FAQ: I'm a Joomla end-user NEWBIE, where is the best place to start?

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FAQ: I'm a Joomla end-user NEWBIE, where is the best place to start?

Post by guilliam » Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:12 am


As of the time of this writing, we currently have 6,594 members and growing each day. Though there is no clear statistical data what percentage among these members are newbies, we always encounter newbie questions such as:

"I'm a newbie, how can I start Joomla and get rolling?"

To answer this generally common question for our newly onboard Joomla users, kenmcd and I will attempt to make a LIST or a pool of resources in the Joomla! forums specifically for newbies to help get them started.

Local web servers or how-to's for running Joomla on your desktop:

Free JoomlaStarterKit local Joomla web server and templates
A local web server (Apache/PHP/MySQL and all the necessities) to run Joomla on your desktop, so you can play and tinker with Joomla even without having your web host. In layman's terms: you will be able to run Joomla right on your own desktop PC. 

FAQ: What is MSAS? (Mambo Stand Alone Server), Now JSAS (Joomla Stand Alone Server)
A stand alone local web server similar to XAMMP, but made more simple by specifically installing only the things required to run Joomla!

Joomla Instant Web Installers:

Joomla Installation? "Team Joomlancer Auto Web Installer Script" is the SOLUTION
A web installer script(by Team Joomlancer Philippines) to automatically upload the Joomla 1.0.1 installation files into your webserver. it also automatically creates a Joomla mySQL Database with a one INSTALL button! fill up the information needed and presto! you got your webserver populated with Joomla installation files + database. tha pain of downloading the Joomla installation file and uploading each and every unzipped file to your webhost/server is HISTORY!

FREE Mambo to Joomla Automatic Web-based MIGRATION, UPDATE, UPGRADE Script
'Automatic Web-based Mambo to Joomla Migration Script Project' aims to create the EASIEST and fastest way of MIGRATING a Mambo 4.5.2 website into Joomla 1.0.1(or what ever current release it will be supported in the future).

Joomla Newbie References and Guides:

Anna's Joomla Tips
Joomla Tips and Tricks discussion on the basics of Joomla specifically written to aid Joomla Newbies (and non-newbies too).

Ben's Template Creation
Template tutorial that will aid you in the creation of simple Joomla! templates without the use of web page creation software such as Dreamweaver and FrontPage.  All templates will be created in xhtml transitional format.
http://www.churchministriesonline.com/T ... ation.html

Ben's CSS Overview
An overview of CSS styling in Joomla!. BEN of Church Ministries Online have taken the a step by step overview on Joomla core CSS.
http://www.churchministriesonline.com/T ... rview.html

Netshine's Joomla Tutorial
A quick-start guide to rapidly teach you the basics of administering a Joomla! website properly.

Joomla Newbie References For Templates and/or Templating:

Template Tutorials
A thread in the Joomla forums dedicated for Joomla Tempalate Tutorials.

*** List will be populated by kenmcd and I. If you see or stumble on threads that you believe will be helpful to be added in this list, please don't hesitate to send kenmcd or me a PM (personal message) asking that the thread be added.

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Last edited by guilliam on Mon May 22, 2006 2:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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