The Back-end of your Joomla! site is the administrative interface (as opposed to the public interface, Front-end). Access is limited to users who have appropriate permissions.
Enter the address of your site - such as the localhost site with sample data - http://localhost/joomla15/administrator
Note that most sites log you out automatically if you have mot done anything on the site for a defined length of time - usually about 15 minutes. This is for security.
Logout There is a Logout link in the top-right corner of the Administrator screen.
This returns you to the Administrator login screen.
When you login to the Back-end of a site, the Control Panel opens. (You can find this again under the Site Menu - it is called Control Panel)
Screen of an established site showing the Control Panel
Screen of Sample data inlocalhost showing the Control Panel (cross ref to localhost)
The Control Panel is roughly divided into three sections. There are Menus along the top, the control icons are to the left, in the main part of the screen. And the Site Information part is to the right.
1. The Icons on the main part of the screen This provides administrators with a quick way to access the most frequently used tasks to manage the whole web site. Exploring each of these will give a sense of what an administrator can do. List them with brief comment
All the various manager interfaces are similar and are designed to show key information. This illustrates how the various mangement screens work. They contain a lot of information and can be used for many tasks. The information is in a compact form - so exploring it is worth while.
Once you open a specific task in the Manager pages, you are usually taken to a page with a Workspace layout.
screen of one explain how to open it
The key elements allow you to enter information required.
This can vary according to how the site has been set up. Four display by default - (shown in an earlier figure) and give an overview of the activity on the site.
Explore these for the Sample data in localhost
Shows that there are two additional ones added in the sample site - Welcome to Joomla! and Joomla! Security.
These give access to all the functionality available in the site
If extra features have been added, they too appear on the menu - compare sampleadmin menus with the one for an established site where some exrat features (Extensions) have been installed.
You won't remember it all - but it will introduce the feel of the Back-end and also indicate to you what more you will need to find out to progress.
--Lorna Scammell 10:55, 31 December 2010 (UTC)