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Lets Take a look at your frontpage

Now that your Joomla system has been installed and setup by web developer, Kanga, lets take a look at your homepage and carefully explore it; we can take a look at the result together. At first glance, these pages look a bit confusing. In principle, they are divided into a front end and a back end. Customers and web surfers see the front end; the back end is only accessible by coworkers or administrators.

Joomla Front End

After spending some time on the homepage, you will realize that many different functions are integrated into the page. In order to get a better overview, I have marked and labeled the different areas of the page, illustrated in
Figure 3.1:

 Front page of Joomla

 Figure 3.1: Structure of the Sample Website

The art of web design now consists of recognizing the elements that are important for your homepage, omitting the unimportant ones, and presenting them to the user in a logical, easy-to-understand, and attractive format. The result is always a compromise between functionality and organization. From the configuration, this structure reminds one of a daily newspaper or a portal like Yahoo! or Freenet. On the left and right there are boxes with clearly defined contents. In the centre are announcements.  A joomla template determines the layout of the page. Templates are exchangeable and modifiable, meaning that the same content can be displayed in different layouts. Every daily newspaper would envy you for this functionality. Let's go over the example layout a bit more closely.

There are five different categories of areas on the page:

• Menus
• Content
• Advertising
• Functions
• Decorative Elements

Menus

Menus are there to make navigation on the page as easy as possible for the user. There are different menus for different tasks. Joomla! has four kinds of menus in the example data. You can add as many additional menus as you want. The fourth menu, by the way, is not shown in our example. The registered user sees the user menu after he or she has logged on.

Top Menu  
The top menu is as high up on the page as possible. It gives the user quick access to the most important content of the page. Such a menu often displays products, contacts, and company information:

Figure 3.2: Top Menu

Main Menu
The main menu is the central navigation area of the page. There should always be a link to return to the first page. This menu should appear in exactly the same position on every page of the website. The main menu is an important orientation place for the user:Top Menu Joomla

Figure 3.3: Main Menu

Other Menu
An additional menu, the other menu can pop up in all kinds of places (module positions, refer Chapter 4 for more information). Depending on the content and context of the page it can make sense to offer additional menu options:

Main Menu in

 Figure 3.4: Other Menu

 
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