Friday, 23 November 2012

5 Simple Tips and Guidelines for Joomla Websites

1. Article Manager
In a Joomla website, the articles, which are the main content for every page, are referred to as "pages." Whenever a new page is created on a Joomla website, one of the first things that should be done is create a new article.
Since Joomla will control the way information will be handled by the site, it is natural that this is the first step that should be taken.
2. Menu Manager
When working with menu items on Joomla websites, it must be remembered that these are merely links that inform the website about the article it is pointing to.
With the help of menu items, modules can be assigned to particular pages, instead of having to show them on all of the pages or none of them.
3. Module Manager
In a Joomla website, modules can be anything, whether forms, pictures, text or any kind of info that might have to be moved around to different sections of the website. Through a module, more info on the pages of the site can be shared without putting anything in the main content section.
For the most part, a module is a program through which content surrounding the "main content" section can be created. Mainly, these are displayed in the different module positions, i.e. top, right, left, etc.
Usually, Joomla modules go hand-in-hand to display particular information from components that are installed in this content management system. For instance, latest forum posts on the forum component can be displayed; random images can be displayed from the image gallery component, and so on.
Menus are modules as well. Modules can be displayed in "main" content too.
4. Plugin Manager
The basic functionality of many Joomla websites can be extended by using the plugins that are available with this content management system. Using these plugins, code in response to particular events can be activated, either custom events or Joomla core events can be executed that are triggered from their own code.
Before Joomla, 1.5 plugins were called mambots. Mambots were capable of changing merely the content and were based on particular signal words. However, their scope has been extended and stretched ever since then.
Keeping the new functionality of mambots in mind, their name was changed to plugins by developers. Legacy support for 1.0 mambots is also included in Joomla 1.5 websites.
5. User Manager
On any Joomla website, small changes can be made and new content can be added without being visible to anyone else. Temporarily, an access level can be assigned to that page, so that certain pages will be visible only to registered users.
The access level can be set to public once again whenever the new content needs to be shown to everyone else. This way the uploaded content becomes to everyone else once again. This can be done from the menu item manager in Joomla.
Ben Davis is the sales and project manager for MediaCore a Specialist Web Company based in Auckland, New Zealand. He has had 8+ years of experience managing web design and development projects for his clients.
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