It's easy to get started creating your website - but many people say "it's easy only if you know how" - and that is true.

Knowing some basics will help.

You might like to visit our Skills article for some tips.

What is a Content Management System?

A Content Management System (CMS) is software that lets you to create and manage web-pages easily. This is done by separating the creation of your content (for example articles and modules) from the mechanics required to present it on the web to your website visitors.

In this site as well as all other Joomla!® powered websites, the content is stored in a database.

The look and feel of this, and your website are created by a template. The Joomla software brings together the template and the content to create web pages.

Your default installation of Joomla comes with two templates - you can choose and use one of those if you wish or you can obtain a template from many Joomla template providers.

Site and Administrator

Your Joomla site actually has two separate sites.

The site (also called the front end) is what visitors to your website will see.

On the other hand, the administrator side (also called the back end) is only used by people managing or administrating your site.

You can access the administrator area by adding /administrator to the end of you domain name.

Log in to the administrator using the username and password created during your installation of Joomla

Logging in

To login to the front-end of your site use the login form which may be placed in a Module, or as with we have a 'Login' main menu item - using the username and password that were created as part of the installation process.

To Log-in to the Administrator Dashboard (also known as the Admin Area, or site back-end) navigate to the Administrator Login page. This is typically web address for your website appended with /administrator

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The default url for your Joomla Admin area is typically your domain name appended with


While doing this is in the public domain - we give nothing new, or unknown - recommends that you use the security features of an extension such as

Linking SmallAkeeba Admin Tools

This lets you use a secret word in the Admin area URL - only you will know the secret word - this helps avoid attempts by unscrupulous persons from accessing your site Admin Area.

See the 'Quick Tips' section of the following Help link

Once logged-in you will be able to create / edit Articles and Modules, as well as carry out all of the Administrator functions.

Creating an article

To create a new Article - login to your site Administrator area - where you Home Dashboard is located.

You can either

  • Select the + icon adjacent to Articles in the Home Dashboard Site panel - or
  • Expand the Content menu and select the + button adjacent to Articles

In either location select the Articles item - and in the Articles list screen select the New button in the Toolbar.