Joomla is an open source content management system. With this program, you can easily build and edit web, intranet and extranet sites. It is free to use and is highly popular among individuals and businesses alike. Joomla is a very simple and straightforward tool that even people with zero knowledge in computers can easily master it. This application is managed by a community of developers and is constantly being upgraded and updated.
Administering your Joomla website
Editing, changing, updating and improving your Joomla website requires some administration know-how and skills. Joomla administration can be accomplished from both the backend and frontend sides of your site. However, you will find that most administration activities are done at the backend section of your site. The frontend is the part of your site that is visible to the public while the backend site can only be accessed by administrators and authorized users.
With proper administration, you can change the look of your site, manage content, install extensions, and dictate user access, create backups, install extensions, test extensions, and upgrade Joomla. To enter the backend of your Joomla site, you need to first enter your domain address on your web browser. Afterwards, you need to place at the end of the address a forward slash, followed by the word administrator then another forward slash. You will then be prompted to your site’s administration login page.
Supply the necessary information such as your user name and password to enter the main backend page. The backend panel contains a list of commands and tabs, the size of which depends on your administration access type. The right hand side of the page will typically contain the following collapsible tabs: logged-in users, most popular articles (which include the date that they were made), recently added articles and menu statistics.
The left hand side of the page on the other hand will contain a number of icons (Section Manager, Frontpage Manager, User Manager, Language Manager, Menu Manager, User Manager, etc.) and a dropdown taskbar. There are a number of commands here that you will ideally use when you are managing your site. One example would be the article manager tab, which you use when developing article content.
From the article manager tab you will be able to see all the articles published and unpublished on your site. You will also be able to add, remove, and edit articles with this tab. The editor page of the article tab contains commands and functionalities similar to the ones that you will see in MS Word. Other things that you can do with the article manager are to insert images and descriptions in articles.
The Extension tab in the dropdown taskbar is another often used tab in the backend page. Extensions are programs that add functionality to your site. Without them, your site would just be bare and plain looking. Examples of extensions that you can add to your site through this tab are modules, components, plug-ins, languages, and templates. You can get extensions directly from Joomla or from third party developers.
By default, Joomla is configured to log you out if you remain idle in the backend panel for 15 minutes straight. If you are new to the Joomla, you might find this to be unreasonable so you may need to adjust the time settings. To get around this, click on the Global Configuration icon. Next click on the Session tab, then replace the number on the Session Settings section (which can be found on the bottom right of the page) with a bigger figure. After this you can go back to the main backend page.