Joomla 3 Tutorial 6 Homework

  • Log into Joomla admin panel , go to MenusMenus Manager:

  • Click New to create a new menu:

  • Fill in the details of this new menu, including Title, Menu Type and Description. Save & Close:

  • Click on this new User Menu to add some new Menu Items for it:

    Click New button:

    Choose Menu Item Type:

    For this User Menu, we can use any kind of menu type under Users Manager. User Profile for example for the first menu item:

    Add a Menu title. Save & Close:

  • We can create more menu items in the same way:

  • Before installation, please make sure your system meets the following requirements:


    • Software: PHP (Magic Quotes GPC off): 5.3.1 + (5.4+ recommended)


    • MySQL(InnoDB support required): 5.1+
    • MSSQL 10.50.1600.1+
    • PostgreSQL 8.3.18+

    Web Severs

    • Apache 2.x+
    • Microsoft IIS 7
    • Nginx 1.0 (1.1 recommended)

    Browser requirement

    • Firefox 4+
    • IE (Internet Explorer) 8+
    • Google Chrome 10+
    • Opera 10+
    • Safari 5+

    Development Environment

    During development process, Localhost is preferred. You can use the following servers on your PC to develop your site.


    • XAMPP for Windows


    • LAMP Bubdle
    • XAMPP for Linux

    Mac OS

    • MAMP & MAMP Pro
    • XAMPP for Mac OS

    Download Joomla 3 full package

    Access the Joomla download page and download the latest version - full package.


    1. Extract and Upload

    If you install in your localhost

    If you install the quickstart in your localhost, copy the extracted folder to: (if you are using WAMP) and (in you are using XAMPP)

    If you install from your hosting

    If you want to install the quickstart from your hosting, please upload all folders in the folder that you just extracted to the FTP Base folder (normally it is ).

    Step 1 - Create database: access your database control panel to create new database. When access the databse control panel, create a new database

    After creating database, copy the database name to add to the Quickstart Installation Wizard

    Step 2 - Configuration: access the site address and follow the installation Wizard.

    Parameter Explanation:

    • Select Language: as Joomla supports many languages, select the language that you want your website to be. Select your language for easy management.
    • Site Name: enter your site name to the field.
    • Admin Email: add the email of Administrator, you configure to send the configuration detail to the email.
    • Admin Username: add the username of the Admin, this is the username to login the back-end panel as Super user so make user you remember the username.
    • Admin Password: enter the password for the admin account.
    • Confirm Admin Password: retype the admin password to confirm.

    Step 3 - Database config: select database type, host name, database username, password, database name & table prefix

    Step 4 - Sample data installation: select sample data to install, there are multiple sample data options, select "None" if you want to have fresh installation (without demo content).

    Step 5 - Multilingual setup (optional): You can install multilingual in the step.

    Step 6 - Remove/Rename "installation" folder: for security purpose, you need to rename or remove the "installation" folder

    The installation is done, you can start updating content for your site.

    Templates is to help determine the layout, style or look and feel of a site. Check out list of wide range topics Joomla templates.

    Step 1 - Install template

    From your back-end setting panel, go to: "Extensions → Extension Manager", browse template installation file then hit the "Upload and Install"

    Step 2 - Set default template style

    Go to: "Extensions → Template Manager", set the template style as your default template style.

    Step 3 - Duplicate Joomla template

    Template style is a feature introduced in Joomla 2.5 that allows users to assign different template styles to individual menu items. By default, Joomla! assigns a template style to all menu items upon installation. A yellow star indicates the default template style in use. A default template style can be partially or completely overridden by assigning different template styles to the desired menu items in order to obtain a different look for their respective pages.

    A template style can be assigned to menu items one of two ways.

    #1. Template manager Extensions → Template Manager, open setting panel of the template style, in the Assignment tab, select menu items you want to apply the template style for.

    #2. Editing a menu item under Menus → Menu Name → Menu item

    Joomla installation process is the same with Joomla template installation.

    From your site back-end, go to: Extension > Extension Manager, there are multiple options to install an extension.

    Option 1: Upload package file

    With the option, you will need the installation file of the extension downloaded to your PC, browse .zip file of the extension then hit the button "Upload & Install".

    Option 2: Install from Directory

    Add path of the extension installation file in your PC and install.

    Option 3: Install from URL

    Add direct download link of the extension and install (the direct download link does not require permission to download).

    Joomla has 5 extension types: Template, Component, Module, Plugin and Language. The installation process is all the same.

    Take a full backup

    Please always make a back-up before proceeding to any of the Update process. In case there is any problem, you can always restore from the back-up files.

    1. Update Joomla core

    Once there is new version, you will see notification of the new version. To update new version, go to: Components >> Joomla Update, select Installation method then do upgarde.

    2. Update Extensions

    Each extension could have different update process depending on the extension developer. Some extension provide the update ability via the extension configuration. You should always check the update documentation of the extension to make sure the process is correct.

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