Joomla is a content-management system (CMS) that enables you to make and update Web pages easily. Many aspects, including its ease of use and the ability to add to its capabilities, have made Joomla very popular software for building Web sites. With Joomla, a template is set up by the UAB Web Communications, and then the owner/administrator can give permission to others who would simply need Internet access to log in and enter content on their own schedule. There are tools built into the administrative side to customize the look and feel of the page, much like you would use in creating a Word document.

CMS software keeps track of every piece of content on your Web site, much as your local public library keeps track of books and stores them. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage — since the CMS manages all your content, you don't have to.  As a UAB site administrator, you are expected to learn to use the Joomla tool to maintain the content of your Joomla site.  UAB Web Communications is here to help you.

Joomla Basics Training Document – UAB's introduction to Joomla, intended for basic instruction use with a new site instance
Joomla Quick Reference - Basic Joomla Terminology and sequence for adding new site content/navigation
Joomla's Absolute Beginners Guide – Joomla's comprehensive guide for users with no experience

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 may be used when building menus that display dynamic content, such as category blogs, featured blogs or category lists.

How to create a category or subcategory
How to move multiple articles (batch) to a category