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Many types of websites can be built and maintained more easily using a content management system (CMS). A CMS provides a web-based interface for creating and organizing content. The content is stored in a database, then consistently presented according to a set of templates and preferences, which eliminates the need to handcraft each page in HTML. Joomla! is a popular, easy-to-use, open-source CMS built in PHP. It has near-limitless functionality, thanks to its community of extension developers. In Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training, Joseph LeBlanc uses Joomla! to build a small-business website from scratch with no programming at all, from installation to launch. He demonstrates how to create and organize content; add menus, sidebars, and other features; change the look with templates; install plug-ins and extensions; and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
Polls are good way of adding a quick interactive elements to your website. In this video, we'll create a poll, do some voting, then view the results. First let's go to the Polls component. The Poll Manager currently lists all the polls entered into the database. Since there are no polls available, let's click New to add one. We want to add a poll to this website to get people thinking about where they're buying your vegetables from and what they're eating. Let's title this poll Where do you buy your vegetables.
To prevent people from voting several times in a row, Joomla makes them wait a certain period of time before voting again. You can adjust this period of time by adjusting the number in the lag box. This is fine for us right now, so we'll leave it alone. We want to make sure that this poll will be published, so let's click Yes. Finally let's add the options for this poll. We'll add Supermarket, Produce Stand, Farmer's Market, and I grow my own.
Now let's click Save. The poll is now listed in the Poll Manager and is listed as Published. However, the poll does not currently display on the website. To display it we need to add a module that will display the poll. Let's go to Module Manager. To add the poll, click New. From this list select Poll. It's on the right about halfway down. First we need to select the poll we wish to display.
Go to the Module Parameters and select the poll from the list. Now let's get a title for this module. Let's call this Quick Vote. Finally, let's position this module on the right-hand side of our website. Now click Save. The Quick Vote module is now published on our website Let's go back to the front end. Now click Refresh. The Quick Vote module now appears on the right along with our poll.
We can vote in the poll, or we can view the results. Let's vote in the poll. We are thanked for our vote and then the Poll component displays the results of the poll. Currently we're the only one who voted in this poll so far. So it's at 100% with one vote for Produce Stand. If there were more polls in the system we would be able to navigate using this list and see the results of those polls as well. Creating a poll in Joomla is a two-step process: create the poll through the Polls component and create a module to display the poll.
The poll results are displayed in the front end by the Polls component.
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