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Knowing Your Joomla Site - Working Vocabulary



Choice is the flip-side of user-friendliness. The more options a programme offers, the more difficult to understand it becomes. CMS sites strive for flexibility and to serve both ends of the spectrum, the new-comer and the IT sophisticate, but in reality they are much like word processors and spread sheets.
You only learn what you need to know!

Front and Back Ends

The Front End...

Is what your visitors see when they visit your site, and all your efforts are aimed at improving and enlarging the front end experience.

The Back End...

Is where you and your team work to produce the front end experience. It is invisible to the ordinary visitor to your site.

Types of Content

Content is anything you generate intended to be seen by visitors to your 'Front End"


are the mass of material, written and illustrations, written by your team and invited visitors and appear in the main body of your web pages.


Generally appear in the secondary areas of your web pages such as the header, footer and sidebars. Sometimes they contain normal text, but often they add to the 'functionality' of the page including login forms.

A modules may be seen on one, many or all of your pages, unlike an article which is typically only seen on one.

Modules are created and controlled by the 'Module Manager'.

News Feeds

Include RSS feeds from other sites seen as being complementary to yours.

(When a site generates large volumes of rapidly changing materials - typically blogs and community sites - they may offer RSS feeds so that other interested parties can link to them and receive new material as it comes available.)

Content Structure

Once your site grows to any significant size it will be difficult for a visitor to find specific information. Internet lore suggests that a visitor must find what he or she wants with a maximum of 3 clicks, so we have to have effective search mechanisms.

For You

and visible in the back end.


Think of a large hospital where you are visiting a specific patient. As you enter the building you look for the appropriate department: 'surgical wards' this is your 'Section'.


Now you're in the right part of the hospital you look for 'Men's Surgical'. This is your category.

Now you look for the relevant bed number.

This is the organisation for you - in the Back End of your site.

For your visitors

Your visitor needs clear sign-posting. Visitors don't like to have to think, so help them!


Are hot spots on your web pages. A visitor can move the cursor over the hot spot and 'click' to move to another web page or even another web site.


Menus are lists of links organised and presented to allow the visitor to move freely about your site and the web in general.


The logical arrangement of the site process of moving around it is known as navigation.

Here in we recognise 3 different scenarios of new on-line businesses:

Existing businesses entering the on-line business environment to extend their existing Clientele

New businesses looking to combine a bricks-and-mortar business with on-line trading

New Start on-line only traders.

Whichever model fits your trading pattern you need to consider your on-line presence as a business on its own with a proper business plan and marketing strategy.



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