Joomla (opens in new tab) is one of the most popular content management systems in the world (CMS (opens in new tab)). It is an open source platform that is free to install and offers attractive blogging tools. However, it can be a little challenging to learn and use.
To help you get started, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to creating a blog with Joomla. It may seem difficult at first, but you don’t need any special technical or coding skills. It pays to work tirelessly to unlock the full potential of this leading CMS.
How to Start a Blog with Joomla: Getting Ready
Before starting a blog, you should do a few things.First, choose a web host (opens in new tab) provider.we used custodian (opens in new tab)top hosting starting at $1.99 per month.
Next, you have to install Joomla CMS on your hosting server. Hostinger provides a neat auto-installer that lets you install Joomla with just a few clicks. Just find the Auto Installer button on the hPanel control panel and follow the prompts.Alternatively, see Hostinger’s Complete guide to install Joomla (opens in new tab).
Many leading web hosts offer some form of one-click installation.This is usually done by Soft Science (opens in new tab) One-click installer, although some hosts have their own.
If one-click install is not available, you should be able to install the Joomla script manually.
Step 1: Find and install the template
Unlike most other CMSs, Joomla does not have a central template repository. This means you have to find third-party templates. Fortunately, there are plenty of free and premium options available, and a quick search should reveal a lot of results.
Once you’ve selected a template, it’s time to upload. Go to the System menu and click the extension link under the Install heading. Add your template files via direct upload or URL and wait a few minutes for the files to install.
Step 2: Customize Your Design
Next, we recommend that you customize the design of your blog. It doesn’t have to look perfect, but it’s a good idea to at least get your basic layout down.
Customizing templates with Joomla can be a little difficult without coding knowledge, but most templates provide basic design tools. You can find these by going to the System menu and clicking the Site Template Styles button.
Choose the template you want to edit and you’ll have access to a variety of customization tools. These vary by template, which means ease of customization may need to be considered when choosing a theme.
Creating and customizing site menus with Joomla is very easy. The Menus tab on the main dashboard taskbar enables you to add new menus, edit existing menus, and change how they behave.
Step 4: Add Content
Next comes content creation, which is the main part of starting a new blog (opens in new tab). The Joomla Dashboard has a full content area with various tools, but we’ll let you explore them yourself. To start adding new articles, click the Articles tab under the Content menu.
Here you will find a list of all blog posts (articles). These can be edited, marked as featured, archived or deleted as needed. There is also a Hits column detailing the number of views for each post.
To create a new article, click the New+ button. Joomla uses a simple text-based blog editor, which means layout options are limited, at least on the surface. However, you can customize many other things and add HTML code if you want to change the layout or make fine-tuned personalization.
If desired, you can also assign tags and categories to each article.
Step 5: Create Blog Categories
By categorizing your blog, you make it easy for readers to find the type of content they are looking for. Joomla makes this super easy with a dedicated admin panel for categories.
Here you can add and delete categories, copy existing categories to new ones, and configure access control (when multiple people have access to the CMS). You can also see how many articles in each category are published, unpublished, archived, and deleted.
Step 6: Add extensions as needed
By now, you should have a functional blog, but most likely it’s still pretty basic. This is where Joomla’s extensions come to the rescue. The Joomla Extensions Directory contains thousands of plugins and add-ons that you can use to add functionality to your site, including over 400 social media extensions.
For example, let’s say you want to add a photo gallery to your homepage. 130+ different gallery extensions can help you do just that. Browse popular options, use filters to fine-tune your search, and follow the prompts to install the most attractive options.
Note that not everyone needs to install additional extensions. If you’re happy with a simple blog, Joomla’s basic templates have everything you need.
Creating a blog with Joomla is a relatively simple process, especially if you use a host like Hostinger that supports one-click installation. The interface can be confusing, but it’s worth sticking with to learn how to unlock the true power of Joomla.
To learn more, read The best free website builders (opens in new tab) A service you can use instead of Joomla.Or, learn more about CMS and them in our best content management system (opens in new tab) guide.