Joomla comprises of the principal CMS (Content Management System) which of-course is Joomla and within this you'll find components, modules and plugins.
Now for WordPress folks plugins are something you're familiar with so we'll focus here on the other two elements.
As you'll see from our previous article installing Joomla with Softaculous is no big feat and can be done in less than 3 minutes. Now we look at installing a new Joomla template. The standard ones are OK but we can do so much better.
There are literally hundreds of Joomla template websites available out there and here are a few that we use:
The last one contains the template we will be using throughout this series so we'll explore that in more detail here:
Joomla started life in 2005 and has grown exponentially since then. When it started life it was a very simple and effective content management system (CMS) and soon got picked up by web designers and developers.
We moved to using Joomla as a design tool almost exclusively some years ago simply because it reduced the costs, the development time and was easier to use for the end user than a hand coded system.
One of the added benefits for us is that it allows us to insert our own hand coding where required. For example, if a client needs a customised contact form we can create one very quickly and easily and pop it into Joomla. There are extensions available that will allow you to create custom forms but for a simple one page form we find PHP much quicker.
The default logo (normally located at the top left o fthe page) is actually quite easy to change.
The first thing you will need of-course is a logo. The dimensions are not important but we would recommend that a short logo would be better than a tall one as it leaves more space ofr the menu, banner and content to appear.
Once you have your logo you can upload it through the medie manager or even import it directly when changing the logo by selecting the "Browse" and "Start Upload" options when you select your logo.
The short video below shows you how to get this done in a few simple steps.
Alternatively, watch our short video on YouTube: Changing the Default Logo on a JSN Template.
The default banner set on the templates we use for the Template bundles are actually image galleries that are managed through the module manager.
Before starting you will need images pre prepared and of the right dimensions. Typically these images are 740 pixels wide by 250 pixels tall but the module can accept images of any dinension. We would recommend that all the images you want to load in the gallery are of the same dimensions, that way the gallery will look more professional.
To edit the banner images you will need to edit the module itself. To do this simply login to the administration area of your Joomla website and select "Extensions // Module Manager". The banner is located in the position "Promo" so simply select that position and the module will be available to edit.
The video below shows how this is done and also shows how to "unlock" items that you are unable to edit.
Alternatively, watch our short video on YouTube: Changing the Default Banner Images on a JSN Template.
This short video shows you how to create a menu item in Joomla, place that menu in a module posution and then have it display on your website.
Customisation of the layout is also covered and we hope is of use to those of you learning Joomla and also for those that would like to start creating your own look and feel for your website navigation.
K2 is by far the article management and content management system of choice for Joomla users.
Here we briefly cover how to create a category and fill out a description for that category and then have an image for that category.
In addition, we set the category to take its parameters from another category which means that the image sizes, locations and layout are all controlled by another vategory (a master vategory) within K2.
K2 as a Joomla component for managing your content optimisation is so versatile and easy to use we have made it out content manager of choice. Why...? Well, when you want to edit the Metadata you'll see how easy it is.
You don't even need to access the administrative back end system to do this. You simply login, navigate to the article in question, click "Edit Item" and you can imediately change:
To create a SEF (Search Engine Friendly) URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or web address (www.YourWebsite.com/FolderName/PageName) is reatively easy within Joomla. However, you will require either FTP or cPanel access to edit the htaccess file.
There are two quite simple steps that can turn this:www.YourWebsite.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30&Itemid=190
There are two easy steps involved:
Joomla has no backup system by default so we're left with the following options if we want to make sure we have a backup of our website.
We'll explore the pros and cons of each in turn and you can then decide for yourself which best suits your needs as your needs and ours may differ.
Quite often Joomla will be implemented by a designer that is not seasoned, not familiar with hand coding and unfortunately for the client this means a broken website and lost revenue.
Fear not. We can fix it. About 2-3 times a month I will be asked to look at and fix a Joomla website for a client so feel free to get in touch and see what we can do to help.
There are a great many different Content Management Systems (CMS) available such as Joomla, WordPress and others but for me, where Joomla stands out is the following:
About 2-3 times a month we pick up projects that are just like this and the client needs something that they themselves can manage and that has the best possible chance of ranking highly in the search engine results.