What to do After Installing Joomla? (10 Things)

Certainly, after installing Joomla, you will want to know what to do after installing Joomla to be able to build a Joomla website.

Joomla comes with configuration settings that you will have to configure after installing Joomla. That is; if you want to have a functional Joomla website.

In this JovialGuide, we will show you 10 things to do after installing Joomla.

If you have not gotten a Joomla hosting yet, we recommend A2 Hosting because they are fast, cheap and reliable. After that, see how to install Joomla to get started.

Here are the 10 things to do after installing Joomla.

1. Change Sitename (Site Title)

To change your Sitename, navigate to System » Global Configuration. On the Site tab, under the Site Settings section, you will find Site Name. Type the new Sitename that you want into the field.

Joomla Global Configuration - Change Sitename

Note that Sitename is different from the browser page title. Sitename is basically your Sitename, for example; JovialGuide.

Once you are done, click on the Save button to save (not the Save & Close button).

After that, still stay on the Global Configuration page, there are a few other configurations to set.

2. Add Sitename in Page Titles

This configuration adds the Sitename to all page titles of your Joomla website.

Still on the Global Configuration page, under the Site tab, locate the SEO Settings section. Go ahead and change the Site Name in Page Title from No to either “After” – to add the Sitename after the page title, or “Before” – to add the Sitename before the page title.

Joomla Global Configuration - Add Sitename in Page Title

After that, save the new setting by clicking on the Save button to save (not the Save & Close button).

Don’t leave the Global Configuration page yet.

3. Edit Metadata Settings

Metadata settings are what search engines use in indexing your website. What you set is exactly what search engines will use on your website.

To set your meta settings, under the Metadata Settings section, enter your Site Meta Description and your Site Meta Keywords.

Joomla Global Configuration - Site Metadata Settings

Your Site Meta Description is a short description of what your website is all about in 20 words in maximum.

Site Meta Keywords are a set of keywords that are related to your website.

Google as a search engine claims to not use meta keywords to rank your website. Nevertheless, you can leave the Site Meta Keywords field empty (blank).

Once you are done, this time, click on the Save & Close button.

You may want to see our detailed JovialGuide on what to do after installing Joomla to learn more.

4. Remove index.php From Joomla URL

By default, after installing Joomla, Joomla adds index.php to all URLs. When index.php is added to the URL, it doesn’t give it a clean look at all!

Since the “index.php” in the Joomla URL is not useful, we will remove it after installing Joomla.

To remove “index.php” from Joomla URL, goto System » Global Configuration. Locate the “SEO Settings” section, change the value of “Use URL Rewriting” from “No” to “Yes”, then save.

5. Create a Contact Us Page

Since you are building a Joomla website, you will need to create a contact us page so that your users will be able to easily contact you by Emails, physical address, etc.

Joomla as an open source CMS, comes with a built-in functionality that enables you create a contact page by just filling out the details you want to present on your contact page.

When this contact page is created, it displays your phone number, website address, physical address, Email address, and other contact details.

So, after installing Joomla, create a contact us page in Joomla so that your users will be able to get in touch with you.

See our JovialGuide on how to how to create a contact us page in Joomla for instructions.

6. Install a Joomla Template

When you choose Joomla for your website, you are after building a Joomla website that has a beautiful and responsive design. This is exactly the reason you should install a Joomla template of your choice after installing Joomla.

The frontend appearance of your Joomla website; the part where your users see is controlled by a Joomla template.

By default, Joomla comes with two default templates for the frontend, namely: Beez3 and Protostar. However, after installing Joomla, it uses Protostar, one of the default frontend templates for your Joomla website. It looks like the screenshot below.

Joomla Protostar Template

Nevertheless, it may not be up to your needs. This is the time you need to install a Joomla template of your choice!

Joomla templates are available in both free and paid versions to choose from.

There are also template providers that you can buy or download Joomla templates for free from. JoomDev and JoomShaper are some of the best Joomla template providers to buy and download from.

When choosing a Joomla template, do well to avoid nulled Joomla templates. See reasons.

For further instructions, see how to install a Joomla template.

7. Install the Extensions You Need

After installing Joomla, you will have to install the Joomla extensions that you need to build the Joomla website of your choice.

Joomla extensions are available in both free and paid versions for different purposes. For example; there are Joomla extensions to create a blog in Joomla, there are eCommerce extensions to create an eCommerce website in Joomla, there are GDPR extensions to make your Joomla website GDPR compliant, etc. All you need to do is download the extensions you need and install.

Installing a Joomla extension shares the same steps with installing a Joomla template.

Do well to stay away from nulled Joomla extensions. See why.

8. Setup Backups

Backup is a reserved copy of something!

Data loss is a major draw back website owners face if they do not create a backup.

You can only recover your data when you create a backup of it. That’s the only way to easily recover your Joomla website if anything bad happens.

Not only by following the best Joomla security practices, you need to backup your Joomla website so that you won’t loose it when you get hacked.

There are dozens of Joomla backup extensions out there.

Nevertheless, we recommend Akeeba Backup because it is the best, and an all-in-one backup extension for Joomla.

See our list of the best Joomla backup extensions for more.

9. Setup Your Joomla Security

Setting up your Joomla security is something that you need to do after installing Joomla.

For sure, Joomla is secure. However, it doesn’t end there. You have your part to play as the website administrator.

Some of the basic steps to take to secure your Joomla website are: using strong password, using a reliable Joomla hosting (we recommend A2 Hosting), staying away from nulled Joomla templates/extensions, etc.

Furthermore, you can improve your Joomla security by using a Joomla security extension.

We recommend RSFirewall – it is a reliable Joomla security extension to secure your Joomla website.

Learn how to secure your Joomla website by seeing our ultimate Joomla security guide.

10. Make Your Joomla Website GDPR Compliant

GDPR used to be an option. However, as at May 2018, it became a standard law for websites, countries and people in the European Union.

After installing Joomla, you have to make your Joomla website comply with the European Union law on data privacy.

GDPR is a regulation in the EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It demands that users’ personal data is to be collected for the actual and genuine goal, and that the data has to be accurate and protected when collected.

Since the full enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, businesses that are not in compliance with the EU law on data protection and privacy, can face large fines.

So, if your Joomla website collects user data, then you have to make your website GDPR compliant!

You may want to see our list of the best GDPR extensions to make your Joomla website GDPR compliant.

We hope this JovialGuide helps you learn what to do after installing Joomla.

Furthermore, see our JovialGuide on the types of websites you can create with Joomla.

See other of our Joomla tutorials for more.

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