Day 29- How to use Joomla! as Blog

I’d saved this topic for the day 29 and am here today to discuss about the How to use JOOMLA!  as BLOG. Let’s start with difference between blog and website.

What is Blog ?

A blog is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of comments, posts, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.

What is CMS?

CMS refers to Content Management System just like Joomla is CMS, which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications.

Joomla is a great content management system which is used to build web site. Now I’m going to discuss on how to use Joomla! as a blog.

How to use Joomla! as Blog

Blogging is a great way to get more traffic to your site and communicate with the community interested in the same topics as you. Now am going to tell you how you can use joomla as blog for your site.

Following points need to considered for site as a blog :

How to structure Joomla! as a blog

Joomla! was not built to be a blog in its basic form, unlike WordPress. However, Joomla! has a built-in layout function called Blog layout that can be used for sections and categories. RSS Feeds are also built in, but we need to put an extra component in place to get a commenting system.

  • Let’s set up the basic structure of your Joomla! based blog.The first thing you need to do is to come up with a section name for your blog.You already have an extended keywords list, so it should not be difficult to set up a blog. In my example site I have set up a Section called Health and Fitness Blog and the Alias I want to use is Health and Fitness.This alias is going to be included in the SEF URL and contains some of the keywordsOnce you are ready with this, you need to create the main categories, which of course will be the main topics of your blog section.
  • Now we have section “Health and Fitness”for our blog , We will create the  main categories under this section. I have created the category “Exercise ” and “Morning Walk” under the section.
  • While naming the categories I will stay on the same blog topic and keep the terms as relevant as possible with my category name.
  • I will not create too many categories as joomla is going to create a separate menu for the blog. Too many categories will fill my blog menu with a long list of topics, and the visitors will not be able to choose from this long list and make them frustrate ohhhhh. So while creating category, I will keep thing in mind that my category menu should look pretty also.
  • Am done with the creation of section and categories name. Now I will create menu for Blog using joomla. Health and Fitness Blog as in my example site. To set this feature I will goto administrator or at joomla backend.
  • I have created new menu item “Health and Fitness” with the help of main menu at joomla backend Click on Menus | Main Menu from the menu bar at top.
  • Now I will go to theExtensions menu, choose Module Manager, and Publish the module in the location I want it to show on my site.
  • I would also like to share following important points while creating menu item.
  • The first thing you should do is create a link to the section in which you are going to put your blog posts, and change the Parameters(Basic) to match the layout you want:

#Leading is set to 1, which means one full length article to start with

#Intro is set the 6, so you have the introduction text (that is the text before the “read more” link) from six articles, getting a total of seven on the blog page

Columns is set to 1 to get a complete overview of the articles in a listing that is not broken into two columns after the first Intro article

#Links this is the number of links with the title of older articles that don’t show on the  blog page anymore

  • Now we are done with the Parameters(Basic),  But also need to set the Parameters(Advanced) as well.Change the Category Order to Order and the Primary Order to Most recent first.
  • Make sure Show a Feed Link set to Yes—only for this menu item. This option is set so that we can get a full RSS Feed over all the blog categories For a blog, I need to change some of the settings in the Parameters(Component) also.For a blog, I also need to Show the Author Name, the Created Date and Time, the Show Navigation, and the Read more… Link.

  • To separate blog categories from the complete overview, place a separator just below the section link. Simply choose the option Separator in the new menu item and give it a title. I just named it “Blog categories”. Now start adding the menu links to the different categories using the Category Blog Layout option as shown in below figure.

Now you are ready to use Joomla as Blog!!!!!!

Note : I would also like to share this One of the most important features of a blog is the commenting system, where visitors can respond to the articles posted on the blog. Comments can be a direct response to a post, questions, or additional information that can help others who read the article. As joomla doesn’t have commenting system with anti spam features , So I have to look for third party to provide this feature. Following are name of components and modules used for commenting system in joomla blog.

  • IDoBlog - blog for Joomla! 1.5.x. IDoBlog – is not just a blog, this is a full blog system containing profiles, commenting system and multiuser blogs system without any additional. Using IDoBlog commenting system you can organise not linear discussion, with branches.
  • Webee Comments is a Joomla 1.5 native component/plugin that enables simple, AJAX based and to-the-point commenting. Enable comments on specific sections, categories or articles. Make a blog with this easy to install and styled component.
  • The JComments 2.2 is a powerful and easy to use AJAX based comment system for Joomla with flexible ACL, smiles, BBCodes and avatars support.
  • yvComment is the first native Joomla! 1.5 Commenting solution, it is well documented and free.
  • JXtended Comments for Joomla! gives you the same powerful yet simple commenting system used by the Joomla! project for the Joomla! Community.
  • CompojoomComment has now replaced the amazing JoomlaComment extension.
  • RDBS Comments is a commenting system for Joomla! with the focus on accessbility.
  • rsiComments display comments on Joomla! articles and blog feed layouts.
  • Commentator a very simple comment system for Joomla! our focus is to be the most flexible of all comments systems. It takes all advantages from the new MVC Framework and can be used by any 3rd party Extension.
  • With RSComments! you can add commenting to articles, blogs and other Joomla! extensions on your website.

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The Art Of Joomla

Making usage of Joomla is one of the most enjoyable things for me. In my lat article, I wrote about the “Joomla as Forum” Thanks to the technology, In this article I will write about Joomla and its framework. Who are new to IT or Joomla find this article very useful..

Hmmmmm.. Let’s start with …

Joomla includes several things , I will take you with me tour of Joomla… Am sure you would found it interesting !!!
What is Joomla

Joomla! is an open source content management system platform for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets as well as a Model–view–controller (MVC) Web application framework.I would also like to share features of Joomla with you.

* Free source code

* A large and eager community of users and developers

* Simple workflow system

* Publishing system for contents

* File manager for uploading and administering files

* Content summaries in RSS format

* Trash can for deleted content

* Search-engine-friendly URLs

* Banner management

* Multilingualism for website and administration interface

* Administration interface that is separated from the website

* Macro language for content (plug-ins)

* Caching mechanism to secure fast page creation with popular sites

* Simple installation of additional extensions

* Powerful template system (HTML, CSS, PHP)

* Hierarchical user groups

* Simple visitor statistics

* WYSIWYG editor for content

* Simple polling

* Rating system for content

Hmmm after going through the features of Joomla, Let’s take look at Framework of Joomla!!!!

Frame Work of Joomla!! it shows you how Joomla work and you can design Websites easily or design modules, components.

Day 30- How to use Joomla! as Forum

Am here today to write article on how to use joomla as forum. As in my previous article I have written about Joomla as Blog. Today am going to write How we will use joomla as forum , I would like to install the most popular forum software I have activated the Legacy Plugin in the Plugin Manager menu so this forum software can work properly.

Following are the features of FireBoard :

* User-defined nesting forum categories

* As many forums as you want with access rights

* User profiles and user avatars

* Upload of files and images for a forum entry

Setting Up a Forum

Here I will explain how to set up forum into joomla.

After the installation of Fireboard software, I will set up a category first, which will act as a container around the forums contained inside. After creating category, I will set up the actual forum, which I can then assign to that category.

Day 29- How to use Joomla! as Blog

Am here today to discuss about the How to use JOOMLA as BLOG. Let’s start with difference between blog and joomla.
What is Blog ?

A blog is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.
What is Joomla?

Joomla is content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications.

According to above definition , Blog is a type of website or can be part of website but joomla is enriched with the content management system which is used to build web site. Its can not be part of website.
How to use Joomla! as Blog

Blogging is a great way to get more traffic to your site and communicate with the community interested in the same topics as you. Now am going to tell you how you can use joomla as blog for your site.

Following points need to considered for site as a blog :
How to structure Joomla! as a blog

Day 28-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Cache Manager in article Day-27.Today I will write on Purge Expired Cache next to Cache Manager under tools, What is Purge Expired Cache and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of Purge Cache Manager!
What is Purge Expired Cache?

Click on Tools menu at joomla administration backend and you will see Purge Expired Cache in sub menu. Click on this menu. You will see screen as shown below:
This tool will purge all expired cache files from the cache folders. Cache files which are still current are not purged.

* Because this process has to check each cache file individually, it is slower and requires more system resources than the Clean Cache option. However, once the purge process is complete, there should be no loss in speed for users of the site, because all current cache files are still available. In contrast, the Clean Cache option runs more quickly, since it just deletes all of the files in each cache folder. However, the website may be a little slower

Day 27-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Global Check – In in article Day-26. Today I will write on Cache Manager next to Global Check – In  under tools , What is Cache Manager  and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of Cache Manager. What is Cache Manager? Click on Tools menu at backend and you […]

Day 26-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Mass Mail in article Day-25.Today I will write on Global Check – In next to Mass Mail under tools , What is Global Check In and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of Global Check In
What is Global Check In?

Click on Tools menu at backend and you will see global check in sub menu. Click on this menu. The Global Check In screen will cause Joomla! to perform a global check-in of all currently pending or locked items. It then shows the results of the Global Check-in. This is useful, for example, if an Article is locked by a User who opened it for editing and never finished the editing session. In this case, other Users are not able to edit this Article. Performing a Global Check-in releases all such items as shown below in figure.

Day 25-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Write Message in article Day-24.Today I will write on Mass Mail next to Write Message under tools , What is mass mail and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of mass mail.
What is Mass Mail?

Click on Tools menu at backend and you will see mass mail sub menu. Click on this menu. The Mass Mail screen allows Users who are members of the “Super Administrator” group to send an e-mail message to all Users who are members of a specific group as shown in figure.

Day 24-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Joomla Extensions in article Day-23.Today I will write on Write Messages next to Read Message under tools , What are write messages and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of write messages
What are Write Messages?

Click on Tools menu at backend and you will see write messages sub menu. Or click the “New” icon in the toolbar of the Private Messaging screen. You will see screen like this as shown in figure:

Day 23-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Joomla Extensions in article Day-22. Today I will write on Read Messages under tools , What are read messages and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of read messages
What are Read Messages?

Click on Tools menu at backend and you will see Read messages sub menu. Click on this menu. This screen allows you to view, reply to, and delete a Private Message as shown in below figure.

Day 22-Working With Joomla Extension Menu

Yesterday, I have written about install/uninstall under the extension menu in article Day – 22 Today, I am going to discuss about the next extension menu component, Module, Plugins, Language and Template extension.
Components Screen

Module Screes

Plugins Screen

Day 21-Working With Joomla Extension Menu

In my previous articles “Day -12” to “Day – 20” , I wrote about the components menu. Today, will write about the next menu Extension. Under Extensions there are several sub menus, I will start with the install/uninstall menu. How we can install and uninstall modules, components, plugins, templates.

Extensions are add-ons that expand the functionality of Joomla. Extensions are used to add capabilities to Joomla that do not exist in the standard package. Hundreds of Extensions are available for Joomla, with more being developed all of the time.
Extensions are categorized into five types, as follows:
• A Component is a mini-application that renders the main body of the page. Examples of Components are Contacts, the Front Page, and News Feeds.
• A Module is a smaller Extension typically used for rendering a small element that displays across multiple pages. Examples of Modules include Menus and Related Items.
• A Plugin is a section of code that runs when a pre-defined event happens within Joomla. For example, editors are Plugins that run when an edit session is opened.

Day 20-Working With Joomla Components Menu- Web Links

In my previous article “Day – 19” , I have written about the Web Links Manager. Today I will write about the next component menu under Web links – Web Link Category Manager. Let start with the definition of web link category manager.
What is Web Link Category Manager?

The Web Links Category Manager is where you can edit existing Web Links Categories and create new ones. Note that Web Links Categories are separate from other Categories, such as for Articles, Banners, News Feeds, and Contacts. From this screen, you can also navigate to the Web Links Manager screen.
How to Access

Select Components → Web Links → Categories from the drop-down menu on the Back-end of your Joomla installation, or select the “Categories” link at the Web Links Manager screen.

Day 19-Working With Joomla Components Menu- Web Links

In my previous article, I have discussed about Polls components menu Day – 18 Today am going to telling you about the next component menu item “Web Links”. Under Web Link there are two sub items – Web Links , Web Link Category Manager. Let’s start with the Web Links.
What is Web Link Manager?

The Web Links Manager allows you to add links to other web sites at your Joomla web site. You can add links to these sites by creating Web Link layouts in the Menu Item Manager – New/Edit.
How to Access

Select Components → Web Links → Links from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation. Or select the ‘Links’ link from the Web Links Category Manager.

Day 18-Working With Joomla Components Menu-Polls

Yesterday I wrote about the News Feeds in article “Day – 17” . Today I will write about next component menu “Polls”.Lets start with the definition of Polls nd how to access it?
What is Poll?

The Poll Component allows you to create poll questions for your site. Site visitors can then respond to the poll questions. This Component allows you to place up to 12 questions, or ‘options’, in each poll question.You can place a Poll on a web page using either a Poll Module (in the Modules Site – Poll) or a Poll Layout Menu Item (in the Menu Item Manager – New/Edit – Internal Link – Polls).

Day 17-Working With Joomla Components Menu-News Feeds!

Yesterday I have written in article “” about the Feeds under News Feeds. Today I will start with the next “Category” under News Feeds. I will not write about the list filters and toolbars in this article as they are same mentioned in previous article.
What is News Feeds Category?

News Feed Categories allow you to categorize different website feeds entering your site for better organization. You can also create menu items specific to certain News Feed Categories for a better Front-end user experience.
How to Access

Select Components → News Feeds → Categories from the drop-down menu at the Back-end of your Joomla installation. You can also select the ‘Categories’ link from the Feeds Manager.

Day 16-Working With Joomla Components Menu-News Feeds

In my previous articles Day – 15, I have written about contacts under components menu. Today I am going to write next component menu “News Feeds”. There are two sub menus under News Feeds – Feeds and Categories. Lets start with Feeds under News Feeds components menu.
What is News Feeds ?

The News Feed Manager screen allows you to add News Feeds from other sites to your Joomla site. You can add links to these feeds for users by creating News Feed layouts in Menu Item Manager – New/Edit.
How to Access
Select Components → News Feeds → Feeds from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla installation, or select the “Feeds” link from the News Feeds Manager Categories.

Day 15-Working With Joomla Components Menu-Contacts!

In my previous article I have discussed about the Banner under Components Menu in articles “Day – 12 “.and ” Day – 13.”, “Day – 14″.
Today, We will start with next components menu “Contacts”. When u click on Contacts under components menu there are two more sub menus – “Contacts Manager” and “Category Manager” . Am going to write about only “Contacts Manager” as “Category Manager ” is same as mentioned under “Banner” . So let’s start with the “Contact Manager”…..
What Is Contact Manager ?

The Contact Manager screen allows you to add contact information to your Joomla site. You can enter information such as name, address, phone and e-mail. You can also link contacts to registered users. Afterwards, you can use the Menu Manager to create front-end links to the contacts. See below contact manager in figure. I have highlighted the column header, toolbars and contact manager header with blue . Let’s discuss about these in detail.

Day 14-Working With Joomla Components Menu – Banner!

In my yesterday article , I have written about the “Joomla Components Menu – Banner.” . Today I am continuing with the next Catagory Manager under Banner. I will omit the toolbars and list filter detail in this article because its same as mentioned in the previous article “Joomla Components Menu – Banner.”
What is Category Manager

The Banner Category Manager is where you can edit existing Banner Categories and create new ones. Note that Banner Categories are separate from other Categories, such as for Articles, Contacts, News Feeds, and Web Links.
How to Access

Select Components → Banner → Categories from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla installation. You can also select the “Categories” link from either the Banner Manager or the Banner Client Manager.

Day 13-Working With Joomla Components Menu – Banner!

In my yesterday article , I have written about the “Joomla Components Menu – Banner.” . Today I am continuing with the next Client Manager under Banner.
What is Client Manager

The Banner Client Manager is where you can edit existing Banner Clients and create new ones. Note that you must have at least one Banner Client and one Banner Category defined before you can add your first Banner.

Day 12-Introduction And Working With Joomla Components Menu – Banner!

Welcome to the Day 12 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am introducing you to Joomla Components Menu. I’ll be discussing all of the items of the components menu in one by one.

What is Component ?

Component is usually a program or a piece of programming code that contains business logic, that can be accessed over defined interfaces, and that may possibly also have a user interface.
The Components Menu

The components menu contains

* Banner

* Categories

* News Feeds

* Polls

* Search Statistics

* Web Links

Today we will discuss firstly about “Banner” . Banner consists of Banners, Clients and Categories as shown in below figure.

Banner

The Banner Manager is where you can edit existing Banners and create new ones. You can also navigate to the Banner Client Manager and the Banner Category Manager. You must add at least one Banner Client and Banner Category before you can add a Banner.

Day 11-Working With Joomla Front Page Manager!

Welcome to the Day 11 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am introducing you to Joomla Front Page Manager. Now, we’ll discuss Front Page Manager. Almost all of the options available for Front Manager are same as those in Article Manager and except the few. So, I’ll be omitting those from this discussion and discuss only the ones which are new.

What is Front Page Manager

The Front Page Manager controls the Content Items that are set to appear in the Front Page (Home Page) of the web site. Individual Content Items are identified for publication here in the Content Item itself where the Show on Front Page check box is checked.

Day 10-Working With Joomla Article Manager-I

Welcome to the Day 10 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am introducing you to Joomla Article Manager. All content in Joomla website is created as articles. Now, we’ll discuss Article Manager. Almost all of the options available for Article Manager are same as those in Category Manager and Section Manager except the few. So, I’ll be omitting those from this discussion and discuss only the ones which are new…

Day 09-Working With Joomla Category Manager

Welcome to the Day 9 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am introducing you to Joomla Category Manager. All articles in Joomla website are created under categories and all sections have categories. Now, we’ll discuss Category Manager. Almost all of the options available for Category Manager are same as Section Manager except the few. So, I’ll be omitting those from this discussion and discuss only the ones which are new.

Day 08-Working With Joomla Section Manager

Welcome to the Day 8 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am going to discuss how to work on sections in Joomla Section Manager. There are various operations which can be done on Sections in Joomla. Like creating new section, editing a section, copying a section etc. All these are coming to you one by one in today’s tutorials.

Day 07-Introduction To Joomla Section Manager!

Welcome to the Day 7 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am introducing you to Joomla Section Manager. Any content which is created in Joomla is in the form of articles. So if you create articles in Joomla, we say we are building content of the website.

What is Section Manager

Sections are the topmost entities in the grouping of the Joomla website content…

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