Articles in this Series
This series of documents introduces Joomla! to people who have not previously used it. This introduction aims to help you make the best use of the series.
There are two versions in common use:-
There are many similarities between the versions but they are presented separately to newcomers to Joomla! in order to use 'hands-on' material.
The series is for anyone who wants to use Joomla! at a number of levels. Its main focus is:-
At the start of each article there is an indication of who it is aimed at and, on occasions, about the pitfalls for the inexperienced or unwary.
Some more detail about the intended readership
Joomla! is introduced using detailed 'hands-on' instructions about adding, altering and manipulating content. At the same time, general points about Joomla! are made which are intended to help people to learn more and do more. As the tasks require more background knowledge, so there are fewer hands-on instructions and more general pointers to the extensive documentation available for Joomla!
The series divides into four parts:-
You must have the use of a Joomla! Web site to use 'hands-on' instructions. There are several possibilites:-
Start here no matter what your previous experience. Articles are the building blocks of any Joomla! web site and everyone needs to know the basics of how to edit and create them. And doing this helps you to understand the inner workings of Joomla!
These are aimed at helping everyone who wants to learn more about articles and managing them from the main Site, also called the Front-end.
There is a distinction between the mechanics of setting up a new site and the things you need to know before you set up a site. There is often a trial and error process involved in doing this, with muddle and frustration as a result. The problem is that you cannot design a site without knowing some background: and it is often easiest to learn the background by using a site. So this series presents the background to understanding how Joomla! sites work separately from the mechanics of creating a site. It emphasises that some initial thought can save hassle later.
These are hands-on documents to familiarise you with designing a new site. The background is separate so that the flow of creating the site is not interrupted by asides. The background is aimed at helping you to understand what is going on, whether you have a large or a small site.
This covers the mechanics of creating new content and appearance of a simple site, using core Joomla! facilities.
The work is not done even when a site is set up and there are people adding and altering the content. There are some day-to-day tasks that need attention, as well as minor alterations to the site.
There is more to learn about Joomla.