! components and modules. This means that those pesky tables included in the default output can be a thing of the past, which means improved accessibility, more standards-compliant websites, and better SEO.

This new templating system, greater ease of extensibility (3rd party developers will have an improved framework for building components, modules, and plugins), and a growing, dynamic community make Joomla! the best CMS on the market. The possibilities of what can be done with Joomla! are limitless!

How to lose the splash page

Splash pages (those annoying pages with some sort of fancy graphic or flash intro that say "Click to Enter" or "Skip Intro") are bad. I could spend a whole article trying to convince you of this fact, but I think this article does a better job of it than I could ever do.

One of the most common mistakes made by Joomla! designers is to assume that just because you loaded Joomla! in a directory called "http://www.yourdomain.com/joomla" or "http://www.yourdomain.com/cms" or "http://www.yourdomain.com/home" rather than your root web directory, you are stuck needing to create a splash or intro page in your root directory to point your users to the real site. Nothing could be futher from the truth. As a webmaster, you have a couple of options for pointing users to your content without the need for a splash page. I will try to cover those options in this tutorial.

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I've just installed IE7 but need a standalone version of IE6 for testing Joomla templates

Since the launch of Internet Explorer 7 I struggled with ways to test sites on IE6 & IE7.

One solution which was suggested to me by Dean is to have multiple OS's installed on emulation software such as VMWare.

I installed VMWare as I'm sure it'll come in handy but the 4GB of space it requires to install a second version of Windows XP seemed a bit like over kill for my liking so I searched for another solution.

Here's that solution: http://browsers.evolt.org/?ie/32bit/standalone - I now have a standalone version of IE6 alongside my updated IE7

How to use Google Adwords on a Joomla website

If you have a website (Joomla or otherwise), and you have a vague interest in getting traffic, then pay per click (PPC) need to be part of your Search Engine (SEM) strategy.

Why is pay per click so useful? If you put an ad in a magazine about your product, you pay the magazine the add fee and it goes in. At that point you are hoping that the ad is compelling enough to get people to call/email/visit your site. If you get no leads from the ad, then you still had to pay the magazine the fee.

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