Joomla Complete For Beginners Manual Users Guide

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THE COMPLETE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JOOMLA By: Taty Sena http://simplytatydesigns.com This manual is intellectual property of MakeUseOf. It must only be published in its original form. Using parts or republishing altered parts of this guide is prohibited. http://simplytatydesigns.com | Taty Sena MakeUseOf.com Page 2
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THE COMPLETE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JOOMLA Table of Contents Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 5 What is a CMS (Content Management System)? ........................................................... 5 About Joomla ...................................................................................................................... 5 Why Joomla? ........................................................................................................................ 6 Joomla ............................................................................................................................... 6 Pros: ................................................................................................................................ 6 Cons: .............................................................................................................................. 6 Drupal ................................................................................................................................ 6 Pros: ................................................................................................................................ 6 Cons: .............................................................................................................................. 6 Installing Joomla ...................................................................................................................... 8 Basic Requirements ............................................................................................................. 8 Installation with C-Panel ..................................................................................................... 8 Manual Installation ............................................................................................................ 11 Step 1 – The Database .................................................................................................. 11 Step 2 – Downloading Joomla Files ............................................................................. 11 Step 3 – Uploading Joomla Files .................................................................................. 11 Step 4 – Running the Installation .................................................................................. 12 Step 5 – License .............................................................................................................. 13 Step 6 – Database Information .................................................................................... 14 Configuration Settings........................................................................................................... 18 User Manager ..................................................................................................................... 18 Global Configuration ........................................................................................................ 19 Site .................................................................................................................................... 19 SEO settings ................................................................................................................. 20 System .............................................................................................................................. 21 User settings: ................................................................................................................ 22 Server ................................................................................................................................... 23 Tools ..................................................................................................................................... 24 How To Publish Content ........................................................................................................ 25 Sections ............................................................................................................................... 25 Categories .......................................................................................................................... 25 http://simplytatydesigns.com | Taty Sena MakeUseOf.com Page 3
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THE COMPLETE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JOOMLA Articles ................................................................................................................................. 26 Media Manager ................................................................................................................. 27 Front Page Manager ......................................................................................................... 27 Menus .................................................................................................................................. 28 How to Design and Customize Your Site ............................................................................ 30 Plugins .................................................................................................................................. 31 Modules ............................................................................................................................... 31 Components....................................................................................................................... 33 Templates ............................................................................................................................ 33 Joomla Community and Support .................................................................................... 36 Conclusion .............................................................................................................................. 37 Further Reading .................................................................................................................. 37 http://simplytatydesigns.com | Taty Sena MakeUseOf.com Page 4
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THE COMPLETE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JOOMLA Introduction Joomla is a great Content Management System with a lot of flexibility and with an easy-to-use user interface that a lot of people get intimidated about when they realize how many options and configurations are available. This manual is meant to serve as a guide to Joomla’s basic features and help you install and start your first Joomla website. . We have all been beginner users at some point, so I hope this guide helps answer some of the questions you might have. What is a CMS (Content Management System)? A Content Management System is a series of programming pages connected to a database that allows one to retrieve information from that database in the form of content. Sounds complicated? You’ve used one more often that you think. Have you ever updated your Facebook page or created a blog? Have you ever bought a book from Amazon.com or bid on something on eBay? Have you ever read The New York Times Online or checked something out on Wikipedia? All of these sites work with a type of Content Management System. The ones we will be focusing on are ones that allow you to manage your own website from a simple interface, to creating your own pages and menus without the need for knowing how to program yourself. About Joomla Joomla is a platform based on PHP and MySQL which was created in 2005 by a team of open source developers. It currently has 200,000 community users and contributors. Joomla is free to anyone who wants to download it and use it to create a website. It is also open to anyone who wants to create extensions and templates. The most current version of Joomla can be downloaded from http://www.joomla.org/download.html http://simplytatydesigns.com | Taty Sena MakeUseOf.com Page 5
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THE COMPLETE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JOOMLA Why Joomla? There are three main free CMSs available today, and endless other less popular ones. The most popular Content Management Systems available are: Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress. The differences among them are quite significant, although they are basically meant to do the same thing – to help you create and manage your website. There have been many heated arguments between the Joomla and the Drupal users over which one is best. As someone who has used them both, my take is that they each have their good and bad points. Joomla Pros: Joomla is usually easier to get up and running and tends to have a quicker learning curve. Joomla tends to have better looking templates and a friendlier community, even towards beginner users. Cons: Joomla’s code can be messy at times and loading time tends to be longer because of that. Its architecture limits how many levels of sub categories can be created. Drupal Pros: Drupal has a more flexible infrastructure, allowing you to create multiple sub-categories and with more advanced user features. Fast loading time and reasonably clean code. Cons: Longer learning curve and usually a longer install to launch time. Although the community is supportive, there is less tolerance to new users and people asking very basic questions. Basically, they are both excellent CMSs and which one you choose should depend on your particular needs and willingness to work through each CMS’s individual problems. http://simplytatydesigns.com | Taty Sena MakeUseOf.com Page 6
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THE COMPLETE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JOOMLA Also pay attention to what modules and themes each CMS has as you may require one that is not on both platforms. It is best to weigh up the pros and cons of each CMS before you go ahead and create your website. Wordpress is different in many ways. Wordpress truly is built to serve primarily as a blogging platform. It also has a large community and flexibility to evolve beyond a simple blog, but it works best as a delivery medium for always changing material exactly the way blogs are supposed to be. That being said, you can create nice websites using Wordpress that are not blogs. http://simplytatydesigns.com | Taty Sena MakeUseOf.com Page 7
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THE COMPLETE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JOOMLA Installing Joomla Basic Requirements There are two ways to install Joomla. Manually and using an installation software such as Fantastico or C-panel, which are installed in the host’s server and offer an user friendly interface for the management of the site and the installation of software, but the requirements for both are very similar. Since Joomla is a database driven system, it requires a SQL database to run. That’s where it will install its tables and store information you add to it. Joomla also does better on a relatively fast server, so if you have been on the same server for longer than you can remember, contact your host and check if it’s been upgraded and if that’s not the case, ask to be moved to a newer server. Joomla uses a lot of resources and your site will load faster if the server can handle many processes at once. There is also a chance that the technology on older servers won’t support Joomla’s newest versions. You can view a list of the most current requirements at: http://help.joomla.org/content/view/1938/302/ If you are using Fantastico or C-Panel, check the version of the installer. You want the newest version of Joomla if possible, and at the very least one version behind. New versions usually carry security upgrades as well as bug fixes, and when dealing with a dynamic site, those fixes can make a big difference. To determine Joomla’s latest version, visit the Joomla website. Installation with C-Panel So you have checked all the requirements, what now? Well, if you have C-Panel installed on your server, you have your work cut out for you. Go to C-Panel, look for Fantastico and look under the Content Management section. Check the version of Joomla they have available. You want the 1.5 version at least. If it is a recent version, click “New Installation” (some versions of Fantastico also give you an option to upgrade your installation if you already have one). http://simplytatydesigns.com | Taty Sena MakeUseOf.com Page 8
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THE COMPLETE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JOOMLA You will be asked to fill in the following fields: What domain you want to use. Install directory (leave it empty if you want it to be in the root folder of your site or create the name of a directory if you want it to be inside a folder within your site). Admin username and password, email and full name. Site name Install user data (check box). This option will install pages, menus and directories with Joomla information. If you’d like to see them and change them around as a way of learning how to use the site, leave this option. Personally, I find this option cumbersome, since you have to go ahead and delete all the Joomla pages from your site, so I always uncheck this. Then click “Install Joomla”. http://simplytatydesigns.com | Taty Sena MakeUseOf.com Page 9
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THE COMPLETE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JOOMLA Just give it a few minutes and C-Panel will create the database and install Joomla for you. It will then give you a link to your installation and to your administration, which is where you go to create articles and configure your site. http://simplytatydesigns.com | Taty Sena MakeUseOf.com P a g e 10
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