Do you want to learn Joomla? This Joomla tutorial will show you how to learn Joomla.
Learning Joomla is very helpful and would help you in building your own Joomla website. Joomla requires some learning curves and time to learn and understand how it works. Don’t worry, this Joomla tutorial will put you through!
Joomla lets you create almost any type of website with the help of Joomla extensions. These Joomla extensions come in both free and paid versions.
Learning Joomla exposes you to the foundation behind Joomla, it expands your knowledge, not just limited to Joomla but to PHP, MVC (Model View Control), HTML, etc. and Content Management System as a whole.
There are lots of benefits you’ll get when you learn Joomla. Let’s see them in the next section.
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Why You Should Learn Joomla (2019)
If you have ever asked or wondered why you should learn Joomla and probably didn’t get any meaningful answer. This section will show you.
There are several reasons you should learn Joomla. Learning and understanding the foundation behind Joomla would really help you in a lot of ways.
We will show you 3 reasons you should learn Joomla (2019). These reasons are;
- To be able to create and build websites on Joomla
- To become a freelancer and make money
- To be employable
Learning Joomla will give you the knowledge to create any kind of website in Joomla, whether by reconfiguring the source code of Joomla or by using Joomla extensions.
There are a lot of Joomla users that are out there making money by offering Joomla services on Fiverr, Upwork, etc. They are called freelancers.
Joomla being a powerful Content Management System and the second best CMS in the world, lets you create any kind of website with the help of Joomla extensions like;
- Joomla eCommerce extensions – for creating eCommerce websites in Joomla
- Joomla portfolio extensions – for creating portfolio websites in Joomla
- Joomla SEO extensions – for optimizing Joomla websites for search engines
Some companies today, now employ/hire users who are proficient in Joomla, who are able to solve Joomla related issues. This is because their official website (company website) is on Joomla, or the website they build for their clients are on Joomla.
There are many job opportunities for Joomla experts/users. These job positions in Joomla have their respective market shares.
Some Joomla job positions (opportunities) are;
- Joomla template developer
- Joomla extension developer
- Joomla developer
How to Learn Joomla (2019)
Deciding to learn Joomla is a very impressive move because it’s a preparation to secure your future as Joomla expert and to land you in a better paying Joomla job.
1. Read the Joomla Documentation
Documentations are helpful put-together instructions on the history, how something works, how to use something, etc. Reading the documentation of Joomla will help you better understand and learn Joomla faster.
The documentation of Joomla is available on the official website of Joomla. Visit docs.joomla.org for Joomla documentation.
2. Decide If you Want to Learn Joomla Locally or on a Live Server
You have to decide if you want to learn Joomla on a local webserver (localhost) or you want to learn Joomla on a live webserver.
For the purpose of learning, we strongly recommend you learn Joomla on a localhost, since it’s easier to setup, faster and doesn’t require you to pay for anything.
If you want to learn Joomla on a live webserver and you do not know the right Joomla hosting company to choose, we recommend;
Also see the best managed Joomla hosting companies for more.
3. Install Joomla Software
Now that you have decided where to host Joomla, you have to install Joomla to either a local server or to a live server (depending upon where you decide).
After the installation of Joomla on a localhost, you’ll be able to learn/practice Joomla on your Android.
See how to install Joomla for our complete guide on Joomla installation.
4. Search for Joomla Tutorials
After installing Joomla, you’ll need Joomla tutorials to get you started.
At JovialGuide, we offer free and comprehensive Joomla tutorials. Goto our Joomla section to read more tutorials on Joomla.
If you’d like a specific Joomla tutorial, you can Google search the keywords/query. Enter the title of the Joomla tutorial of your interest and add Jovialguide to the end of the query you are searching for and click enter. For example; if you are searching for joomla tutorials or how to learn joomla. Add Jovialguide to the end of your search query before hitting the enter button.
This will index all of our published Joomla tutorials. Your search query will look like this; joomla tutorials jovialguide or how to learn joomla jovialguide. You can also use jovialguide.com in-place of jovialguide (still the same thing).
There’s a search box in this website (JovialGuide), you can use it to search for our Joomla tutorials.
If there’s any Joomla tutorial you’d like us to write or cover, please reach us using our contact us page. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Here are some Joomla tutorials to get you started after installing Joomla;
- how to create Joomla user account
- how to use Joomla backend
- how to change server time zone in Joomla
- how to create a user group in Joomla
See other of our Joomla tutorials.
5. Join Joomla Forums
Forums are usually interactive. Any forum that is not interactive, is dead!
A forum is a website or part of a website where you can ask questions, get answers, post reply to other questions, meet experts/beginners in any field, etc.
You can search for Joomla forums or Joomla communities (on Google or any search engine) using the search query joomla forums or joomla communities. These queries will list out Joomla forums or communities you could join.
Forums will help you even learn Joomla faster since they are usually interactive.
Note that Joomla forums and Joomla communities, both of them mean the same thing!
The official Joomla forum you can join is forum.joomla.org.
6. Watch YouTube Videos on Joomla
YouTube is the largest video sharing site, several instructional videos have been added to YouTube over the years.
There are dozens of YouTube channels you can find helpful instructional free videos on Joomla for beginners. Visit YouTube and search for joomla tutorials for beginners, you’ll find helpful videos and channels that offer free Joomla tutorials.
7. Download Free or Purchase Premium Courses (eBooks)
If you don’t like instructional videos, you can download free or purchase paid Joomla courses.
eBooks are electronically written books, instructions, stories, etc.
If you think you prefer eBooks, you can easily download or purchase paid courses from the vendors.
8. Learn PHP (MVC), SQL, HTML and CSS
Since the server side of Joomla is written in PHP using Model View Control (MVC) design pattern, you should learn PHP and MVC design pattern if you want to understand Joomla really well.
Learn HTML and CSS. All of the styles of Joomla is done using CSS and HTML as its structure. Learning both of them will help you be able to style your Joomla website to your taste.
Learn SQL (Structured Query Language), it will help you use phpmyadmin/database.
Learning the four (listed) above will help you a lot. They require much dedication.
If you think you aren’t a coder or learning them (PHP especially) would take much of your time and dedication. It’s still okay if you can’t learn them. You’ll still be able to learn Joomla even without any coding knowledge but you’ll be limited. You’ll be limited in the sense that you will not be able to reconfigure the core Joomla source code (if you need customized Joomla website).
9. Get Yourself a Teacher (Optional)
Paying someone to teach you Joomla is also a faster way to learn Joomla. You can get an online (remote) or a physical teacher that would coach you on Joomla but it may cost you a lot of money.
10. Practice as You Learn
It’s a good practice to go-through all the things you learned by practicing them. We recommend you practice each time you learn something new, either something big or just for-beginners. It will help you get used to Joomla.
Practice as you learn, don’t wait untill whenever you learn something really technical before you practice the things you learned already. Just practice as you learn!
You have seen that learning Joomla requires some learning curves. Learning Joomla isn’t easy, it requires much dedication.
Attending Joomla confrences would also help you get to understand Joomla better.
Joomla is a flexible and powerful CMS, therefore, it requires time and dedication.
Goto our Joomla section to read more tutorials on Joomla.