5 Courses to Get You Started with Joomla

There is a common question we get from Joomla beginners who just joined Joomlashack.

They want to know how to start with Joomla and what kind of video classes they should take.

Here's an overview of 5 video classes to get you started with building, maintaining, securing and speeding up your Joomla site. All of these courses are available to Joomlashack Everything Club members as part of Joomlashack University.


Course #1: The Beginners Guide to Joomla 3

The "The Beginners Guide to Joomla 3" course teaches you all of the essential concepts and knowledge you must have before you get started with Joomla. The lessons are aimed at people who are completely new to Joomla. You don't need any experience or know any coding.

In this class you will learn:

  • The easy to implement a seven-step process for building Joomla sites.
  • How to quickly install Joomla remotely or on your own computer.
  • How to efficiently work with Joomla content using CASH workflow.
  • How to add more cool features to your site with Joomla extensions.
  • How to easily change the design of your site with Joomla templates.
  • How to allow users to register on your site and how to manage them.
  • How to maintain your Joomla site and how to keep it safe.

Course #2: How to Build Joomla 3 Sites

The "How to Build Joomla 3 Sites" course builds on The Beginners Guide. Rod Martin takes you through the process of building a complete Joomla site. Following Rod, you will learn how to build a site from the ground up.

  • How to install Joomla site.
  • How to plan Joomla site.
  • The Must Have's for every site Rod built.
  • The CASH content workflow.
  • Some important Joomla features.
  • How to extend Joomla with components, modules, and plugins.
  • Introduction to template overrides, language overrides and custom CSS.
  • How to set up access control.
  • How to move the site to a remote server.
  • How to maintain the site.

Course #3: How to Maintain a Joomla 3 Site

The "How to Maintain a Joomla! 3 Site" class follows directly from the "How to Build Joomla 3 Sites" course. In these lessons, we show you how to manage what users and administrators can do and see on a Joomla 3 site. Rod explains user access control. He also shows you how to maintain, backup, update and move your Joomla site.


Course #4: How to Keep Joomla 3 Sites Safe

"How to Keep Joomla! 3 Sites Safe" is the class you can not afford to miss. All content management systems get attacked. Some experts estimate 30,000 websites get compromised every day! Keeping your Joomla website from getting hacked isn't hard, but there are some basics that you simply must ensure get done.

In this class, you'll learn:

  • Understanding the basics of Joomla security.
  • Updating your Joomla site.
  • Updating your extensions.
  • Using Akeeba Backup to backup and restore your site.
  • Using Admin Tools to keep your site safe.

Course #5: How to Speed Up Joomla 3 Sites

In the "How to Speed Up Joomla 3 Sites" class, Rod gives you 10 tips on getting your Joomla site running much more quickly. The quicker your site, the better experience its visitors will have, both on a mobile device, and on the desktop. Rod covers 10 things you need to do to ensure that your Joomla site runs as fast as possible:

  • How to test your site to know where you are.
  • How to choose a good hosting company.
  • How to manage Joomla and its extensions well.
  • How to enable the Joomla cache.
  • How to enable Joomla compression.
  • How to optimize the .htaccess file.
  • How to optimize your images.
  • How to optimize your CSS and JavaScript.
  • How to use a Content Delivery Networks (CDN).
  • What extensions can help you speed up your site.

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About the author

Born from a Ukrainian mother and Russian father, Alex lives in the United Kingdom. Alex is a self-taught Microsoft Certified Professional. He enjoys learning Joomla and helping web site administrators make the most of it.