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Joomla!® Bible by Ric Shreves

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Appendix E. Additional Online Help Resources

APPENDIX E

  • Finding help resources

The popularity of Joomla! has created a significant demand for help resources and supplemental information. The system itself includes Help files, but for those seeking more assistance, the official Joomla! project maintains a number of rich informational sites with documentation, tutorials, and more. Whether you are a developer, a designer, or a site administrator, there are Joomla! help resources designed specifically to help you.

The Help Files inside Joomla!

For site administrators, one of the most useful features of Joomla! is the ability to display context-sensitive help information inside the admin system. Virtually every screen in the admin system has a Help icon on the top-right toolbar. Clicking the icon opens a window containing the Help files that are relevant to that specific page.

By default, the help file information you see within the administration system of your site is drawn from the online Joomla! help site, www.help.joomla.org. Joomla's approach to providing help information inside the admin interface via Help files that are hosted online is a sensible solution. When the online files are updated, users can access the most recent data immediately, without having to download any additional files. The use of the online Help files is, however, dependent upon you having a connection to the Internet. Although most web sites will have a connection to the Internet, if the Joomla! installation ...

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