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 The old com_search has been replaced by com_finder.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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How to Update Your Joomla 4 Alpha or Beta Test Site

How to Update Your Joomla 4 Alpha or Beta Test Site

Are you testing Joomla 4 and would like to know how to update it from one Alpha or Beta version to another?

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to update your Joomla 4 Alpha or Beta to its latest release, even with no automatic update available.

Let's start...

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How to Submit Joomla Sitemaps to Google Search Console

How to Submit Joomla Sitemaps to Google Search Console

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

Google Search Console is the most popular way to make sure your site is listed in Google's search results.

Use OSMap and Google Search Console together, and you'll give your site an SEO advantage. 

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How to Manually Install Joomla Using cPanel

How to Manually Install Joomla Using cPanel

One of our students was having trouble installing Joomla using cPanel, so we created this tutorial for them.

This tutorial will cover setting up the database, the files, and the configuration of the Joomla install.

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Joomla: Updates Table Doesn't Exist

Joomla: Updates Table Doesn't Exist

One of our students was having a problem updating his site. The issue was the "updates" table in the database had become corrupted.

We found a solution for him, but it required running a query in phpMyAdmin. He wasn't familiar with the process of running a database query before, so we created this tutorial for him and you.

In the step-by-step tutorial, we'll describe the issue and demonstrate how to resolve it.

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How to Show All the Articles With a Joomla Tag

How to Show All the Articles With a Joomla Tag

Besides categories, Joomla tags are your best option for organizing your content. You can even consider Tags to be better than categories. A Joomla article can belong only to one category. A Joomla article can be associated with as many tags as you want.

Joomla tags also work across extensions. If you create a Content Category, you can only use that with articles. However, tags work with Content, Contacts, News Feeds, and multiple other extensions.

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to create a module showing all the content that has a particular Joomla Tag.

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