A New Joomla Site

Getting started with Joomla

I want to document my explorations, findings, and lessons learned as I feel my way through the process of building a new website with Joomla.  I am very much a Joomla virgin, and every tentative step provides me with something new to remember.  For instance, the very question of what to do with this Article once I've finished typing it (or rather, once I finish this first little section, because I'll be coming back here as I make progress) is not one that I have an answer to.  What page will it appear on?  How do I link to it?  Add it to a menu?

Menus, Categories, Articles, oh my!

Where My Pages At?

The next thing I wanted to do was take a copy of the index page, move it (and all its complicated layout) elsewhere, and put my own choice of content on the front page.  Easy, right?

Except I could not find the front page anywhere!

What we do have is several distinct items which seemed to control content:

  • Menus
  • Categories
  • Articles
  • Modules
  • Banners
  • Contacts
  • Weblinks

I haven't really investigated the bottom three on the list yet.  The big question was: how do the top four combine to form the pages of the website?  Fortunately, the answer turned out to be simpler than you might think -- while managing to be just a little complicated...

Latest Articles

2014 Movie List

Since typing out the 2013 "Movies" list was more than a little tedious, I've written a short Perl script to do the work for me. Never underestimate the power of a short Perl script! Here, then, is the list of everything I watched in 2014. Hmm. I sure racked up the couch-time!

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2014 Reading List

2014 was also a slow year for me. I think I'd almost go so far as to say that 2014 was my Annus Horribilis; certainly I didn't seem to be particularly productive with anything. My heart just wasn't in it. Neither were my kidneys.

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2013 Reading List

2013 was a slow year for me, book-wise. Apparently. I only read 26 books, and there were a couple of large gaps during which I was too focused on other projects to do much reading. (And since 2014 was, uh, not a good year—for many reasons—I never finished typing this up until April 2015!)

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2013 Movie List

Sometime in August 2013, I decided to add a "Date Watched" column to my movie database, thus allowing me to at least list what I have watched each year, by year.  Obviously this list only goes back as far as August... :-)

Now that I've got my script working (produced for the 2014 list) I've regenerated this list too!

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Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill) was Susan Foreman's history teacher at the Coal Hill School; along with Ian Chesterton she followed Susan back to the junkyard in which she was living, and encountered the Doctor.  When, concerned for their student, they forced themselves into the TARDIS, they were essentially abducted by the Doctor.

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