Joomla is a powerful tool. It can make a website much easier to manage, especially large websites, but it may also take a little bit of learning.  Not everyone can expect to just pop a site up and know what to do, just like you can't just pop someone behind the wheel of a truck and expect them to drive it well.

Stick to the Basics First in Joomla

If you are new to Joomla, stick with the basics first. How to add/edit content, and add/edit menus. Then maybe take a look at Components and Modules. Do not add a bunch of extensions in while you are learning the basics. Keep it Simple. Add/Edit. Only when you are comfortable with the simple should you look to learn more.  Below are a few helpful sites with tutorials, themes, and extensions:

Joomla Tutorials

  • Official Joomla Documentation - http://docs.joomla.org/Administrators
    As a website administrator you might be concerned about the visual appearance of a website but will pass responsibility for making changes and improvements to a web designer. Similarly, when changes to functionality are required you will contract a web developer to do the necessary work. As a website administrator you are responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the website. Activities might include ensuring that the site is properly backed up; managing user access; possibly installing extensions. You will also have responsibility for maintaining the security of the website.
  • List of books from Amazon - Joomla Help
  • Joomla 1.5 animated tutorials - JoomlaTutorials.com
  • http://www.compassdesigns.net/ - Used to be the main place for quality tutorials, but hasn't added much for the newer version Joomla 1.5.
    They have since put most of their newer tutorials on their hosting site: http://www.simplweb.com/321-9.html (making it available only to their members)

Joomla Templates/Themes

  • Rocket Themes Templates
    Free and Paid templates. Plenty of excellent free templates for Joomla to get you started, but the paid versions are worth it.
  • JoomlaShack Templates
    Free and Paid templates. Plenty of excellent free templates for Joomla to get you started, but the paid versions are worth it.
  • Shape5 Template Club
    Whether you are new to Joomla or just want to enhance your existing Joomla site Shape 5 Custom Services can help!
  • JoomaArt Templates
    Free and Paid templates. Plenty of excellent free templates for Joomla to get you started, but the paid versions are worth it.

Joomla Extensions (components/modules/plugins)

  • JoomSuite Resources
    JoomSuite Resources - Create custom content types with unlimited number of different types of fields with unique roles and behaviour.
  • MyBlog for Joomla (Azrul Studio)
    MyBlog is a feature-filled, simple to use, user friendly and powerful blog component for the Joomla CMS. MyBlog features front-end blog editing with Dashboard, RSS feeds, Technorati pings, Trackbacks, support for multiple blog users, avatar support for Gravatar and Community Builder and much more.
  • Joomla Tags and other professional plugins from Phil-Taylor.com
    Joomla Tags is a Joomla extension that gives you the power and ability to tag content and to produce tag links, keyword clouds and pages within your Joomla Website. Google loves Tag Clouds - meaning HIGHER SEARCH ENGINE RESULTS!

There are thousands of Extensions, and plenty of Theme/Templates, so it's always best to figure out how to work with what you have first before looking to try each and every option out there. The idea is to get your site up and running, not for you to become a web designer/developer, right?

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