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Absolute Beginners Guide to Joomla!

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Welcome to Joomla!, a leading open-source Content Management System (or "CMS") platform. You have made a great choice to use Joomla! for your Web site, as it is a well-tested, extensible and effective tool that is supported by a very active and friendly community of developers and users.

Planning Your Web Project

Before you get your feet wet with Joomla!, you may want to think about some of the bigger picture aspects of building your Web site (and gain more knowledge for yourself where needed). For example, most Web site projects benefit from advance planning and defining the nature and scope of your project. You should ask yourself questions like: What do you want to accomplish with your Web site? What is the nature and quantity of content you wish to relate? Who is your audience, and how do you want to interact with them? What types of budgets or timetables are you working within? Writing down these key planning questions and your answers to them will help focus your efforts and guide the decisions you will need to make as you implement your project.

So what is Joomla!, and what can it do for my Web site?

As mentioned above, Joomla! is a Content Management System (or "CMS"), and it enables easy control and editing of the content and the presentation of your Web site. With Joomla!, you can edit the content of every page of your site with the ease of a word processor-style interface, add new pages to your site using point-and-click, and

How much knowledge do I need to have to implement Joomla! ?

This was originally here. This is its new home.

You want to install joomla, now!. Please follow the available documentation for the installation process: Manual_version_0.5

Let's make a quick review of the installation instructions provided:

  • Requirements
  • Download Joomla!
  • Upload files and create database
  • Install (Web or Manually)
  • Known Issues

After follow the steps described above, you will probably have a functional Joomla! site, what's next?, made it your own site by custom features:

  • Check security
  • Look for 3rd party extensions for Joomla
  • Subscribe to the security forums

As a general rule, minimize 3rd party software, please look first in the 3rd party black list

Now, with basic security enabled, the minimum 3rd party modules activated, is time to plane your support plan, yeah!

  • Backup, BACKUP, BACKUP
  • Implement a offline version of your site for testing
  • Perfom statistics of your site, and keep an eye in logs