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===Background to using a site that has already been set up===
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The aim of this short introduction is to help you use a site that has already been set up so that you feel that you are not just using a mysterious back box.
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==Introduction==
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===Who is it written for?===
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:*Everyone
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:*The main focus is on people who do not have much experience of using web sites.
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You also need:-
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:*to have access to a Joomla! site with  an appropriate level of permission
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Many people start to use a web site that has been set up using Joomla! You are especially likely to do this if you are going to be adding content to an existing site and do not expect to go further with managing the site.
 
Many people start to use a web site that has been set up using Joomla! You are especially likely to do this if you are going to be adding content to an existing site and do not expect to go further with managing the site.
  
There a few important introductory pieces of information to help you feel that you are not just using a mysterious back box. You do need to know something about the site and where the Articles are located. This will vary a great deal from site to site, so (obviously!) cannot be covered here in detail.
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You do need to know something about the site and where the Articles are located. This will vary a great deal from site to site, so (obviously!) cannot be covered here in detail.
  
 
===How to login===
 
===How to login===
You will need a username with the right permissions for what you are going to do, such as add and edit articles. You also need  the right permissions to be able to use this hands-on Manual.
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You will need a username with the right permissions for what you are going to do, such as add and edit articles.
  
You will certainly be given a username (sometimes called a login) to allow you to alter the content of a site. This shows you how to login once you have a username and password.
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You will be given a username (sometimes called a login) to allow you to alter the content of a site. This shows you how to login once you have a username and password.
 
*Open the site in your browser
 
*Open the site in your browser
 
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{{:How to login}}
  
 
=== Usernames and permissions===
 
=== Usernames and permissions===
Joomla! allows content to be created and edited by visitors who have a username with appropriate permissions. The usernames are created, and the permissions defined, by the person who looks after the Web site, usually called the Administrator.  
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Joomla! allows content to be created and edited by visitors who login with a username with appropriate permissions.
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:*The usernames are created, and the permissions defined, by the person who looks after the Web site, usually called the Administrator.  
  
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There are four levels of permission  relevant to adding and editing Articles in a Joomla! Web site.  
 
There are four levels of permission  relevant to adding and editing Articles in a Joomla! Web site.  
* Some website visitors never login and are just able to read the content. They may also be limited in the pages they can see.
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* '''Guests:''' Some website visitors never login and are just able to read the content. They may also be limited in the pages they can see.
*Others can login but have 'read only' access to the site - in other words they cannot alter anything.  
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*'''Registered users:''' Others can login but have 'read only' access to the site - in other words they cannot alter anything.  
*You will need to be given a username (with a password) by your Administrator with a level of access that will allow you to edit and create content.  
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You will need to be given a username (with a password) by your Administrator with a level of access that will allow you to edit and create content.  
**You may be given 'author' or 'editor' permissions, which allows you to edit and add Articles, but does not allow you to 'publish' them. An author can only edit he articles that they have created.
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*'''Author or Editor:''' You may be given 'author' or 'editor' permissions, which allows you to edit and add Articles, but does not allow you to 'publish' them. Publishing an article makes it visible to visitors to the web site. Authors can only edit articles that they have created.
**You may have 'publisher' permissions, which allows you to add and edit articles, but you can also make them visible on the site - that is to say you can publish them.
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*'''Publisher:''' You may have 'publisher' permissions, which allows you to publish articles, as well as adding and editing them.
 
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[[Who can do what?| More about usernames and permissions.]] This lists the various things that people with different permissions can do.
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==Where Next?==
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Once you have logged in to the site, there is a hands-on document (part of this series) to introduce you to altering an Article.
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*[[Hands-on editing an article: Joomla! 1.5|Hands-on how to begin to edit an Article.]] This will help you to become familiar with editing in Joomla!
  
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==Further information==
  
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There are other levels of permission that are needed for managing a site. This has some further detail -
--[[User:LornaS|Lorna Scammell]] December 2010
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[[How permissions work in Joomla! 1.5 |Controlling user access to a Joomla! Site]]

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The aim of this short introduction is to help you use a site that has already been set up so that you feel that you are not just using a mysterious back box.

Introduction

Who is it written for?

  • Everyone
  • The main focus is on people who do not have much experience of using web sites.

You also need:-

  • to have access to a Joomla! site with an appropriate level of permission

Many people start to use a web site that has been set up using Joomla! You are especially likely to do this if you are going to be adding content to an existing site and do not expect to go further with managing the site.

You do need to know something about the site and where the Articles are located. This will vary a great deal from site to site, so (obviously!) cannot be covered here in detail.

How to login

You will need a username with the right permissions for what you are going to do, such as add and edit articles.

You will be given a username (sometimes called a login) to allow you to alter the content of a site. This shows you how to login once you have a username and password.

  • Open the site in your browser
  • Find the LOGIN area: this is usually to the left of the page but it can be elsewhere.

The screen may look slightly different on different sites, for the name and the position depends on how the site is designed.

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There are separate boxes for entering your Username and Password.

Type your username into the Username box
Type your password into the Password box
Click the LOGIN button

When you have logged in you will probably be able to see more Menus and other content on the site. If you have the right permissions, you should also be able to edit some of the content. Look out for the edit icon Edit.png

Usernames and permissions

Joomla! allows content to be created and edited by visitors who login with a username with appropriate permissions.

  • The usernames are created, and the permissions defined, by the person who looks after the Web site, usually called the Administrator.

There are four levels of permission relevant to adding and editing Articles in a Joomla! Web site.

  • Guests: Some website visitors never login and are just able to read the content. They may also be limited in the pages they can see.
  • Registered users: Others can login but have 'read only' access to the site - in other words they cannot alter anything.

You will need to be given a username (with a password) by your Administrator with a level of access that will allow you to edit and create content.

  • Author or Editor: You may be given 'author' or 'editor' permissions, which allows you to edit and add Articles, but does not allow you to 'publish' them. Publishing an article makes it visible to visitors to the web site. Authors can only edit articles that they have created.
  • Publisher: You may have 'publisher' permissions, which allows you to publish articles, as well as adding and editing them.

Where Next?

Once you have logged in to the site, there is a hands-on document (part of this series) to introduce you to altering an Article.

Further information

There are other levels of permission that are needed for managing a site. This has some further detail - Controlling user access to a Joomla! Site