Getting Started With Joomla

Joomla is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows to develop interactive and dynamic websites. Joomla was the result of a fork of Mambo on August 17, 2005. At that time, the Mambo name was trademarked by Miro International Pvt. Ltd., who formed a non-profit foundation with the stated purpose of funding the project and protecting it from lawsuits. The Joomla development team claimed that many of the provisions of the foundation structure went against previous agreements made by the elected Mambo Steering Committee, lacked the necessary consultation with key stakeholders and included provisions that violated core open source values.

Joomla is a little bit hard to manage; there are some elements that require some extra configuration. Nevertheless, Joomla is the best platform to manage content for your personal website or corporate website. Currently, a lot of business are using Joomla because of it robustness and because it is easy to set up. In this post we will cover the following topics, which will help you to get started with Joomla:

Access

To access the administration panel or the back end of your website, enter login page.

e.g. http://yourdomain.com/administrator/:

Login page

Login page

Joomla Menus Explained

System

Control panel:

You can access Control Panel by logging into Joomla Administrator. To access this, you have to click on System->Control Panel. You can see logged-in users, popular articles, recently added articles, create new article and jump to Article Manager, Category Manager, Media Manager, Menu Manager, User Manager, Module Manager, Extension Manager, Language Manager, Global Configuration, Template Manager, Edit Profile.

Control Panel

Control Panel

Global configuration

Global Configuration controls the operation of Joomla settings. Changes made on this screen will update the configuration.php file. This file must have write permissions enabled to modify global settings. Global Settings are divided into five tabs (Site, System, Server, Permissions and Text Filters)

After you make a modification to these settings, remember that you must click on save to apply any modifications.

Global configuration

Global configuration

Global check-in

When a user edits a file, Joomla file status change checked. That file is locked and only an average user can modify it without protection. This is why the security prevents two users from modifying the same item at the same time. Consider conducting global inputs while items are open for editing will result in data loss.

Global check-in

Global check-in

Clear cache

The cache manager allows you to delete files from the cache of your site. Cache files are temporary and are created to improve the performance of your site. To avoid any problems caused by the cache when it becomes obsolete, you can delete all files that belong to the site cache.

Clear cache

Clear cache

Purge expired cache

Component packaged with Joomla Core for deleting the expired cache files if caching is enabled.

Purge expired cache

Purge expired cache

System information

In this section, displays all the information about our joomla, divide the information in System Information, PHP Settings, Configuration File, Directory Permissions and PHP Information.

System information

System information

Users

User manager

User Manager displays the user, which you have for your Joomla website. You can create, edit, activate, Lock, unlock and remove users from here.

User manager

User manager

Groups

You can create a group, as you need. All newly registered users is registered group by default. Joomla administrator users are part of the super users group.

Groups

Groups

Mass mail users

Mass Mail allows you to send email to all users in a particular group. This is useful when you want to notify users about any new articles, news, event, etc.

Mass mail users

Mass mail users

Menus

Menu manager

Menu Manager displays all the menus that you have on your website. In addition, you can create additional menus that appear on your site for the user. Main menu is the default menu in Joomla 3.0. You can create a new menu item in the current menu, as you need.

Menu manager

Menu manager

This is an example on how to add a new item in a menu:
Go to Menu Manager, select Main Menu
Click on New
Click on Select next to Menu item type (The type of link you wish like URL, Alias,
Separator, Component, Heading, Article)
Click on Articles, select Single Article
Select your article you wish to link
Enter Title and Click on Save & Close

Example - Menu manager

Example – Menu manager

Example:

Example - Menu manager

Example – Menu manager

Content

Content management system is to manage the articles being published within Joomla. Content menu allows you to create, delete, and manage the content of your website.

Content

Content

Article manager

Article Manager allows you to create, edit, publish, unpublish, delete. Article Manager is the place where you will create article to be displayed on your website.

Article manager

Article manager

New: Creates a new item and opens the editing screen for this item.

Edit: Opens the editing screen for the selected item. If more than one item is selected (where applicable), only the first item will be opened. An item can also be opened for editing by clicking on its Title or Name.

Publish: Publishes selected items. Works with one or multiple items selected.

Unpublish: Unpublishes selected items. Works with one or multiple items selected.

Featured: To feature your article on home page.

Archive: Archives selected items. Works with one or multiple items selected.

Check In: Checks-in selected items. Works with one or multiple items selected.

Trash: Sends selected items to the trash. Works with one or multiple items selected.

Batch: Copy or Move articles in bulk from selected to specific category.

Options: Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters can be edited. See Options.

Help: Opens this Help Screen.

Checkbox: Check this box to select one or more items. To select all items, check the box in the column heading. After one or more boxes are checked, click a toolbar button to take an action on the selected item or items. Many toolbar actions, such as Publish and Unpublish, can work with multiple items. Others, such as Edit, only work on one item at a time. If multiple items are checked and you press edit, the first item will be opened for editing.

Title: The name of the item. For a Menu Item.

Menu: For an Article, Section, or Category, the Title may optionally be displayed on the web page. This entry is required. You can open the item for editing by clicking on the Title.

Access: Who can view this item? You can change an item’s Access in its edit screen. See User Access Levels for more information.

Author: Name of the Joomla User who created this item.

Date: The date this Article was created. Joomla adds this date automatically. But you may change it in the Publishing Options – Article section of the Content Article Manager Edit.

Language: Item language.

ID. This is a unique identification number for this item assigned automatically by Joomla! It is used to identify the item internally, and you cannot change this number. When creating a new item, this field displays 0 until you save the new entry, at which point a new ID is assigned to it.

Category manager

Category Manager displays a list of the categories defined in your website. On this screen, you can create edit publish unpublish archive billing batch category garbage. In Joomla, all items must be part of a category.

Category manager

Category manager

This is an example on How to Create a New Article Category in Joomla 3.0.

Featured articles

Featured articles shows all featured articles. You can manage your articles featured here.

Media manager

Media Manager is the main screen for all images that can be used in content items, category, and menu. You can upload new images, edit and delete existing and create new directory.

Components

Components are the main functional units of Joomla. They can be seen as mini-applications. Most components have two main parts: an administrator part and a site part. The site part is what is used to render pages when being called during normal site operation. The administrator part provides an interface to configure and manage different aspects of the component and is accessible through the Joomla.

Components

Components

Banners

The banner component provides the option to display advertising banners on your Web site. The banner manager is where you can edit existing Banners, create or delete one. You can also publish or unpublish banner from this screen.

Contacts

Every Web site need contact form. Contact component provide you form to be created and linked to menu or display on page.
This is an example of how to create a contact form.

Joomla! Update

Joomla Component Update allows you to update online.

Joomla update

Joomla update

Messaging

Messaging component allows you to send private messages to users of its website. It is a good tool to get in touch with web site users.

Messaging

Messaging

Newsfeeds

The newsfeed component allows you to collect feeds from other sites and publish them on your site. You can add links to these feeds for users by creating News Feed layout in Menu Manager.

Redirect

It redirects a visitor to a valid page when you try to access a page that doesn’t exist. Its main function is to provide a mechanism to give an administrator the ability to redirect the URL of a web page.

Search

Search component allow users to search content on your Web site using search button located on top right.

Smart search

The Smart Search is the default search method Joomla and off when it launched a site. This is because it only supports the basic functions of Joomla at this point. This is a guide on how to use.

Extensions

Extension manager

Extension Manager you can use to install Component, Plugin, Module, Template and Language.

Extension manager

Extension manager

Here tutorials on how to make changes of extensions, templates, modules and components:
How to Install a Plugin in Your Joomla 3.0.
How to Install a Template in Joomla .
How to Change the Language in Joomla 3.0.
How to Uninstall a Plugin in Joomla.

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