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Understanding Joomla!

Published on November 24, 2011 by in Joomla
Understanding Joomla

Understanding Joomla

This article aims to give you a brief introduction as to the core components that make up a webpage on your joomla website.

When using Joomla! you need to understand there are three core components that come together to make a single page on your website, these are:

  • Menu items
  • Articles
  • And Templates

In short an article is a block of content that has been created using the “Article Manager”.

A template is a predefined page layout together with style rules (i.e. colours / font size etc). The layout specifies areas on the page that you can output content too, every template must have a “Main” area, together with a number of optional ones (i.e. left, right, top, footer, user1, user 2 etc).

A you can imagine, a menu item sits within a menu. You can access and control your menus via the “Menu Manager”.

A menu item can be of a number of different types, but for the purpose of this article we are going to consider the most basic, an “Article Layout” type (which points to a single article). This tells Joomla! to add a link in the main menu, pointing to a page that displays one article, in the “Main” area of the chosen template.

In order to add a new web page to your site, you need to do the following three steps:

  1. Create an article
  2. Add a menu item
  3. Apply a template

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