Top 10 most popular Joomla FAQs from newbies

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Top 10 most popular  Joomla FAQs from newbies

I have bumped into many problems while getting acquainted with Joomla so I have collected these 10 most popular Joomla FAQs with the hope that you - Joomla newbies - will learn it faster and easier.

Here they are:

1. What is the difference between a template and an extension?

2. Should I use Joomla 1.5/1.7 to build my website?

3. If I switch to use another Joomla template, will the current information be lost?

4. How to edit Joomla templates?

5. How to place an internal link into an article?

6. How to remove article directories?

7. How to get videos to play on my Joomla website?

8. How to remove or change the "Welcome to the FrontPage" title?

9. Where to get Joomla templates and Joomla extensions?

10. Which books do I need to learn more about Joomla?

If you are interested in them, let's get more details:

1. What is the difference between a template and an extension?

I am completely new to Joomla and I don't know how to distinguish a template and an extension.


Go to the official page of Joomla Documentation to get the most comprehensive answer:

  • A Joomla template: "A template is a type of Joomla extension that changes the way your site looks. There are two types of templates: Front-end Templates and Back-end Templates."
  • A Joomla extension: "An extension is a software package that extends your Joomla installation in some way. A small selection of extensions is included with the default Joomla installation but many more are available from the Joomla Extensions Directory (JED)". It includes component, language, library, mambot, module, package, plugin and template.


2. Should I use Joomla 1.5 or Joomla 1.7 to build my website?

Currently, there are 2 versions of Joomla - Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.7. That confuses me: Which Joomla versions should I use to build my website?


In my opinion, you should try out Joomla 1.7 for the following reasons:

  • First, to enjoy new features, report bugs (If they exist) and make suggestions to contribute to the growth of Joomla. The strength of Joomla comes from the community as you know.
  • Second, if you use Joomla 1.7, you will be easier to upgrade to the next version - Joomla 2.5.
  • And lastly, currently quite a lot of templates and extensions support Joomla 1.7.

However, if your favorite extensions still support Joomla 1.5 only (VirtueMart for example), you should consider this carefully - stick with Joomla 1.5 or switch to similar extensions that support Joomla 1.7.


3. If I switch to use another Joomla template, will the current information be lost?

I used a template to build a website. Now I want to change to another template. Do I need to rebuild my website from the scratch again?


No and Yes.

  • No: You won't lose all databases such as articles, menus, users and so on.
  • Yes: Unfortunately, if you have made some CSS changes such as color customization or width changes, they will be lost.


4. Can I edit Joomla templates?

I like a template. But I still want to make some changes such as the color of the background and menus. Is it possible?


Normally, the answer is yes. You can configure them in the backend parameters or CCS files.

5. How to place an internal article to another article?

I know how to link to a page outside of my website (an external link). But I don't know how to link to another page in my website (an internal link). How to do it?


Let's consider that in the article A, you need to link to article B. Both article A and B are in your website.

  • You copy the URL of article B. It looks like "index.php?option=com_content§ionid=-1&task=edit&cid[]=XX". "XX" is the ID of the article.
    • For example, B is the article 43. Its URL is "index.php?option=com_content§ionid=-1&task=edit&cid[]=43"
  • You open article A:
    • Select the title text (anchor text) for the article B
    • Click the icon Insert link on the Editor Toolbar
    • Paste the URL of article B to "Link URL"
    • Click on the button "Insert" on the Editor Toolbar


6. How to remove article directories?

I don't want sub-article directories to be displayed. How can I remove that?


You go to "Menu Manager" -> "Your menu" -> The article you want to get rid of it -> Tab "Page Display Option" -> You set the parameter "Show Page Heading" as No.

7. How to play a Youtube video on my Joomla website?

I want to insert a Youtube video into my website. Is it possible?


There are 2 ways to stream a Youtube video on your website:

  • Direct:
    • You go to the Youtube video which you want to steam on your website, click on the button "Share" to copy the embed code.
    • You go to the Joomla backend -> "User manager" -> Choose your username -> Set "Editor" as None to turn off the Editor.
    • You go to the article, paste the embed code there.
    • Save the article.
  • Indirect: You stream your videos via Video Players extensions; JPlayer for example. You will get more features such as Video playlist, single video with preview and so on.

8. How to remove or change the "Welcome to the FrontPage" title of the website?

There is the "Welcome to the FrontPage" title on my website. How to remove or change that?


  • You go to Menus -> Main menu -> Home -> Parameter (System)
  • You change the "Page Title" parameter or set "Show Page Title" as No to turn off it.

9. Where to get Joomla templates and Joomla extensions?

I have visited some Joomla websites; they use nice templates and very cool extensions. Where can I get them same ones?


There are dozens of directories or showcases for both free and commercial Joomla products. The most popular places are listed below:

Besides these, you can go to Joomla communities or choose products from of Joomla vendors.


10. Which books do I need to learn more about Joomla?

I need to learn more Joomla. What are the recommended books?


You can start with the list of Unlimited Joomla book resources in multiple languages


In conclusion

Have the questions above resolved your Joomla problems yet? If not, please feel free to leave comments. It is our pleasure to assist you to discover the Joomla world.

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  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Thursday, 10 November 2011

    Hi huyennt!
    I think it's a good idea. It is surely very helpful, not only for newbies. :D

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Thursday, 10 November 2011

    Thanks AlexE! And please don't forget to keep updated with our blog. There will be more useful articles on Joomla! =)

  • AlexE
    AlexE Saturday, 19 November 2011

    hmm... I didn’t know that I can post comments while I’m log in. :p

  • huyennt
    huyennt Monday, 21 November 2011

    I know that you know it now =)

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Monday, 21 November 2011

    One thing that could be added to point 3 is that some of your menu's and other modules might seem to disappear when you change your template.

    A lot of templates have different names for their module positions, so you should remember to change all of the affected module positions and your site will be perfect again :)

    - Vincent from Joomversity

  • huyennt
    huyennt Wednesday, 23 November 2011

    Thanks Vincent for your useful comment :-)

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Tuesday, 03 January 2012

    thanks a lot huyennt......your article was really helpful!!!!!!!!!1
    keep blogging

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Wednesday, 04 January 2012

    Thanks Joomla component development, you are welcome! :)

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Thursday, 12 January 2012

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Friday, 13 January 2012

    Thank you guy,

    We always try to bring you useful information. There will be more helpful article. So, you can keep updated with our blog post via:
    - RSS:
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  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Wednesday, 14 November 2012

    Thank you so much for coming up with this comprehensive all-in-one article! I am indeed a newbie with Joomla and you have collated almost all of the answers to the basic questions that I need to know before starting to design my website. I also would like to know how to insert videos to my website and also to adjoin voiceovers into those videos and get them to play on my site. Lastly, for the linking of the article to another article, can I insert a link to allow my website visitors to click on and download a file, for example an excelsheet? Thanks and appreciate all the help.

  • Marco Poet
    Marco Poet Wednesday, 05 December 2012

    There are some questions you can add up to this list
    How can i remove index.php in the url's?
    How can i rewrite my url's?

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  • huyennt
    huyennt Thursday, 06 December 2012

    Thanks Rusell for your comments.

  • Guest
    Sam Tuesday, 10 December 2013

    How do you disable the front edit button in JSN Metro articles.

  • huyennt
    huyennt Thursday, 12 December 2013

    Hi Sam,

    Just set the group permission for article in the back-end . Go to Content -> Article Manager -> Option -> tab Permission. If one group can edit articles in the back-end, they can also edit articles in the front-end and vice versa.

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