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Introduction to Joomla 2014


1 In the beginning, a developer setup a server and installed Joomla. 2 And Joomla was without content and menus, and lacked images and video. And the developer was in control of the server. 3 And the developer said "Let me make a Joomla Website", and it was created. 4 And the developer looked at the website, and it was good.

- Joomla 1:1

On Wednesday, February 5th, 2014, we will be back in the Ford Education Studios (second floor)  at the Detroit Zoo for a full screen, larger than life Introduction to Joomla to ring in the 2014 year! We did an introduction meetup last January in 2013, but there have been so many changes, and awesome things coming in the future, it's time to get acquainted (or re-acquaint) yourself with the Joomla Content Management System.


Learn the Joomla Basics

During this meetup, we will start from the basics. There are no pre-requisites other than to know how to surf the internet on your computer at home. Here's what we'll cover:

  • What is Joomla?
  • What can Joomla be used for?
  • How to Install Joomla
  • Tour of the Joomla Administration
  • Basic Global Configurations
  • How to write a Joomla Article
  • How to add an Image/Video to an article
  • How to create a menu
  • How to add a sidebar "module" to the homepage
  • How to install a theme
  • How to install a plugin
  • Joomla security and 2 factor authentication
  • Joomla SEO basics

Creating websites in Joomla can be done by just about anyone who has an interest in starting a website, and needs no special skills to get started.

Just to prove the point, I will build a Joomla website using my eight year old laptop and will not touch a single line of code!

I hope to show you that it can be done without expensive software or hardware. The laptop is an 2006 Acer 5507Z (Intel Pentium dual core, 2GB RAM, 15GB Hard Drive) that I bought for $150 from a friend who really wasn't kind to it.

Joomla Detroit is dedicated to helping you learn. We meet once a month at the Detroit Zoo in either the Ford Education Center or the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery Theater. Parents, we welcome teens with a keen interest in website development (building websites, not just Tweeting and Facebooking or taking "selfies"). Our meetups are free to attend and tons of fun! No prior knowledge needed, no assumptions made.

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