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How to start learning to build Joomla! web sites.

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An artist asked, on a forum, for advice about template creation and plugins that would be helpful for an artists portfolio site, built using the Joomla! CMS. He said that…

An artist asked, on a forum, for advice about template creation and plugins that would be helpful for an artists portfolio site, built using the Joomla! CMS. He said that he doesn’t know HTML or coding, but would like to build it, for the most part, himself.

This is my brief reply to him:

You don’t need to know HTML thoroughly, to use Joomla. The only place, where some knowledge would be needed, is for the construction of articles or modules that contain text and images. Even there, there are tools to help you.

 

I recommend the ‘Joomla Content Editor’ (JCE), which can replace the primitive editor, that comes with Joomla (MCE).

N.B. In case you don’t know, the editor is the software that allows you to write pages in a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) window, whilst it constructs the HTML, behind the scenes, for

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Printing a web page

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A client has asked for a button/icon within each page, that will allow a screen-shot of the page, to be printed by the site visitor. I have thought and thought…

A client has asked for a button/icon within each page, that will allow a screen-shot of the page, to be printed by the site visitor.

I have thought and thought about him wanting to give the visitors the capability of getting a printout of a web page, as if it were a screen-shot. I wondered why I couldn’t find any useful information on the subject, in spite of a lot of research.

Then it came to me that the request, itself, is 1) technically non-feasible 2) not really useful to the visitors. That’s why no-one has considered the possibility.

Let me explain:

A website consists of a ‘design’ and ‘content’, each of which (in the modern web world) is not essential to the other.

A design, with its layout, style etc. – i.e. template – can be used with any content.

Similarly, site ‘content’ can appear in any template, so

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