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How To Add Articles (Pages) In Joomla 1.5


What are Articles?
In Joomla an Article is basically a page, you can link to Articles through menus or direct links. Articles can only be saved under Categories (which are saved under Sections, this is explained in the "Structuring Joomla" Tutorial) or they can be uncategorized. When you create an Article you can enter the meta data for that Article (page), the meta data is information that helps search engines know what your page is about, like a description, keywords, etc.

Writing an Article?
You are best off writing the content for your page (Article) in Microsoft Word or something similar as it helps with spelling, sentence structure, grammar and it auto corrects general errors. Writing Articles (which is basically the content for your site) is very important to the success of your website. You may find that you need to update or improve on Articles you have published on your site down the track, which is recommended anyway.

Note: You want to add as many Articles as you can, the more content you have on your site the more Search Engines will like you and this can effectively increase your free traffic.




Step By Step Guide;

It is recommended that you get your basic Sections and Categories set up before you start adding Articles, for help with this check out “Structuring Joomla”.


Step 1) Login to Joomla, tutorial on “How to Login to Joomla Here”.


Step 2) From the Admin Homepage (the one you see when you first login) you can either click on the icons for “Add New Article” (which will bring you straight to adding a new article) or you can click “Article Manger” (this will show you a list of all the articles and let you Add/Edit/Remove/etc any articles). Another way would be to select “Content” from the top horizontal menu and then click “Article Manager”


I’m going to select one of the “Article Manager” links.


Step 3) From the Article Manager page you can see a list of all the current Articles but we are interested in the button from the top right, the “New” button. Click it.


This is the page you will see if you selected the “Add New Article” Button from Step 2.


Step 4) First enter the Title for the Article, then the alias (this is used in the URL, if you want to use the title name just leave this blank.). Now select the Section and Category for this Article. Usually leave the settings Published to “Yes” and Front Page to “No”, if you set “Front Page” to Yes then this article will be displayed on the front page of your website. If an Article is set to “Published: No” then it will not be shown on your site, even if you link to it.  You can change any of these settings later.


Step 5) You can either type your Article from here or copy and paste it from a saved document.


Step 6) On the right there will be 3 different sets of options, usually “Parameters” is already expanded but I’ll show you the 3 sets of options here (none expanded).



Step 7) In the “Parameter (Article)” options our main interest is the “Access Level”, if you want anyone to be able to view this article (so if you have a content website for everyone to view) leave this set to “Public”. If you only want people that Register to your website to be able to view this Article set it to “Registered”. And lastly if you have special users like Authors, Editors, Publishers, etc and you only want those users to be able to view this Article set the Access Level to Special.



Step 8) For the “Parameters (Advanced)” section you can ignore all of it unless you know there are certain settings you want to change. If you have a look you will notice they are all set to “Use Global”, this is the global settings used by all articles which you can change later and it will affect all your articles. For now you are best off ignoring this section.


Step 9) Now for the “Metadata Information”, for beginners you will only need to worry about the “Description” and “Keywords” parts. For the Description enter a small explination of this Article, try to keep it down to around 150 characters as search engines will only display a certain amount of characters and simply ignore the rest. In the Keywords box simply type in Keywords that describe your article, separate each keyword with a comma. To learn about keywords check out my Article on “****Mastering Keywords****”



Step 10) You are now ready to click “Save” from the top right and save your article.


Additional Information:

Once you have a few articles up and going you are ready to start building a Menu for your website, learn how to do that with the tutorial “Building a Menu in Joomla 1.5”.