This series of documents introduces Joomla! to people who have not previously used it. This is an introduction to the series and aims to help you know how best to use them.
There are two versions in common use:-
There are many similarities between the versions but they are presented here to newcomers to Joomla! in separate documents in order to avoid confusion. This is the introduction to version 1.5. There is a separate series for version 1.6.
The series is for anyone who wants to use Joomla! at a number of levels. Its main focus is:-
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
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:-
You must have the use of a Joomla! Web site to use 'hands-on' instructions. There are three possibilites:-
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!
The next four documents are aimed at helping everyone who wants to learn more about articles, and managing them from the main Site, sometimes called the Front-end.
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.
This covers the mechanics of creating new content and appearance of a simple site, using core Joomla! facilities.
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 lot more..
--Lorna Scammell December 2010