Launching your site
Video: Launching your siteOnce you've built your site, it's time to launch it on the Internet. In this video, we will cover things you need to know when copying your website from a local computer to a server and tips for getting visitors and feedback. Some popular hosts include Blue Host and DreamHost. They will provide you with specific server information to use. Here we'll be covering the process more generally. First we need to change configuration.php. Configuration.php is a file that Joomla uses to determine how to connect to the database.
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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.
- Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL to support Joomla! Setting article access, ordering, icon, and metadata display parameters Using the login, breadcrumb, and syndication modules Inserting contact, poll, and search components Managing users and permissions Adjusting templates with the HTML Editor Managing languages on the site Understanding search engine optimization (SEO)
Launching your site
Once you've built your site, it's time to launch it on the Internet. In this video, we will cover things you need to know when copying your website from a local computer to a server and tips for getting visitors and feedback. Some popular hosts include Blue Host and DreamHost. They will provide you with specific server information to use. Here we'll be covering the process more generally. First we need to change configuration.php. Configuration.php is a file that Joomla uses to determine how to connect to the database.
Let's open configuration.php now. Your web host will provide you with database information and logins. You'll need to change your database information and configuration.php to match this. Let's do this now. We're going to change the database user, the database name and the database password. You may also need to change the log path and temporary path variables. This information, again, will be provided by your web host.
After you've changed configuration.php, you'll then need to copy all of the Joomla files up to the server. Let's go to Finder. Currently our Joomla website is within this restaurant folder. We'll need to copy all of the files from the restaurant folder to our Web server. Again, your host will provide you with information for copying the files from your local computer up to their server. Once all the files are on the server, there's one last step. We need to copy the database where our content is stored up to the server as well.
Let's go to phpMyAdmin. We covered how to get to phpMyAdmin in a previous video. From here let's select the Joomla database. Click Export. Scroll down, make sure Data is checked. Check the Save as File box, then click Go. You'll want to save the file that it generates to your computer. When this file is ready, you can use it to re-create the database on your web host.
Your web host will provide you with the information you need to use this file. With these steps to complete your website should now be available on the Internet. Now that it's available, let's submit it to a search engine so that people will be able to find it. Let's submit our site to Google. Google is the most frequently used search engine, so it's important that our website is available in their directory. The page for submitting your URL to Google is www.google.com/addurl.
In this box, type in the URL to your website. You can also type in some comments about your website. Finally, type in the letters you see on the screen. The letters on your screen will be different from the ones that you see here. Then click Add URL. After you've posted your website to Google, go to the Joomla forum. The Joomla forum has a board you can use for showcasing your website.
Scroll down, click on Site Showcase, and then choose 1.5 Site Showcase. We're using Joomla 1.5. On this board you can post a thread with a link to your website. Other users from the Joomla community will look your website and give you feedback. They may suggest some extensions for you to install as well. Getting your website onto a server is a three step process.
Modify configuration.php with the new database information. Copy all the Joomla files to the server. Then copy the database to the server. Once your website is Publicly available be sure to submit your link to search engines. You can also get feedback from other Joomla users on the Joomla forum.
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training .
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- Q: Joomla!'s back end does not have all of the text options like font family and quite a few more that are seen in the “Formatting content" chapter. I have the latest version of Joomla! 1.5, so why are the options not available?
- A: Between Joomla! 1.5.3 and 1.5.15, the core team decided to simplify the set of toolbar icons that display by default. Users should be able to complete the Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training course with the smaller toolbar set, but the original toolbar can be recovered by doing the following:
Note: When using Safari, you will need to click Safari's Refresh button once you return to the article editing screen. This will reload the toolbar code for the editor.
- Go to Extensions > Plugin Manager.
- Click Editor - TinyMCE 2.0 from the list.
- On the right under "Plugin Parameters," set Functionality to Extended.
- Q: After installing the 02_04.sql file from exercise 02_04, Joomla! locks the user out of admin and won't recognize the admin password. How do I access this exercise?
- A: When the exercise files are used, the password gets reset to 'lynda' as typed in the video.
- Q: Despite following along with the “Using the Blog Layout options” tutorial in the Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training title, none of the items in the Main Menu show up on the site’s home page. The menu links do not appear, and attempts to create new menu links are unsuccessful. The menu links can be seen by going through Extensions > Module Manager, but they still do not appear on the home page. What are possible reasons for the Main Menu links not appearing?
- A: It is possible that the Access Level input is missing. This most likely means that Joomla! was not installed completely, or that an upgrade was not applied 100% correctly. Verify that the latest version of Joomla! is installed. To make sure all of the files are there, download the latest copy of Joomla! and extract all of the files from that .zip on top of the current installation. Once that's done, remove the 'installation' folder. This will ensure that the latest copies of all of the files are installed.
- Q: When trying to add a new article as described in the “Creating content” tutorial, after entering the username and password, a message appears that says the password is incorrect. What is the correct password?
- A: The password used for that tutorial is “lynda.”
- Q: In Chapter 3 of the Joomla! 1.5 Essential Training the instructions say, "To access additional articles, please open 03_01.sql file in chapter_03 > database > 03_01.zip of your exercise files." However, there is no explanation how to import this file into Joomla! to create the necessary articles for this section of the tutorial. How does one import the files?
- A: Chapter 1, video 6, “Using the example files” shows how to import the .SQL files. This is done with phpMyAdmin, which comes with WAMP and MAMP.
- Q: After installing Joomla!, a user accidentally deleted the Super Administrator account. How can a Super Admin account be restored/created?
- A: To create a user with Super Admin status, follow these steps:
1. Go to phpMyAdmin and select the database for the Joomla! site in the left-hand drop-down list box. This will show the database tables on the left side of the screen.
2. Press the SQL button in the toolbar to run a SQL query on the selected database. This will display a field called “Run SQL query/queries on database <your database>”.
3. Delete any text that appears in this field and enter the following text:INSERT INTO 'jos_users'('id', 'name', 'username', 'email', 'password', 'usertype', 'block', 'sendEmail','gid', 'registerDate', 'lastvisitDate')VALUES (NULL, 'Administrator2', 'admin2', 'firstname.lastname@example.org','d2064d358136996bd22421584a7cb33e:trd7TvKHx6dMeoMmBVxYmg0vuXEA4199','Super Administrator', 0, 1, 25, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '0000-00-00 00:00:00');INSERT INTO 'jos_core_acl_aro' VALUES (NULL, 'users', LAST_INSERT_ID(), 0, 'Administrator', 0);INSERT INTO 'jos_core_acl_groups_aro_map' VALUES (25, '', LAST_INSERT_ID());4. You should now be able to log into the back end of Joomla! with username “admin2” and password “secret”. After logging in, go to the User Manager to change the password and the e-mail to a valid address.
An important note: the preceding queries must be run on the computer that contains the MySQL database.
- Q: In the Managing Users section, the author says that it is possible to enable users to submit the content to the Joomla! site, but there is no "how to" mention for that feature. How do you allow a user with "editor" permission to submit articles from the front end?
- A: You can add this functionality to your site by adding a menu item pointing to the Article Submission Layout. To do this, start by adding a menu item, then select Articles as the menu item type. Once Articles is selected, Article Submission Layout will appear underneath among other options. Authors can then follow this link to submit articles to the site.
- Q: Will the exercise files for this title work with Joomla 1.6?
- A: The video and the exercise files are designed for Joomla 1.5. Joomla 1.6 has a different database structure and cannot use the exercise files designed for Joomla 1.5.
- Q: I followed the instructions in the "Installing WAMP" movie, but I am having trouble with the Joomla installation. What could be causing the problem?
- A: When using WAMP on a Windows machine, make sure that WAMP is running all services. The speedometer icon in the taskbar should be white. If the speedometer icon is red, it means no services are running. Click on the icon, and in the pop-up menu, select "Start All Services." If the speedometer icon is yellow, it means that not all of the services are running. Click on the icon, select MySQL or Apache, go to the Service option, and click Start/Resume Service.
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