Joomla development framework has gained immense popularity in recent years as one of the most flexible and adaptable frameworks for developing simple as well as ambitious web presence of businesses over the internet. Running in the same veins as Drupal and WordPress, Joomla gracefully holds its significance among the website developers and owners for offering an interactive platform to create website that works and looks well.
Isn’t it great? But, what you are going to learn in this article? Isn’t something related with talking only about the advantages of this popular Content Management System (CMS) or it will teach you the process the setting up websites with Joomla? Yeah the second question is right and goes in collaboration with the title of this article. In this article, I will guide through the process of setting up your first Joomla website by adding all the whistles and bells that you want to create buzz of your site over the internet. Here is all points which I have covered in article:
This is a great question that needs to be answered before we proceed with unbolting the bolts and nuts of our Joomla tutorial.
Joomla’s own website quotes, “Trusted by Millions”, which claims very true since, 28 million websites present over internet has chosen Joomla for setting up their foundation in this cutthroat IT environment.
Big names like Harvard University, which has celebrated its 350th anniversary in 1986 has its website Gsas.hardvard.edu developed on Joomla platform and this website is used by Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for declaring news, showing pictures, offering information, etc. to their visitors and students.
With a huge library of third party extensions, for almost everything including SEO Joomla gives you an opportunity to add extra functionalities to your website to make them more user-friendly and impressive.
You don’t have to worry if you want to add any special functionality to your side, because someone else has already thought for this before by developing an extension for that purpose.
With its immense number of active users, Joomla possesses a wide user community where the users can easily search for forums with hundreds of posts, lots of documentation, different user groups and many other important resources related with Joomla.
Here is an example of a Joomla user group of WA:
It clearly means you can enjoy using website over Joomla platform as you will always be offered with a great user support community of this popular CMS.
Looking to make your website professional and stylish? Joomla serves this to you by offering thousands of impressive build around themes to choose from, which you can call as “templates”. So, choosing Joomla not only helps you in creating more interactive website for your visitors, but will also help you in developing attractive website.
Before creating a website on Joomla platform, choosing the address of your website, also known as domain name, which is required for giving your website its own unique identity.
Once, you have selected the domain name, you have to select the hosting company from where you can avail good web hosting services for hosting your website.
While selecting the hosting service provider, you should analyze few points carefully:
Once you have selected the domain and hosting service provider for your website, the next thing is to install the Joomla framework.
1.Once, you will sign up to your hosting server, the hosting service provider will send you the vital credentials of your C panel account to your registered email ID. Use the Login credentials offered to you by your hosting service provider to logging to your C panel account.
Here I am proceeding by taking example of Host Gator hosting server:
2.Look for the “Fantastico De Luxe” or “QuickInstall” automated installer on the C panel as Joomla is accessible with both of these installers.
3.Click on the icon of “QuickInstall” and locate Joomla in the “CMS Software” section. Select Joomla and click on the “Continue”.
4.If the domain is set up appropriately, you will see the domain in the drop-down list, followed by a blank box where you can mentioned the sub-directory where you want Joomla to get installed. Once, you have entered the sub-directory, click on the Install Now to start the Joomla installation process.
When the installation is completed, you will be provided with a login URL for administering your website with the confirmation of your admin credentials.
Once it becomes accessible, the login screen will be displayed, where you can put your credentials for logging and start with the Joomla website creation process.
Login to the Joomla admin interface by entering the username and password, where you will find the name of your website. Here, the example is taken as “Demo Joomla Site”. As soon as you will click on the website name, you will be directed to the front end of your Joomla site; here you will see the first basic view of your site.
Once, you basic Joomla site is ready, all you have to do is to continue with its design process.
For controlling the general appearance of your Joomla site, you can choose any of the thousands Joomla templates available online as per your business preferences. For doing so, you have to perform some simple steps listed as below:
1.Go to Control Panel and Click on “Template Manager”.
2.All the currently installed templates will be displayed in a menu like structure on the Control Panel like this:
When the template is selected add some content in your Joomla site as the next vital step.
Content is place in articles in Joomla websites, which in turn are consigned in categories. The simple steps for adding content in Joomla site are:
1.Click on the “Content” followed by “Article Manager” and then “Add New Article” as given below:
2.The Add New Article page will appear on your screen with numerous options that you can use to make your content more impressive and expressive.
3.You can add the content in the blank section and once it is done, you can upload an image as well by clicking the “Image” button on the bottom of the post content window.
4.A new window will appear and scroll this window at the bottom to locate the “upload file” option. Click on Choose Files and then “Start Upload” button to upload the image.
After adding the content, when you go back to check your website live, you will find that it has not changes distinctively because you have to change the menu for doing so, follow the given steps:
1.Click “Menus” on the Control Panel followed by clicking on “Main Menu” and then “Add New Menu item”.
2.Fill the “Menu Title” field on the window such as About Us, Contact Us, FAQ, etc.
Once it is done, click the “Select” button located at the right side of the “Menu Item type”.
After adding the Menu Title, click on the “Save” button for completing the menu item. Now, when you will refresh your live site, the new menu will appear in your Joomla site (in our case, I have written the Menu Title as “About Us”) as shown below:
In this way, you have created your first Joomla website. While these steps are just to give you a layout of how to get started with Joomla website, you could never stop testing your site with uncountable templates or adding something more interactive, thanks to the vast user community of Joomla. If you want to get your business on floor with an attractive Joomla site, you can contact our experienced team of Joomla developers to get the best services at cutthroat prices.