Joomla! content management system (cms) is free to download and use, hence its popularity. I first started using Joomla! when one of my clients stated that they wanted to be able to update it regularly with text and pictures but didn’t know any HTML or CSS. I have to admit that it took me a while to fully understand how it worked and how the hosting required a database to be set up before hand, but once you have managed to install it, there is a huge backend waiting for your exploration.
Im going to give you some steps and tips to get you on your way.
First hosting. It would be really handy if your hosting provider had simple scripts that lets you install Joomla! with a click of a button, but if not all you need to do is download the latest version and ftp it to your server. Follow How to install Joomla!.
Once you have installed Joomla! you now have a ‘frontend’ which is your website domain, and a ‘backend’ which is where you login to edit your site. To get to your backend type /administrator after your domain name, so www.domainname.co.uk/administrator. Enter your username and password that you created during installation and click login.
With Joomla! cms the first thing your should do is make some sections and categories. So sections name – Mysite, category names – A keyword, so maybe plumber Glasgow (good for search engines), and if your having a blog, Blog. So one Section and multiple Categories if you need them. This helps keep your site organised from the start.
You need to make the text pages (articles in Joomla!) before you can assign a menu item to them. So go to Article manager and make a couple of pages eg home, About Me, Services, Contact and Blog Post One. With the home page article click the Front Page radio button.
Now make menu items to connect to your pages. Go to Main Menu in the Menu Manager and create your pages to match your articles you created. Home should be there already and the home page article will already show on that page because it is set up to show front page articles. Click New, select Article Layout. This will allow you to select one article to show on this page. Give the page a title, probably the same as the article, and select the article on the right hand side.
Now you need to set up your menu module. Got to Module Manager and there should be a Main Menu module already, so click it to open or make a new custom module. For the position select Menu or if that is an option. If not you will need to find out what position your menu should be in to get the right styling. An easy way to do this is go to your frontend and type www.domainname.co.uk/index.php?tp=1 this will show all positions on your template.
Different templates have different position names so it is a good idea to install the template you are using at the start before making lots of Modules. To go Extension Manager, install/uninstall and install your template.