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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 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 the bigger picture aspects of your Web site (and gain more knowledge for yourself as needed). For example, most Web site projects benefit from advance planning and defining the nature and scope of your project. 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 questions and their answers will help focus your efforts and guide the decisions you 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 through a word processor-style interface, add new pages to your site using point-and-click, add images and other media through Web-based uploads, and control site elements like navigation menus and page designs by adjusting settings within a Web-based control panel. Essentially, Joomla! removes the need to have a geek involved in the day-to-day management of your Web site: If you are able to surf the Web, interact with Web-based forms and interfaces, and handle basic desktop computing tasks, you will be able to use the Joomla! interface to manage the content of your Web site.

Out of the box, Joomla! supports all of the primary functions of managing Web page content. It also includes a number of specialized elements which support specific types of functionality, for example, interactive polls, a way to manage advertising banners, a contacts directory with a Web-to-e-mail form per contact, and many others. In addition to Joomla's native functionality, it includes an "extensions" system which allows you to install new features and functionality through third-party extensions.

{Note: Some work-in-progress text is below -- Justin Kerr)

for the installation of new functionality through third-party


user management

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

(working on text) Although a low level of technical knowledge is required to use Joomla! on a day-to-day basis, you will need to know a bit more in order to implement it.

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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