The aim of this document is to work through, hands-on, creating a new article using the Front-end of the Joomla! web site.
Who is it written for?
You also need:
- access to a Joomla! site
- to be logged in with a username with an appropriate level of permission
Publishing: there are differences between Authors and Publishers:-
- Authors, Editors and Publishers can create and alter articles
- Authors cannot 'publish' articles - which means that they do not display until someone with publish permissions has ticked the right box.
- Editors can edit unpublished articles
- Publishers can see the Published tick-box when they edit or create an article - so they can publish their own, and other peoples', articles.
- Editors and Publishers can edit documents that they did not create.
To get it published depends on the way the site is managed. Publishing is often done by the site Adminstrator. If you are an Author you are likely to need to ask for it to be published before you can do more work on it. Editors can continue to edit before it is published.
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Starting a new article
You can easily start a new article for yourself although exactly how you do this depends on how the Web site you use is set up.
- Many sites have a USER MENU with several options about things users might want to do. (It is not always called a USER MENU - it depends on the site!). One of the common options is to Submit an Article (Sometimes called Create an Article). If this option is available - use it:-
- Find the USER MENU
- Click on Submit an Article
- Sometimes the site has been set up to show a small icon that looks like a sheet of paper at the bottom of many of the list pages. (This icon does not appear on pages with just one article - it does appear on pages where there is a list of articles.)
- Click on the New Article icon
The editing screen (called Submit an Article) is loaded. This is the same editor as used for editing Articles, except that it has no content and no title.
- Type in a title in the title box
- Type in some text - or copy text from another document
Saving your work
Before saving a new article for the first time, you need to enter some information in the Publishing section of the editor, including whether it is published and where it is to be located.
Where will the Article be located?
- You need to know where the new Article is to be located
- This depends on the organisation of the Web site. If you are using an existing site, you need to be told which Section and Category it will be assigned to. Or it may be uncategorised, but you need to know that this is the case.
- If you are a Publisher, type a few lines and then go to the Publishing part of the editor and Save it. You will then be able to continue editing.
- If you are an Author it is worth typing quite a bit of content at this stage before adding the details in the Publishing part of the editor. This is because you will not be able to return to editing until it has been published.
Both publishers and authors need to know which Menu the Article will be in after it has been saved.
The Publishing part of the editor
- Scroll down to the Publishing section.
Here you must make a number of choices about where the new Article will be located and who will be able to read it.
The choice of Section and Category will depend on those available on the site you are using. Getting the Section and Category correct usually means that it will display in the right place. The screen shot is of the Sample data in 'localhost' and shows the Section and Category chosen.
- Section: choose from the pull-down list
- Category: the choices depend on the Section chosen
- Published: Leave this as Yes. This choice is not available if you are an Author
- Front Page: leave this as No. The exception would be if you are writing an Article for the Front page which is in 'Blog' layout format. (Cross reference)
- Access Level: choose the appropriate one for your site.
Access Level: Public means that anyone visiting the Web site can read it. Registered means that people who have logged in but do not have any write access can read it. Special means that Authors, Publishers and Administrators can view and edit it. (Cross reference)
- Save the article
If you are a publisher - you should now be able to find the article in the place you expect!
--Lorna Scammell December 2010