Joomla! Content Structure

Before you can add content (words and images) you first need to create Articles like this one.

Note that Articles have to be held somewhere!

They are held in Categories.

Before you begin re-structuring, we recommend that you map out a proposed structure for your site on a piece of paper.

If your website was, for example, about a farm then your map or structure might look something like the example below.

 

An Example

First note down a list of what you want to include in your website.

 

Categories: Livestock, Crops, Equipment.
 
The Livestock Category might contain Categories for Cows, Sheep, Pigs.
 
The Cows Category might contain Articles about Friesian, Hereford, Angus.

 

Note: Categories placed inside other Categories are called Nested Categories.

Follow the example below when tabulating your notes.

Please note that any one Category can hold any number of other Categories within it!

Articles however must be held in a Category or be 'categorised' as Uncategorised in the Joomla! Content Management System.

 

Categories

Categories Articles
Livestock Cows
Cows
Friesian
Hereford
Angus
  Sheep Sheep
  Pigs Pigs
Crops   Crops
Equipment   Equipment

Keep things simple by focusing on Articles. And we propose at the outset that you focus on creating Menu Links to Single Articles rather than to Categories.

For a site you intend to keep small in size your Articles could all be kept in one Category.

For example:

 

Categories Categories Articles
Farm  
Farm (Home Page)
Livestock
Crops
Equipment

 

We are here treating each Article rather like a page (or file) in a traditional website.

If you plan to 'grow' your site in due course then it makes sense to create an outline content structure which will hold future Articles which you create.

 

Categories Categories Articles
Farm   Farm (Home Page)
Livestock  
Livestock
(others to be added later)
Crops  
Crops
(others to be added later)
Equipment  
Equipment
(others to be added later)

 

Your site could then have Menu Links to each of these Articles.

Here, we could have created all the above Articles in one Category called Farm, but if we plan to expand our website content in due course, it makes sense to prepare for this expansion at the outset. When ready to expand the site we can insert more Articles in each Category.

We can also move Articles between Categories.

Our motto: Keep it Simple!

For example: add more Articles to any given Category.

 

Categories Categories Article
Farm   Farm (Home Page)
Livestock  
Livestock
Cows
Friesian
Hereford
Angus
(add Sheep & Pigs later)
Crops  
Crops
(others to be added later)
Equipment  
Equipment
(others to be added later)

 

Later?

If your site were to expand further then you could create a Category for Cows and simply move the four Cows Articles to it.

Any menu links to these articles which you have created in the meantime will be automatically updated.

This is the power of the Joomla Content Management System!