Understanding how to navigate through Joomla 1.6 makes building a great-looking interactive Web site easier. Keep viewers’ interest piqued by using the following tips when you design Web sites with Joomla!:

  • To navigate to the Administration Control Panel:

    • If Joomla is installed locally (on your own computer), navigate to http://yoursite/administrator (that’s http://localhost/administrator or http://localhost/xxxx/administrator if you installed Joomla in the directory xxxx).

    • If Joomla is installed remotely (on a host server), navigate to www.yoursite.com/administrator.

  • To get a preview of the front end while logged into the back end: Click the View Site link in the top-right corner of any back end page.

  • To take your site offline: From any back end page, Choose Site→Global Configuration to open the Global Configuration page. From the Site Settings pane, select the Yes radio button in the row marked Site Offline.

  • To put your site back online: From any back end page, Choose Site→Global Configuration to open the Global Configuration page. From the Site Settings pane, select the No radio button in the row marked Site Offline.

  • To switch templates: From any back end page, Choose Extensions→Template Manager. Select the radio button for the template you want to use. Now, click the Make Default button.