Main Menu

Adding new menu items
Go to menus, main menu, add new menu item, then
Type in a title for the new menu item
Select menu item type
then save and close, or save and add new menu item

To move the menu to a new module position

Go to Extentions, Modules

Click on the main menu to edit it

then change the position to the one wanted.

Using the extra url “/?tp+”  to view the available position names for the template

In the top menu, click Extensions and then click Template Manager
In the tabs at the top of the page, click the Options tab
Under the Templates tab, find the following setting:

Preview Module Positions
Enable the preview of the module positions in the template by appending tp=1 to the web address. Also enables the Preview button in the list of templates. Please refresh the page after changing this setting.

Click Enabled next to this option, and then click the Save & Close button at the top of the page.
Once again, in the top menu, click Extensions and then click Template Manager
Now that we have the Preview Module Positions setting enabled, you will see a preview icon next to your Site Templates. Click the preview icon next to the template you would like to view.

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My Joomla! site

New Joomla Site

I decided to install a new Joomla site on my server so that I can get more used to the functionality of joomla.

To do this I went to my cpanel on my host site and using the joomla installer tool. It created a database, with username and password. Then Joomla was installed I chose the directory to install it in, the username and password I would use to administer it, and it was done.

I typed in my username and password and connected to the administration control panel. The site was allready viewable with the default text. Next i would install some basic extentions before adding categories and content, before doing any changes to the display.

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Login Page Designer

Login Page Designer – Customize Admin Login

I wanted to edit the login page so that I could see my logo for the site and just have it looking a bit different from the default WordPress login screen. I decided to use Login Page Designer – Customize Admin Login plugin as it had been recently upgraded and it looked like I could do what I wanted with it.

Installation was easy, and then I proceded to change the options. There are five main tabs on the settings page:

  1. Display Settings
  2. Logo settings
  3. Form settings
  4. Button settings
  5. Textbox settings

Display are basic options and easy to follow if you need to change them, Background color is for the login page background and the link colors are for the lost your password or back to text links found under the bottom of the form. Logo settings are for the logo image file, height and width, and the title and link text boxes are for the actual popup on mouseover, rather than a text title under the logo as I thought it would be. Form settings are for the form colors and border. Button settings are for the login button only. Textbox settings are all for the colors and border of the two textboxes – Name and Password.

The only trouble I had was there is no live display of the login page as you make changes to it. I had to open a different browser and go to my login page and then refersh it when I wanted to view the changes I had made. But for a free plugin it does the job and after a few trial and error goes I worked out what the differnt tabs were for.

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