I want to teach you from the scratch how to develop a website using the most popular CMS_ Installing Joomla. I accidentally stumbled on Joomla some years ago; a client demanded a site requiring storing and retrieving data. I looked everywhere for who to teach me, I spent some good cash yet there were no results until I met a guy who casually showed me the prospects of Joomla and I learnt it on my own!
You may want to know, on what authority or experience I want to teach Joomla. Well, I’ve been using Joomla to develop websites for over 5yrs now and within this period; I’ve done over a hundred websites with Joomla only. During the course of the class, if requested, I’ll give URLs of some of the sites I’ve done with Joomla.
Joomla is quite very easy to learn and deploy. Within 3hrs, you can get a Joomla site moderately running. So you don’t need to be an experienced website developer to learn Joomla, newbies can deploy a Joomla site within a day.
Requirements to be in this class? None! Anyone who can read this post here and is willing to learn Joomla, can grasp it.
So lets get started…
Overview of what to learn:
1. Overview of Joomla.
2. Installing Joomla in a few steps
3. A tour of the backend (Administrator Panel)
4. Global Configuration of the backend
5. Creating Content
11. User Manager
12. Media Manager
14. SEO & SEF.
Overview of Installing Joomla.
Joomla is a FREE Content Management System (CMS) that enables you to build world class websites and powerful web applications. It’s ease-of-use and extensiveness have made Joomla the most popular website software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source, so it is freely available for everyone to use.
To quickly explain what a Content Management System (CMS) means in respect to website development. A CMS is a software that keeps track of all the content of your website. Content can be text, image, video or anything you can think of. A major advantage of using Joomla is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage.
Many Corporate Web sites or portals, Online magazines, newspapers, and publications, Government applications, School and church Web sites are running on Joomla.
Do you know that the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s website http://www.nigeria.gov.ng/ was built using Joomla? Emphatically YES!!! And you can guess what that cost. Funny enough, I can put the Nigerian website http://www.nigeria.gov.ng running in a matter of hours.
2. Installing Joomla in a few steps.
There are very simple ways to install Joomla, in fact there are basically two ways to install Joomla.
1. Download a copy of Joomla from here free and install it on your computer offline or on an online hosting server. In plain terms, lets refer to your hosting server as your website running online.
2. Install Joomla directly into your online website using script installer in the control panel of the site.
For the sake of time, I’ll talk more on 2. Install Joomla directly into your online website using script installer in the control panel of the site……… and also the later part of option 1. i.e. installing downloaded Joomla files into an online website. The reason is, installing Joomla on your computer to run will require you yo install and configure a local server like Apache, install PHP and Mysql. You can download AMMPS (a software stack from Softaculous enabling Apache, Mysql, MongoDB, PHP, Perl, Python and Softaculous auto-installer on a desktop.) from http://www.ampps.com/downloads and install it in your system. I’ll talk about developing a Joomla site offline much later in this course.
This Course will teach you the latest version of Joomla which version 3.5.
So lets go to….
1. Download a copy of Joomla from http://Joomla.org and install it on an online hosting server (online website).Below is the screen shot of our blog.website. And Joomla Training is the title of the blog.
You have some articles on the main page. There are some Menu items (About, Home) to the right of the page and also archived articles etc. Also read—Installing Jomla Part 2.
We will discuss how to edit this page as we move to the administrator end of the website.
Watch out for Installing Joomla Part 2 …