Article by Brian
In today’s day and age Web Design is making leaps and bounds. The old way of HTML and CSS are going by the wayside.
Just as in the computer world where systems are constantly changing, speeds are becoming faster and programs are more advanced, so is the Website Design Industry. The Newest and most efficient Website Platform is JOOMLA!
JOOMLA! Yes, I know its a funny name but what it can do is astonishing. We can build you a website and allow you to edit it yourself or add articles with about 10 minutes of training. There are so many great features they not only give your website a Dynamic Look, but full functionality. You can have restricted pages viewable to your staff only or areas from members even allow people to upload files, documents or purchase orders to you. Not only can you sell ad space or links you can actually host a blog right on the site!
Having over 120 hours of training in this new concept I can assure you the best internet presence and a crisp clean look. Please read our Services and Packages Page to see the many options and tools that will make your business more efficient and draw more customers or clients!
Unlike most other “Website Designers”… I do not purchase pre-made Templates.
When a “Web Designer” uses pre-made templates your site is likely to look like others out there. I DO NOT purchase (or find Free) Web Design Templates and plug your information in. I create the design for you. You can also see different styles below and mix and match backgrounds, with headers and page layouts, change colors and come up with a custom website.
You are not limited to my samples and you can send me backgrounds, and I can use them also.
About the Author
Brian has been designing websites since 2000 and continues to educate and update his knowledge daily.
I specialize in small business and individual web site design. Website Design and Development work hand in hand. I discuss with you a number of important factors in the look and layout you desire. We review your target audience, what you want to say to them and how you want them to react. We will take this information put together a plan, layout and color scheme. For more information visit my website www.GetYourWebOn.com
To design Joomla websites, you only need to follow five simple steps. While many Joomla website designers try to overcomplicate the process, it should not be necessarily so.
Without wasting your time and mine, here are the five steps that you have to take. You should note, however, that these are sequential steps. This means that you have to do the first one first, followed by the second, etc. While you may sometimes, be able to still build a Joomla site without actually following some of these steps sequentially, it is best not to do so. You will see why as we move along.
So, here is what you need to do.
1. Install Joomla: Well, you can’t actually do anything until after installing Joomla on your website. There are a number of ways to do this.
One of the most common two is to install the CMS using “Fantastico” on your hosting account Control Panel.
This takes about 3 minutes at most and is the simplest and easiest way of installing Joomla.
The other way is to install it manually. This requires you to upload the Joomla installation package on your website. You will then follow the instructions to install it from there.
2. Configure Joomla: After successfully installing Joomla, you can now login to the Joomla Admin area or Backend to configure it. The directory of the admin area is the /administrator directory of your Joomla site. Therefore, if-for example- you installed Joomla on mywebsite.com, your admin area will be mywebsite.com/administrator .
Once you login, select the “Site” tab on the far left and click on the “Global Configuration” link. Follow the instructions here to configure your site, server and system information. This may take you anything from 3 to 10 minutes to finish.
3. Create Joomla Content: The next necessary step to designing your Joomla website is to create your content sections, categories and content items or pages.
The content sections are the broadest divisions of content on your Joomla site. The categories are the sub-divisions of content for each section.
The content items, pages or articles (as they are variously called) are the pieces of content that are posted under each category. For example, to find your “How to Design a Joomla Website” article or page on your website, I may have to go to the CMS section, select the Joomla Category and there I will find the “How to Design Joomla Websites” article or page.
This content hierarchy will look like this:
Section ====> Category ===> Content Item/Page.
It is just a very simple and organized way of managing your content in Joomla.
Do note that you can have as many content sections, categories or content pages as you want. It is virtually unlimited. So, whether you are designing a Joomla article directory or just a simple niche website, you will still find that the Joomla CMS will serve your purpose all the same.
4. Create Menus: The Joomla Menu or site navigation system is divided into categories.
So, for example, you may have a menu category for your paid products, another one for your freebies and even another for your niche articles.
Now, under each category you will have menu items. So, if -for example-you want to have your paid products accessible from the same menu category, you may therefore, have an “Internet Marketing Products” menu category.
Under this, you will have one menu item that links to your blogging ebook, another menu item that links to your “social networking” course; and yet still another one that points to your traffic generation membership site. And so on.
You can also have any of the menu items point to a content section, category or page
of your website. It is all about simple creativity.
5. Modify and Customize the Site: One good reason to design Joomla websites is that you can actually modify and customize your Joomla site as much or as little as you want to. So, we may both be using the same template, for example, but each of us can modify the template and rearrange the modules in such a way that the finished website may not look anything similar to the original site.
You can customize your Joomla website by:
? Installing new templates and modifying them according to your taste.
? Modifying and customizing existing templates that come with Joomla
? Installing new Joomla components
? Installing and modifying modules and changing their positions on the website.
? And so much more…
You can do these and more from the “Extensions” tab in your Admin area.
While these are the five main steps to help you design Joomla websites, the details of doing so are not as easy as they are simple. And that is why Muhammad Jalloh has created OVER FOUR HOURS of Joomla Tutorial Videos to help you learn how to design, customize and manage your own Joomla website. Details of what you will learn in these videos is available on http://www.JoomlaSultan.com .
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