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Getting Started with Joomla!

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Contents

The aim of this series of documents is to introduce Joomla! to people who have not previously used it.

Joomla! is introduced using detailed 'hands-on' instructions about adding, altering and manipulating content. At the same time, general points about Joomla! are made which are intended to help people to learn more and do more. As the tasks require more background knowledge, so there are fewer hands-on instructions and more general pointers to the extensive documentation available for Joomla!

The series divides into four parts:-

  • Hands-on a Joomla! site There is an initial section on how to get 'hands-on' a Joomla! site. This is followed by practical instructions about doing key tasks needed for adding, altering and manipulating content on an existing site.
  • Setting up a Joomla! site: This shows how a Joomla! Web site can be designed and created using the core features that come with Joomla!
  • Looking after a Joomla! site: This is a brief introduction to the day-to-day Adminstration of a Joomla! web Site.
  • Doing more and learning more: The final part links into other documentation and is intended as a guide ahead for taking Joomla! beyond the basics.

Who is it written for?

The series aims at everyone who wants to use Joomla! at a number of levels. Its main focus is:-

  • on people with limited computing experience

but

  • 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.
Some more detail about the intended readership

Hands-on Content

Hands-on a Joomla! site

You must have the use of a Joomla! Web site to use 'hands-on' instructions. There are three possibilites:-

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 workings of a Joomla! site.

More about editing and managing content

Aimed at helping everyone who wants to learn more about Articles, and managing them from the main Site.

Setting up a Joomla! site

Background

These are hands-on documents to familiarise you with the background to setting up a new site. There is emphasis on thinking about the content and appearance before doing the mechanics of creating a site.

A new site

This is the mechanics of creating new content and appearance of a simple site, using core Joomla! facilities.

Looking after a Joomla! site

General administration

Take Joomla! beyond the basics

There is more to learn about Joomla. This part of the Manual is aimed at those with experience of web sites and CMS - with links to documentation about how to use extensions and do a ot more..

  • Beyond the basics: doing more Jooomla!

Further Information


--Lorna Scammell December 2010