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What is Joomla and how do I use it?

Want to create a site easily? And have you heard of Joomla? This article is made for you. Find out why

About Joomla

Joomla is a website creation, and management system ranked 2ᵉ in the ranking of tools used. Indeed, more than 6% of the website uses Joomla.

Why Joomla?

There are many reasons for using this system.

Easy to use solution

WordPress is equally well suited for developers and non-developers.

A large community of practice

You will quickly find help with any problems you encountered.

use

It is easy to manage its contents compared to other content management CMS easily.

Some features

What features does this website creation and management system offer?

Internalization and convergence of management tools

Joomla’s ecosystem of extensions allows you to have an interface where you will link all your business’s management and communication tools. Also, its interoperability of all these tools within the system.

Powerful tool

It is a tool that aims to be the middle ground between WordPress, which is easy to use, and Drupal for its sophisticated and rigorous nature.

Some disadvantages of the system

The disadvantages of Joomla are:

Time-consuming

When you create a project, you will think about deploying it for a long time.

Cut

The project carried out with this content creation system is quite heavy.

security

It is more vulnerable to attacks than other CMS.

Before you start installing Joomla on your site, there are some requirements. It would help if you had a hosting server for your site,

a database: the database allows you to store all the information on your site. To have a MySQL database, you need to create a user.

The domain name: the domain name is the address of your site. Therefore, it would help if you chose a name that is easy to remember for you and your Internet users.

Download Joomla Package: You can download Joomla software from its official website. On this site, you will find all the users of Joomla and all its news.

That’s all you need before installing Joomla on your site. Now you can follow the steps below to perform the manual installation of Joomla.

Steps to create a site in Joomla

Step 1: Unzip Joomla to the root folder of your site

Make sure you have all your credentials to be able to connect. Once connected, unzip the file on your site.

Step 2: Installation

To install Joomla, type the address of your domain in the address bar of the browser.

Step 3: Basic configuration

In the basic configuration tab, you must fill in all the fields. You will provide information such as your site’s name, the site’s description, your email address, your username, and your password.

Once you have filled in all the information, click next to go to the database configuration menu.

Step 4: Configure the Database

In this step, you must also give some information about your MySQL database and the server and credentials to connect.

Step 5: Choose a Template

Like other CMS, Joomla also offers the possibility of redesigning your site. It also offers free and paid Templates. To choose a new Template, you need the Template or Template tool.

To choose your template, you have to consider a few criteria: support, updates, documentation, customization, responsiveness, and cross-browser compatibility.

Step 6: Installing the Template

After selecting your Template, you must now install it on your site. Go to “Extension,” download the Template and then click on “Install.” The software will take care of the rest.

Once the Template has been installed, you must activate your new Template. To accomplish this, go back to “Extensions,” click on Template and then on Styles. Then click on the star just to the right of the Template name to activate it. Your site now the Template will be on your site as default.

Step 7: Customize the design.

The main advantage of having a Joomla site is that you can create your design. Click on the Template name in the list. Then, you can adjust things like colours, fonts, logos, sizes, and more.

Finally, don’t forget to save your changes before exiting the page.

Step 8: Add Modules

First, you must start by activating the preview mode on your site to see the modules’ positions. This allows you to see where you can add modules and the names of the positions on your page.

NB: do not forget to deactivate the “preview” mode when you add the modules.

Step 9: Position the modules

To assign the modules, go to “Extensions,” then click on “Modules.” The window that will appear on the screen will show you all the modules present and active on your site.

Step 10: Create a page

In Joomla, pages are called “Articles.” You can create articles by going to Content, then Articles and then click on “Add a new article.”

On the site, you are done; you need to create a permalink in Alias. It is often important to put a keyword in the permalink than to use the same title of the article.

Before recording, make sure that in the Status, you see “Publish.”

Step 11: Add a category

Joomla not only allows you to create pages but also to publish blog posts. To create it, go to Content, then Categories. Then click on “Add a new category.” In the window that appears, please type in a name at the top (e.g. Blog), then save and close it.

Besides, to assign a category, go to “Type of menu item,” choose articles, then click “Category Blog.” Once finished, make sure to select the Blog category in “choose a category” and assign it to the menu on the right.

You can give it a title, then save and close it to appear on your site.

Step 12: Install Extensions

Thanks to the extensions you are going to install, you will bring new features to your site. To get them, go to the official Joomla directory. You can enter a search term to be faster. Joomla has over 8,000 extensions available.

If you already know which extension to install on your site, search for extensions and then click “install.” However, if you are browsing the Joomla extension site without having an idea of what you want, once you have chosen an extension, click on that extension and then double-tap the “Install” button to load it automatically. On your website.

Some tips to improve the SEO of your Joomla site

Rewrite your URL in plain text:

You have to rewrite your URL address because Joomla generates a default URL. This address is often very long and difficult to read for search engines and your Internet users. To this end, to have more luck for better positioning on search engines, consider changing your URL.

On-the-fly URL rewriting:

Add a suffix to URLs:

While creating your Joomla site, this setting is set to “No.” By activating it, Joomla will append .html at the end of most of your URLs, thus simulating that the web content is based on a static file.

Unicode alias:

This setting determines how to display special characters in your website aliases. By adjusting this parameter, you allow your site to appear in search engine results.

Site name in titles

This setting gives you the ability to add your site name in your web pages’ header’s title tags. You can add your site’s name before or after the page title, depending on the option available.

Joomla’s extensions for SEO

To rank well on search engines, you need beneficial extensions. You can search for this in “Extension Directory.”

Keep in mind that the best SEO tool for your site is you. It would help you review the quality of the site’s design and the quality of your content.

SEO mistakes to avoid

Too many keywords: it is better to have just a few keywords per content so that search engines can identify these words easily.

Duplicate or missing meta tags: create your content yourself. It is always best to use your words and style in your texts to avoid plagiarism.

Duplicate, poorly updated or poor quality content: Search engines love new content. So, always update existing articles and publish new articles.

Neglecting social networks: to be more visible, it is important to link your site to your social network pages.

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