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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.
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.
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.
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.
The screen may look slightly different on different sites, for the name and the position depends on how the site is designed.
There are separate boxes for entering your Username and Password.
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
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.
There are four levels of permission relevant to adding and editing Articles in a Joomla! Web site.
--Lorna Scammell December 2010