13 March 2015
Create a website in 3 steps
Create a website can be fun and easy when you are using the right tools. If your goal is to build a very basic website and take your first steps into Joomla, this tutorial is for you.
Continue reading to learn how to create a website in 3 steps.
For this tutorial it is recommend to have a hosting plan with a domain name..
For example: yourdomain.com
However if you don’t have a hosting plan, use LAMP software to host the website in your computer. In this scenario the installation process would be different. For more details read:
Step 1. Install Joomla
Let’s install Joomla. Go to yourdomain.com/cpanel and login.
Back to CPanel, find the auto installer for Joomla; the location of this option may depend on your hosting provider and the CPanel version.
Fill all the information required such as database, site settings, language details and admin account. Pay special attention to admin account details, which consists of the username and password to login once Joomla is installed.
Find a reference for "Import sample data". If it exists, than we don’t need the demo content, so set this option to none.
When you’re done, click the "Install" button and wait for a successful message. If everything is fine, you will have a working Joomla site after a minute.
Step 2. Create the content
Go to yourdomain.com to see an empty website, which would need to be fed with content.
Login in the backend to make it happen from yourdomain.com/administrator
At this point you already know what content must be added. We will create articles that would be inputted in pages later.
Go to Content > Article manager > Add new article
I created the "About us" article by typing the title and the content.
Optional: you can add images from Images & Links > Intro Image / Full article image
Click "Save & close" button when you’re done. Repeat the same process for every article you need.
In my list I have 5 articles, including "Welcome" that will be displayed in the homepage by clicking on the star icon as the next screenshot displays:
Step 3. Create the menu
We have articles, we need menu items to link to them.
Go to Menus > Main menu > Add new menu item
I created the "About us" menu item linked to the article with the same name.
- Choose the Menu item type: Articles > Single article
- Choose the article named "About Us"
Click "Save & close" button when you’re done. Repeat the same process for every menu item you need.
Be aware the only exception is your home page (i. e. "welcome" article), you already have a menu item for that page.
In my list I have 5 menu items for my menu.
The last part is visit your public website to see the end result: the articles are loaded in the left, the menu in the right.