TABLE OF CONTENTS
Installing Joomla Part 4.
As we had in the last instructional exercise Installing Joomla which we said is entirely simple to learn and convey. Inside 3hrs, you can comprehend Installing Joomla Part 4 and get a Joomla site reasonably running. So you don’t should be an accomplished site engineer to learn Joomla, amateurs can convey a Joomla site inside a day. The following is the continuation of our instructional exercise labeled”Installing Joomla Part 4”.
Menus as part of Installing Joomla Part 4.
The Menu Manager deals with all the route inside your Joomla 3.0 site. The default landing page, how to show your menus, what is shown in them. You can have diverse sorts of Menu Items. Menu things are made from segments introduced.
To access the Menu.
In the drop-down, you have Menu Manager, Main Menu and Bottom Menu.
The Menu Manager is used to create New Menus. Main Menu and Bottom Menu were created using the Menu Manager.
Since we have two menu items created for us already, lets pick one of them to see how it works. Our pick is Main Menu.
Click Main Menu: You will notice that two Menu items are listed. They are About and Home.
Click About: This is where this menu item is configured. At the moment we will just be looking at the details configuration of the menu item. You can leave all other configurations just the way they are. Below are our configurable items under “details”.
Menu Item Type *:
This tells us the type of item this menu should point to. In this case that we are editing, it points to “Single Article”. Click Select close to “Single Article” to see other components that a menu can point to.
Select Article *:
Since our menu item type is Article, we need to select the Article we want to point our menu to. From what is shown, “About” was the Article that was selected. You may Click Select to see other Articles that you can point the menu to.
Status: This is where you can set the Menu item to be Published, Unpublished or Thrashed.
Menu Location: Menu items are attached to a Menu, so you can choose here which of the menus this menu item is attached to.Also read—Installing Jomla Free Tutorial.
Parent Item: This is where to choose whether this menu item is a parent item(standalone) or it is a sub menu. By default Menu item Root is selected; that means this menu is a standalone menu. But if this menu is a sub menu or drop down, then select the menu item that this menu is its sub menu.
Click Save & Close.
Create A New Menu Item as part of Installing Joomla Part 4.
Lets create a new menu item that points to an external link to your Facebook Account.
Click Menu…then Main MenuÂ Also read—Installing Jomla Part 2.
In the “New” opened window, click Select in front of Menu Item Type * to pick the type of component this menu item will point to. In the pop up window, Click System Links, then Choose External URL.
We can now configure our External URL. The configuration here is just like configuring the menu item “about” that we discussed a moment ago except we have to input a Link for this menu item. So lets say our Facebook page URL is http://Facebook.com/SpringWebHost; this URL is now what we will type as our link.
Configure every other item just as we did for “About” menu item.
Adding A New Menu as part of Installing Joomla Part 4.
Like I earlier said, a Menu houses menu items, so if you have the need to group some menu items under one menu, this is how you can do that. So lets create a Menu called Policies.
Click Menu….hover your mouse over Menu Manager and click Add New Menu. In the window that opened, enter the Menu Title(Policies), Menu Type (Policies), and then the description of the Menu. Click Save & Close.
So whenever you create a New Menu Item, you can select “Policies” if the menu item falls under Policies Menu. Refer: (Menu Location: Menu items are attached to a Menu, so you can choose here which of the menus this menu item is attached to.).
7. Components as part of Installing Joomla Part 4.
Components are built to extend Joomlaâ€™s functionality with third-party options.
To access the Components, Click Components and all the components in your Joomla site will be listed in the drop down.
For the sake of the class lets discuss how to create Contacts, and Joomla! Update.
1. Overview of How to Create a New Contact in Contact Manager
1. Go to Components, then click Contacts. You will be taken to the Contacts Manager window.
2. Click New.
3. Enter New Contact Details, these are basically, email, phone number, address etc.
4. Click Save & Close to See List of your New Contact in Contact Manager.
*Lets assume that the contact we just created is titled “Contact Us”.
Now let us to create a menu item called Contacts that will point to the “Contact Us” contact.
Here…lets refer to how we created a Menu item before:
Click Menu…then Main Menu……then New
In the “New” opened window, click Select in front of “Menu Item Type *” to pick the type of component this menu item will point to. In the pop up window, click “Contacts”…from the items that slid down..click “Single Contact”.
Click “Select” in front of “Select Contact *” to show and select “Contact Us” from the list.
Enter Contacts as the “Menu Title”.
Under the “Advanced Options” tabbed item, Choose “Plain” in “Display Format” ie “Advanced Options” — “Display Format”—“Plain”.
With this, when the “Contacts” menu item is clicked at the frontend, the Contant details plus a contact form is displayed.
Click Save & Close. Go and refresh your homepage to see your new menu item called “Contacts”.
2. Joomla! Update
Click “Components”…..then “Joomla! Update”
In the next window, you will see the message below:
No updates available
You already have the latest Joomla! version, 3.1.5.
This is because we already have the latest version. If there is an update to Joomla, it show here. With a few clicks, you will be updated to the latest version of Joomla. As a security check, please always ensure that your Joomla version is up to date.
The other components are Joomla defaults, so you may as well leave them the way they are but if need be we can make changes to them later.
8. Modules as part of Installing Joomla Part 4.
Just like the Component, Modules are built to extend Joomlaâ€™s functionality with third-party options.
To access the “Modules”, Click “Extensions” and then “Module Manager”, all the “Modules” in your Joomla site will be shown.
The modules shown are the default modules as installed in Joomla and how these modules are positioned in the frontend makes your site appear the way you want it to. So two persons may use the same template but achieve different results.
Creating a New Module as part of Installing Joomla Part 4.
Modules can be created from components installed in Joomla. Or you can install an already made Module. Most of the items we see in the frontend are modules.
So lets create a new module called “User Login” from the installed components in the site. There is a component already installed that we will access to enable us do this task.
Click “Extensions” then “Module Manager”.
Click “New”. In the next window, click “Login”
Enter a Title for this Module eg. “User Login”
Click Save & Close.
The module we just created won’t appear at the frontend because we did not position it anywhere in the website. I will discuss a concept called “Module Positions” when we get to “Template Manager” shortly.
Module Positions will help us place our “User Login” form in the website. So lets continue to the next topic. We will revisit the “User Login” Module.
9. Plug-in as part of Installing Joomla Part 4.
A plug-in though lighter, has the same function as a Component, Modules; it is built to extend Joomlaâ€™s functionality with third-party options.
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Click Extensions, then “Plug-in Manager”.
Here, all the plug-ins in the system will show. Most plug-ins have very little configurations. You just need to Enable or Disable them. For now, we will not do any Plug-in configuration.
10. Templates as part of Installing Joomla Part 4.
A template controls the graphical presentation of your website. It determines the layout, colors, type-faces, graphics and other aspects of design that make your site unique. There are two types of
templates: â€œSite templateâ€ for front-end presentation and â€œAdministrator templateâ€ for back-end presentation.
To view your templates….Go to â€œExtensionsâ€ => â€œTemplate Managerâ€. The window below will appear.
With this Joomla Tutorial, i believe you are all good to go to have/to host any joomla website for yourself or for your client.