Beginner’s Guide to Joomla

Another popular CMS platform is Joomla, which is also open-source. Novices can easily find guides and tutorials for using Joomla.

Joomla is acknowledged as one of the foremost open-source Content Management System platform. The tool has been tested and supported by many users and web developers. Guidelines have been created to make it easy for beginners to become familiar with the platform. Learn the common terms and techniques by making use of credible reference materials from the Internet. Do a research on the tutorials that contain simple instructions particularly for those who have no previous experience with this CMS software. It gives details and step-by-step screenshots. These are long and detailed documents but provide accurate explanations about this process. By mastering the basics, you can create an enticing and useful website with little time and no special technical skills.

How it Works

There are fundamental principles that you should learn:

  • Content is stored primarily in a database.
  •  The template influences the design and presentation of your content by way of fonts, colors and lay outs.
  • Joomla is the software that combines content and template to produce web pages.

The software is composed of platforms and extensions which perform specific tasks. Some of the extensions are developed as part of the platform and come with your installation. You can install more extensions if you want additional features in your site. This can be compared to an OS such as Microsoft Windows or Linux. You do not use the free CMS directly but rely on applications or extensions to perform tasks. A number of the extensions are available right away on your system. Nonetheless, installing and removing additional applications can be made any time.

Installation of Joomla CMS

Install this content management software for free on your PC and test the functions so you can learn more about the features. This can be done even if you have not purchased any domain yet. Installation is done through the X (“cross” – platform), Apache HTTP Server, MySQL, PHP and Perl or XAMPP package. Create a working site demo.joomla.org which is easy to accomplish.

Make sure that you maintain an account on a web server if you want your site to be available on the worldwide web. For users, this means signing up with a hosting company and purchasing a domain that will serve as your website’s principal address.

These are the steps in Joomla installation:

  • The first option is to click install. Take note that several web hosting firms offer “instant” installation of this platform. Follow the instructions which your host provides for a one-click installation.
  • The second option is the so-called Conventional Installs. This method requires that you copy the zip file to your hosting account. Unzip and create a database. Run the installation. Complete instructions and additional information can be obtained from the Joomla Installation Resources.
  • The third alternative is to go to the Demo Site. By using this site, you can follow the directives provided to back up and transfer the site to your existing host. You can also establish a hosting account at the end of the free 30-day trial period.

By this time, you have a working Joomla website that you can load with your own content and create your own layout.