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Managing Creating Joomla Templates

Joomla is a highly popular free content management system.  It is a Web-based tool that helps you create and edit Web, intranet and extranet sites.  It is code-free which means that even people with limited or no knowledge of site programming languages can easily learn how to use it.  Joomla can also be used to create personal or business sites.

A basic Joomla site will contain just information and data and will be bare and plain-looking.  To spruce up your site you need to put in extensions.  Extensions are programs that add functionality to your site.  With extensions, your site can become more interesting and inviting.  Having extensions will also add more excitement to your site.  It can add appeal to your Website and improve an user's experience on your site as well.

There are several types of extensions, namely components, plugins, modules, templates, and languages.  Components are large scripts or programs such as blogs extensions, forum extensions, and gallery extensions.  Plugins on the other hand are small programs or codes that help components.  Templates allow you to change, alter or improve the layout design of your site while language extensions are applications that you use when you want to specify what languages can be used in your site.

There are two ways of finding Joomla extensions.  One is through Joomla’s own extension site (extensions.joomla.org) and the other is through third-party sites.  You can find over 5,000 extensions that are grouped together by category in Joomla.  Many selections here are free, though you can find some that can be had for a fee.  Extensions are also available on independent sites.  Not all are for sale in these sites and there are some developers that offer free extensions.

When choosing extensions in Joomla, make sure to check the review page to see how a particular site is rated by users.  In addition, it is recommended that you also select extensions that are popular. Joomla’s site will also inform you what Joomla version a particular extension is compatible with.

When installing extensions, you first log-in to Joomla.  Next, on the taskbar on top of the site, select Extensions then click on the Install/Uninstall option.   You will then be prompted to the Extension Manager screen.  The screen will show a few install selections as well as extension tabs.  Make sure that you are in the install screen.

Basically there are three ways that you can install extensions in your site.  One is by uploading a file from your PC’s hard drive, the other is by installing from a directory and the last one is by installing from a URL.  The most popular method is via uploading from a hard drive because it offers a lot of advantages to the user and it is very convenient.  With this method, you first find an extension from a site either from Joomla or from an independent developer.   Once you have found the extension that you need save it to your download folder.

The next step is to click on the browser button on the upload package file section of the Extension Manager page.  Select the file that you have saved into your folder then click on the upload file and install button.  You will then be prompted to the results page where you will be able to see the file and all relevant information about it (type and extent of content would vary depending on the developer).

Next, go back to the Extension Manager main page and then select the extension type that matches the file that you have just installed.  A gallery page will then show up on your screen.  Look for the just uploaded file. Next, check the enable field if the file is still not yet enabled.   Click on the file and check its configurations.  If you are satisfied with the information that you are seeing on the screen, save the file then refresh your screen.

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