Whether you’re an existing Joomla user or completely new to this open source CMS (Content Management System) platform it is absolutely essential that you know about its latest version, Joomla 2.5. The release of Joomla 2.5 in January 2012 was a significant move in the Joomla community of developers and users. While the interface and the primary structure of Joomla 2.5 continue to be similar to Joomla 1.7, a number of innovative features have been added to the new version.
Joomla 2.5 provides users with the basic framework to creating a blog or a website without the need for professional website developers. Anything that you could possibly need when making your blog is made available by Joomla and all you have to do is learn about it. The best part about Joomla is that it’s absolutely free of charge. Since Joomla is an open source CMS it means that several people all over the world collaborate on it to provide the best possible platform and that too free of cost. You only have to pay for your domain name and continue paying a small hosting fee every year.
Creating a blog with Joomla
Once you have a basic idea of the kind of blog you would like to have and some key design and content ideas to work with you can proceed to registering with a hosting company and purchasing a domain name that will henceforth be your blog’s primary address. Joomla has a built-in installer and all you have to do is move the installation package to the local hosting server and access it through the browser by entering your blog’s address, for example http://www.yourblog.com. Follow the steps and fill in all the information needed in the ‘Site Configuration’ menu and your Joomla installation will be complete.
Now you can start creating content for your Joomla blog. You can then proceed to write interesting articles interspersed with attractive images and links to make your content richer and more informative. Joomla offers hundreds of templates with which you can customize the appearance of your blog. These templates can do wonders for the appearance of your blog with very little effort from your part. From the layout and graphics to the colors and type-faces, a Joomla template can instantly brighten your blog and make it look professionally designed. You can browse through tons of Joomla templates and select the one most suitable for your blog.
A Joomla blog comes with lots of modules of varying shapes and sizes. You can pick as many as your webpage can hold and decide where to display each one of them. Joomla is made up of several different extensions that either come along with your installation package or can be easily installed later if you want additional features for your blog. Joomla 2.5 has a tremendously large extensions database from where you can pick and choose more extensions than a blog would ever need. Extensions significantly increase your blog’s functionality by giving you the ability to add videos or news widgets or image slideshows.
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This is a guest article by Randy Collins, he likes writing articles related to Technology News, Gadget Reviews and How To. He also does guest posting for buycharter – a site that offers savings and current information on charter internet, as well as charter.com services.