Creating and optimizing a website isn’t the easiest thing to do, but it’s worth learning even if it’s for maintenance purposes. One difficult aspect when it comes to website designing and development is choosing the right tools and needed skills to create them beautifully. One of the most beautiful , professionally acceptable , highly recommended and extremely easy to learn website development tool is Joomla which we are practically writing about in this joomla website creation tutorial.
Joomla is an easy to use CMS tool, which allows you to create a website without having virtually no skill in design or programming. To start a Joomla site, you need to sign up for a hosting account and install Joomla via cpanel or manually.
How to build a website with joomla
This guide covers the following topics:
- Login from the Joomla administration area
- Creating articles in Joomla
- Creating a Contact Us page
- Linking menu items
- Create a poll in Joomla
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Login from the Joomla administration area
After installing Joomla on your server, you can start adding your content. In this example, we assume that your domain name is mydomainname.com. Thus, the Joomla admin panel will be available at: http://mydomainname.com/administrator
Please do not forget to mydomainname.com toyour actual domain name. To connect to your Joomla administration area, enter your login information in the Joomla Administration login screen.
Creating articles in Joomla
If you have installed Joomla with Fantastico and have chosen to also install the sample data, you will already have a few articles created and published. You can take a look at how they are written and organized to get used to managing your articles. To view, go to Content> Manage Articles in the top admin menu.
You will see several items listed. Once you click on one of the articles, you will enter the edit mode of the article. From the Edit menu, you can change the title of the article, text, etc . Before creating your first article, we will remove all items by default to avoid confusion. To this end, return to: Content> Manage Articles in the top admin menu. Then select all items by checking the box in the first column and click the [Trash] in the top menu admin.
We will now create a new section we call “About”.
Step 1: From the top menu, click [New].
Step 2: Then make the following changes in the corresponding fields:
Title: About Us
Alias: (leave blank)
Category : Uncategorized
Published : Yes (If the item is not published, it will not show to your visitors and it will remain as a draft article).
Home : Yes (This will allow a home page to appear on the first page of your site). In the main page, write some information about your business in text field.
Step 3: You can also insert your company logo. To do this click the image at the bottom of the page
Step 4: Since your logo is not yet downloaded, click on the link through the files to download. Browse your local computer and find the logo image. Click start transferring to download.
Step 5: You will see a confirmation that the file has been successfully downloaded. Now it is in the upper part of the window with the default Joomla images. Click on logo.png (or whatever the name of your logo is) to select it, and then click [insert] to insert it in your article. The position of the logo in the article can be easily adjusted by dragging the image.
Step 6: The last step is to publish this article online. Click Save [Save].
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Step 1: Add a link to the “Contact us”. To do this click the [New] from the main menu and choose: Internal Link -> Contacts -> Contact -> Sheet Standard contacts.
Step 2: Fill in the information about your new menu item “Contact” and click [Save].
Linking Menu Items
Now we will show you how to link your articles to your menus. After reading this, you’ll be able to add new items to your menus and develop your website with different sections.
The different steps to link your items in the menu
To make your pages accessible to your visitors, you must link them in the site menu. To do this, follow the steps below.
Step 1: On the admin panel, go to Menus -> Main Menu *.
Step 2: Remove all links by default. To do this, select the first radio button to select all links and click Trash. There will be a warning “You cannot delete the default menu item” that can be considered safe.
Step 3: Add links to your articles and the “Contact Us”. To do this, click [New] from the menu at the top left and select the type of item. In our case, it will be Internal link-> Article-> an article
Step 4: Fill in the information on the links. Call the link “About”. Then, using the parameters from left – click [Select]
Step 5: A box with all available pages will appear and you must click on “About”
Step 6: Save link by clicking [Save] in the top right.
How to set a default page in joomla.
If you are still in the Device Manager menu, we will define your “About” by default.
Step 7: To that end, check the box and click [Default] in the top menu
Create a Poll
In this tutorial we will show you how to createa poll to your site built with Joomla.
Let’s set up a survey to find out what visitors think of your new site. Follow the steps below to add a poll to your Joomla site:
Step 1: In the main menu in the Joomla admin area choose Components -> Polls.
Step 2: Click [New] from the menu at the top right. You can title the survey as “What do you think about our site”.
Step 3: In the left menu, we give a list of options of the survey: “Well done”, “Success”, “I’ll come Back” etc.
Step 4: To save the new poll, click [Save] in the top right.
Step 5: Now, the survey must be made public, i.e published. To do this, click Extensions -> Module Manager from the top menu.
Step 6: Select [New] from the menu at the top right, find a poll from the list of options.
Step 7: Click “Next “in the menu at the top right.
Step 8: Set the title of the poll: What do you think of our new website?
Step 9: Put “Show Title” to “No”.
Step 10: In the right box, Settings block> Poll, select the poll entitled “What you think of our new website.”
To save the poll, click [Save] in the top right.
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