From Joomla! Documentation
Welcome to Joomla!, a leading open source Content Management System (CMS) platform. Joomla! is a well-tested, extensible and effective tool supported by a very active and friendly community of developers and users.
This page contain several articles to quickly help you understand the basics of Joomla, and be able to create basic Joomla sites in a short time.
Play with it
Do you want to get started with Joomla!, but you have no idea where to begin? If so, you have come to the right place. The fastest way to learn about Joomla is to start paying with it right now. Visit the demo page and take few minutes to see the demo content and play with the configurations.
The first 2 term you need to learn are "Frontend" and "Backend", the Frontent is the part that shows your site content and all the funny stuff and the Backend is the part that contains the configuration views and it is also the place where you normally manage (create, edit, update) your content. To access to your site Backend you just need to add the "/administrators" to your Joomla site domain name in the browser address bar i.e.:
Now that you know how Joomla looks and feel in the frontend and backend is time to you to learn what kind of magic you can do with this new tool of yours.
What can i do with it
Joomla is a CMS, a system to manage content, if you compare Joomla with an operative systems you can install applications in your computer to do things, same for Joomla, you can install "extensions" to extend and enhance the functions of Joomla.
Joomla comes by default with a bunch of extensions pre-installed and pre-configured to make Joomla works as a News site, but you can manually configure your Joomla site to easily make it works as a:
- Blog site
- Company or Government site
- Contact directory
- Basic product Catalog
Now if your interest is to create more complex sites like:
- eCommerce sites with shopping cart
- Support sites with forums and ticket systems
- News sites with subscription system and comment systems
- Subscription based learning sites
Then you need to install Joomla extensions to make your Vanilla Joomla site the way you need. Lots and lots of extensions are for free with no cost at all, and others are commercial were you need to pay a fee to use them but the normally comes with a tech support deal that will help you save precious time and money, and you know time is gold.
Here at The Joomla Extension Directory you have thousands of extensions to chose from, take some time to visit that site and do few search to get familiarized with it, you may need to use some more extensions in the future to pimp your Joomla site.