Step 2: Add
To start writing, click Article Manager under the Content drop-down menu. You should be looking at a page like the one in Figure 5.5.
Figure 5.5 Your Article Manager
Click the “New” button next. There are only three fields (as indicated in Figure 5.6) you must fill in:
Figure 5.6 The Title, Content, and Category fields
Let’s fill in those three fields from top to bottom:
1. Title. Enter Climate to match the first article in our plan (see Figure 5.7). When you save the article, the Title is automatically copied into the Alias field. This Alias field forms part of the URL, so our “Climate” article will have a URL that contains the word “climate.” You can find out more about how Joomla creates URLs in Chapter 14, Joomla! Site Management Explained.
Figure 5.7 Entering a title for the article
Place this article into the correct category. Click the Category drop-down menu and choose the Information category, as in Figure 5.8.
Figure 5.8 Choosing a category for the article
Figure 5.9 Writing the “Climate” article
Click Save & Close and your “Climate” article will be complete. The final article should look like Figure 5.10.
Figure 5.10 The finished “Climate” article
Now we’ll repeat this process to create a second article. Here are the details for our second article in the About category:
- Title: Location
- Category: Information
Article Text: Describe where the city is. There is some sample text at www.joomla3explained.com/chapter5 to help you out.
When you’ve filled in those three fields, your article should look like the one in Figure 5.11.
Figure 5.11 Writing the “Location” article
- Click Save & Close to finish creating this article.
Let’s do that one more time to finish our Information category by creating the third article. Here are the details we use:
- Title: History
- Category: Information
Article Text: As before, there is some sample text at www.joomla3explained.com/chapter5 to help you out.
Your “History” article should look like Figure 5.12.
Figure 5.12 Writing the “History” article
Click Save & Close to finish creating this article.
Wonderful! We now have one new category on our site called About, and it contains three new articles: Joomlaville Overview, Joomlaville Location, and Joomlaville History.
There’s only one thing left to do.
Visit the front of your site. Have a look at your site and Figure 5.13. What’s missing?
Figure 5.13 The visitor area of your Joomla site
You can’t see your new articles anywhere!
We need some way for visitors to see our articles. We could place all of the articles on the front page, but that would lead to chaos once we have 100 articles or more. Our solution will be to make new menu links so visitors can see our articles.
We’ve done two steps of our Joomla workflow: Categorize and Add. The third and final step is Show.