It's not easy to build a strong and sustainable business.
That's true whether your business is in construction, retail, food, farming, or any other industry.
It's definitely not easy to build a strong and sustainable business in Joomla. The platform is over 10 years old and the user-base is active, but not growing quickly.
However, over the last two years, we've managed to grow Joomlashack. Our revenues have doubled every six months. This enables us to add more developers and support staff, plus push out frequent product updates. 94% of Joomlashack tickets get a reply inside 3 hours, and 90% of users say the support is "great".
Yes, we have some good extensions and templates, but one thing has made that growth possible: recurring subscriptions.
Some customers are upset about this, so I want to talk through the reasons behind this decision.
A number of our students have had an error message occur inside Joomla:
"Cannot write to log file"
Here's how the error message appears inside their Joomla administrator area:
Joomla provides you with a powerful and safe way to override your site's default HTML layouts.
Why does it matter to you? Making changes to Joomla's core files is often necessary.
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. You can place copies of any layout file into your /templates/ folder. Joomla checks this folder first before loading the original files and if it finds these files present, it uses them instead of the core files. If you're new to using overrides, check out OSTraining which has 13 great tutorials on using template overrides.
One Joomlashack University student was wondering how to remove the .html at the end of his URLs.
This tutorial will show you how to do that and provide a useful SEO tip.
One of our members was having trouble submitting his sitemap to Google. The message displayed at Google was:
"Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format instead."
This tutorial will show you how to disable XML styling in OSMap, which should fix the issue. Let's get started.
The team behind Joomlashack wrote the most popular Joomla books.
- Joomla Explained was published in 2011 and focused on Joomla 2.5.
- Joomla 3 Explained was published in 2013 and focused on Joomla 3.
These books sold well over 10,000 copies each. However, we haven't been able to release an update in recent years. Finally, that's going to change.
Why release a Joomla 3 Explained update?
There are several good reasons to release a new version now:
- Joomla 3.7 will bring major changes with fields, multi-lingual changes.
- After 4 years, the book badly needs an update. The book is actually being used in classrooms around the world. I'm embarrassed to even think about what the students must think.
- The Joomla certification project is underway, and there needs to be affordable, high-quality study materials.
This week we released OSYouTube Free and Pro plug-in versions 3.3.3.
OSYouTube 3.3.3 is a maintenance releases, fixing minor issues.
OSYouTube Pro 3.3.3 adds a new feature: muting videos.
We released a new version of Civic, a Joomla template that's perfect for several types of websites, especially those that rely on video.
Many video displays are hard-to-configure, so we focused on making Civic as simple as possible. Especially for Civic, we added a new "mute" feature in the OSYouTube plugin. This makes it easy to have a beautiful, and silent, video on your homepage.
Additionally, Civic is now compatible with the very last version of the Wright framework.
We would like to notify OSTimer users that we just released OSTimer Free v.2.8.3 and OSTimer Pro v.2.9.1. Both are maintenance releases dealing with minor fixes.
We are happy to announce immediate release of OSCampus v.1.1.1.
This is a useful new release which introduces some enhancements, as well as ensures compatibility with Joomla 3.7.