Getting Started with Joomla!
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Revision as of 11:46, 13 February 2011 by LornaS
- 1 Background
- 2 Summary
- 3 Hands-on a Joomla! site
- 4 Hands-on adding and altering Articles
- 5 Setting up a Joomla! site
- 6 Looking after a Joomla! site
- 7 Take Joomla! beyond the basics
- 8 Further Information
- 9 Index to the documents in this series
The aim of this series of documents is to introduce Joomla! to people who have not previously used it.
Who is it written for?
The series is for anyone who wants to use Joomla! at a number of levels. Its main focus is:-
- on people with limited computing experience
- there are sections which will be useful to experienced designers and developers.
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
Which versions are covered?
There are two versions in common use.
- Version 1.5 is well established and widelt used. It is indicated by this icon:-
- Version 1.6 was released early in 2011. It is indicated by this icon:-
These pages were originally written for version 1.5.
If you are using version 1.6, much of the information here will apply because there are many similarities between the versions. There are some significant differences and these will indicated in the text.
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:-
- Hands-on a Joomla! site There is an initial section on how to get 'hands-on' a Joomla! site. This is followed by practical instructions about doing key tasks needed for adding, altering and manipulating content on an existing site.
- Setting up a Joomla! site: This shows how a Joomla! Web site can be designed and created using the core features that come with Joomla!
- Looking after a Joomla! site: This is a brief introduction to the day-to-day Adminstration of a Joomla! web Site.
- Doing more and learning more: The final part links into other documentation and is intended as a guide ahead for taking Joomla! beyond the basics.
Hands-on a Joomla! site
You must have the use of a Joomla! Web site to use 'hands-on' instructions. There are three possibilites:-
- Use a site that has already been set up. If you are going to be adding content to an existing site and do not have much computing experience this is a good option.
- Install a copy of Joomla! (with sample content) on your own computer. This is sometimes referred to as a 'localhost' installation.It has some example content, so you can start to explore a Joomla! site before you have created one for your own content. This is a good option if you have enough experience to install it.
- Use the Demo on the Joomla! site. Test drive Joomla! free for 30 days; there is a free Quickstart video. This will appeal to experienced developers.
Hands-on adding and altering Articles
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 workings of a Joomla! site.
More about editing and managing content
Aimed at helping everyone who wants to learn more about Articles, and managing them from the main Site.
Setting up a Joomla! site
Background - things you need to know
These are hands-on documents to familiarise you with the background to setting up a new site. There is emphasis on thinking about the content and appearance before doing the mechanics of creating a site.
The mechanics of setting up a new site
This covers the mechanics of creating new content and appearance of a simple site, using core Joomla! facilities.
Looking after a Joomla! site
Take Joomla! beyond the basics
There is more to learn about Joomla. This part of the Manual is aimed at those with experience of web sites and CMS - with links to documentation about how to use extensions and do a ot more..
- Beyond the basics: doing more Jooomla!
Index to the documents in this series
--Lorna Scammell December 2010