Understanding the Joomla and why it is in a great demand
Creating a website can be done through several ways or multiple programs. This article will discuss how to create a website using Joomla. First, we must understand what Joomla is. Joomla is one of Content Management Systems (CMS). Some other examples of CMS are Drupal, Geeklog, and so forth. Some of you may not even know the definition of CMS. CMS is software that allows each user to modify data on a website. The two basic elements of all types of CMS are the same, namely content management applications and content delivery applications.
1. Here are some key advantages when using CMS
- Easier Content Management
All CMS have an interface where the administrator or registered user can log in and perform update or maintenance of the web. Because this is web-based, then updates or maintenance processes can be done from anywhere as long as Internet connection is available.
- User Access Level
Each admin and user have their respective usernames and passwords and have permissions that can be specified by the administrator. This is very useful for limiting unnecessary access or may not be used by a certain level.
- Separate Content and Design
Design templates and content will be stored separately. Generally, the template is in the form of a static file and the content is stored in a database that can dynamically be raised when called. Likewise when adding or updating the content dynamically added to the database. This separation is very good and very easy in terms of updating the design with a new template as well as in the case of web transfer to another hosting.
- Easier for SEO
A good CMS comes with facilities to make our site more SEO friendly, such as the addition of Meta on every page or post. A good CMS makes our website SEO friendly URL so that the URL of our web page will be more easily indexed and searched by search engines.
- Development with Extensions and Plugins
CMS that has great support and community usually has the ability to add modules to develop standard websites into more features such as forums, online stores, sliders, blogs, support, custom forms and more. A good CMS will be able to develop as needed.
2. Joomla is an open source CMS
Joomla is an open source CMS meaning the software can be modified by its users. As an analogy, you might be able to modify Linux but you can not modify Windows. Joomla is needed to access websites with a high level of complexity. The main advantages of Joomla are supported by the world’s computer expert communities and are also available in many languages.
Any code owned by Joomla is the work of many people and they are free. They are not for sale and Joomla gives them to the public the flexibility to process it back so it can be better received. When the software update finds satisfactory results then the update will be given to the public for free. Joomla is very popular because of the freedom it provides. When we make the web using this software then we must have 3 things below:
- Joomla application itself
- XAMP Application
- Zilla File
3. A server is a must
We need a server before installing Joomla. A server is required so that when it is installed, this software can be run offline without having to connect to the Internet. We do not know or cannot predict our Internet connection will always be stable while the work must continue to run. Therefore, ensuring we can use Joomla offline is important. Some CMS must be connected to the Internet so it is deemed ineffective.
What needs to be installed first is the XAMP app. Once this app has been installed then we have to run the XAMPP server, and the next step is to install Joomla. Once Joomla has been installed then we have to copy the entire Joomla folder from the Internet. Open the browser, then type localhost / Joomla. Then press Enter. This will automatically open the index.php file in the Joomla / installation folder. Then click Next.
We will then be presented with a form containing Database Type, Host Name, User Name, Password, and Database Name. Once filled in everything then you have to fill in the name of your site. The name of your site will be displayed in the Title Bar. Then you will be prompted to change the email address and change the email password which will be used as admin email.
You will be shown a website page (your own website). You need to remove Folder Installation so you can access your site. If you have not deleted Folder Installation, you cannot access your site. The trick is open your browser then type localhost / Joomla and press Enter. This will automatically open the index.php file in the Joomla / installation folder. You then need to refresh your browser to display the main Joomla menu. Now you can manage the look and content of your website through the admin menu provided by Joomla.
So far Joomla is in great demand but there is always dissatisfaction. Some parties then try to modify it further. Now there are available a variety of third-party Joomla software that is certainly more sophisticated, there are even some versions capable of displaying corporate personal data with a 3-D display. We hope this article can provide an insight for you.