Blue Flower

It’s easy to get started cre­at­ing your web­site. Know­ing some of the basics will help.

What is a Con­tent Man­age­ment System?

A con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem is soft­ware that allows you to cre­ate and man­age web­pages eas­ily by sep­a­rat­ing the cre­ation of your con­tent from the mechan­ics required to present it on the web.

In this site, the con­tent is stored in a data­base. The look and feel are cre­ated by a tem­plate. Joomla! brings together the tem­plate and your con­tent to cre­ate web pages.

Log­ging in

To login to your site use the user name and pass­word that were cre­ated as part of the instal­la­tion process. Once logged-​in you will be able to cre­ate and edit arti­cles and mod­ify some settings.

Cre­at­ing an article

Once you are logged-​in, a new menu will be vis­i­ble. To cre­ate a new arti­cle, click on the “Sub­mit Arti­cle” link on that menu.

The new arti­cle inter­face gives you a lot of options, but all you need to do is add a title and put some­thing in the con­tent area. To make it easy to find, set the state to published.

You can edit an exist­ing arti­cle by click­ing on the edit icon (this only dis­plays to users who have the right to edit).

Tem­plate, site set­tings, and modules

The look and feel of your site is con­trolled by a tem­plate. You can change the site name, back­ground colour, high­lights colour and more by edit­ing the tem­plate set­tings. Click the “Tem­plate Set­tings” in the user menu.Â

The boxes around the main con­tent of the site are called mod­ules. Â You can mod­ify mod­ules on the cur­rent page by mov­ing your cur­sor to the mod­ule and click­ing the edit link. Always be sure to save and close any mod­ule you edit.

You can change some site set­tings such as the site name and descrip­tion by click­ing on the “Site Set­tings” link.

More advanced options for tem­plates, site set­tings, mod­ules, and more are avail­able in the site administrator.

Site and Administrator

Your site actu­ally has two sep­a­rate sites. The site (also called the front end) is what vis­i­tors to your site will see. The admin­is­tra­tor (also called the back end) is only used by peo­ple man­ag­ing your site. You can access the admin­is­tra­tor by click­ing the “Site Admin­is­tra­tor” link on the “User Menu” menu (vis­i­ble once you login) or by adding /​administrator to the end of your domain name. The same user name and pass­word are used for both sites.

Learn more

There is much more to learn about how to use Joomla! to cre­ate the web site you envi­sion. You can learn much more at the Joomla! doc­u­men­ta­tion site and on the Joomla! forums.