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Welcome to Joomla!, a leading open-source Content Management System (or "CMS") platform. You have made a great choice to use Joomla! for your website. Joomla! is a well-tested, extensible and effective tool supported by a very active and friendly community of developers and users.
Before you get "your feet wet" with Joomla!, you may want to think about the bigger picture aspects of your Web site. For example, most Web site projects benefit from advance planning and defining the nature and scope of the project. Ask yourself questions like:
Writing down these key questions and their answers will help focus your efforts and guide the decisions you make as you implement your project.
Joomla! is a Content Management System (or "CMS") which enables easy control and editing of the content and presentation of your website. With Joomla!, you can do things like:
Many additional functions are available within Joomla!'s default user interface. Essentially, Joomla! removes the need to have a "geek" involved in the day-to-day management of your Web site content: If you are able to surf the Web, interact with Web-based forms and interfaces, and handle basic desktop computing tasks, you will be able to use the Joomla! interface to manage the content of your Web site.
Out-of-the-box, Joomla! provides all of the primary functions of managing Web page content. It also includes a number of specialised elements which support specific functionality, for example, end user registration, interactive polls, advertising banners, a contacts directory, and much more. Included with Joomla!'s native capabilities is an "Extensions" system which enables additional features via third-party Extensions software packages. (See http://extensions.joomla.org for more information.)
Joomla!-powered Web sites are different from Web sites which contain manually updated, or "static," HTML files. Instead, Joomla! is a dynamic Web application. Joomla! uses a database (MySQL) to store all of the content and information about your site, and it uses a programming language (PHP) to power its interactive functionality and dynamic Web pages.
Although a low level of technical knowledge is required to use Joomla! on a day-to-day basis, you will need to know a bit more in order to install it. Joomla!'s installation process includes uploading files to a Web server via FTP, creating a new MySQL database, and then proceeding through Joomla!'s Web-based installation wizard. (Fortunately, many Web hosting companies include Web site control panels which make it easy to handle technical tasks, including adding a MySQL database, and installing Joomla!.)
Knowledge of the PHP programming language or programming concepts in general is not required to install, customise and administer Joomla! .
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If you just want to install Joomla! now, please follow the available documentation for the installation process: 1.5 Installation Manual version 0.5
Let's make a quick review of the installation instructions provided:
After you follow the steps described above, you will probably have a functional Joomla! site. What is next? Make it your own site by adding custom features:
As a general rule, minimise the use of 3rd party software. Please look first in the 3rd party black list
Now, with basic security enabled and the minimum number of 3rd party modules activated, it is time to make a support plan, yeah!