Joomla 3 - The Basics

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This is the original getting started with Joomla course that has been online since 2008. Now fully updated for Joomla 3, this course has been watched by tens of thousands of students worldwide. But the best part is that all 16 lessons and the 100 page accompanying workbook are free! So if you're looking how to get started with Joomla 3 quickly and easily, you're in the right place. Just because it's free doesn't mean that you get a cut-down down version of another course. Yes, I do have some advanced courses, but this comprehensive beginner course teaches you all the essential Joomla concepts so you can get your first website built in record time. I started building websites in 1995 and when content management systems came along, I hated them. The designs were awful, you were forced to change the way you worked and the documentation was woeful. Even simple things like creating a page made no sense. The problem is that most people try to learn by watching a couple of videos and reading a few tutorials. That's what I did which only led to frustration. Learning Joomla is a bit like building a brick wall. Many beginners have a basic foundation - they understand the essentials of websites. Then they start piling on a few bricks here and there. But as their wall of knowledge is constructed, it's full of holes. Eventually they hit a point where their wall can't sustain any more weight and it collapses. What a waste of time! This course takes a step-by-step approach to building Joomla websites. Each lesson builds upon the previous one, so your wall is solid. So whether you're looking to save money by building your own website, or if you're an existing web developer needing to learn Joomla, you are in the right place. Join the thousands of students who have taken this course by enrolling today. Remember that a comprehensive workbook with loads of screenshots is included to save you time. I'm also here to answer any questions you might have as you go along. Who is the target audience? Beginners Students Web Developers Web Designers Graphic Designers
  • Overview
    • Introduction

      This lesson includes the companion workbook. Click the download link at the top right. How this course works What is Joomla? The benefits of using a content management system What can you do with Joomla Joomla versions

    • HELP!

      How to get help with the course.

    • Why Joomla?

      Learn why you should consider Joomla over other content management systems. * Joomla Benefits * Alternative Content Management Systems * Website Builders

    • Requirements

      * Web Hosting Requirements * FTP Software * ZIP Software

  • Installation
    • Demo Site

      How to get started with Joomla quickly using the Joomla Demo Site.

    • Quick Install

      How to install Joomla at a web host using a quick start application (Softaculous).

    • Standard Install

      The standard method of installing Joomla at a web host. Get file from Joomla Create database Upload & Extract Joomla file Run web installer

  • Concepts
    • Frontend

      A walkthrough the frontend of a typical Joomla installation. * The difference between the Joomla frontend and the backend * Joomla's files and folders * The role of the index.php file * An overview of templates * The difference between primary and secondary content

    • Administrator

      An overview of the Joomla Administrator. * Accessing Administrator * Review Messages * Administrator Workspace * Main Administrator Sections

    • Categories

      Understanding the first part of creating primary content: Joomla categories. * The Joomla storage system * Creating Categories * Editing Categories

    • Articles

      Understanding the second part of creating primary content: Joomla articles. * Creating Articles * Searching for and Filtering Articles

    • Menus

      How to create pages in Joomla using menus. * Understanding Menus * Adding a menu item to an existing menu * Creating a menu from scratch

    • Modules

      Creating secondary content in Joomla with modules. * Understanding Modules * Creating a Menu Module * Assigning Modules to Menu Items * Changing Module Order

    • Images

      How to insert images into Joomla articles and modules. * Resizing Images * Adding images to an article or module * Uploading images to Media Manager

    • Templates

      Understanding the purpose of Joomla templates. * The Template Manager * Finding Templates * Installing Templates * Configuring Templates * Viewing Template Positions

    • Extensions

      How to expand your Joomla website's functionality using third party extensions. * Understanding extensions * The Five Types of Extensions * Finding Extensions * Installing Extensions

    • Conclusion

      This final lesson introduces you to resources to help you continue your Joomla journey. Recommended Joomla Sites Build a Joomla Website

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