I started using Joomla some time ago and I must admit that it’s not merely one with the easiest Content Management System specifically beginners. It doesn’t include an in-depth manual that explains how to develop a website from scratch. The user manual (even before writing) is based on the functional aspect instead of looking in the users’ perspective.
Over time, I found which it usually takes 5 steps to generate a basic website using the Joomla Content Management System. I am sharing these 5 steps below to help you should you still cannot figure it out after looking over the manual. Please note that these steps will still only help if you first look in the official user manual provided by the Joomla Developers.
The starting point is usually to draft your site map (in three levels depth) on a notepad. Take a Beauty and Spa website, for instance, assuming the most notable level is Home, which branches to two children each namely services and products. Services will branch off to another two children namely Massage and Facial. Products will branch away and off to Toner and Cleanser. After you have three degrees of the site map, you can now classify Home as Section, products as Categories, and four with the rest as articles. Articles are often known as website pages in Joomla context.
The second step would be to create a section(s) in the Joomla Content Management System. For this example, you will still only have one section – the Home. You can create new sections by looking at Content – Section Manager. Next is to create categories beneath your section. One thing to note is to be sure you tag the category underneath the correct section. You can create and tag the categories by visiting the Content – Category Manager.
The next step is always to create articles, which is the website pages to your web site. You can do this through Content – Article Manager. Joomla includes a powerful editor that allows you to create content to the pages easily with no knowledge of the codes.
The next step is to produce a menu for your hyperlink to appear. This step is important should you want website visitors to click over a URL to view the articles. You can create the menu by using the menu option. Once inside option, build a new menu and put in links to the menu.
The fifth step would be to let the menu. Many people forget this and this is strictly precisely why the menu does not show. This is because we’ve got yet to tell Joomla where should the menu appear. Therefore, you should go to the Module manager to find the menu name then enable it. The module manager is to try and can pick the best places to position your menu.
To be exact, this isn’t the very last step yet since you can further customize the layout and add-on additional extensions. However, these 5 steps should solve most of the people’s confusion once they started Joomla.