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?
Joomla makes the difficult parts of building and running a high-powered web site easy. That’s why so many people use it! But if you have never used a content management system before, it also seems to make a lot of easy things difficult. These tips are designed for someone who doesn’t know anything about content management systems. I’d never heard of one before installing Joomla (when it was Mambo). If you’re like me, you’ll find these instructions VERY helpful. I don’t explain anything to you that you could see by poking around the administration page - go to the official help site for that. What I will tell you is how to think about your site before designing it with Joomla, and how to get from point A (“I want to …”) to point B (“here’s how”).

This tutorial changes occasionally, but here is a list of the chapters so far:

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
6. Linking
7. Blogs; Your front page
8. Modules, Components, and Mambots
9. Where is it?

Note: If you want newsfeeds, polls, or blogs on your site, Joomla is great! But you must expect to spend time learning it. Just remember that the most difficult part is the beginning, and you won't have any part of your site up quickly, even with the best tutorials. But speaking of the best tutorials, you should also go to this thread to see a list of other tutorials that have been written for Joomla:

Next tip: How to think about content management.

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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