click2try™ Tutorial

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...............................Joomla! Contents Introduction .................. 7
 Modifying the Template .................. 5
 Logging In to Joomla! ............................ 12
 Removing Unnecessary Modules ...................... 10
 Adding a New Article ............................................................. 15
 Resources ..................... 11
 Editing the Top Menu ........................ 5
 Logging In to the Administration Control Panel ................................ LLC.............................................................................................................. 14
 Archiving Content ....................................................................... 16
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 Communicating with Other Users....................................................

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If you want to create and host any kind of Web site. LLC. or any combination of those sites. 2. ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies. 5 . news site. such as forums. The template-driven architecture of Joomla! gives you control over the look and feel of your site. develop. but after working through this short tutorial. Of course. and much. entertainment site. Enter your click2trytm password in the Password field. and deploy a Web site in under an hour. Joomla! can help you You’ll need at least a little familiarity with Joomla! before you’ll be able to build your site. fan site. Logging In to Joomla! When you first start the click2trytm Joomla! Appliance. news feeds. 3. much more. themes. whether it’s a commercial site. This is an example of what your website visitors will see when they come to your Joomla!-based site. social networking site. When setting up your site. you should have no problem setting up your first site. it has a lot of information about Joomla! You’ll want it to reflect your own business or interests. you’ll need to log in. right off the bat. Click Login. you’ll want to: • • • • • • • Sign in to the Administration control panel Modify the standard Front page template Add a new article Edit the Top Menu Remove a few unnecessary modules Change the Logo graphic Add new Newsflash content. and hundreds of free and commercial plug-ins provide enhanced capabilities. Enter your click2trytm username in the Username field. shopping carts. To sign in: 1. To get started making your important modifications to the Joomla! interface. you’ll see the Joomla! Front page.Joomla! Introduction Joomla! is an advanced and easy-to-use content management system that allows you to design.

You can modify and remove those modules. and add other modules. 6 .” followed by the Logout button.Joomla! This redisplays the Joomla! Front page. where the Login form was located. Review the screen graphic below to become acquainted with the different modules. ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies. You should see a greeting down on the lower left side of the page. The Front page consists of several content modules. LLC. It will say something like “Hi John Doe.

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 The Administration control panel contains a number of large icon buttons. Here’s a brief description of each button and what it controls. Each button represents another area within Joomla! where you can define and configure content. users. Keep in mind that everything in Joomla! is stored in a database. LLC. and more. 7 . ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies.Joomla! Logging In to the Administration Control Panel The Administration Control Panel is where you manage the back-end operations in Joomla! Including setting up users and permissions. enter your username into the Username field. If not already filled in. Click Login. 3. This displays the Administration control panel. and so on. This displays the Administration Login page. Enter your password into the Password field. 2. The different Managers described in the following table are like windows or directories. revealing the files and data within your database. changing the look-and-feel of the site. 4. To login to the Administration control panel: 1. adding content. Click the Admin tab at the top of the click2try™ appliance.

a News section. and public or private access. the order of appearance. you can remove. Product News. if needed. you might create categories like Our Company. Includes details such as publication date. You might have an About section. the sections are the major branches within the site. and category. A subset of the Article Manager. From this page. LLC. keywords. section. section. a Community section. and so on. reorder. ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies. unpublish. such as author name. in your About section. a Pricing section. and Contact Us. Our Mission. Within each section. You can assign each article you add to Joomla! to a category to help you and your site visitors sort and locate different articles. category. you can create numerous categories. you can also delete or reorder articles. Company News. Think of sections as containers. Lists all articles currently in your Joomla! database. National News. and so on. order of appearance.Joomla! Button Icon Description Displays the New Article page. International News. A News section might contain categories like Local News. and specify a robots. article rating. You can also set global or local parameters for article elements. publish. intro text. For example. In the Metadata Information editor. a Products/Services section. parameters and advanced parameters editors. and more. the Front Page Manager shows which articles appear on the Front Page. when they were published. and more. author. and a metadata editor. author. In a hierarchical structure. and archive articles appearing on the Front Page. organizing broad groups of content types. 8 . date authored. containing a WYSIWYG editor. create an SEO-ready description. You can set various parameters for your article elements. such as title.txt file. From here.

LLC. You can also create your own menus. Joomla! also provides a user menu. and email settings. database. In addition to the main menu. which confer different permissions and access levels to users. or other graphic elements. This means that you’ll be able to easily set everything from time zone to FTP. and server. ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies. you might want to create categories in the Media Manager for banners. logos. and you can monitor the current user status. and much more. The Joomla! interface contains several menu objects that you can modify to personalize the site to your needs. top menu. For example.Joomla! Button Icon Description The Media Manager helps you keep track of all of your graphics. initial user settings. as well as allowable media types and sizes. 9 . The User Manager lets you create and manage users to your Joomla! site. their types. The Language Manager displays the current default language for your site and lets you add additional language support. emoticons. and links to menu item editors. and any other files that aren’t just text content. audio files. example pages menu. system. You can define user roles. site name. resources menu. keyword and SEO settings. and key concepts menu. The Menu Manager lists all of the current menus. videos. The Global Configuration pages enable you to configure your site.

Select Template Manager. LLC.Joomla! Modifying the Template Templates let you quickly and easily modify the look-and-feel of your Joomla! site. or there are literally thousands of free templates provided by the dedicated community of Joomla! users. 4. One of them is the Milkyway template that you see when you first start up the click2try™ Joomla! appliance. 3. The standard Joomla! installation comes preloaded with three templates. Let’s change the template to see what happens. 5. select the Extensions menu from the Main menu. Select the beez template. 6. Go back to the Template Manager page and repeat those steps with another template. From any page in the Administration Control Panel. graphics. 10 . You can create your own template. Click the Default star icon. such as colors. and the placement of content modules. Templates manage presentation details. To modify the template: 1. Click Preview to open a new tab or window to see what the new template looks like. This displays a list of three templates. ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies. 2.

useful content. So. if you launch your site with dozens or even a hundred or more articles about your topic of interest. search engine spiders. Select FAQs from the Section drop-down menu. well. Enter a title. 4. To add a new article: 1. If you want. Search engines love sites with lots of original. it’s helpful to create or purchase lots of relevant content before you launch your site. 9. make sure that both Published and Front Page are set to Yes. if your site only contains one article for weeks. 7. Enter an alias. Don’t include spaces or special characters in the alias. You see.Joomla! Adding a New Article In Joomla! an article is any written or textual content you add to your site. Click Apply. the small programs that crawl over the Web indexing pages. So. the search engine spiders are much more likely to see your site as an authority site and give you a higher ranking. On the other hand. click the Add New Article button. 6. Click in the edit window and enter your content. you’re not going to be ranked very highly in the search engines. 5. 11 . LLC. style the content using the format buttons at the top of the edit window. On the Administration Control Panel. ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies. only come around once in a while. 3. Above the Category drop-down menu. Just create a short alias that will help you remember what the article is about. 2. 8. Select General from the Category drop-down menu.

The sample Joomla! site has a Top Menu that contains an About Joomla! menu item. and other general topics.Click Preview to see what your page looks like. Let’s change that to About Us.Joomla! 10. and text. ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies. LLC. FAQs. changing only the title. To edit the Top Menu: 1.Click Save. you can edit existing sample articles in the Article Manager. If you want. This takes you to the Article Manager. Click the About Joomla! menu item. 12 . Editing the Top Menu The Top Menu is the standard navigation menu that most of us are familiar with on Web sites and blogs. 11. It’s that menu bar that often runs horizontally across the top of the page and contains links to the About page. and Joomla! retains the current formatting of the article. From the Main menu in the Administrative Control Panel. It’s also one of the menus that people most often want to modify on their own sites. Product or Service pages. choose Menus > Top Menu. 2. alias. This opens the Menu Item editing page.

sometimes it’s easier to remove some of those modules and then add them back in as you need them. Select Extensions > Module Manager from the Main menu. Removing Unnecessary Modules Joomla! comes pre-loaded with all sorts of modules. if you like. Here’s a screen shot of the Module Manager. Change the Alias from “about-joomla” to “about-us. Modules take up space in the database and must be managed. click the green checkmark icon beside each module you want to remove. But. with all of its modules. If you’re not using them. 8. You should now see About Us in the top menu. 13 . 6. Click Save. click the green checkmark icon next to the Key Concepts and Polls modules. 5. LLC. just in case you might want to use them. On the Module Manager. 2. Click Preview. When you click the ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies.” Click Apply. To remove modules: 1. For example. there’s no point in keeping them around. 7. 4. Change the title from About Joomla! to About Us. You can now change the other Top Menu items.Joomla! 3.

holidays. Type a subject line. LLC. Communicating with Other Users Joomla! provides a simple but effective messaging system that lets you communicate with registered users of your site. for scheduled maintenance. Type a message. ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies.Joomla! green icon. Select the user you want to contact from the To: drop-down menu. If you want to return the module to the page. select Tools > Write Message. 2. showing that the item is now disabled. Click Save. From the Main menu. 3. You can also send mass mail messages. To communicate with another user: 1. just click the green Apply icon next to the item. 5. 4. it turns to a red x icon. Click Apply. for instance. 14 . 4. Click Preview to view the Front page without the modules. 6. 3. 5. or special programs. Click Send. if you want to send a global notification.

From the Main menu. You can always find archived articles in the Article Manager. In the Details area. select the checkbox next to the article and click the Publish icon. Type a subject line. To unarchive an article: From the Main menu. It just means it’s available. Joomla! saves it in the database and marks it as archived. 5. Click the Archive icon. you’ll want to refresh your site with new content from time to time. 2. When you archive an article. To archive an article: 1. Type your message. 4. 6. select Tools > Mass Mail. 6. Just because an article is unarchived doesn’t mean it’s published again. If you want to publish the article. select the options you want. select Content > Article Manager. Click the Unarchive icon. 5. 3. 4. with a label of [Archived]. But you may not want certain articles to continue to appear on the front page forever. LLC.Joomla! To send mass email: 1. 2. Most content has a certain shelf life and to make sure you continue to attract an audience. Select which group or type of user you want to mail. 15 . You don’t want to delete them. That’s all there is to it! Archiving Content There will come a time when you want to archive individual articles. as they provide a body of information on your site that may be valuable for your users and visitors. Look for the [Archived] label next to article titles. 3. Click Send. select Content > Article Manager. 7. It’s very easy to archive your content. ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies. From the Main menu. Select the checkbox next to the articles you want to archive. Select the checkbox next to an archived article.

org/wiki/joomla! .joomlatutorials. LLC. ©2008-2009 Presage Technologies.joomla.Excellent overview and lots of links to useful sites.joomla.Main Joomla! site for all things Joomla! Joomla! Community http://community.wikipedia.com/joomla_tutorials/joomla_1.5_tutorials. Joomla! http://www.Joomla! Resources While this tutorial should have helped you get more familiar and comfortable navigating Joomla! and making changes in its Administrative control panel. and spend some time with these resources. where you can find tons of great user-supplied information. it’s not meant to make you an expert.html Some very good tutorials here on Joomla! details. go to the resources listed in the Resources section of our Joomla! page. and get to know other Joomla! lovers.org . Joomla! Wikipedia Entry http://en. 16 . Joomla! Tutorials http://www.Main Joomla! community site. If you want to learn more about Joomla!.org .

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