In order to develop a Joomla or WordPress web site on your local computer, you will need to install the following services: a webserver (Apache), a database server (MySQL server), and the PHP scripting language. There are a few popular programs out there that package together the Apache webserver, the MySQL server, PHP and PHPmyAdmin into one easy installer with a handy user interface and control panel in order to easily start and stop all of the services. My favorite AMP tools (Apache, MySQL, PHP) are WAMPserver2 and XAMPP. If you are runnning Apple OSX than search Google for a MAMP distribution.
WAMP Video Tutorials
In this series of video tutorials, I cover the basics of downloading of installing and running WAMPserver2.
How to change the default graphics in a Joomla 1.5 template is not always that straight forward. Most of the time, changing the default graphics depends on the template and how it was laid out and designed. Learning how to change the Joomla logo art in a default Joomla template is a good exercise, and it will prepare you for altering other third party templates to meet the needs of your specific website.
How to change the default template graphics in a Joomla 1.5 template
This week we will learn how to use Joomla to present content on the web. We want to know how to create articles (web pages) in Joomla and fill them with text and images. Once we have created articles and added some content to them we will need to know how to present those articles on the website. Just creating the articles does not mean they will appear on the website. To control where and how the articles will appear we need to create "menu links" that will link to the articles in order to present them.
We can also organize and group our articles into hierarchical content areas. This also controls how articles are presented. In order to group the articles we create "sections" and "categories" for the articles to belong to. The hierarchy is articles belong to a category and a category belongs to a section. In the image below you can see an example hierarchy for articles in a CMS class like this one.
I was asked if I could show how to password protect web folders in the Apache web server. If you are running Wampserver, but do not want people to see your webpages without password access. The first thing you could do is simply put the site offline by activating that setting in the Wampserver2 system tray tool. If that is not adequate, you can also set some configurations in the Apache webserver that will password protect the web directory. I posted two videos on how to password protect the web directories in the Apache webserver. Click the links below to go to the videos: