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Background to using a site that has already been set up
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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
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.
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.
- 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.
- You may be given 'author' or 'editor' permissions, which allows you to edit and add Articles, but does not allow you to 'publish' them.
- Authors can only edit articles that they have created.
- You may have 'publisher' permissions, which allows you to publish articles, as well as adding and editing them.
- Publishing an article makes it visible to visitors to the web site
More about usernames and permissions There are other levels of permission that are needed for managing a site. This lists the various things that people with different permissions can do.
--Lorna Scammell December 2010