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Joomla!® Start to Finish: How to Plan, Execute, and Maintain Your Web Site by Jen Kramer

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Chapter 5. In the Beginning There Was Content

WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Creating a site map

  • Understanding sections, categories, and articles

  • Editing articles from the front end and back end of your Joomla site

Joomla, as I've pointed out before, is a content management system (CMS). Pay special attention to the big C in CMS — it's all about your content!

Content should always be the main focus of your web site. If your site is drop-dead gorgeous, perfectly functional, and coded like a dream, but it says nothing, it's completely useless. On the other hand, sites that have white backgrounds, Times New Roman black text, blue unvisited links and purple visited links, and straight HTML can still deliver great messages, despite being ugly as can be.

This chapter covers the heart of Joomla: visualizing, organizing, creating, and displaying your content.

CREATING A SITE MAP

After you have your strategic planning in place, you should put together a site map. A site map describes all the content on your web site, and it contains the navigation links that will form the menus on your site.

You might know the phrase "site map" as a link on a web site, which shows all site navigation on a single page. What we are planning is, in effect, this page of the web site.

Site maps can be created in many different formats. Sometimes you'll see a site map drawn in a program like Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Visio, or in Inspiration. It can also be as simple as a bulleted list in Word.

Your client will have a lot of ...

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