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FAQ: What are section, categories and content items?

Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:24 pm
by mcsmom
Joomla! is a content management system. Sections and categories allow you to organize your content.

The basic structure is:
Sections include Categories.
Categories include content items.

Section A
  Category A1
                  content items
  Category A2
                  content items
  Category A3
                  content items

Section B
  Category B1
                  content items
  Category B2
                  content items
  Category B3
                  content items

Section C

  Category C1
                  content items
  Category C2
                  content items
  Category C3
                  content items

The content items are what you would think of as web pages in a traditional html site.

Both section and category "pages" can be created to serve (more or less) as the home pages for the categories and sections, respectively.

Although it makes sense to organize your work into categories and sections, you do not need to show these to your users. Using your menus, you can link directly to sections, categories and content items. You can also select numerous options for the display of content associated with each type of link.