If you would like to follow along in this chapter, you will want to have Joomla installed. If you haven’t yet downloaded and installed Joomla, see Appendix A for instructions. We’ll be taking a brief tour of the Joomla Administrator Panel and jumping right into setting up the structure of the website.
In any good CMS, the Administrator dashboard is where the magic happens. In Joomla, this is referred to as the Administrator Backend and allows site Administrators to build and maintain very robust websites. This chapter will cover the Control Panel, Menu and Administrator Module regions of the backend. Other chapters in this book will discuss these items in more detail. If you haven’t installed Joomla yet, you can refer to Figure 3-1 to see the different areas we’ll cover.
If you have Joomla installed, you can log in and view your own administrator control panel at
http://www.YourSite.com/administrator (remember to replace “YourSite” with your URL).
The Control Panel is more or less the Administrator’s home page. It’s the launching point from which you will build and manage your website. The Control Panel dashboard is divided into two columns. The column on the left sidebar shows links to commonly used areas of the site. The right column shows the Administrator Modules. Figure 3-1 shows ...