In Joomlashack our main goal is to make Joomla simple for you. Our Glossary of Terms explains words and phrases you may often find on your Joomla admin and front pages, in Joomla documentation, in our tutorials, video classes and books. 

What is Akeeba Backup in Joomla?

We decided to include Akeeba Backup in our Glossary of Joomla Terms purely based on how vital it is for any Joomla based website. Especially for beginners.

Akeeba Backup actually is not a part of your Joomla Content Management System. It is a third party extension. You need to download it from the download section at website and install it on your Joomla site.

Once you installed it, you can use it to create your website backups with one click or automatically, by a certain schedule. 

In case something happened to your site, you can easily restore it with the backup you created with the Akeeba Backup component.  

What is an Accordion in Joomla?

Accordion in Joomla context is a way to display Joomla content items in an accordion-like way. You or your site visitor clicks on an item. In response, another item slides down underneath of the first item. 

Please check out the "Sliders example" on Tabs & Sliders demo page to see accordion in action.

You basically have one content item being on display and another, linked to it, hidden. Such design can be useful to compactly arrange a fairly small amount of content items on a limited screen estate. 

You most commonly find accordeon-like design applied to FAQ sections.

What is an Administrator in Joomla?

An administrator in Joomla site context is a person with permissions of the Joomla backend "Administrator" user group. 

As the Content Management System, Joomla has a permission level hierarchy. It determines what user is permitted to do what actions on the site.

The top level of this permission level structure are users of the "Super Administrator" group. They are allowed to perform anything on the site.

The "Administrator" user group is the second after the "Super Administrator". An Administrator is allowed everything allowed to a Super Administrator, except:

  • Creating a user with the Super User group permissions
  • Installing extensions on the site.

This video will introduce you to Joomla user groups:

What is an Article in Joomla?

Articles are what Joomla as a Content Management System was developed for. Once you installed Joomla for your website, you can start writing, editing and publishing articles right away.

Once you publish your Joomla articles, search engines start indexing them. Internet searches then find your articles in search result pages and visit your site to get more information.

Articles can be created either from Joomla backend control panel or from your site frontend. You can create them either yourself or delegate this task to somebody else. 

The same applies to administering already created and published articles. They can be edited, unpublished or even deleted. Either from your site control panel or from a frontend page.

Watch these videos on creating Joomla articles

This is Part 2 of the same video series:

What is the Absolute Path to a File in Joomla?

An absolute path to a file is a full path to the file. It starts from your web server root, continues to your website root, to the file's folder.

For example: /home/joedoe/public_html/administrator/components/com_akeeba/backup/

Your Joomla files reside on your web server hard drive. Just like your personal files reside on your personal computer hard drive.

In some occasions, it may be you who will need to know a full path to a file of your Joomla site. In others, it might be your Joomla site, your Joomla extension or your web server asking you for a full file path.

For example, very often you may need to download a backup file of your site. To do that, you would need to know a full path to that file.

Or if you are to use the popular Akeeba Backup extension to create backups of your Joomla site. If you prefer to store the site backup in a folder other than offered by default, you will need to enter into Akeba Backup settings the folder absolute path.

What is the Administrator Area in Joomla?

Your Joomla website consists of the two parts: 

  • The front end pages. This is where you display your site content. And this is where public will be consuming content you created.
  • The back end pages. This is where you or your team will be creating your Joomla site content. This part of your Joomla site is commonly called the "administrator areal".

admin panel

This video shows you how to understand the admin area.


What is a Backup in Joomla?

Backup is a spare copy of your site. You or your host create a backup of your site.

Then once something happens to your site and troubleshooting it doesn't help, you simply recover your broken site from its backup copy.

The most convenient way to backup a Joomla site for any Joomla beginner is to use the popular and most installed extension "Akeeba Backup for Joomla".

download akeeba backup for joomla

It allows you to create backups of your site right from the convenience of your Joomla control panel. You can easily create them manually, with one click. Or you can set backups to run automatically, on a schedule.

Once you created a backup in your Akeeba Backup for Joomla component, you can use it to easily recover your site.

Simply unpack it to your site root and then run the backup installation process following onscreen instructions. Just as you would do installing Joomla itself.


What is a Blog in Joomla?

A blog is Joomla's out-of-the-box built-in capability. If you need a blog, installing Joomla is all you need to do. 

Create your blog categories.

Then go to Content > Articles > Add New Article and begin creating your blog posts. 

Once you are ready to publish your blog posts, you simply point the Home menu item to your blog category

Now your site visitors will see your blog posts listed in chronological order. Your blog is ready.

This is exactly how we built our own blog here at Joomlashack.

joomlashack blog page

What is the Backend in Joomla?

Any Joomla based website consists of two sections: frontend and backend. Frontend web pages are what your site visitors view.

You can think of the backend pages of your website as of your virtual office. Here you or your team will create your site content and administer your site. 

For security, to access a Joomla based site backend a user needs special permissions. If you are the one who installed Joomla system on your site, then you already have permissions to the backend as the site Super Administrator.

What is the Batch Feature in Joomla?

Batch is your ability to perform a certain task in Joomla with a batch of multiple items in one go. It's called "Batch processing".

You may find the Batch button in various administrative pages in your Joomla control panel. 

  • Go to Content > Articles

Go Content > Articles

You will see the Batch button located in the top right corner:

batch button

  • Select one or more of your Joomla articles and click on the Batch button. You will see the "Batch process the selected articles" box:

batch processing box

Here you can perform the following tasks with the batch of your selected articles:

  • Set their language
  • Move or copy them into a selected category
  • Set their access level
  • Add tags to them.

Joomla also provides you similar batch processing capability for your categories, menu items, and users.

As you can see, batch processing is a fairly simple task. You just select the items to batch process. Then you select what particular action you would like to perform on them. And finally, you click the Process green button. It's that simple.