WYNCHCO Joomla!® User Guide

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If your website is powered by the Joomla! CMS this user guide is for you!

New Joomlers start here: Introducing Joomla!
We recommend: Joomla! CMS Security.

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LIST OF CONTENTS

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Access Control

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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

Archived Articles Module

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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

Articles & Categories

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

Backing up: How to back up your Joomla! CMS website

This guide is specifically aimed at customers who are using the cPanel Hosting Control Panel.

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

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

Banners Component

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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

Blogging with Joomla!

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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!

Blogging Modules

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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

BOX Style Sets

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In a WYNCHCO website design BOX refers to a MODULE which has been assigned a BOX STYLE SET.

BOX STYLE SETS enable rapid styling and re-styling of BOXES.

Read more: BOX Style Sets

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Cache or Page Cache Plugin

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

Read more: Page Cache Plugin

CALLBOXES

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In a WYNCHCO website design CALLBOX refers to a CUSTOM MODULE which has been assigned a CALLBOX STYLE SET.

CALLBOXES support quick and easy publishing of Calls to Action and Banners.

Read more: CALLBOXES

Captcha Recaptcha Plugin

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Protect User Registration & Your Contacts Form. Correct use of the Captcha - Recaptcha Plugin will keep out most spambots when you have enabled User Registration and/or the Contact Form on your Contacts page.

Read more: Captcha Recaptcha

Change look & feel of a WYNCHCO website design

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We tell you how to quickly change the Look & Feel of a WYNCHCO website design.

Read more: Change look & feel of a WYNCHCO website

Components

"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

Content Editors

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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

Content Editor Profiles

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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

Content Tags

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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

Custom Modules

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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Extensions

"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

File Transfer

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As well as using your Joomla! website's Media screen, you can upload files to your website using an FTP Client like FileZilla or File Manager in your Hosting Control Panel.

Read more: File Transfer

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Getting Started

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

Global Checkin

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

Global Configuration

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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

Glossary of Joomla! Terms

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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Image Rotator Modules

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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

Install from Web Plugin

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This plugin is designed to enable administrators to browse the Joomla! Extension Directory (JED) for extensions, and to install them in their website without first having to download a ZIP file from the JED.

Read more: Install from Web Plugin

Introducing the Joomla! CMS

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

Joomla! CMS Security

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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Language Switcher Module

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

Read more: Language Switcher Module

LOADPOSITION Command

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

Read more: LOADPOSITION Command

Login Module

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WYNCHCO website designs include two versions of the LOGIN MODULE:

  • MANAGE YOUR ACCOUNT - published by default,
  • YOU ARE SIGNED IN - unpublished by default,

as well as a Sign In menu link (also unpublished by default).

We explain which should be used and when in this guide.

Read more: Login Module

Mailchimp

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MailChimp is probably the most well known email marketing service provider.

And we do like using MailChimp, but there are of course alternative solutions you might like to try.

Read more: Mailchimp

Media

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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

Modules

Modules are lightweight and flexible extensions which enable you to control website layout. A Module is a mechanism for controlling when and where to present almost any kind of website content in a Joomla! website.

Read more: Working with Modules

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News Feeds Component

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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

News Management

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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

Newsflash Module

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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.

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PDFs: working with PDFs

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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

Performance: How to speed up your website

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

Plugins

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

Read more: Working with Plugins

Pop-up Windows

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One way to present linked content in your website is via a Popup Window.

Read more: Pop-up Windows

Position Map

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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 Map

Post-installation Messages

We recommend that you review Post-installation Messages after updating the Joomla! CMS.

Read more: Post-installation Messages

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RANDOM IMAGE BOXES

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In a WYNCHCO website design RANDOM IMAGE BOX refers to a Random Image Module which has been assigned a BOX STYLE SET.

RANDOM IMAGE BOXES enable you present a random image in any position.

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Search Component

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The Joomla! CMS includes two SEARCH Components: Search & Smart Search.

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SEARCHBOXES

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In a WYNCHCO website SEARCHBOX refers to a SEARCH MODULE which has been assigned a SEARCHBOX STYLE SET.

WYNCHCO website designs include six ready to use SEARCHBOXES.

Each one works with the SEARCH Component.

Read more: SEARCHBOXES

Security and the Joomla! CMS

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

Speed: How to improve website performance

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

Joomla! Statistics Plugin

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The Joomla! Statistics Plugin was introduced with Joomla! 3.5. This plugin is designed to enable the Joomla! Project to monitor usage of the Joomla! CMS.

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Statistics Module

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The 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.

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Style Sets

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Every WYNCHCO website design includes a wide range of STYLE SETS.

Each STYLE SET enables you to change the Look & Feel of a WYNCHCO website.

Already using a WYNCHCO website design? Ask about our ENHANCED Style Sets.

Read more: Introducing Style Sets

Syndication Feeds Module

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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.

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System Information

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

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Tables: working with tables

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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

Trash Management

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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

Two Factor Authentication

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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.

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Joomla! Update Notification Plugin

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The Joomla! Update Notification Plugin was introduced with Joomla! 3.5. This plugin is designed to remind JOOMLERS when a new release of the Joomla! CMS is available.

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Users

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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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Version History

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

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Video: working with video

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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

Web Application Firewall

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

Who's Online Module

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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.

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XML Site Map

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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.

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