Joomla! Help Support Warrington Cheshire Manchester Merseyside UKIf you are responsible for running a Joomla!® CMS website in a Business, Public Sector or Voluntary Sector organisation, this User Guide is for you.

Start here: Introducing the Joomla! CMS.

 

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The Access Control List enables website administrators to control what people can SEE and what they can DO.

Read more: Access Control List

You should periodically create a backup copy of your website.

You could do this using the Backup utility included with the Hosting Control Panel provided by your hosting provider or use a Third Party Joomla! Extension. We like Akeeba Backup PRO.

Read more: Akeeba Backup

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The purpose of the Archived Articles Module is to enable a website visitor to browse for Archived Articles.

Read more: Archived Articles Module

Here we tell you how to create NEW Categories and NEW Articles after signing into your website's Control Panel. We also illustrate how easy it is to create NEW Articles after signing into the Front End.

Read more: Articles & Categories

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The general process of backing up a Joomla! CMS website is similar regardless of which hosting control panel application you are using.

In this article we show how to use the Backup Wizard in cPanel and the Backup Manager in Plesk.

Read more: How to back up your Joomla! CMS website

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If starting with a blank canvas, the process of publishing a Banner in your website is quite complex.

WYNCHCO website designs are pre-configured to help you get started.

Read more: Working with Banners

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If you want to develop a blog to help promote your website, then the best place to host the blog is INSIDE the website you want to promote.

Read more: Blogging with Joomla!

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There are two, what we refer to here as Blogging Modules, which are active by default in a WYNCHCO website design.

Read more: Blogging Modules

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The BREADCRUMBS Module lays a trail of breadcrumbs to provide a pathway to help users navigate through your website.

Read more: Breadcrumbs Module

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Page caching - when enabled - improves page load speed when visitors are browsing your website.

Read more: Page Cache Plugin

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Protect User Registration and the Contact Form using CAPTCHA-reCAPTCHA.

Read more: Captcha-reCaptcha

"A (Joomla!) component is a kind of Joomla! extension. Components are the main functional units of Joomla!; they can be seen as mini-applications."

Read more: Working with Components

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Choose between using the default Joomla! content editor called Tiny MCE and a range of 3rd Party Joomla! extensions. We like the JCE Content Editor.

Read more: Content Editor

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The default Joomla! CMS content editor extension is called Tiny MCE. But we prefer to use and recommend the JCE Content Editor. And it is for the JCE Content Editor that we provide illustrations in this User Guide.

Read more: Content Editor Profiles

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"Tags in Joomla! provide a flexible way of organizing content. The same tag can be applied to many different content items across content types (articles, weblinks, newsfeeds, contacts, and categories). " Source: Joomla! Documentation.

Read more: Content Tags

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The Joomla! Extensions Directory lists lots of different cookie control extensions to enable your website to comply with GDPR.

Read more: Cookie Control

Custom Modules are rather like Articles. 

How are they different? Custom Modules can be presented in any POSITION of your website.

Read more: Custom Modules

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"A (Joomla!) extension is a software package that extends your Joomla! installation in some way. A small selection of extensions is included with the default Joomla! installation ... but many more are available from the Joomla! Extensions Directory."

Read more: Working with Extensions

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The Feed Display Module enables you to publish your own News Feeds as well as those created by others in your website.

Read more: Feed Display Module

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As with anything new you should ease yourself in gradually. Dynamic websites created using the Joomla! CMS are easy to use but do take some getting used to at first.

Read more: Getting Started

If you are running a multi-user website where several users are able to sign in and edit content, you may sometimes see a warning message when you want to edit an Article. The message will be: Checked out.

Read more: Global Checkin

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Global Configuration settings apply to the whole website. This article is a brief overview of what you can manage via the Global Configuration screen.

Read more: Global Configuration

The Joomla! Project provide a useful Glossary for anyone wanting to quickly understand the meaning of some common Joomla! terms.

For example: Article, Category, Component, Module, Plugin.

Read more: Glossary of Joomla! Terms

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We like the OS Responsive Image Gallery Package for its responsiveness. The package displays galleries well across a wide range of devices and screen sizes.

Read more: Image Galleries

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Also referred to as image carousels, there are many such 3rd party extensions listed in the Joomla! Extensions Directory.

Read more: Image Rotator Modules

We recommend that you review Installation Messages after updating the Joomla! CMS.

Read more: Installation Messages

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Joomla! is equipped with a range of Installer Plugins to enable you to install and update 3rd party extensions.

Read more: Installer Plugins

If you have recently requested a WYNCHCO website design then your website will have been created using the latest release of the Joomla! CMS (or Content Management System).

Read more: Introducing the Joomla! CMS

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We adopt a proactive approach to helping our customers keep their WYNCHCO website, created using the Joomla!® CMS, safe and secure.

This guide - included with our WYNCHCO Hosting Account Guide - is produced as part of this proactive approach.

Read more: Joomla! CMS Security

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All JOOMLERS should be concerned to protect their website from being compromised by hackerists.

These links - included with our WYNCHCO Hosting Account Guide - will help.

Read more: Security - some useful links

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Changing the text created by the Joomla! CMS, as opposed to the text created by you when you edit a website Article, requires creating a Language Override.

Read more: Language Overrides

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If you need help with making your website multi-lingual then please contact Customer Support.

Read more: Language Switcher Module

The Loadposition Command enables you to display Modules inside Articles using custom Positions.

Read more: LOADPOSITION Command

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WYNCHCO website designs include a Login Module which is published by default.

Read more: Login Module

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Your website's Media screen lets you upload and insert images into content throughout your site. The Media screen is where you can view ALL image files and some non-image files that you have uploaded to the server.

Read more: Working with Media

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There are many different kinds of Menu Item or Menu Link to help you present website content to visitors in the most appropriate way.

Read more: Types of Menu Item

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MENU MODULES perform a vital task. They are however not the only NAVIGATION aid included with the Joomla! CMS.

Scroll down to see what other navigation aids are included with the Joomla! CMS.

Read more: Menu Modules

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The News Feeds Component enables you to publish News Feeds from other websites in your own website. This requires creation of a News Feed Item.

Read more: News Feed Component

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There are TWO main methods of presenting NEWS in your website: by News Blog or by Newsflash Module. We cover both in this article.

Read more: News Management

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A Newsflash is a short burst of news, which may be accompanied by more details news comment. The Newsflash Module controls when and where to present the Newsflashes in your website.

Read more: Newsflash Module 

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Page Navigation refers to the buttons which appear by default at the bottom of Articles in certain situations.

Read more: Page Navigation

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PDF means Portable Document Format. This file format is readable when the recipient has a PDF Reader application installed on their device.

Read more: Working with PDFs

If you want to improve website performance, focus on speed: Data Access Speed and Page Load Speed.

Do so when you choose a hosting provider and when you perform your duties as website administrator.

Read more: How to speed up your website

"A (Joomla!) plugin is a kind of Joomla! extension. Plugins provide functions which are associated with trigger events."

Read more: Working with Plugins

Every WYNCHCO website design includes a TEMPLATE comprising of a number of POSITIONS.

The positions can be summarised by means of a POSITION MAP.

Website layout is determined when modules are assigned to template positions.

Read more: Position Maps

If ever your device, browser or web connection are compromised then your website will be next.

Hopefully, these tips will help stop you becoming the next meal for the hacker bots.

Read more: Protect your device, browser & web connection

Some useful links to help keep snoopers out of your business.

Read more: Protect Your Privacy - some useful links

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The Redirect Component enables you to manage broken links that otherwise produce Page Not Found (404) errors. You can use it to redirect broken links to specific pages in your website.

Read more: Fix broken links using Redirects Component

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We adopt a proactive approach to helping our customers keep their WYNCHCO website, created using the Joomla!® CMS, safe and secure.

This guide is produced as part of this proactive approach.

Read more: Joomla! CMS Security

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The Joomla! CMS includes an excellent search component called Smart Search.

Read more: Smart Search Component

If you want to improve website performance, focus on speed: Data Access Speed and Page Load Speed.

Do so when you choose a hosting provider and when you perform your duties as website administrator.

Read more: How to improve website performance

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The Let's Encrypt SSL certificate is FREE for any website to use and brings with it many benefits, including better search engine performance for your website.

Read more: Install Lets Encrypt SSL Certificate

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The Site Statistics Module will when published display simple visitor statistics in the Front End of your website.

These statistics can be viewed by the website Administrator after signing into the Front End.

Read more: Site Statistics Module

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This plugin is designed to enable the Joomla! Project to monitor usage of the Joomla! CMS.

Read more: Joomla! Statistics Plugin

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The Syndication Feeds Module enables you to make any part of your website content available for syndication across web browsers and within other websites.

Read more: Syndication Feeds Module

The System Information screen enables you to clearly see key information about the server and your website.

Read more: System Information

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Tables can be really useful but can also undermine your efforts to present website content in a mobile friendly and search engine friendly way.

How to create a simple table using DIV tags

Read more: Working with Tables

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There is no one screen where you can manage ALL Trash. Trash is instead managed via each respective control panel screen. For example, trashed Articles are managed via the Articles screen.

Read more: Manage Trash

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The Joomla! CMS is equipped with a built-in two factor authentication or 2FA system.

Once activated this system adds an extra layer of security when users with special permissions sign into the control panel. It can also be used to add the same extra layer when users sign in the front end.

Read more: Two Factor Authentication

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This plugin is designed to remind JOOMLERS when a new release of the Joomla! CMS is available.

Read more: Joomla! Update Notification Plugin

Over time new versions and releases of the Joomla! CMS will be released by the Joomla! Project and extension updates by developers of 3rd Party Extensions.

Read more: How to update the Joomla! CMS

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If you are running a community website or en eCommerce website, the Users Screen is where you can manage your customers or website users.

Read more: Manage Users

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The Version History component enables you to review previous versions of content items.

Read more: Version History

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Here are a few useful pointers for when you want to present video content via your website. There are a number of issues to consider: file upload & storage, streaming limits and website security.

Read more: Working with Video

No Joomla! website should be without a Web Application Firewall or WAF, especially if hosted in a shared server environment.

Our preferred choice of WAF for the Joomla! CMS is Akeeba Admin Tools.

Read more: Web Application Firewall

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The WEB LINKS Component is now decoupled from the Core Joomla! CMS.

If you would like to add it to your website then you can download it from the Joomla! Extensions Directory.

Read more: Web Links

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The Who's Online Module will when published display how many visitors are viewing your website and who is signed into the Front End.

This information can be viewed by the website Administrator after signing into the Front End.

Read more: Who's Online Module

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We like the OSMap Site Map 3rd Party Joomla! Extension. When installed it will create a dynamic site map for your website.

Read more: XML Site Map

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