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joomla websiteAutomated Joomla Installation

Most hosting accounts these days provide automated installations of Joomla and Wordpress content management systems these tools can be found within your CPanal and most of the time only requires you to enter your new websites information and click on the installer, this article will guide you through an automated installation and a manual installation for creating a Joomla website.

To start you need reliable web hosting and a domain name if you are just starting out we recommend a shared hosting plan with Siteground Joomla Hosting they provide a fantastic service with excellent customer support, our guide for signing up for a Siteground account can be found here, Siteground Web Hosting once you have created a Siteground account login to your CPanal.

When you have logged into CPanal search for the Joomla app installer usually down the bottom of the page and scroll along until you see joomla, click on the joomla icon and a new page will open up. 

Select the latest version of Joomla from the drop down and enter your installation url, this is your domain name you purchased earlier or use a domain you already own, enter a site name and site description for the website you are creating.

Database And Admin Settings

Next are the database and admin settings the data base setting refers to prepopulating the standard joomla template with content select the one required or leave as is with out pre populated content.

The admin account settings are to login to the admin panal for Joomla enter a username and admin password write these down to remember them enter your name and email address, select the language of your website from the drop down list.

Advanced Options

The advanced options tab allows you to change the database name or leave as is, table prefix leave as is, you can select to auto update the joomla installation when a new version is releashed and select an automated backup if required, the final step is the installation click on install and wait for the process to finish, type your domain name url into a browser to visit the new website you have now installed Joomla.

This automated system is fine for a very basic website that you need to build up your self from scratch, however if you are installing a quick start template that is already populated with content bought from a third party template site like Template Monster then you need to install these manually please read our installation guide for Joomla quickstart packages.

 

 Joomla Administration Settings

Now that you have uploaded and installed the Joomla content management system you need to start setting up your website, when Joomla is installed and  when you go to your domain url you will usually see the standard Joomla login module showing and the home page menu item, there a few basic settings we need to set before we start. 

To get started login to your back end using your domain url (www.yourdomainname.com/administrator) use your login username and password that you setup when you installed Joomla previously then go to system global configuration in the admin menu top left of the console. 

Enter the site settings and type in your websites name and check the editor has tinyMCE selected, if you are setting up a blog for articles you will need to download the jce editor the standerd editor is very basic, enter a site meta description and your main keywords, and check the robots tag is set to index follow.

Installing Joomla Templates

The template is what holds your site together and displays the content that you enter through the websites back end to your website visitors, the template is made up of module positions like side-bar this position is to the left or to the right of your main component, every template is designed differently with different module positions to suit the layout the template was built for, templates are available in free and paid versions, a great resource for templates is Template Monster they build Joomla and Wordpress themes for websites all around the globe.

The settings above are only the very basic to start, once you get to know Joomla you can tweak other settings later on, when Joomla is first setup you are supplied with the stranded template which is very basic, you need to search around the internet and find a third party template that you like, then download to your desktop and go to extensions in the backend manage then select or drag and drop the zip file for your template and this will automatically upload and install.

Now go to extensions templates, you will see the installed template from joomla and the one you just uploaded, on the new template click on the star, default for all pages and make sure it is orange now return to your front end domain and you will see the look and layout has changed you are now using your new template.

To see what settings are available on your choosen template, click on the styles of template that you are currently using and the template page will open up, here you will find alot of parameters that you can change to alter the layout and look every template is different and some templates require plugins before they will work like Gantry and T3 templates, so if you are having any trouble accessing your template ensure the required plugin is activated under extensions then plugins.

Adding Relevant Content

Now that you have learned how to install your Joomla content management system and uploaded and configured a third party template ,you are now ready to start adding and installing website content this is a crucial step for your new site, with out the content you will be hard pressed to keep any visitors engaged on your website. 

When Joomla is first installed the home page menu item on the main menu is automaticly set to featured articles, however this can be changed at a later time to point to other content for now we will leave as is, so to start login to your Joomla backend and go to content then to articles a new window will open, select new article this article will become your home page on your website.

At the top of the new article you need to enter a name this name needs to incorporate a main keyword for the topic that your article is all about, as in the tittle of this page you are reading now (installing website content) your article needs to be informative and interesting more so when the article is your home page this is the first page most visitors will see when they vsit your website and incorporate your main keywords in the first pargragh this will help with seo.

Website Home Page

Your home page article needs to introduce and welcome visitors to your website, and tell them what the site is about, this will hopefully set them up to investigate the other content on your site and keep them curious, try to add some images and color to your front page this will help to keep them interested from a visual point of view and with the great article content they will be more engaged.  

The next step to getting your website online is to set all the options for your home page article, on the right there are settings related to how the article will be displayed, featured set to yes, status needs to be published and set the article to a category, this is usually named uncategorized when Joomla is installed but you change this to what you want relating to your website content, access set to public or it will not be visible and language set to English unless you installed a language file when Joomla was installed, then set this to your chosen language.  

At the top of the article are more settings, under options there are numerous settings for the display properties of the article, the main one is show tittle this will display the article tittle when set to show, under publishing are your meta settings for the article, the meta description should incorporate the article tittle and be around 155 characters long then enter your keywords and do not go putting excessive amount here just one or two main keywords or phrases.

Now go to your menus and select home the alias should contain a keyword, then under details, and the menu item type articles, set to featured articles, then go to page display, the browser page tittle is what is seen in the browser this needs to be around 65 characters long and contain your keywords, show page heading set to yes this displays the H1 tag on the page, and the page heading is what is displayed inside the H1 tag and should include keywords, the last setting is the meta description and meta keywords, make sure you do not repeat descriptions and keywords through out the site.

These are the basic settings to create a Joomla website there are many more that you will learn about as you gain more experience like SEO or search engine optimization and marking your website to attract more visitors.