How to Add Custom CSS to Your Joomla Site

How to Add Custom CSS to Your Joomla Site

Many people install off-the-shelf Joomla templates or extensions and then want to modify their design.

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

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use the Add Custom CSS plugin to safely tweak your site's design.

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Joomla Overrides for Components, Modules and Languages

Joomla Overrides for Modules, Components and Languages

Making changes to Joomla's core files is often neccessary, but there's a right and a wrong way to do it.

The wrong way is to directly edit Joomla's files. If you do, you'll lose all your changes when you next update your site.

The right way is to use an override. In this post, we'll show you what overrides are and how you can use them to safely edit components, modules and languages.

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The Best Tutorials on Joomla Template Overrides

The Best Tutorials on Joomla Template Overrides

One of the most frequently asked questions by Joomlashack member is this. "How can I change the layout of Joomla content?"

The technique that allows you to do that without touching your Joomla core files is called "templates overrides". If you're new to "overrides", check out this introductory tutorial.

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The 6 Best Joomla Forms Extensions

The 5 Best Joomla Forms Extensions

Are you looking to add Joomla forms to your site?

It is possible to use the Joomla core, and we explain how to do that in this tutorial: How to Create a Joomla Contact Form.

However, there are some limitations to using the "Contacts" component in the Joomla core. The default component doesn't have many features and doesn't save your submissions.

So, if you want a powerful contact form on your Joomla site, you'll need to look for a new extension. Here's our ranking of the 6 best Joomla forms extensions. We tested dozens of these extensions and compared their pros and cons.

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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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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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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 Reinstall a Joomla Extension

How to Reinstall a Joomla Extension

There's an age-old piece of advice for fixing computer issues: reboot the computer. As with computers, simply reinstalling a Joomla extension can fix many bugs.

For example, today one of our OSTraining members was having an issue uninstalling an extension. Reinstalling the extension first was the key to being able to uninstall it.

This tutorial will show you how to reinstall Joomla extensions.

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