Joomla! Content Management System (CMS) Ebook
Lets Take a look at your frontpageNow 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 EndAfter 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: Structure of the Sample Website
There are five different categories of areas on the page:
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.
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
Figure 3.3: Main Menu
Figure 3.4: Other Menu