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There are two versions in common use:-
 
There are two versions in common use:-
* Version 1.5 - see [[Getting Started with Joomla! 1.5]] for the corresponding series - was released January 2008 and is longer supported as of September 2012
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* '''Version 2.5''' ''(Note: Joomla! CMS 2.5 EOL (end of life) will be Dec 2014)''
* Version 1.6 was released January 2011 and is not supported anymore.
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* '''Version {{CurrentSTSVer|minor}}'''
* Version 1.7 was released July 2011 and is not supported anymore.
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* '''Version 2.5''' (long-term-support (LTS) version that replaced versions 1.6 & 1.7) was released January 2012.
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* '''Version 3.0''' (short-term-support (STS) version in anticipation of Joomla 3.1, 3.2 and 3.5) was released September 2012.
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There are many similarities between the versions but they are presented separately to newcomers to Joomla! in order to use 'hands-on' material.
 
There are many similarities between the versions but they are presented separately to newcomers to Joomla! in order to use 'hands-on' material.
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* there are sections which will be useful to experienced designers and developers.
 
* there are sections which will be useful to experienced designers and developers.
  
At the start of each article there is an indication of who it is aimed at and, on occasions, about the pitfalls for the inexperienced or unwary. </br>
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At the start of each article there is an indication of who it is aimed at and, on occasions, about the pitfalls for the inexperienced or unwary.
[[GS/Readership|Some more detail about the intended readership]]
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== Introduction to the Getting Started series ==
 
== Introduction to the Getting Started series ==
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You must have the use of a Joomla! Web site to use 'hands-on' instructions. There are several possibilites:-
 
You must have the use of a Joomla! Web site to use 'hands-on' instructions. There are several possibilites:-
:*[[Use an existing Joomla! 1.6 site| '''Use a site that has already been set up.''']]  If you are going to be adding content to an existing site and do not have much computing experience this is a good option.
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:*[[Use an existing Joomla! 1.6 site| Use a site that has already been set up.]]  If you are going to be adding content to an existing site and do not have much computing experience this is a good option.
:* [[Use Joomla! on your own computer| '''Install a copy of Joomla! (with Sample Data) on your own computer.''']] Installing with Sample Data enables you to to explore a Joomla! site before you have created one for your own content. This is a good option for beginners.
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:* [[Use Joomla! on your own computer| Install a copy of Joomla! (with Sample Data) on your own computer.]] Installing with Sample Data enables you to to explore a Joomla! site before you have created one for your own content. This is a good option for beginners.
:* [[Install_2.5| '''Install a copy of Joomla! (with Sample Data) on a Hosting server.''']] Installing with Sample Data enables you to to explore a Joomla! site before you have created one for your own content. This is a good option for beginners.  [http://resources.joomla.org/directory/support-services/hosting.html]
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:* [[J2.5:Installing Joomla| Install a copy of Joomla! (with Sample Data) on a Hosting server.]] Installing with Sample Data enables you to to explore a Joomla! site before you have created one for your own content. This is a good option for beginners.  [http://resources.joomla.org/directory/support-services/hosting.html Hosting providers]
:*'''Use the Demo on the Joomla! site.''' - Probably not doing this for version 1.6 Some example sites needed even if not interactive.
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:*Use the Demo on the Joomla! site. - Probably not doing this for version 1.6 Some example sites needed even if not interactive.
  
 
=== Hands-on adding and altering articles ===
 
=== Hands-on adding and altering articles ===
 
Start here no matter what your previous experience. Articles are the building blocks of any Joomla! web site and everyone needs to know the basics of how to edit and create them. And doing this helps you to understand the inner workings of Joomla!
 
Start here no matter what your previous experience. Articles are the building blocks of any Joomla! web site and everyone needs to know the basics of how to edit and create them. And doing this helps you to understand the inner workings of Joomla!
  
:*[[Hands-on editing an article: Joomla! 1.6| '''How to edit an Article''']] - aimed at helping everyone to use the editor and understand what articles look like and where they are stored.
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:*[[J2.5:Hands-on editing an article| '''How to edit an Article''']] - aimed at helping everyone to use the editor and understand what articles look like and where they are stored.
:*[[Hands-on adding a new article: Joomla! 1.6| '''How to create a new Article''']] - aimed at helping everyone to add a new article to a web site
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:*[[J2.5:Hands-on adding a new article| '''How to create a new Article''']] - aimed at helping everyone to add a new article to a web site
  
 
===More about editing articles===
 
===More about editing articles===
 
These are aimed at helping everyone who wants to learn more about articles and managing them from the main Site, also called the Front-end.
 
These are aimed at helping everyone who wants to learn more about articles and managing them from the main Site, also called the Front-end.
:*[[Add links to other pages: Joomla! 1.6|'''Hands-on adding links to other pages''']]
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:*[[J2.5:Add links to other pages|'''Hands-on adding links to other pages''']]
:*[[Add a table: Joomla! 1.6|'''Hands-on adding a table''']]
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:*[[J2.5:Add a table|'''Hands-on adding a table''']]
:*[[Add an image: Joomla! 1.6|'''Hands-on adding a picture''']]
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:*[[J2.5:Add an image|'''Hands-on adding a picture''']]
:*[[How to split an Article 1.6|'''Hands-on splitting a long article''']]
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:*[[J2.5:How to split an Article|'''Hands-on splitting a long article''']]
 
====Managing content using the Front-end of Joomla!====
 
====Managing content using the Front-end of Joomla!====
:*[[Manage articles using the Front-end of Joomla! 1.6|'''Manipulating and publishing  Articles''' ]] using the Front-end
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:*[[J2.5:Manage articles using the Front-end of Joomla!|'''Manipulating and publishing  Articles''' ]] using the Front-end
  
 
===Setting up a Joomla! site===
 
===Setting up a Joomla! site===

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