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Pages

Paths
Paths are the URL that point to images or used as links. There are two types of paths:

Absolute - The entire URL including the domain. This is only used when pointing to an outside web page (ie: http://sheldonmedia.com).

Relative - The portion of the URL that comes after the domain. This is always used when pointing to a page or image inside this website (ie: get-educated/what-we-do/project-hope). The purpose for using relative paths is to protect the link from breaking should the domain ever changed. For example, when the site is switched from sheldonmedia.com.hdnbc to hdnbc.org, the links do not have to be updated throughout the site. 

Menu Items (pages)
Menu items define pages base on a URL (web address). For instance, the page "Get Help" is created as a Menu Item and given the URL "get-help." This defines a page in Joomla. The next items define the pieces that make up a page. Menu Items are located in Menus > Manage

Articles
Articles are where the main content of a page is located. Not all pages (menu items) have to have articles but all articles are in pages. Most content (ie: info in client provided Word docs) goes in articles. There is only one article per page. Articles are located in Content > Articles. Articles may also be reached through Menu Items.

Modules
Modules are similar to articles but are smaller areas on a page that are assigned to specific locations on the page. They are used for specific functionality. Unlike articles, you can have multiple modules in a page. You can also have the same modules on multiple pages. In the module, you can designate specific pages for modules to show up on. For example, the home page banners only show up on the home page. Also, the menus on the left side for Community Education Services only show up on pages that fall under Community Education. Menus, side bar graphics and content, and home banner areas are all examples of modules. Modules are located in Extensions > Modules.

Media

Media Manager
Images and documents are managed in the Media Manager. The Media Manger can be accessed through Articles, Modules, or through Content > Media > Manage. It is a typical practice to upload all images to a site or page in order to use them later in pages or modules.

Special Programs

Components
Components are special programs that provide very specific functionality. Some examples of Components are the Orientation Registration Manager and forms. In fact, those are the only two components currently needed to manage this site. You will use the Template Nonprofit component to manage Orientations and the Breezingforms component to manage Forms both located in the Components menu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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