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bt social kunena joomlaIf you run a forum, you probably hope that your community creates interesting posts that are worth sharing.

Kunena is the best Joomla forum, but by default it doesn't have any sharing options.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to integrate the BT Social Sharing plugin with Kunena so that your visitors can share posts on social media.

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Joomla Access ControlAny software with more than one user requires permisssions.

However, managing those permissions is never easy and the more users you have, the more difficult it gets.

If you've been confused about Joomla's groups and access levels, you need to watch this video.

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Joomla Multi-lingual sitesLast week we edited and posted all of the videos from Joomla 3 Day.

One of my favorite sessions was from Ron van Schaik, who talked about how to build multi-lingual sites with Joomla 3.

Ron takes you through the process you'll need to follow, explaining each step carefully and pointing out common mistakes.

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joomla 3 explainedAbout 10 days ago, we held a special online event called "Joomla 3 Day".

Joomla 3 Day was like a free, online Joomla Day.

We had a series of 30 to 45 minute presentations. The expert speakers talked about speeding up your Joomla website, building multi-lingual websites, the new features in K2, and much more.

We held the event to mark the publication of Joomla 3 Explained, so all the presentations focused on Joomla 3.

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osmeta
Over the last 6 months we've been working on OSMeta, which is a metadata manager for Joomla sites.

We created OSMeta because we couldn't find a metadata extension that was simple and usable enough for our needs.

We've been using OSMeta on our own sites and on customer sites. We've also been recommending it to OSTraining members. The most gratifying thing is that most of our members didn't require any explanation. They just installed it and were able to figure out how to use it with no explanation.

So, the feedback has been good, and we're ready to release OSMeta to the public.

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Fix Broken Joomla User GroupsJoomla's user groups can be really powerful.

You only have to watch Randy Carey's presentation at Joomla 3 Day to get an idea of the possibilities.

However, it's also possible to cause problems for yourself by making errors while setting up the user groups.

One OSTraining member remained a super administrator and able to log-in to their site, but they lost the ability to see the administrator menu links and edit their site.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to rescue yourself if your super administrator account no longer has the permissions it should.

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joomla media queries responsive cssEveryone wants a responsive Joomla template for their site. 

However, if you buy or download a responsive Joomla template you will probably need to edit certain elements to meet the needs of your site. You may also need to fix problems on certain screen sizes.

In this tutorial, we're going to show you some CSS examples so that you can see how to customize your site for different screen sizes.

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joomla securityBrent Laminack is one of the most experienced developers I've had the privilege of working with.

Brent's been a coder and sysadmin for over 30 years. He's been involved in the open source community in Atlanta for many years.

So, it won't surprise you to hear that Brent takes a much wider view of security than simply keeping your site up-to-date.

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joomla control panelIt's possible to customize the Joomla admin area for your users.

In particular, it can be useful to customize the control panel that users see when they first login.

Here's how to modify the Joomla admin area to show the information that you or your client require:

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ostraining redesignWe redesigned this site at the end of the June.

This was a complete redesign and, in addition to the new template and images, the whole process required deep changes to your site structure.

We need to change menus, modules, categories, articles, extensions options and apply many other updates. We started to worry about the complexity of the upgrade and what could go wrong during the process.

This post outlines how we approached the problem and how we managed to successfully complete a complex update inside 20 minutes.

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joomla layout overridesJoomla makes it possible to re-design almost any aspect of your site.

In a previous post, we explained how template overrides work. In this post, we're going to talk about layout overrides.

Layout overrides are more narrow and specific than template overrides. Layout overrides allow you to customize small portions of a design, for example: social icons, article titles and tags.

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Joomla SEOSteven Johnson is an affiliate marketer who has run several successful sites around TVs, iPhones and iPods.

Steven is also a long-time Joomla user, and he's really learned how to optimize Joomla for high rankings.

In this presentation, Steven gives a practical guide to optimizing your Joomla site. He covers popular SEO extensions, metadata and plenty of off-page factors.

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joomla-social-networks-extensionsAlex Andreae is an experienced Joomla developer who focuses on social apps.

In this talk, he introduces you to the complete world of social tools.

Alex covers social network authentication, share buttons, comments, Facebook Open Graph, Twitter Cards, Google Structured data and more.

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joomla-duplicate-templateOne of the mistakes I see often by new Joomla users is modifying a core Joomla template and using it directly.

The problems occur when updating Joomla and all their changes are lost in the process.

The solution is to create a copy of the template and modify the copy instead. This will preserve your changes when you update Joomla.

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OSShow LogoThis week, we have another nice little extension for you: OSShow.

OSShow is a lightweight slideshow module.

The OSShow Module will scan a folder on the server and flip through all the images. Using the Weblinks component, you can also add a name, description and URL for each of the images.

We made the slideshow easy so you can focus on managing your content instead of configuring it.

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html2articles logoOne of our OSTraining members had a very old HTML site.

They wanted to import that old site into Joomla and were wondering how to do it.

HTML2Articles is a very good solution for this. It will take your old HTML files and import them as Joomla articles.

Here's how HTML2Articles works:

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joomla-cckThe acronym "CCK" comes from Drupal and stands for "Content Construction Kit".

A CCK allows you to expand the information you add to your site, beyond simply a title and body field.

In this presentation, Jon Neubauer introduces you to all of the popular Joomla CCK solutions. Jon looks at K2, ZOO and Seblod.

If your website has complex content requirements, you'll want to watch Jon's talk:

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joomla-security-perezSucuri is one of the biggest names in website security, keeping many thousands of Joomla and WordPress sites safe.

Tony Perez is the co-founder and CEO of Sucuri. He gave this talk on Joomla security at Joomla Day Atlanta.

Tony starts by explaining that between 85% and 90% of hosting companies are infected at some point. Tony talks about all the different ways that a website and server can be compromised.

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OSPositionsOSPositions is a simple Joomla plugin that keeps adding tp=1 in your URL so you can view your template's module positions on all pages.

Now you can navigate through your site and see where your module positions are.

This is a dream come true for people building sites that use many modules.

Here's how to use OSPositions ...

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OSURL

Joomla, along with all dynamic websites, has at least two version of each URL.

There is the Search-Engine Friendly (SEF) version which contain keywords that are useful and easy to remember. There are also the "original" version of the URL that is longer and harder to remember.

However, sometimes developers and site-builder do need to know the original URL. We've just released a module called OSurl that will help you to do just that. 

OSURL will display the original Joomla URL for any page you visit.

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joomla and searsCory Webb used to run a Joomla design shop, but since last year he's been working for Sears.

His role at Sears is to manage an internal Joomla website for over 1000 Sears associates.

In this video, Cory talks about the server architecture, workflows and user authentication methods used to power this Joomla site.

Some of the tools he talks about include Jenkins CI server, GitHub, JomSocial, Easyblog, and AcyMailing. Cory discusses how a lot of these tools can be used in non-enterprise websites.

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joomla 3.3Over the next few weeks we're going to be publishing videos of some great presentations from Joomla Day Atlanta.

The event featured some really excellent Joomla and PHP presentations.

This week we showcase Michael Babker from the Joomla core team. His presentation was called "Looking at Joomla! 3.3" and he talks about what's new in the latest version of Joomla.

Micheal makes a major announcement at the 14 minute mark, so be sure not to miss that.

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twitterWe often get questions from OSTraining members wondering how to show tweets on their site.

Twitter doesn't make it particularly easy to do this. Certainly there are no YouTube-style embed codes for multiple tweets.

For Joomla sites, we recommend the SP Tweet extension to make the process easier.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how use SP Tweet to automatically display your tweets inside a module.

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hikashopHikaShop is our favorite Joomla shopping cart for Joomla.

HikaShop is fully integrated with Joomla and you can get started very quickly. However, if you need a powerful shopping cart with complex features, Hikashop can do that too.

In this tutorial, we have four videos to get you up and running with Hikashop.

If you want to go further, we have a 20 video training class on Hikashop.

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easy languageJoomla is a popular option for multi-lingual sites.

You can learn the default way that Joomla handles multi-lingual functionality by taking our Multi-Lingual Sites class.

However, there are alternatives to the default approach. One alternative is Easy Language.

Easy Language is a plugin that makes handling translations easier by allowing us to maintain a single item with all languages we need. This could be quicker than the Joomla default which involves creating copies of each item.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use Easy Language.

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jumi gravatar

One of the most popular, useful and long-lived extensions in Joomla is called Jumi. We have got Jumi tutorials on this site that date from early 2007.

Why is Jumi so popular? Jumi is an extension that allows you add to custom code such as PHP, Javascript or CSS directly into our Joomla pages. 

One of our members wanted to show Gravatar images of their users when they logged in. They thought this would help create a more welcoming feeling.

We showed them how to use Jumi to integrate Gravatar with Joomla:

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Akeeba BackupMost template clubs have their own Quick Start packages, which help their users to quickly install a demo site with the template, module positions, and sample content already configured.

The following article will highlight a quick and easy way to create a Quick Install package for Joomla. And it's with an easy-to-use tool that you've probably already used or heard about: Akeeba Backup.

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Install Google Analytics in Joomla 3In this tutorial, we'll show you one quick and easy way to install Google Analytics in Joomla 3.

We're going to use a very simple extension with a very long name, the "Asynchronous Google Analytics Plugin".

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joomla33In our CMS predictions for 2014, we made this forecast:

"When people use Joomla 3, they seem to love it. The interface and features are far more user-friendly than previous versions. So there's really no rush to move on to version 4. The community is still absorbing Joomla 3 and there's a lot of sites that still need to upgrade. Most people just aren't ready for version 4 yet.

We predict the Joomla team will keep developing and improving version 3."

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osvimeo OSVimeo is our new plugin to embed Vimeo videos in your Joomla articles.

OSVimeo works exactly the same way as our YOSYouTube plugin. All you need to do is copy-and-paste the URL from Vimeo.

This plugin is so easy to use that you'll love it!

Here's how to use OSVimeo:

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