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Testing Joomla Core Features:

    Components

    Banner

Functional Overview

The "Banner" component allows the user to manage banners by Categories and Clients. The "Banners Manager" has three tabs, "Banners," "Clients," and "Categories." The "Banners" tab shows a detailed list of active (published and unpublished) banners within the website. It also provides the ability to add new or edit existing banners and their details. The "Clients" tab shows list of clients and their contact details. The "Categories" tab allows whole categories of banners to be organised and "Published" status changed. Each banner is managed individually with various parameters for essential information such as

"Impressions Purchased" and "Click URL."


Sub Components

Banners

Clients

Tracks

Categories

Testing

On click from the main menu item, the Master pane for the component should open with the default layout – Banners

The page consists of a toolbar, Links Row to sub components and a table of Banners with a filter above it. Banners on the links row should be highlighted in Bold. The table should be sorted by Name by default.

Test Buttons work properly:

New - Test that all fields save and are displayed correctly when re opening the banner. Testing that the permissions work when the banner is open in edit status by other users. Full expansion of all the parameters for this page are forthcoming in the next version.

Edit

Publish

unPublish

Archive

Check In

Trash

Options

Help


    Contacts

Functional Overview

The "Contacts" component allows the user to manage a Contacts directory with regard to the Contacts within the web site. The "Contacts" tab shows a detailed list of active (published and unpublished) contacts. It also provides the ability to add new or edit existing contacts and their details.

The "Categories" tab allows whole categories of contacts to be organised and "Published" status changed.


Sub Components

Contacts

Categories


    Messaging

Functional Overview

Sub Components

New Private Message

Read Private Messages


    Newsfeeds

Functional Overview

The "Newsfeeds" component enables the most recent articles from external web sites feeds (e.g. RSS) to be linked to for further reading.

The "Feeds" tab contains a detailed list of all active (published and unpublished) feeds within the website. Important information is instantly visible such as "Category," "# Articles," and "Cache Time." The "Categories" tab allows whole categories of feeds to be organised and "Published" status changed. Feeds are managed in categories and have various parameters such as "Number of Articles," "Cache Time" and ordering.


Sub Components

Feeds

Categories


    Polls – Currently Missing

Functional Overview

The "Polls" component displays a list of all active (published or unpublished) polls on your site. "Polls" are easily managed with parameters such as "Lag" (time between votes) and "Options" for which visitors may vote.


    Search

Functional Overview

The "Search" component provides statistics on searches performed using the Joomla! Search Plugin. The component provides the statistics as a simple list containing "Search Text" compared to "Times Requested," and by default sorted by "Times Requested."


    Weblinks

Functional Overview

The "Weblink" component lists and provides management controls for controlling Web Links displayed in the Front-end of the web site.

The "Links" tab displays a list of active (published and unpublished) links organised by category and order. The "Categories" tab allows whole categories of links to be organised and "Published" status changed.

Weblinks are managed in categories and have various parameters such as "Target" (e.g. "New Window with Browser Navigation") and "Description."

Sub Components

Links

Categories


    Redirect

Functional Overview


    System Info

Functional Overview


    Articles

Functional Overview


    Cache Manager

Functional Overview


    Categories

Functional Overview


    Checkin

Functional Overview


    Configuration Manager

Functional Overview


    Control Panel

Functional Overview


    Installation Manager

Functional Overview


    Language Manager

Functional Overview


    Login

Functional Overview


    Mail to

Functional Overview


    Media Manager

Functional Overview


    Menus Manager

Functional Overview


    Module Manager

Functional Overview


    Plugins manager

Functional Overview

    Templates Manager

Functional Overview

    Users Manager

Functional Overview


    Wrapper

Functional Overview


Front End Modules

    Archived Articles

Functional Overview

The "Archived Content" module allows the positioning of a display of Content Items that have been Archived by a Publisher or above. The Content Itmes are available behind a Month/Year directory list.

The Items are sorted by creation date not archival date. Only those Months/Years with Content Items created in them will be displayed so there will not be a list of empty directories.


    Articles - News Flash

Functional Overview

The "Newsflash" module displays Content Items from a specific Section/Category list. Standard module parameters such as "Menu Assignment" and "Details" are available.


    Articles - Related Articles

Functional Overview

The "Related Items" module utilizes the meta-data associated with each piece of content. The module will display content items with the same keywords, and therefore of a similar subject, giving the user added value to the amount of detail that are able to obtain from a web site. Hence, it is important to ensure that the keywords accurately reflect the specific content in every item, otherwise the advantages are rapidly lost and will significantly detract from the user experience. Less is definitely more (provided they are accurate).


    Articles – Categories

Functional Overview


    Articles – Category

Functional Overview


    Banners

Functional Overview

Both the "Banners" and "Feed" modules are the front-end display mechanism for their respective components. Both can be configured to display specific items on specific pages. Standard module parameters such as "Menu Assignment" and "Details" are available.


    Breadcrumbs

Functional Overview

The "Breadcrumbs" module allows the adition of breadcrumbs to the websites front-end. Breadcrumbs are a navigation aid commonly used in user interfaces. The breadcrumbs give users a way to keep track of there location within the web site.


    Custom HTML – Front End

Functional Overview

The "Custom HTML" module allows the creation of a custom module. "Custom HTML" modules may contain any HTML based content, including text, images and links.


    Feed Display – Front End

Functional Overview


    Footer

Functional Overview

The "Footer" module shows the Joomla! Copyright information in the following form.

"Copyright © YYYY [Site Name Here]. All Rights Reserved."
"Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License."


    Language Switcher

Functional Overview


    Latest News

Functional Overview


    Latest Users

Functional Overview


    Login

Functional Overview

The "Login" module displays the required fields to login, without navigating to a new page. Default visible fields include "Username," "Password," and "Remember Me." Various parameters are available to change what extra options are available, such as "Remember Me."


    Menu

Functional Overview

The "Menu" module displays a menu that is defined from within the Menu Manager. All Joomla! web sites have a "Main Menu" which cannot be deleted. The "Menu" module allows new menus to be displayed in other positions. The module has various parameters including "Menu Name," "Menu Style," and sub-menu item preferences.


    Most Read Content

Functional Overview

Both the "Most Read" and "Latest News" modules display a list of links to either the most read articles or the most recently added articles. Both are easily managed with parameters to limit the scope to certain sections and/or categories. Standard module parameters such as "Menu Assignment" and "Details" are available.


    Random Image

Functional Overview

The "Random Image" module displays a random image from the contents of a specific image folder. This folder is set via the parameters dialogue. Standard module parameters such as "Menu Assignment" and "Details" are available in addition to certain "Advanced Parameters."


    Polls - Missing

Functional Overview

The "Polls" module is the front-end display mechanism for the "Polls" component. Together, the "Polls" module and component can be configured to show specific polls on specific pages. Standard module parameters such as "Menu Assignment" and "Details" are available.


    Search

Functional Overview

The "Search" module provides the user with the ability to instantly perform a basic search from their current location and to be taken directly to the results. This removes the need to navigate to a search dialogue.


    Statistics

Functional Overview

The "Statistics" module displays a basic list of information about the server and Joomla! Installation. Information displayed includes Server OS, PHP Version, MySQL Version, Time, Caching, GZIP, Members, Content, Weblinks, and Content View Hits.


    Syndication Feeds

Functional Overview

The "Syndicate" module displays a pictorial list of all the Feed types that are available for the web site. The module works in conjunction with the Syndicate Component where the actual feed details are configured.

A website user wishing to add the fee would them simply need to right click the module image and copy the link location to their News Feed reader, or as is more common these days, use their News Feed reader or Browse to automatically add the Feed.


    Who's Online

Functional Overview

The "Who's Online" module provides a basic display of the number of Guests (unregistered vistors) and how many members (registered users that are logged in) are connected to the website at the time the web page was queried. The module can be set to display the names of the Members who are logged in.


    Wrapper

Functional Overview

The "Wrapper" module wraps another web page directly into the website at a specific location determined by the module position. The web page is inserted as an inline frame into the web site layout template. The module can be used to display another web site, but also alternative pages from within the website is is installed upon, as well as allowing completely independent applications and scripts to be run on the web site and output their displays/information as if an integral part of the website.


Back End Modules

    Admin Sub-Menu

Functional Overview


    Administrator Menu

Functional Overview


    Custom HTML

Functional Overview

The "Custom HTML" module allows the creation of a custom module. "Custom HTML" modules may contain any HTML based content, including text, images and links.


    Feed Display

Functional Overview


    Latest News

Functional Overview


    Logged in Users

Functional Overview


    Login Form

Functional Overview


    Popular Articles

Functional Overview


    Quick Icons

Functional Overview


    Title

Functional Overview


    Toolbar

Functional Overview


    Unread Messages

Functional Overview


    User Status

Functional Overview


    Users Online

Functional Overview


Plugins

    Authentication (GMail)

Functional Overview

The "Authentication" plugins add different form of user authentication to your site. The Joomla! Authentication plugin involves initially registering at the web site and then confirming your identity through a confirmation email. The GMail Authentication plugins use prexisting databases to authenticate the user. By signing in with a GMail account, steps will be eliminated from the registration process. By default, only the Joomla! Authentication plugin is enabled.


    Authentication (Joomla!)

Functional Overview

The "Authentication" plugins add different form of user authentication to your site. The Joomla! Authentication plugin involves initially registering at the web site and then confirming your identity through a confirmation email. The OpenID and GMail Authentication plugins use prexisting databases to authenticate the user. By signing in with a GMail or OpenID account, steps will be eliminated from the registration process. By default, only the Joomla! Authentication plugin is enabled.


    Authentication (LDAP)

Functional Overview

The "Authentication" plugins add different form of user authentication to your site. The Joomla! Authentication plugin involves initially registering at the web site and then confirming your identity through a confirmation email. The OpenID and GMail Authentication plugins use prexisting databases to authenticate the user. By signing in with a GMail or OpenID account, steps will be eliminated from the registration process. By default, only the Joomla! Authentication plugin is enabled.


    Authentication (OpenID)

Functional Overview

The "Authentication" plugins add different form of user authentication to your site. The Joomla! Authentication plugin involves initially registering at the web site and then confirming your identity through a confirmation email. The OpenID and GMail Authentication plugins use prexisting databases to authenticate the user. By signing in with a GMail or OpenID account, steps will be eliminated from the registration process. By default, only the Joomla! Authentication plugin is enabled.


    Button – Article

Functional Overview


    Button – Image

Functional Overview


    Button – Pagebreak

Functional Overview


    Button – Readmore

Functional Overview


    Content - Code Highlighter (GeSHi)

Functional Overview

GeSHi is an Open Source syntax highlighter program that helps illustrate different code languages such as PHP, JavaScript, HTML, each in a different colour, to assist with the readability of a code entry in a Content Item. This code entry must be encased within a <pre>...</pre> element that defines a block of preformatted code. In this Plugin form, GeSHi is installed with the ability to highlight CSS, HTML4 (strict), JavaScript, PHP,

PHP brief, MySQL, SQL, and XML.


    Content - Email Cloaking

Functional Overview

The Email Cloaking plugin adds a layer of security to email addresses contained inside Content Items and Contacts. The plugin uses JavaScript to effectivly hide the email address when an email address appears as one of the following:

● address@mydomain.com

● <a href="mailto:address@mydomain.com"> address@mydomain.com</a>

● <a xhref="mailto:address@mydomain.com">mail Admin!</a>

All would be cloaked by the functionality of this plugin.


    Content – Load Modules

Functional Overview


    Content – Page Navigation

Functional Overview


    Content – Pagebreak

Functional Overview


    Content – Vote

Functional Overview


    Editor – CodeMirror

Functional Overview


    Editor – None

Functional Overview


    Editors (TinyMCE)

Functional Overview

Both the TinyMCE 2.1 is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors. They allow for the creation of Content Items and editing descriptions among other tasks.

TinyMCE 2.1 is both the default and most feature rich editor. It offers all the features that are needed for standard use. The default editor may be set from the "Global Configuration" dialogue.


    Extension – Joomla

Functional Overview


    Search – Categories

Functional Overview

The various "Search" Plugins enable the Search component to search all types of content on your website. The different plugins are for each type of content, allowing the enabling and disabling of searching the different types of content. Through using this methodology, content stored and managed by third party components can be searched if an appropriate plugin is made available.


    Search – Contacts

Functional Overview

The various "Search" Plugins enable the Search component to search all types of content on your website. The different plugins are for each type of content, allowing the enabling and disabling of searching the different types of content. Through using this methodology, content stored and managed by third party components can be searched if an appropriate plugin is made available.


    Search – Content

Functional Overview

The various "Search" Plugins enable the Search component to search all types of content on your website. The different plugins are for each type of content, allowing the enabling and disabling of searching the different types of content. Through using this methodology, content stored and managed by third party components can be searched if an appropriate plugin is made available.


    Search – NewsFeeds

Functional Overview

The various "Search" Plugins enable the Search component to search all types of content on your website. The different plugins are for each type of content, allowing the enabling and disabling of searching the different types of content. Through using this methodology, content stored and managed by third party components can be searched if an appropriate plugin is made available.


    Search – Weblinks

Functional Overview

The various "Search" Plugins enable the Search component to search all types of content on your website. The different plugins are for each type of content, allowing the enabling and disabling of searching the different types of content. Through using this methodology, content stored and managed by third party components can be searched if an appropriate plugin is made available.


    System – Cache

Functional Overview

The "Cache" Plugin provides page caching functionality. This reduces server load and lag. By caching the pages, new pages do not have to be generated as often, however, the benefits of caching require high traffic levels to be noticeable.


    System – Debug

Functional Overview


    System Language Filter

Functional Overview


    System – Log

Functional Overview


    System – Redirect

Functional Overview


    System – Remember Me

Functional Overview


    SEF

Functional Overview

The "SEF" Plugin adds Search Engine Friendly functionality to the URL links of content items. It operates automatically once published and enabled in the Global Configuration. The plugin operates directly on the HTML code and does not require special tagging to be added by a user.


    User – Contact Creator

Functional Overview


    User – Joomla!

Functional Overview


    User – Profile

Functional Overview


    Rating -- Missing

Functional Overview

The "Search" Plugin adds the functionality of a reader rating system to the Content Items in the Front-end of the web site. This is the sequence of 5 image objects that are "lit up" in accordance with the selections made by the Users in the Front-end. By default, this Plugin is not enabled.


Templates

    Front End Templates

    Beez5

Functional Overview

The "Beez" template is a template that has been designed with particular attention to the standard conformables code, accessibility and flexibility.

This template is an exmaple to demonstrate the new accessibilty features in Joomla! 1.5. It serves as a basis and can be modified and extended as much as you wish.


    Atomic
    beez_20
    RHUK Milkyway

Functional Overview

The "RHUK Milkyway" template is the default template for a Joomla! Installation. The clean design of this template makes it very lightweight and fast. The template has three parameters for setting the "Colour Variation," "Background Variation," and "Template Width."


Admin Templates

    Hathor Administrative template

    BlueStork

Admin Languages

    English (United Kingdom)

    English (United States)

Front End Languages

    English (United Kingdom)

    English (United States)

Libraries

    Bitfolge

Functional Overview


    Joomla Web Application Framework

Functional Overview


    PHPMailer

Functional Overview


    SimplePie

Functional Overview


    Phputf8

Functional Overview

Testing Joomla Functionality:

Installation Testing

[note to self. Must add directory permissions checking to tests]
[when released, must add auto redirect to installation directory]
[must add check for no admin access if installation directory exists]

1 Choose Language

All Available languages are populated in the list of languages

Selection saved when clicking Next and Back

Selected Language can be changed after clicking Back

Selected Language(s) are installed during installation.

Next button takes you to the next step of the installation wizard

Cross Browser check all steps above looking for scripting errors.

Check for any non localized text

2 Pre-Installation Check

All parameters listed are correctly displaying the result.

This test requires the changing of php settings and refreshing this screen to ensure that the settings are in fact checked.

Check Again Button works

Next and Previous Buttons work

Cross Browser check all steps above looking for scripting errors.

Check for any non localized text

3 License

License is presented in a text area with a scrollbar on the right.

Next and previous buttons work

Cross Browser check all steps above looking for scripting errors.

Check for any non localized text

4 Database

Basic Settings

Database Type selector contains options for MySQL and MySQLi

Host Name is a text field – can enter any server name or IP address

Username is a text field – Can enter any valid MySQL username

Password is a text field – Can enter any valid MySQL password

Database Name is a text field – Can enter any valid MySQL database name

Styling for all text fields is identical

Advanced Settings

Remove – if rerunning installation process all existing dbase content will be removed and reset

Backup – if rerunning installation process all existing dbase content will be backed up in tables with the prefix bak_

Table Prefix – Must start with a letter followed by only letters, numbers or underscores.

Validation and error message checking

Confirm that valid error messages are shown when fields are blank or contain invalid data

Confirm data is backed up in bak_ prefixed tables

Confirm data is cleaned and recreated

Next and previous buttons work

Cross Browser check all steps above looking for scripting errors.

Check for any non localized text

Settings are saved when clicking Next then Back

5 FTP Configuration

Basic Settings

Enable FTP Layer field contains two options, Yes, No

FTP Username is a text field – any valid ftp username

FTP Password is a text field – any valid ftp password

FTP Root – any valid path, specific for windows and linux tests

AutoFind FTP Path button works returns a result Success or Fail. If Success, the Path will be populated if Fails, popup with appropriate message.

Verify FTP Settings button works and returns a result Success or Fail with appropriate message

Advanced Settings

FTP Host – any valid server hostname or IP address

FTP Port – any valid port number of integer value

Save FTP Password (where?)

Next and previous buttons work

Cross Browser check all steps above looking for scripting errors.

Check for any non localized text

Settings are saved when clicking Next then Back

6 Main Configuration

Site Name is a text field

Your E-mail is an email field

Admin Password is a password field

Confirm Password is a Password field

Install Sample Data button works and changes state when pressed.

Validation and error message checking

Confirm that valid error messages are shown when fields are blank or contain invalid data

Confirm that the sample data is installable once only. If you return to the create database screen and move forward again, the button will be enabled again as the dbase info has been cleaned or backed up.

Managing the Website

    Taking the website temporarily offline

[Simon Wells]

    Changing the appearance of your site

    Giving the Front Page a different style from other pages

    Changing the style according to article section or category

    Logging in or out of the Administrator back-end

    Making your site Search Engine Friendly

    Entering search engine meta-data

    Moving the site among directories/sub-directories

Managing Users

    Setting user registration policy

        Changing user registration settings

        Disabling user registration

        Allowing only manual user registration

        Allowing user registration

        Restricting user access to resources

        Enabling user's registration approval by admins Joomla 1.6

    Customising the Login Form module

        Changing the Login Form module settings

        Enabling the Login Form module

        Assigning the Login Form module to selected web pages

        Customising the information shown in the Login Form module

    Adding a new user

    Changing user groups

    Resetting a user password

    Listing a user on a contacts page

    Dealing with a problem user

    Sending an email to a user

    Sending an email to a group of users

    Sending a private message to a user

    Seading a private message from a user

Access Control

    Functional Overview

[Rob Joyce] There are four possible permissions for actions, as outlined below:

Not set: Defaults to "deny" but, unlike the Deny permission, this permission can be overridden by setting a child group or a lower level in the permission hierarchy to "Allow". This permission only applies to the Global Configuration permissions.
Inherit: Inherits the value from a parent Group or from a higher level in the permission hierarchy. This permission applies to all levels except the Global Configuration level.
Deny: Denies this action for this level and group. IMPORTANT: This also denies this action for all child groups and all lower levels in the permission hierarchy. Putting in Allow for a child group or a lower level will not have any effect. The action will always be denied for any child group member and for any lower level in the permission hierarchy.
Allow: Allows this action for this level and group and for lower levels and child groups. This does not have any effect if a higher group or level is set to Deny or Allow. If a higher group or level is set to Deny, then this permission will always be denied. If a higher group or level is set to Allow, then this permission will already be allowed.

Detailed instructions for ACL can be found here: http://docs.joomla.org/ACL_Tutorial_for_Joomla_1.6

Testing Restrictive permissions - Basic Existing - Users Group Guidelines: Most restrictive permissions apply - Permissions flow from the top to the bottom. Global settings being at the top and article level permissions being at the bottom, with component level in between.

Open two browsers. One to admin and one to the front page. The test will be done in three steps, one for each level of permissions and then another step to reset the permission to default so as not to contaminate the next test.

Test 1: Restricted level for public user Open Article Manager Find and edit the Joomla Beginners Article (Id 4) Set Acess to Registered Refresh Frontpage, Article should dissapear. Set permission back to Public Refresh Homepage Open Article Set permission back to Registered Refresh Front end page Expected result: Message: You are not authorized to review this resource

Test 2: Special level for public user Open Article Manager Find and edit the Joomla Beginners Article (Id 4) Set Acess to Special Refresh Frontpage, Article should dissapear. Set permission back to Public Refresh Homepage Open Article Set permission back to Special Refresh Front end page Expected result: Message: You are not authorized to review this resource

Test 3: Custom level for public user Open Article Manager Find and edit the Joomla Beginners Article (Id 4) Set Acess to Custom Refresh Frontpage, Article should dissapear. Set permission back to Public Refresh Homepage Open Article Set permission back to Custom Refresh Front end page Expected result: Message: You are not authorized to review this resource


Access Rules - Public
Delete
Set Access permissions at the article, Component, and global to allow edit and delete for Public Refresh homepage. Expected result: Edit and Delete icons visible for the user to edit or delete the article. Select Edit: Edit content, save. Reload article. Expected result: Changed content visible Click Delete article. Expected result: Article deleted.

Managing Content

    Understanding sections, categories and articles

    Creating a section and category hierarchy

    Scheduling an Article to be available only between certain dates

    Restricting access to an Article

    Restricting access to "read more"

    Restricting access to a Section

    Restricting access to a Category

    Removing email, print or PDF icons from all Articles

    Removing author name, creation date or update date from all Articles

    Moving an Article to the archive

    Deleting an Article

Managing Articles

    Adding a new article

    Adding an image to an article

    Adding a menu item which points to an Article

    Managing the front page

Editing an Article

    Inserting a heading into an Article

    Inserting a list into an Article

    Inserting a table into an Article

    Modifying a table in an Article

    Inserting a link to another Article or content page into an Article

    Inserting a link to another website into an Article

    Removing a link from an Article

    Splitting an Article into an introduction with a link to read more

    Removing email, print or PDF icons from an Article

    Removing author name, creation date or update date from an Article

    Previewing an Article

    Splitting a long Article into multiple linked pages

Managing Menus

    Adding a new menu

    Adding a new menu item

    Changing the order of items in a menu

    Moving a menu to a different position

    Restricting access to a Menu

    Restricting access to a Menu Item

    Creating a submenu

Managing Contacts

    Restricting access to a Contact

    Restricting access to a Contact Category

Managing Newsfeeds

    Restricting access to a Newsfeed Category

Managing Polls

    Adding a new Poll

Managing Web Links

    Restricting access to a Web Links Category

Managing Extensions

    Finding an extension

    Installing an extension

    Uninstalling an extension

    Reinstalling deleted core extensions for Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.0

    Restricting access to a Module

    Restricting access to a Plugin

Tips, tricks and performance

    Speed up your site with caching: Cache