1.5 Template Project

The Joomla! Documentation Working Group is running a project to develop detailed reference and tutorial material on Joomla! 1.5 templates.  There is a project page on the documentation wiki where you can see the work in progress and help us by contributing your knowledge.

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The Joomla! Help Site content is copyright © 2005 - 2008 by the individual contributors and can be used in accordance with the Creative Commons License, Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 2.5. Some parts of this website may be subject to other licenses.

Joomla! Doc Camp PDF Print E-mail

Following on from the huge success of the Joomla! 1.5 bug squashing days, please join us for the first world-wide Joomla! 1.5 documentation days starting on 19th January 2008.  We will have tasks for everyone; coders and non-coders alike.  Our primary aim is to dramatically increase the volume of documentation available for Joomla! 1.5.

So far we have locations in Vancouver, Canada and Brussels, Belgium and we hope to confirm other locations soon.  For the latest information on locations and other arrangements, please visit the Joomla! Doc Camp wiki page .  Please note that space at these locations is limited, so don't register unless you are certain you can come.

If you can't join us in person, come join us on IRC (#joomladocs @ freenode.).  For even more fun, why not organise your own local Doc Camp by finding a space with room for you and some others to work, and getting some food in.  Keep an eye on the wiki and join in on IRC so you know what is happening elsewhere.

In the spirit of open source we will be writing collaboratively using a wiki, but there will also be opportunities to upload standalone documents in other formats.  Learning from the success of the ongoing Google Highly Open Participation Contest we will try to present small, easily-managed tasks that can be completed in a single day. 

In advance of the event itself, why not help us define the task list?  Register on the wiki and make your suggestions there or add your ideas to this forum thread.


North America

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 9AM to 6PM PST (GMT-8) Saturday 19th January 2008

(thanks to "The Network Hub" for the location and free wi-fi)


Brussels, Belgium 10AM to 7PM CET (GMT+1) Monday 21st January 2008

(thanks to the Belgium Local Police for sponsoring the venue)

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 January 2008 )
Joomla! 1.5 Installation Manual **Updated** PDF Print E-mail


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Joomla! 1.5 Installation Manual **Updated**

The Joomla! User Documentation Team are pleased to announce the release of the Joomla! 1.5 Installation Manual today.

The Manual covers:

  • System Requirements
  • Localhost and Remote Host Installations
  • Obtaining Joomla
  • Preparations ahead of installation
  • File Transfer
  • Secure Password Thinking
  • Web Browser Installation
  • Manual Installation
  • Known Issues and Error Solving (this has yet to be populated)
  • General information for anyone new to the Joomla! Community
  • Further reference relating to Joomla! 1.5 (this also has yet to be populated)

The manual is available as an online resource here at the Help Site or for download in PDF file format for bedtime reading from the Joomla! Project Document Repository on Joomla! Code!. This has now been updated to Joomla! 1.5 Installation Manual v.0.5 on 31 October 2007. Just "right-click " with your mouse and select Save As from the menu.

Please note this Web site will hold the most current version of the manual, although we will do periodic updates of the PDF version as well. 

If you have any constructive feedback please visit the User Documentation forums .



Andy Wallace

25 September 2007


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 October 2007 )
Joomla! 1.0.11 User Manual - Now available PDF Print E-mail


The Joomla! Documentation team is pleased to announce that the Joomla! 1.0.11 User Manual is now available for download.jum_11

Click to download the User Manual 1.0.11 >>.

The objectives of this User Manual are to:

  • Help you to install and configure Joomla!
  • Describe the various types of Users and what their access permissions are.
  • Provide detailed instructions for both Front-end and Back-end inputting and site management within the Joomla! User framework of Authors, Editors, Publishers, Managers, Administrators and Super Administrators.

The manual’s target audience is all levels of user from Author to Super Administrator and is aimed at the newcomer to Joomla! although, more experienced users will find it useful too.

The Joomla! User Manual is © copyright 2006 by the individual contributors and can be used in accordance with the Creative Commons License, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 April 2007 )
Finding Help PDF Print E-mail

We recognize that those coming to this Help Site have differing levels of experience, varied backgrounds, and perspectives shaped by their particular role in working with Joomla!. In order to help reach each type of person searching for answers here, we have divided up the content we are offering on this Help Site; reading the description of each type of Help Guide will help direct you towards the specific area of help you are looking for.

  1. User Manual:

    The User Manual is meant to be a very basic guide to help those who are simply trying to use Joomla!, rather than those who are administrating Joomla!-based sites or are developing Joomla! tools. It is geered to those who are new to Joomla! and does not require a high level of technical understanding. We recommend that Joomla! Administrators take a look at the User Manual as well as their own, in order to see the Joomla! Content Management System as it appears to their users.

  2. Administrator Manual:

    This guide is a bit more complex than the User Manual, and is intended for those who are in charge of the Administration of a Joomla!-based web site. It provides a tour of the Administrator (Back-end), with explanations of each of the menu items in the Administrator area. It also goes through the Help Screens which are available to Administrators as they are setting up their sites, and shows each Help Screen individually.

  3. Glossary:

    The Joomla! Glossary is a tool that is useful to everyone involved with Joomla!, regardless of their role or level of experience. It serves to define and explain the use of many terms associated with Joomla! and with related technological concepts. The Glossary is always a work in progress, and we welcome suggestions for words to be added to it or for definition changes.

  4. Editorial Style Guide:

    This is a guide created to help those volunteering to write, edit, or proof-read the Joomla! documentation to have consistency in style. It also provides general helpful advice for improving writing and editing skills.

  5. Developers:

    This site is not geared towards Developers of Joomla! tools or for those seeking a higher level of technical knowledge. For the Developer Manual and other helpful guidelines, including information about code, CSS classes, templating, PHP, etc. please go to http://dev.joomla.org/

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 October 2006 )