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Know Your Joomla Site In 5 Steps

Date Added: July 17, 2011 04:11:50 PM Author:

Joomla is a content management system that is able to handle a lot of data seamlessly. Joomla is an open source CMS, which builds database driven dynamic sites. Most portals these days are database driven and use some kind of CMS. A lot of designers are shifting to Joomla or Drupal.  Drupal is slightly complex than Joomla and that’s why Joomla has become a tool of choice with a lot of clients as well as designers. One of the factors that make using Joomla a bit challenging is that it does require some technical knowledge to be able to manage and edit content later. We are listing here five simple steps that’ll make you a Joomla expert in no time.

·         Pages Are Articles

Traditional websites have pages and links. Joomla is built to arrange huge quantities of content easily. It refers to pages on the site as ‘articles’, as each page is just a document under Joomla scheme of things. So, if you have been trying to find your way round Joomla looking to create that new page all you have to do is to create a new ‘article’. CMS normally have their own way of handling information. They have to assign their own system and that’s the only tricky part while learning Joomla. Just get used to the terminology.

·         Menu Items

Menu items in Joomla are slightly different than menu in regular static site. In normal sites menu will be shown on each page of the site.  In Joomla, menu is basically used to point to items that are used on each specific page. For example, you have certain items on home page and you do not want all those links on inner pages you can control that with menu in Joomla.

·         Modules

Modules are Joomla’s way of organising stuff on page. Modules can be anything from a text file, image, form, and piece of script. Anything that you want placed on your page is a module. Joomla allows almost drag and drop functionality for the modules.

·         Access Level

Apart from various access levels, such administrative, user and normal editor, Joomla allows a special access level. It allows you to make changes to your live site and still only allow those with a certain access level to see it. This is amazing as you are not making your site public but still making changes in the backend. This especially works well when you are remote-working or need to liase with the client to show changes in real time.

·         Multiple Editing Possible

This is again a great remote-editing tool. If you work with a team or are in charge of a site that is managed by a number of people that you’d love this feature. A lot of CMS suffer from what we call ‘ too many editors’ syndrome. What generally happens is that when more than a certain number of people are working on the same aspect of the site CMS would automatically log them out. Now, with Joomla’s ‘Global check in’ feature allows multiple people to work on the same module at the same time.

Victor Solovey is a Wordpress developer. John works at a local website development agency. He can be contacted to customize your Wordpress to suit your business needs. Victor can be contacted to do psd to xhtml conversions quickly.