Welcome to Joomla!

John's tips to help you build a great, Joomla! powered website

  1. Welcome
  2. What is Joomla?
  3. Installing
  4. Configuring
  5. About Templates
  6. Tips and Tricks

joomla_logo_1_transparent.pngIf you are here, you are probably looking for some ideas on how to build a great Joomla based website.

Great!  I think you will find some helpful resources here to help you move forward with your project.

This all developed from my own Joomla journey, and then my efforts to collect some good Joomla resources for others who were struggling to "think like Joomla thinks."

Joomla is a wonderful piece of software. I can't believe that it is free!  But, it does take a while to understand the concepts and know where to go to customize your site so that is says and looks and behaves that way you want it to.

Because Joomla is community supported, this little site is part of my effort to give to the community.

Joomla! is an award-winning Content Management System (CMS) that helps build powerful websites and other online applications.

As an Open Source solution that is freely available to everybody. Joomla benefits from a huge development and user community (over 140,000 registered users at forum.joomla.org!) - making it a wonderful platform for building scalable collaborative websites.

You can use Joomla to build a website for your business, church, non-profit organization, blog, or your favorite hobby. Or about anything else you can think of!

Like any powerful system, it can take a little while to really learn, but easy things are easy to do!

Before you can use Joomla, or even take it for a "test drive," you've got to install it.

Joomla is not a program you install on your own computer (like a word processor).  It runs on a web server. So, to install Joomla you need access to a web server provided by a web hosting service, or your own server if you have one.

So, how do you install Joomla?  Well, there are quite a number of options.

  • Many web hosting services offer a "one-click" install using Fantastico or some other script installer.
  • You may want to install Joomla yourself by uploading the files to a webserver via FTP and setting up the database yourself.
  • You may want to get a Joomla friend or a firm to install Joomla for you.
  • You may want to install Joomla on your own computer, develop your site there and then upload to a web server.

Read the overview article on Joomla installation

How to install Joomla using "Fantastico"

Congratulations!  You have Joomla installed on a server somewhere, and you are sitting there staring at the default template, possibly with the sample data.

Now what?  What do you do next?  You are full of questions!

  • How do you create pages?
  • How do you set up your menus?
  • How do you get a picture on this crazy thing?
  • How do you arrange things on the pages?

 

Configuration Articles

 

The appearance of your Joomla website is determined primarily by your template.  And there are a lot of templates available, or you can create your own.  But generally, most people getting started with Joomla will want to take a pre-designed template, and then customize it for their own needs.

And, for many people, the template IS the website. It is what people see.  All that wonderful Joomla magic behind the scenes is plumbing.

Some templates are free.  Some are purchased.  And finding just the "right one" can be a challenge!

So, where do you find these templates? And once you get them, how to you customize them?

Joomla Templates Links

 

This article is for Joomla 1.5 only
Freqently people want to know how to customize the free templates that come with Joomla.  And, knowing how to do some template customization is an important Joomla skill to have.

A frequent question on the Joomla forums is, "how to I change or remove the "footer" text on a template."

It might be a "Template by ---- " or "Powered by Joomla"  or something like that.

So, how do you change that? 

The question of how to remove the footer text actually depends on which template you are using.  Different template designers use different approaches.

Now, if you are using the default template called "rhuk_milkyway" (the default template you get when 1.5 installs), then you must edit the html of the template to take out the "powered by" information.

Here's what you do.

In your administrative back end, go to Extensions -> Template Manager,  There you will see a list of the templates that are installed in your Joomla system.

Click on "rhuk_milkyway" and it will load a screen where you can do some customization of how the template works.

Next, click on the icon in the upper left corner that says "Edit HTML."

The html source code of the template will load in the editor.  Scroll way down to the bottom and you will see some lines like this:


<p id="power_by">
<?php echo JText::_('Powered by') ?> <a href="http://www.joomla.org">Joomla!</a>.
<?php echo JText::_('Valid') ?> <a href="http://validator.w3.org/check/referer">XHTML</a> <?php echo JText::_('and') ?> <a href="http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/check/referer">CSS</a>.
</p>


Here is were you want to make your changes.   If you just want to remove all of the Joomla / XHTML / CSS stuff, just delete all of the text that I have posted there. 

That will make it disappear.

Now, you may want to put something else in there.  No problem.  Just put whatever you want, for example:


<p id="power_by">
Site Design by SuperDuperWeb </p>

What about the Copyright Notice?

At the bottom of a default Joomla installation, you will see this information:

ss_copyright_15.gif

To remove this, you simply need to unpublish a module.

Go to Extensions -> Module Manager

ss_modulemanager_15.gif

Look for the module named "footer" and simply click on the "enabled" check mark to turn it off.

ss_footer_15.gif

That's it!  The copyright notice is gone.