The following tutorial is on web design aimed at assisting you to come up with a website using the joomla platform. It’s nice and easy and will prove very insightful in building both a complex and simple website. With joomla being a free content management system that employs the use of templates and a wide array of modules that give life to your website, you will certainly enjoy this process.

This article assumes that the readers has already installed joomla to their website host either manually or by use of 1 click install method.

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Joomla basics

As already discussed above, it’s a platform that is very suitable for the making of both complex and simple websites by use of templates and modules. In the onset of building a joomla website, the first step is to log into http://yoursite.com/administrator.

Setting the title and basic setting of your website

In the above site go to the system icon and click on the global configuration and on the site name section fill the title of your website page.

The next step is to describe your website on the site meta description.

Filling your specific keyword is the next step. It’s recommended that you use commas when separating one keyword from the other.

Installation of a template

After the successful installation of the joomla platform, the website will be ready for use using the default joomla template. Ensure that you visit your web to see how it looks like and in case the design does not impress you can employ a personal template. It’s worth noting that all the templates created are zipped to a single .zip file and can be availed free of charge or purchased for a fee from the providers. Those that are secured for free come with a hyperlink to its author. If you are in need of any assistance in your web design template then feel free to contact WSI Digital Web.

The following are the steps followed during template installation:

Go to the admin panel and select the extension manager

Click on this icon and choose file and then select the template that you downloaded and click on the upload and install icon. You will then be notified that installation was successful.

Creating pages and content categories

It’s recommended that the webpages must have categories. Creation of categories is simple and you can follow the following simple series of steps to effect the changes:

· In the admin panel, click on category manager

· When this has opened hit the new icon button and add the category of your choice.

· The last step is to give a proper title to the category and then save the changes.

After successful completion of adding the new categories, you then need to create the content pages and this can be done as follows:

· Go to the admin panel and click on the article manager panel.

· Click on the ‘New’ icon and title your new page relevantly.

· You can do this severally to create all the pages that you need.

Module positioning

Modules on your newly created website design can be place in a wide array of module positions in your installed template. You can discover the location of modules by accessing the preview menu on Joomla.

You can know the module position by going to the admin panel then clicking on system, global configuration and then selecting the template manager. Then go to the enabled section and access the module positions preview. Then finally click on save and add ?tp=1 to your url in the browser you are using and view the available positions. Locate the suitable position for the top menu and apply it appropriately.

Creating a main menu at the website’s top position

On the joomla platform, the individual has the liberty to create a main menu the top position unlike in other platforms. The individual performs that function in the following ways:

· On the main menu, select the new option and then hit the menu item type button.

· The next step is to click on the select article panel and then type the menu item title.

· You should then save the changes.

Article view settings

Editing of the article view settings is the last step in creation of a joomla website. It’s very simple.

Go to the content icon on the admin panel and select articles then click on options. These will provide various options for displaying the view of your articles. Select on the most appropriate one.