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How To Build A Joomla Website - From Idea Inception To Going Live Featured

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Building a site like this one is many things - a job, a journey, a labour of love, a learning experience, and above all - an accomplishment. You may have many of your own ideas which you would like to put in to practice. It's not that difficult to make your own Joomla site.

  • Step -1: Establishing Your Need For Joomla As Your CMS.
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  • Before you decide on Joomla as the base for your website, you really need to do some research on the web for the type of site you are planning to build, and check the software options that you might have. This can take some time. The best thing to do is to try various keywords in the search engine of your choice, and see what comes up.
  • In addition to the base software, it is also a good idea to try and check out which plugins might be available for the software of your choice; (in case you don't understand what plugins are - they are software add-ons that are pre-written by third parties, which give your site additional functionality). All of this reasearch may take some time, and rightly so. It's not a great idea to get started on a site, spend hours on installation and getting things set up, just to realise that the software is incapable of doing what you are hoping to accomplish. You really need to do your due diligence here, and be (almost) 100% convinced that Joomla is for you. (I say almost 100% because there is no surety in anything). If Joomla is truly for you and your project, stay tuned to this channel. I will explain step by step how to set up your website, from the very basic ABCs.
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  • Step -2: Get Your Documentation Methods Ready.
  • Ok,  so you've decided that Joomla is right for you , so read on.  Some of the notes here will apply directly to Joomla, and some v are general,  so can apply to any web software of your choice.
  • So this will sound irrelevant but believe me,  it’s not. ..go out and buy yourself two large diaries,  a notebook, and an alphabetical phone book (ie. one of those notebooks with the pages indexed in alphabetical order along the edge).
  • Why?
  • One diary is to note down the things you will need to do,, and to record payments to be made.  The second diary will be used to record tasks completed each day and how they were done.
  • You may be thinking  “oh how tedious and long-winded”.  Yes.. true, recording everything is long winded, but if you are working away and then suddenly find that your pages are loading incorrectly, or one of the many many other technical issues befalls you,  it is very helpful to be able to look back over the past movements and go over them,  rather than telly solely on memory.
  • The other benefit of recording your actions is so that you may be able to check back on something in the future if you happen to forget how you completed a task previously. 
  • Since you will most likely be needing and wishing to install plugins on your site, it is wise to record all of the relevant information in your alphabet phone book.
  • If you install a plugin, record the date,  developer website, software, version, cost (of any) and login details.  You will need some of this information for impending updates, and you will be thankful if you can find it easily.

Step-3: Choosing A Computer To Work On

 

  • Once you have decided on a platform (iie. In this case you are choosing to use joomla), and you are organized with your books etc, you need to choose a computer to work on. It doesn't matter whether you choose to work on a desktop or a laptop,  as long as it has the capability to run the apps that you need.
  • My personal preference is to use a laptop (ie. with at least pentium 5 capability, and hopefully pentium 7) but as light as possible. The reason: 1) you can plug monitor into it if you are stationed at a desk and want a larger screen 2) a light laptop will be useful for the purposes of travel , ie. You can bring it with you and get work done in your lunch break, or do random bits and pieces of work on the run, 3) you will probably need a laptop or computer with a bit of grunt because even though you will do most of your work online,  you will need to run other supporting apps and often multiple browsers. You may need to run VMWare which is quite resource intensive, so a reasonably powerful laptop might be your best bet.

 

 

Step-4: Adding The 

Apps.

 

 

There are a few apps that can assist you in the building of your website. 

 

You will need to choose a browser to work within

Even though you may choose a favorite browser,  you will need to install all of the popular ones (preferably all browsers, for the purposes of testing your site). Look at the most popular ones, such as Chrome, Firefox and the Edge, if you only wish to install a few.

2) An editor is required for the bits of coding that may be required. For this purpose a really good app is Notepad++. This app is free to download and install, and works well for coding purposes.

3) You will need an app for file transfer to and from your domain. Although there are a few to choose from, I have always returned to Filezilla. This app is free to download and install. I have used this app for many years with few hiccups.

Once you have set up your computer for work, you will be ready to set up your domain.    

 

 

 

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