Get to know the Administrator Back-end of Joomla!
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Revision as of 05:55, 31 December 2010 by LornaS
Hands-on the Back-end
The Back-end of your Joomla! site is the administrative interface (as opposed to the public interface, Front-end). Access is limited to users who have appropriate permissions.
The mechanics of using the Back-end
Enter the address of your site - such as the localhost site with sample data - http://localhost/joomla15/administrator
- Login to the Back-end
- Enter the Username and password that you have for the site
Note that most sites log you out automatically if you have mot done anything on the site for a defined length of time - usually about 15 minutes. This is for security.
Logout There is a Logout link in the top-right corner of the Administrator screen.
- Click on it
This returns you to the Administrator login screen.
The Control Panel
When you login to the Back-end of a site, the Control Panel opens. (You can find this again under the Site Menu - it is called Control Panel)
Screen of an established site showing the Control Panel
Screen of Sample data inlocalhost showing the Control Panel (cross ref to localhost)
The Control Panel is roughly divided into three sections. There are Menus along the top, the control icons are to the left, in the main part of the screen. And the Site Information part is to the right.
1. The Icons on the main part of the screen This provides administrators with a quick way to access the most frequently used tasks to manage the whole web site. Exploring each of these will give a sense of what an administrator can do. List them with brief comment
An example in more detail - Article Manager
All the various manager interfaces are similar and are designed to show key information. This illustrates how the various mangement screens work. They contain a lot of information and can be used for many tasks. The information is in a compact form - so exploring it is worth while.
- Help gives full information about the Article Manager. There are similar Help facilites in the menus of all the main functions.
- Search box
- Order Articles by clicking on the header of each column
- Select Articles by Category / Section / Author - useful for a large site
- Icons to allow various manipulations of content - such as Publish, Trash (ie delete) Edit and New.
An example of a Workspace page
Once you open a specific task in the Manager pages, you are usually taken to a page with a Workspace layout.
screen of one explain how to open it
The key elements allow you to enter information required.
2. Site Information
This can vary according to how the site has been set up. Four display by default - (shown in an earlier figure) and give an overview of the activity on the site.
Explore these for the Sample data in localhost
Shows that there are two additional ones added in the sample site - Welcome to Joomla! and Joomla! Security.
- Open each choice
- They give useful information on how the site is being used, recently added material, what are the most popular articles and so on.
These give access to all the functionality available in the site
If extra features have been added, they too appear on the menu - compare sampleadmin menus with the one for an established site where some exrat features (Extensions) have been installed.
- Look at each menu in turn
You won't remember it all - but it will introduce the feel of the Back-end and also indicate to you what more you will need to find out to progress.
Cross-references and further information
- Help on-line: The icon links to the Joomla! documentation web site. It is comprehensive and covers what all the features do. If you are an experienced reader of Help - this will not be too difficult, but beginners may find they do not understand all the vocabulary. Persist - you will understand more of it as you get experience using a site. Using a site builds your understanding of concepts and associated vocabulary. Developers will welcome the added detail of the on-line Help.
- Joomla! Administrator's Manual - on-line
- Quick start guide
--Lorna Scammell 10:55, 31 December 2010 (UTC)