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Joomla Reference Guide
Need help? Call 734.253.2305
\u00a9Copyright 2007
A Joomla! Reference Guide
Joomla Reference Guide
Need help? Call 734.253.2305
\u00a9Copyright 2007

Yes, we\u2019re starting with the disclaimer. This is not intended to be the wizard\u2019s cookbook for Joomla! The topic
of Joomla! is not a small one and to write everything there is to say about this topic could not be done in less than
a few hundred pages. What we have here is our version of what\u2019s important in 20 pages, and even that wasn\u2019t
easy. The list of contents below are answers to the questions we have most frequently heard every time we
introduce Joomla! to someone new.

What is Joomla?
Sections and Categories
Static Content
Hosting and Domain Names
Layout First, Then Graphics
Users and Rights
How to Add/Change Content

Adding A New Static Item
About Being An Admin - The BackEnd
Uploading Images
Using Uploaded Images
Link Building
Banner Advertising
SEF (Search Engine Friendly) URLs
Mass Mailing Members
Session Expired!

Image Gallery Options
How to Create a Quick Module


Adding Menu Items
Removing Locks

About Distribution
You are welcome to do whatever you would like with this guide.

What does that mean? Give it away -- or include it with anything else you sell and you keep 100% of
the profits\u2026 or you can use it as a free bonus and give it away on your site\u2026 or you can print out as
many copies as you want\u2026 or you can send it as a file to your team to help them with their website ...or
you can simply send it to a friend who might be interested in trying Joomla. The only restriction is that
you don\u2019t modify this in any way.

That\u2019s it!
Joomla Reference Guide
Need help? Call 734.253.2305
\u00a9Copyright 2007

Joomla was created in 2005 by a group of developers that had been part of another CMS project called Mambo. The name Joomla is an English spelling of the Swahili word jumla meaning "all together" or "as a whole". It was chosen to reflect the commitment of the development team and community to the project. The first release of Joomla! was announced on September 16, 2005. This was a re-branded release of Mambo combined with other bug and security fixes. We began using Joomla! in October of 2005 and by the end of the that year, had decided that was our CMS.

As of May 2007, if you ask Google about Joomla, it returns 47.3 million references, Mambo 34.4 and Drupal 18.2
Joomla! is Open Source and free.They derive much of their revenue from donations. So, if you decide to use
this in your business, we encouage you to show your$upport at http://joomla.org
Why Joomla!?
Joomla! - Think of it as a Newspaper
Joomla! organizes content by Sections and Categories.So think of it as a

newspaper. There\u2019s the front page, business, sports... those are the Sections. A
section can have Categories much like you might find golf, basketball and
baseball in the Sports section. Joomla! also has some other content called
Static. A static item is something that doesn\u2019t need to be categorized. Good
examples of static web content: About Us, Find Us...

Whatever way you want to organize your content, Joomla won't complain. If you don't know the answer
to the question When should I create Static Content and when Content Items (those items organized in
Sections and Categories)? - this will not hinder you from doing great things with your website.

Unless your website has lots of material. In this case, you'd better learn it. After all, this is one of the
best features that a CMS will offer you, and that was not possible in a static website.
How Do I Know What Kind My Item Is?

Using Static Content and Content Items is a question of common sense. Imagine that you buy a bunch of socks. You come home and place three pairs underneath your bed, two in the closet and two behind the fridge. Regardless of the unusual way that you handled you socks placement, you'll still be safe from getting around barefoot for a whole week.

That is, if by the end of the weekend you can remember where to find them.

The rest of us humans prefer to allocate a drawer in our closet on which, if we really want to overdo it, we write Socks. Others go so far as to organize that very drawer by color. The thing is, unless you have serious memory problems, you'll know where to go when it comes to dress your lowest possessions.

Content Items vs Static Items - When To Use Them

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