Web developers

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As a web developer you may not be too concerned about the visual appearance of a website as you are tasked with producing functionality. You will probably have a good knowledge of HTML and CSS but will also be proficient in Javascript, PHP and a range of other languages. If you are new to Joomla! you will need support in developing or customising Joomla! extensions (components, modules, plugins, templates and languages). You will need information about the Joomla! Framework API and how to use it and will probably make extensive use of best practice example code. A strong understanding of Joomla! security issues is also important to you.

What is Joomla! and why should I be interested?

Joomla! is the second most popular Content Management System in the world according to CMS Crawler, and is freely available to download and install. Released under the General Public License v2 and above - read more at Extensions_and_GPL#About_Joomla.21_and_the_GPL, anybody can work with all parts of the Joomla! CMS, make changes, customise it to fit their needs, and use it for commercial projects.

The world of website design is rapidly moving towards dynamically served content and away from static websites - Joomla! is well equipped to meet these needs and has the added bonus of a vibrant, enthusiastic community and a phenomenal amount of extensions, allowing you to extend the basic Joomla! installation in a multitude of ways - from creating social networks to ecommerce stores, corporate websites to intranets.

Once you understand the basics of how Joomla! works, it is quick and easy to learn how to extend it through writing custom components, adapting existing code, and creating your own templates.

Where do I get started?

Firstly, see if there are any Joomla! User Groups near you, or a Joomla!Day event you could attend. Having a community of people you can talk to or ask questions of is really helpful in the process of learning how to use any new system. It often saves hours, if not days of fiddling or researching to just ask the question and have someone give you an answer (or advise where to find the answer).

Find your nearest User Group

Find your nearest Joomla!Day event

Next, create yourself an account on the Joomla! forums. While the forums are user to user support, there are a LOT of users, and a lot of experienced users for that matter. Make sure you take the time to read the posting guidelines at the top of the forums before you post, and include all the relevant information.

While you're here, see if you might be able to help someone else. Good practice is to answer one post for every post you make asking for help, as a minimum.

Visit the Joomla! forums

Next, create yourself an account here on the Joomla! Documentation Project. Newcomers are a great help with documentation, as you often see things with a 'fresh pair of eyes' and can identify mistakes or pick up errors easier.

Just click on the link in the top right, and create your account. If you find any documentation that needs updating or reviewing, simply log in, edit the appropriate item, and submit your revisions. Likewise if you can add any examples (especially to coding/API related documentation) you can do this too!

How do I style a Joomla! website to be like my graphics visuals?

Getting started with content

Finding extensions to keep your client happy!

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There are many extensions for Joomla! that will help you to create a website that will fit your client's needs. These can be found here. An extension can be easy to find. They are separated by category and contain small descriptions to let you know if they suite your needs. They also have in-depth descriptions once clicked on and usually have tutorials on how they can be used. There is also a rating system based on other users to give you a better idea of the quality of the extension. This makes things user friendly and helps in making sure that the user gets what they are looking for.

Search engine optimisation with Joomla!

Joomla! Security Guide

Joomla! Security Forums

See also