Web design congregates the creative energy and brings you a website, which serves as an interface for displaying information related to your business. Websites used to be static some time back but the dynamism in the web technology has made websites come alive. Making websites live is nothing but updating the data automatically through a Content Management System.
It is the ease of use, which a Content Management System gives you. There are so many Content Management Systems some reliable, some not, some extremely capable and some are still trying to make their foothold in the industry. When you need the best Content Management System, you should go for Open source content management system.
Features of Open Source CMS
- As the platform is based on open source architecture, it is free to use.
- It uses PHP as a programming language and stores the data in MySQL, MS SQL database.
- The development of open source happens through community, which is generally spread all over the world contributing best ideas for the development of the software.
- Joomla is built on model view controller application framework, which can be used independently as CMS.
- Joomla’s development happens through its community spread all over the world and it is practically the best-organized community.
- It exhibits the organized manner of development because there are specific teams allocated for each set of work, like development, documentation etc.
Building a Joomla Website
You can create simple and complex websites with Joomla. You can create a professional looking website with Joomla, which lives up to the standards of W3C using CSS and XHTML. All this development can happen in a very small duration of time. You can add required components and then control it with cPanel.
Creation of Website Structure
Before embarking on the real development, you can first create a storyboard or structure of the website.
Adding articles and content
Articles and content is the soul of your website. The content speaks on behalf of your business. See to that the content, which you are uploading on your website, is relevant and appropriate. The content includes simple information like Home, About Us, Services etc.
Creating a main menu
The next step for creating a website with Joomla is to create a main menu, which can be used as a navigator. It is through the main menu that the visitors would browse through your website. While deciding the structure of your website it is indeed necessary to think about the main menu of the website. Structure of the website can be used as a skeleton and adding the main menu item is similar to filling the skeleton.
Positioning the menu on your website using modules
The position of menu on the website is very essential aspect. Joomla uses various modules to place the articles and content on the page. You can just go to module manager through extensions. Choose a module for main menu. You can choose another module for positioning. Joomla has different ways for naming positions of modules. Again, here the naming convention depends upon the template you are choosing for your website.
With this, you can complete the basic set up of your website.
The content management system like Joomla has augmented the Web Design by providing a wide range of templates, which can be readily used to create a basic website. You can also use various extensions of Joomla to add required functionalities.
There are four entities on which a Joomla website is based; those are templates, extensions, modules and plugins. Joomla websites are always praised for the extensibility.
You can directly log into Joomla website for different extensions ranging from Administration, Authoring, and Content, etc.
Extensions are the speciality of Joomla, the goodness of the website would depend upon the kind of extensions used. There is a huge Joomla extensions directory, which you can refer to and download extensions, which are suitable for your website.
There is a separate team, which develops these extensions and is called as Joomla Extension Development (JED) team. As said above, there is a structure to the community of Joomla. JED team also has a structure, which has two major pillars, a team manager and a JED listing editor.
The best part of Joomla web design and extensions is that everyone and anyone can contribute to the same. Your request should be adhering to some basic norms of JED and the code will be reviewed by concerned people. After all the scrutiny, your extension can be listed in the directory.
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