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If you want to take advantage of these resources, you're going to need a website with a powerful content management system under the hood. One such CMS is called Joomla!
What is Joomla?
Once installed, the website administrator can login to the backend administration console and set up sections, categories, content items, polls and much more; administrating the entire frontend of the website from a point and click interface. When new content is created, a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor allows for simple edits without the knowledge of HTML. While it is not mandatory the user have knowledge of HTML, it is recommended to engage in a few HTML primers in the event that something needs to be edited on a more custom level. The Joomla community forums are available with thousands of programmers and designers to help new and advanced users when possible.
Joomla is a free, open source content management system written in PHP for publishing and managing content on the web and intranets using a MySQL database. Joomla includes features such as page caching to improve performance, web indexing, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, newsflashes, blogs, forums, polls, calendars, website searching, and language internationalization.
Some great resources to get you started on your Joomla website:
My Artisan Web
Yup, this site right here. My Artisan Web offer's turnkey hosting and expert support for Joomla. If you signed up for a free trial while reading this 7 day guide, you'll know how easy it is to build a successful site.
A world leader in Joomla templates and services. With dozens of free and commercial templates, Joomlashack can help you look great, and then provide the support to build your site.
The oldest blog on Joomla. Packed full of Joomla tricks and tips, and home of the author of the best selling book and video on Joomla.
Good luck with your content site, and we hope those free articles have given you some ideas how you can use a content management system to make your business website more successful!