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How do I set up Joomla?

Last updated on December 26, 2022 @ 10:13 am

Setting up and using Joomla can be a daunting process for first-time users. This guide will walk you through the basics of setting up your own Joomla! site.

Once you have completed the following steps, you will be able to create a new Joomla! site or modify an existing one.

1. Download and install the Joomla! software.

2. Log in to your Joomla! site.

3. Choose the “Site Options” tab.

4. Under the “General” section, click on the “Site Name” field.

5. Enter a name for your site.

6. Click on the “Create Site” button.

7. Enter your site’s hostname and port in the “Site Name” and “Hostname” fields, respectively.

8. Choose a layout for your site.

9. Click on the “Design” tab.

10. Click on the “Joomla! Theme” drop-down box and select a theme.

11. Click on the “Site Content” tab.

12. Click on the “Text Editor” button.

13. Click on the “Add New Item” button.

14. Enter a title for your new article.

15. Enter a body for your new article.

16. Click on the “Joomla! Categories” tab.

17. Click on the “Add New Category” button.

18. Enter a name for your new category.

19. Choose a category for your new article.

20. Click on the “Joomla! Links” tab.

21. Click on the “Add New Link” button.

22. Enter a URL for your new link.

23. Click on the “Edit” button next to the category you created in step 23.

24. Click on the “Manage Links” link.

25. Click on the “Manage Categories” link.

26. Click on the “Joomla! Pages” tab.

27. Click on the “Add New Page” button.

28. Enter a title for your new page.

29. Enter a body for your new page.

30. Click on the “Joomla! Menu” tab.

31. Click on the “Add New Menu Item” button.

32. Enter a title for your new menu item.

33. Enter a URL for your new menu item.

34. Click on the “Joomla! Options” tab.

35. Click on the “Site” button.

36. Click on the “Advanced” button.

37. Under the “Site Settings” section, click on the “Joomla! Language” field.

38. Enter the language you want to use on your site.

39. Click on the “Save Settings” button.

PRO TIP: Make sure you have a domain name and hosting account, then download and install Joomla, and choose a template. To create content, go to the appropriate section in the Joomla backend and use the provided tools to add and edit your content. Finally, configure the various settings and options available in Joomla to customize your website.
Morgan Bash

Morgan Bash

Technology enthusiast and Co-Founder of Women Coders SF.