Anna's Joomla tips

Tuesday, 03 January 2006
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Anna's Joomla tips

1-How to think about content management
2-How to organize your site
3-Designing the look of your site
4-Modules and pages
5-Adding text and images
7-Blogs andáYour front page
8-Modules, Components, and Mambots
9-Where is it?

Most people who use the web are used to thinking about web sites in terms of pages and how they are linked to each other. Each page contains static content – once you create the page, it doesn’t change (until the web designer changes it). You might think of your site as having a tree structure: the home page links by menu to six sub pages, the “articles” sub page contains links to ten article pages, etc.

Joomla is organized differently because much of what will appear on your site is dynamic – it changes based on visitor input, newsfeeds, or other members adding content to the site. Dynamic content is updated whenever the visitor opens or refreshes the page. There is NO WAY in Joomla to look at what’s on a particular page (until you publish it on your site), so you need to think about it differently. (For more about pages, see tip #4.)

Each page of your site will contain various blocks of content (these blocks are called Positions). You set the layout for pages with a Template (more about Templates in tip #3), including the placement of blocks on the page as well as fonts, colors, & backgrounds. Then you place modules in the blocks (more about Modules in tip #4). Finally, you add content and assign it to the main body of your pages (actually you will assign it to menu items, but just think about them as pages).

Okay, enough about content management. Let’s get to your site!
Next tip: How to organize your site.

Comments (5)
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1. thanks22-02-2007 23:13

This was a great guide, why couldn't it have been part of the official Joomla documentaion! I learned enough to finish off quite a few things that I missed since I didn't know the context and conventions of Joomla. Thanks again!

2. Excellent17-10-2007 14:00

When is your book coming out?  
"joomla/mambo EXPOSED"....really.  
Please let me know. 
Thanks for your "unique" real world approach as well as  
your great insight.

3. Thanks!26-10-2007 15:21

I appreciate you taking the time to provide "traditional hand-crafted web pages" vs. Joomla perspective. I am beginning to get my head around Joomla thanks to your time and efforts.

4. Nice tutorial.26-11-2007 10:57

HI Anna ! 
This is anand, last two days i am following your tutorial. 
It is very good for the beginner, It is very useful to me. Now I joomlafying 
a website, already well designed and running. Can you tell be the better approach ? 
And one more question for you, how can i place my 
menu in a desired location, sorry if my question is wrong. 
Thx in Advance, 
Anand kumar.

5. Thank a lot18-04-2008 08:28

I am a new címer and I have a lot of confusions on PAGE/Front page. 
After reading, now I understand more how Joomla works. 
Thank you for your writing! 
Good Job! 
Adidaphat :(

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