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Knowing Your Joomla Site - Global Setup

June 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 192

Global Setup is the process of making your new site totally your own.

Before we even start you should be aware that if by some obscure process you get locked out of the back end of your site you can get back by using your browser to open "mysite/administrator" and using your username and password.

Step 1 And entering the back-end of your site is the very first step in the process of getting a working social networking site up and running. When the site opens you will be confronted with a menu along the top of the screen which can be ignored for the moment and a series of icons

  1. Add New Article
  2. Article Manager
  3. Front Page Manager
  4. Section manager
  5. Media Manager
  6. Menu Manager
  7. Language Manager
  8. User Manager
  9. Global Configuration

Click on Global Configuration We are confronted with a new page with three sub-pages "Site", " System" and "Server". Our's is the "Site" page which itself has three areas "Site Settings", "Metadata Settings" and "SEO Settings". These last will be our targets for today.

Step 2 Site Settings.

Site Offline Every now and then you will have to take your site off-line whilst you update or rebuilt it. In fact it would be a good idea to take it off-line now. Taking it off-line means that the Front End is inaccessible whilst the Back End is accessible as usual. Take it off-line now.

Then change the off-line message if you think it necessary.

Site Name Take care with this item, what you enter her ends up next to your logos on the top of every web page. It should:

  • Be close to your URL
  • Make it clear what your site is about
  • Attract your target customer/visitor.

When someone searches for you on the internet this is the first thing they will see!

Leave the rest of the items

Step 3 Metadata Settings Metadata fields can be seen by the search engines but not by your visitors. Metadata tells the search engines what they need to know about your site: its language, its title, its contents etc.

Two metadata fields can be set by you. They are very important and have an impact on how well your site will show up vis-a- vis your competitors.

Global Site Meta Description These are the words that appear under your site's title on any web search. Spend time to get them right!

Global Site Meta Keywords When a would-be visitor uses a search engine he or she enters a few 'key' words. If they correspond with your keywords, and if you haven't upset the search engines, he or she will find you.

Step 4 SEO Settings. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisations and is the process of getting onto the first page of any web search for your products.

The ideal settings for all three boxes is 'yes' but you wil need to call your Internet Hosting Provider to see whether you can use "Apache mod_rewrite", and how to do it. If you look into the file structure you should see a file "htaccess". This may need to be changed to .htaaccess. That little dot often makes all the difference!

Now click 'Apply' and 'Save" at the top of the screen and you're home and dry.

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