Your Beginners Guide to Multi-lingual Joomla Sites

Beginner Guide to a Multi-lingual Joomla Installation

If you would like your Joomla site to communicate in multiple languages, you need a multi-lingual Joomla site. In this tutorial, you will learn how to install a multi-lingual Joomla site with dummy content and localized menus.

Once you finish the installation, you will then be able to replace the dummy content for every language with your own.

Here is the process in a nutshell:

  • Get ready for Joomla installation. Firstly, you want to upload and unpack the latest Joomla installation pack to your server and create a database for your Joomla site.
  • Run the installation. Then you want to run the installation process for a multi-lingual Joomla site.
  • Translate the dummy Joomla content and add new content for every required language.

Let's take a look at this process in more detail.

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Matomo: The Best Alternative to Google Analytics for Joomla

Matomo: The Best Alternative to Google Analytics for Joomla

Over the last year or so, we've heard from more and more people who want to drop big, centralized services such as Google Analytics

The most common reason is privacy. People want to stop sharing so much data with Google. I suspect this is partly driven by a new focus on privacy and data protection laws. But increasingly, many users just don't trust Google.

Another reason is simplicity. The Google Analytics interface is increasingly busy and people often want easier access to important trends.

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How to Upload and Use an SVG Image in Joomla

How to Upload and Use an SVG Image in Joomla

One of our customers asked how to insert an SVG image in their Joomla content. SVG images are great since they retain quality in any screen resolution.

But for security reasons, your Joomla system doesn't treat SVG images the same way as JPG, PNG or GIF. This seemingly creates two problems:

  • You won't be able to upload an SVG image to your Joomla site via "Media" component. If you try, the "Media" component will throw "This file type is not supported." error message.
  • You won't be able to insert an SVG image in your Joomla content items with point-and-click. If you try, you won't see the SVG image available.

In this blog post, I will show you how to overcome both of these problems.

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How to Add Google AdSense Auto Ads to a Joomla Site

How to Add Google AdSense Ads to a Joomla Site

A few customers recently asked us about how to add ads from Google AdSense to their Joomla sites. If your Joomla site is live and has some content, you have an opportunity to monetize it by displaying ads from Google AdSense.

You have two options to display ads:

  • Allow Google to place their ads on your site automatically. This option is called "Auto ads".
  • Create ad units yourself and manually place them throughout your site as you see fit, unit-by-unit.

Our blog post "How to Display Google AdSense Ad Units" discusses ad units. In this blog post, I'll show you how to place Google AdSense ads automatically.

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How to Display Google AdSense in Joomla

How to Display Google AdSense Ad Units

Many of you asked us about the best way to place Google ads on your Joomla sites. If your Joomla site is published and already has some content, you have an opportunity to monetize it with Google AdSense ads.

You have two options:

  1. Let Google place their ads on your site automatically. In Google Ads interface this option is called "Auto ads".
  2. Create ad units by yourself and then manually place them throughout your site as you see fit, unit-by-unit.

We previously wrote about how to use "Auto ads". In this blog post, you will learn how to display ad units manually.

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Use Joomla as a Static Generator and Make Your Site Blazing Fast

Use Joomla as a Static Generator and Make Your Site Blazing Fast

We held the Joomlashack Conference over 3 days in mid-November.

This was a free conference featuring over 20 of the best speakers from around the Joomla world.

I was amazed at how good the presentations were. We've videotaped all the presentations and uploaded the videos to the Joomlashack YouTube channel.

This presentation was from Javier Olivares. Javier is based in Madrid. He works as a web developer and system administrator. He specializes in turning CMS based sites to static sites. This will make sure that your site is much safer and also much faster.

It comes with some pros and cons. In this session, Javier will get us through how you can use your Joomla site to spin up static sites.

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The Joomla School of Hospitable Technology

The Joomla School of Hospitable Technology

We held the Joomlashack Conference over 3 days in mid-November.

This was a free conference featuring over 20 of the best speakers from around the Joomla world.

I was amazed at how good the presentations were. We posted all of them to the Joomlashack YouTube channel.

This presentation was from Joe LeBlanc. This was the final, the closing session of the event and I don't think we could've picked a more appropriate closing session. Joe is one of my oldest friends in the Joomla community. He wrote many of the first and most useful Joomla extensions tutorials. He certainly wrote the first Joomla development book. We still have some useful tutorials over here at Joomlashack that he wrote over a decade ago.

Joe used Joomla as the jumping off point for a full-stack web developer career. His career has taken him to Ruby-on-Rails, deep into JavaScript and all sorts of other coding skills, working for big e-commerce companies. Joe's topic today is on how you can do the same: how you can get skills you use in the Joomla environment and build a wide-ranging and successful web development career.

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Joomla System Plugins Explained

Joomla System Plugins Explained

We held the Joomlashack Conference over 3 days in mid-November.

This was a free conference featuring over 20 of the best speakers from around the Joomla world.

I was amazed at how good the presentations were. We're currently editing all the videos and posting them to the Joomlashack YouTube channel.

This presentation is from Randy Carey. I've known Randy for many years. I think he presented the last time we had a conference like this five years ago. Randy has a skill of presenting a technical topic in a way that even non-technical people like myself can understand and appreciate. Randy is a long-time member and volunteer of the Joomla community. He is going to be talking about the magic of Joomla system plugins.

They may look like one of a kind of plugin. If you go to your Joomla admin area, there are many different types: Content, Authentication, User. But System plugins are perhaps the most powerful of all. In this presentation, Randy is going to dig into what exactly makes them different and what you can do to power your Joomla site.

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Rapidly Building Semi-bespoke Joomla Templates

Rapidly Building Semi-bespoke Joomla Templates

We held the Joomlashack Conference over 3 days in mid-November.

This was a free conference featuring over 20 of the best speakers from around the Joomla world.

I was amazed at how good the presentations were. We're currently editing all the videos and posting them to the Joomlashack YouTube channel.

This presentation was from Eoin Oliver from London. He has been involved in several Joomla working groups for a few years now. When he first started with Joomla, he loved it. He could make any website look great by buying a template from a club and then putting his fee on top. Often it left him trying to fit the clients ideas into a pre-made solution.

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Yes, You Can Visually Design Websites Without Code

Yes, You Can Visually Design Websites Without Code

We held the Joomlashack Conference over 3 days in mid-November.

This was a free conference featuring over 20 of the best speakers from around the Joomla world.

I was amazed at how good the presentations were. We're currently editing all the videos and posting them to the Joomlashack YouTube channel.

This presentation was from Mike Demopoulos. Mike has been a friend of mine probably for a decade or so. He has been around the Joomla community in all sorts of roles. At the moment, he works for BoldGrid whose main product is a page-builder tool which allows you to do a lot of visual website design without any code. And page-builders are the focus of Mike's presentation.

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