Joomla CMS Training Notes

  • By: Renato D.
  • Oct 12, 2012
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Joomla CMS Training Notes and Introduction.

Welcome to Joomla, a leading open source Content Management System (CMS). Joomla is a well-tested, extendable and effective tool supported by a very active and friendly community of developers and users.

What is Joomla?

Joomla is the software that lets you create and update web pages easily. You can think of a Joomla website as the software that combines two elements to produce webpages, those elements are:

    • Your content (Menu, Pages, Text, Images and Modules), which is mainly stored in a database.
    • Your design and functionality, which are codes to control the system, visual appearance and the display of content in the way you want.

Understand How Joomla Works

Some of the key terms you may hear the designer/developer use:

    • Front End – The website which is visible to the public via an Internet browser.
    • Back End – Joomla or any other system that allows content management by the website administrator.

When you login to the Back End of your website, you will be able to see several Menu Options at the top. Some of these menu options are only relevant to the designer/developer, while some allow you to access and manipulate the content on your website.

Joomla back end login page:
www.yourdomain.com.au/administrator
E.g: www.lightmedia.com.au/administrator

Once logged in to the Joomla Administrator, the menu options that are relevant to you are: Users, Menu, Articles, and Modules.
When you access any of these Menu Options, ‘Sub-Options’ (such as New, Edit, Trash) become available and are generally located on the right hand corner of the screen under the Main Menu.

Users

This is where you can add, edit and remove all members of your website, including Super Administrators.

Note that Light Media always has a Super Admin user account as we service your website. We strongly recommend that you do not remove the Light Media user account, as without it, we are unable to service your website.

When you click on any of the users (clients, members, admin people), you can edit that particular user’s details.

You can also retain the user details, but disable the User. By disabling the user, they will lose their account access, but their details will still remain in your system/database. To disable/enable the user just click on the ‘green tick’ on the Enable column. (This is also how to disable and enable Modules and Articles inside Joomla).

Menu

As the name implies, this area controls the structural menus of your website. You can have more than one menu, e.g: Top, Bottom, Side. Here you can add new Tabs to the menu, as well as Edit and Delete existing ones.

  • To Edit: You can do that by clicking on the Menu you want to edit.
  • To Delete: Tick (select) the menu you want to delete and click the Trash button on the Sub Menu.
  • To Add: Select the New button on the Sub Menu. There are several types of Menus you can add (Menu Item Type) and they will vary according to your websites functionality.

When we deliver the website project to our clients, the Menus will be already setup as per your requirements and scope of work. We recommend you contact us to add new menus, as they are an integral part of your system and design.

Articles

An ‘Article’ is another word for a webpage. Upon creation of a new article, a blank page is created without text, images or functionality, but all these elements can be added by you.

Following the same Joomla structure, when you click on the Article menu option, a list of your articles is shown. When the articles are ticked Green, it means they are active. Red means they are Disabled and consequently not showing on the front end of your website.

  • To Edit: Click on the Article you want to edit. The article will open and you will be able to see the content of that particular Article.
  • To Delete: Tick (select) the Article you want to delete and click the Trash button on the Sub Menu.
  • To Add: Select the New button on the Sub Menu and a blank new article will open up.

Modules

Modules are everything that can be seen around your website which is not a Menu, Design or Article. Joomla is a modular system and it allows the creation of modules (parts) to go around your Pages/Articles, like widgets. We define the module position when we design the website. Hence the allocation will already be pre-defined.

A module works like an Article in the sense that you can add text, images and functionality. Some modules have specific functions which have been coded for your website, such as login forms, banners and newsletters.

To access the modules page on your Back End, hover the mouse over the Extension Menu Option and click on Module Manager.

  • To Edit: You can do that by clicking on the Module you want to edit.
  • To Delete: Tick (select) the module you want to delete and click the Trash button on the Sub Menu.
  • To Add: Select the New button on the Sub Menu. There are several types of Modules you can add (Module Type) and they will vary according to your website functionality.

Light Media leaves the Modules already setup as per your requirements. We recommend you contact us to add new modules, as they are an integral part of your system and design.
Contact us for any assistance with Joomla.

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