Everything You Need to Know About Joomla 4 in One Video

Everything You Need to Know About Joomla 4 in One Video

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

This was a free conference featuring 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. There's a single playlist for all conference videos.

The first presentation we've published is from George Wilson, one of Joomla's lead developers. I introduced George and joked that this was the conference keynote. George is such a humble guy that he brushed off that compliment. But there's no doubt that everyone interested in Joomla should watch George's talk.

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Introduction to Web Assets in Joomla 4

Introduction to Web Assets in Joomla 4

One of my favorite improvements in Joomla 4 is the "Web assets" feature. It allows you to load a set of JavaScript and CSS files in a specific order with a single call.

Let's say you want to load CSS or JavaScript files that depend on other files. For example, you may want to load a JavaScript file that depends on jQuery being loaded first.

In this short tutorial, I will show you how the "Web assets" feature of Joomla 4 works.

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Joomla 4 Has Customizable HTML Email Templates

Joomla 4 Has Customizable HTML Email Templates

Joomla 4 is making progress with Alpha releases every month or so. Last month, we got a new admin template and before that it was a new search engine.

The latest version of Joomla 4 is Alpha 12. You can read the release announcement here.

The major new feature in this release is customizable email templates. You will be able to control the content of the emails sent from your site. This is thanks to a new extension called com_mails.

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How to Use OSCampus, the Joomla LMS

OSCampus is our popular Learning Management System (LMS) for Joomla. This Joomla extensions is incredibly robust and is already used by 1,000's of people every week.

In this getting started guide, I'll show you how to add OSCampus to your site.

OSCampus is organized in a very simple way: Classes contain Lessons. Everything is a secondary feature, so we'll focus on setting up those core elements.

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Joomla eCommerce Users: Are You Ready for SCA?

Joomla eCommerce Users: Are You Ready for SCA and PSD2?

Last year, website owners needed to deal with the new European privacy laws known as GDPR. We wrote a guide to Joomla and the GDPR.

This year, there are new European rules that involve eCommerce. There are two names for these new requirements:

  • PSD2: Payment Services Directive.
  • SCA: Strong Customer Authentication.

PSD2 is the overall set of laws and SCA is the specific group of regulations launching this month. So SCA is what we're going to talk about in this post.

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How to Connect Joomla to Google Analytics

How to Connect Joomla to Google Analytics

The best way to analyze traffic to your site is the popular Google Analytics.

In this post, you will learn how to connect Google Analytics to your Joomla site.

For your Joomla site, we recommend the Shack Analytics extension.

You will have an option to add Google Analytics to all pages of your Joomla site. Install Shack Analytics from your Joomlashack account, then follow this guide.

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The Joomla 4 Admin Template is Ready!

The Joomla 4 Admin Template is Ready!

Joomla 4 is making progress with Alpha releases every month or so.

The latest version of Joomla 4 is Alpha 11. You can read the release announcement here.

The major change in this version is that there's a new admin template! This has been a long process and we're delighted for the Joomla team that the template is ready. We first wrote about the new admin template in 2017 and then again in 2018. The Joomla team have been slowly improving and tweaking the template for at least two years.

Here's our video introducing the Joomla 4 admin template. This video is one of many on Joomlashack's YouTube channel.

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How to Redirect Sitemap.xml to Your OSMap Sitemap

How to Help All Search Engines Find Your OSMap Sitemap

OSMap is the most popular way to create a sitemap for Joomla sites.

In another tutorial, we showed you how to submit your sitemap to Google Search Console.

In this guide, I'm going to show you a more general way to allow any search engine to find your site. Some search engines will look for your sitemap at particular URL: example.com/sitemap.xml. Sitemaps work perfectly without using this URL, but redirecting sitemap.xml to your actual sitemap URL is one small step can make it easier for search engines. All that's needed is to copy the URL and add one line to your robots.txt file.

This tutorial will show you how to do that, step-by-step. 

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Joomla 4 Will Have a New Default Search Extension

Joomla 4 Will Have a New Default Search Extension

Joomla 4 is making progress with Alpha releases every month or so.

The latest version of Joomla 4 is Alpha 10. You can read the release announcement here.

Alpha 10 brings one important change: there is now a new default search extension. The old com_search has been replaced by com_finder.

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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.

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