Tip: Joomla's built-in content editor is fairly basic. Use the third-party component JCE Editor for best results (if you have a Digital Bloom website, you will already have this installed.) A separate tutorial will demonstrate how to install JCE.
Log in to your Joomla Administration area. You will usually find your Admin area by adding /administrator to your domain name - for example, www.yourdomain.com/administrator .
Using the main menu, go to Content > Article Manager > Add New Article.
Fill in a few basic parameters:
- Title - Add a title to your article. This field is mandatory.
- Category - Select the most appropriate category. You may also leave it as "Uncategorized" if you wish.
- Optional: Status - "Published" means the article will appear on your website. Set this to "Unpublished" to hide the article from the website's front end. Articles are set to "Published" by default.
- Optional: Featured - Depending on how your site was built, setting this to "Yes" MAY cause the article to display on your home page or it may do nothing at all. Unless instructed otherwise by your webmaster, leave this alone.
Add your article's text using the Joomla Content Editor (JCE) section. Use the formatting icons (bold, italics etc.) just like you would in any word processing software. In later tutorials, I will cover how to add photos to an article.
http://www.digitalbloom.ca/media/jbtype/images/coquette/light_bulb.png); display: block; background-position: 0% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Tip: To keep formatting consistent with the rest of your website, in general it's best to avoid specifying a font family (i.e. Arial, Times New Roman) or font colour. Also, avoid underlining text since users will likely mistake it for a link.
http://www.digitalbloom.ca/media/jbtype/images/coquette/light_bulb.png); display: block; background-position: 0% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Tip: Take extra care if copying and pasting text from another program. Pasting from many programs (most notably Microsoft Word) will also paste hidden formatting that can cause problems with webpages. To paste text, it's always best to first click on the Paste icon and then select Paste as Plain Text. You can then add your formatting using the editor window's formatting tools (bold, italics etc.)
Finally, save your work. In other tutorials, I will demonstrate how to link to your articles using Joomla's Menu Manager as well as how add a link within one article to another.