5 Joomla Tips for Power Users

5 Joomla Tips for Joomlers

Joomla is a great CMS with so many features that even regular users may not understand all options available to them.

I'm going to share 5 tips that Joomla power users love to take advantage of:

  • Global check-in
  • Display site name in page titles
  • Enable HTTPS in all your pages
  • Duplicate a module
  • Preview module positions
Write comment (2 Comments)

A First Look at Joomla 4

A First Look at Joomla 4

Here at Joomlashack we've started to get questions about Joomla 4.

We've even had people asking us why we don't have training available for Joomla 4 yet!

So, it's time to give people an overview of the progress being made on Joomla 4. What's the current state of this new version? What features will be included? Will it be easy to update?

Let's dive in and answer those questions.

Write comment (35 Comments)

What is the Best Joomla Page Builder?

What is the Best Joomla Page Builder?

At a recent Joomla event, a Joomlashack member asked me a really interesting question:

Do you recommend using a page builder to use with Joomlashack templates?

By "page builder", we were talking about extensions that allow you to design Joomla pages using a drag-and-drop interface.

I admitted that I hadn't used the page builders enough to give him a good answer. So, over the last couple of weeks, I downloaded and tested several Joomla page builders.

Here's an introduction to some of the most popular page builder options:

Write comment (76 Comments)

13 Free Videos on the Wright Framework

The Wright Framework for Joomla Templates

Wright is bootstrapped, responsive and lightweight. It's the best Joomla framework you'll find anywhere. Wright powers all the templates here at Joomlashack.

We've just released a free 13 video class on how to use the Wright Framework.

You'll learn how to use Wright to quickly create your own custom Joomla templates.

Simon Kloostra shows you how to install Wright and use Wright's default styles to quickly set up your template. You'll learn how Wright provides you with many of the Bootstrap's key features and components. You'll also be able to safely customize your template using custom CSS and PHP files that won't be over-ridden during any updates.

Write comment (3 Comments)

OSDonate and PayPal Users: You Must Get an SSL Certificate

OSDonate and PayPal Users: You Must Get an SSL Certificate

If you're using OSDonate (or any software that integrates with PayPal), your site needs to use a valid SSL certificate starting on Friday, June 30.

PayPal have a post on their developer blog with details on this important change.

Here's the important section of the PayPal post:

Write comment (3 Comments)

How to Create Template Overrides for Joomla Plugins

How to Create Template Overrides for Joomla Plugins

Despite being tremendously useful, template overrides for plugins are a type of override that is barely known in Joomla community.

There is no way to create this type of override from the Joomla backend. It is a completely manual process. Template overrides for plugins are intended for extensions that output content in frontend. This means just a few plugins are ready for this feature.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to easily create plugin overrides in Joomla.

Write comment (6 Comments)

How to Create Hidden Menu Items in Joomla

Hide Menu Items on Menu Modules in Joomla

Since the beginning of Joomla, users have created hidden menu links. This is a neccesary workaround because menu links control many of the features on Joomla pages - even pages that don't show in menus.

One very common use case is to create links to special sales pages and landing pages. Sometimes we need a menu link to set up the page, but we don't want that link to be easily visible. 

"Add Menu Title" is a menu option that makes it really easy to hide links. Here's how it works ...

Write comment (7 Comments)

JandBeyond and the Plans for Joomla 4

JandBeyond and the Plans for Joomla 4

Update: we took our first look at Joomla 4 here.

JandBeyond was last weekend in Poland. This is big annual Joomla conference in Europe. The session videos are now on YouTube.

Almost all the Joomla teams were at the conference, so there was lots of Joomla news from the event.

There is now a plan for the release of Joomla 3.8, which will include a new router and the initial steps towards Joomla 4.

Write comment (5 Comments)

How to Add Custom Fields to Joomla Contact Forms

How to Add Custom Fields to Joomla Contact Forms

With the arrival of custom fields in Joomla, it's now possible to create much more powerful contact forms.

I'll walk you through the basics of creating a Joomla contact form, and then you'll see how to add fields.

The examples in this tutorial are taken from the upcoming new version of "Joomla 3 Explained", the best-selling Joomla book.

Write comment (25 Comments)

What You Need to Know About Joomla 3.7.1

What You Need to Know About Joomla 3.7.1

The Joomla team released a security update today.

Joomla 3.7.1 fixes a high priority security issue, plus some bugs. The official announcement is here.

As we find out more about 3.7.1, we're going to update this post with things you need to know.

Write comment (0 Comments)