What is a category?

All content in Joomla is organized by categorization.  Think of a category as a filing cabinet for your content.  You must define your categories before beginning to add your site content (called articles). Your site plan will help you organize how your content will fit into categories.  By grouping similar articles into categories, you can easily manipulate different types of menus/modules to display dynamic content.  Dynamic content also allows users that may be less technical to add content without having to alter the navigation structure of a site.  Categories are the foundation for building our navigation structure and organizing our content (articles).   

When you first approach Joomla, one of the most important things to understand is how the system itself is organized.  In order to help you remember what to do, think of this acronym – C.A.M.

C – First, you need a Category
A – then create your Article and assign it to the appropriate category
M– then create a Menu item linking to the article and enable the module

The first step toward adding new articles or building new navigation is to start with adding a category.  The category allows us to organize our articles by similar content.  Categories are used when building menus that display dynamic content, such as category blogs, featured blogs, or category lists.

YouTube Closed Captions

YouTube automatically generates closed captions when you upload a video. Closed captions are the text representation of the words spoken in your video. Captions not only assist those with hearing impairments or no access to audio features, but are also helpful to those that may be less fluent in a specific language to follow along with your video. Captions may be turned on any video by clicking the CC icon in the lower right progress bar of a YouTube video. The captions appear in the lower section of the video.
Example of YouTube icons and text used for closed captioning

It is important to check the accuracy of the captions of your uploaded video. If you find a typo, it is easy to edit and save your corrected caption.

By default, closed captions are turned off YouTube videos. If you would like to open your YouTube video with the closed captions automatically appearing, just add on &cc_load_policy=1 to the end of the address. Here is an example:



Actual embed code used:
<iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6MG3q5gESyI?rel=0&cc_load_policy=1" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" width="425" height="350"></iframe>

You could also hyperlink closed captions visible like this: 
https://www.youtube.com/v/6MG3q5gESyI?rel=0&cc_load_policy=1

How do I enable an image background on my site?

The UAB template allows for the background to be changed to an image.   If this is the first time you are switching from a pattern theme to an image theme, please send a request to webcenter@uab.edu with the name of the image you would like displayed.  Once enabled, you will be able to change the image at any time.