The aim of this series of documents is to introduce Joomla! to people who have not previously used it.
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
There are two versions in common use.
These pages were originally written for version 1.5.
If you are using version 1.6, much of the information here will apply because there are many similarities between the versions. There are some significant differences and these will indicated in the text.
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 workings of a Joomla! site.
Aimed at helping everyone who wants to learn more about Articles, and managing them from the main Site.
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 is 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 ot more..
--Lorna Scammell December 2010