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The aim of this document is to outline things that can be done to manage Articles using the Front-end of the Joomla! site. Some important functions can be done here without the permissions to login to the Back-end.
The Front-end of a Joomla! site is the public interface. It is the part seen by any visitor to the site and you have already used it for adding and altering content. Authors, Editors and Publishers can login to this part of the site, as you have already seen.
There is a Back-end to a Joomla! site, which is restricted to people with levels of administrator permissions. Here there is management of Articles, Sections, Categories, Menus, Users and much else.
Some content management can be done from the Front-end and many Web sites encourage their contributors to do this as it makes the site more interactive and responsive to change.
There are other documents in this series that show you how to add new articles and how to alter them. Most Joomla! sites allow this. The alternative is that content is added in the Back-end, thus limiting the types of people who can update the site. See Get to know the Back-end
To keep a site up-to-date, it is good policy to clear out old content. This is especially applicable to news items or information about events that have past. Unpublishing makes the article invisible to the normal visitor to the web site.
You will still be able to see it - but the edit icon is now a different colour and if you pass the mouse pointer over the title - it gives the information that it is Unpublished.
To get it removed entirely - the site administrator has to delete it in the Back-end.
This too is done in the Publishing part of the editor screen. The detail depends on the design of the web site in use.
Background to Sections and Categories: These are ways of organising content behind the scenes. The important point is that:-
The editor also allows you to:-
There are documents in this series about the Administrator Back-end of Joomla! web sites. These also have references to comprehensive documentation about Administration.
--Lorna Scammell March 2011