Joomla is the recent popular open-source content management system platform utilized by website developers for various functions, whether for personal, corporate, organization, or publication use. A content management system like Joomla assists website developers in keeping track and managing of all the website contents such as documents, photos, music, and other computer applications.
The reason why Joomla is appealing to the public is because of its easy adaptability and usable elements. “A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage,” as stated by the Joomla community developers (Joomla.org).
Many of you have thought that building a website is complex and intimidating. Believe me, as long as you have basic computer knowledge, creating a website using Joomla is easier than solving a math problem. If you are a first timer, all information you need to know about Joomla and how to get started can be found at its official website as linked to above.
Joomla’s website itself is an epitome of how accessible and user-friendly its system is. Browsing on the demo site is highly recommended for first time Joomla users. You can see the DEMO button right away as you enter the Joomla website. Unlike previous how to build a Joomla website instructions, the recent demo provides an easy-to-follow sign up template where you can simply fill out the needed information to launch your own Joomla working site with their free 30-day hosting support.
The Absolute Beginners Guide to Joomla, Joomla forums, and installation instructions are helpful sites for beginners as well. After you have signed up, verified your account, and watched the demo, plan thoroughly the end result you want to achieve with your website so that before going any further in the web hosting and installation process you already have an idea of what you need to set up.
To save you time and effort, below is a summary of the 8 easy steps on how to build a Joomla website.
1. Study the basic information about Joomla — the latest version, what it does, what are its features, etc.
2. Search through samples of websites that utilize Joomla so that you’ll have a visual idea of what to expect.
3. Sign up to view the demo site.
4. Read Joomla forums and installation guides.
5. When you’re ready, download the Joomla version you want to utilize. It’s free!
6. Apply for a web host server that is compatible with PHP v.5.2+, MySQL 5.04+, or Apache 1.3
7. Install the MySQL Database and FTP Client.
8. Install the downloaded Joomla version and run the program.
You can then browse the hundreds of Joomla extensions and templates available to customize your website to exactly how you’d like it.