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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.
When you have multiple people editing your website, it's helpful to send it to-do items and other tasks to other administrators. In this video, we'll use Joomla's private messaging system to send some messages. To get started, let's go to Tools, Read Messages. This displays all the private messages that we have in our inbox. At the moment we haven't sent or received any yet. Let's send a private message. You can either to go to Tools, Write Message. Or you can click New.
Let's send a message to Bob Smith asking him to proofread one of the articles. Now let's click Send. Let's log in as Bob Smith to get the message. At the top right of the screen, there is an indicator showing that we have a private message. Let's click it. Now we see there's a message for us and it shows that it's unread.
Let's open the message. We've received a message from the administrator. We'll either delete this message or we can reply to it. Let's reply to it. And click Send. Since we've already read this message, let's delete it. There are a few settings for private messaging when we click the Settings button. We can lock our inbox so that no one can send us a message. We can have the system automatically e-mail us whenever there's a new private message.
We can also clear away messages that are more than seven days old. The settings may be helpful for you depending on how you use the private messaging feature. Let's click Cancel. Administrators can send messages to each other in the backend of Joomla by using the private messaging system. It functions as a simple email-like system you can use to manage tasks.
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