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Frequently Asked Questions - Joomla CMS

FAQs - Joomla CMS
Questions related to Joomla's Open Source Content Management System

Log into the back-end of your site

1 Choose Menus > Main Menu (or it may be named 'mainmenu' or similar)

2 Click on the appropriate menu item in the list:


3 Change the Title and Save

First off, have a news module or blog on your home page, set up to announce the latest articles. IDstream can set this up for you.

In joomla, you can set any article to automatically expire on a certain date. So if you're holding a workshop, say, you can set the announcement article to expire on the date of the workshop.

TAGS: blog, module

You need to create new users in the joomla Administrator back-end, via Site > User Manager > New

There are 4 groups (in the 'Public front-end' section) to which a new user can be assigned:

At the lowest level, a 'Registered' user can see content which has the Access level of 'Registered' but has no other rights in respect to regular joomla content. (However, they may be allowed to post to forums or comment on blogs etc. if those components are installed)

At the level of 'Author' the user can post a new article for approval but has no editing capability.

An 'Editor' can edit existing articles on the site as well as post new ones for approval.

Only a 'Publisher' can also publish articles so they appear on the front-end of the site.

In the article edit window, a red dotted line represents the 'read more' break – but if you click just underneath it and try to backspace-delete it, the cursor may sometimes refuse.

What I find does work is that you can click just above the line and then forward-delete it.

Or, hover the cursor over the 'read more' line and you should see it changes to an arrow. Position it exactly over the line, then click once and hit delete -- it works even though the line doesn't appear to be selected when you click on it.

If all else fails, click on the 'html' icon to see the code. Look for , select and delete.

You can also move the line by clicking on it (as mentioned, you won't see that it's selected so trust to God) and dragging it. As you drag it over text, you should see the text cursor appear to indicate where it will be placed.

Be careful when pasting in text. Often there are hidden styles in the text, especially if pasted in from Word.

You can check for these by toggling the code view in the edit window – you will see long strings of gobbledegook instead of neat code.

One needs to paste in completely unstyled text. Therefore first copy it from Word and paste it into Notepad (on the pc) – or a TextEdit plain text file (Mac) – before copying again and pasting in the joomla article.

TAGS: coding

Custom-made joomla User GuideThe joomla CMS is a mature and user-friendly platform. Because it has so many possibilities, it can seem overwhelming without a guide. I will make you a concise visual reference guide in PDF format. This will be fully customized to your site and include only the relevant operations (e.g. adding a blog item, managing users etc.)

If you have any difficulties, you can always ask my support via email.

In addition, there is an abundance of good resources online, including video walk-throughs, that I can point you to, should you wish to investigate anything further.

TAGS: resources


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EN+NL > Arabic translation:

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