Now that we have installed there are two parts to our Joomla web site. There is the publicly visible part which currently will look something like this and then there is the administrator which is where we do our work. To access the administrator go to your domain and add /administrator at the end.
This takes you to Joomla's Log in screen where you should enter the username and the password that you created during the installation process. Then click on Log in. Once we've logged in you will see this screen the Joomla administrator control panel It is from the administrator that we will be doing all our work building the site Let me explain the different areas of this site.
Right here in the middle we have three boxes currently showing the Logged in Users the popular articles and the recently added articles. Obviously as we have no articles yet those boxes are empty. But once you start building the site they will become populated with out articles and they will be quick links to enable you to go directly to them.
On the right hand side we have a section called Quick Icons these are just quick links to some of the more commonly used functions in Joomla. However all of this is also available from the menus at the top and that is where we are going to be concentrating. If we go up to the top right we can see the name of the person who is currently logged in in my case it is Super User and if I click on the link I can go to edit my account and change that name I can also log out of the administrator.
In the top left is the name of our web site for me it's Teemans TeaShop If I click on this I can quickly open our web site in a new window. We will be using this a lot during the lessons. so that we can easily and quickly see the changes that we have made in the administrator and how they reflect on the front end of our web site. Here there is the Joomla logo and this will always bring us back to this screen no matter where we are. So again it's a useful quick link, a home link, back to this page.
And finally, we have the menu along the top. This is what we're going to be using most of the time to navigate our way around the Joomla administrator. Simply go to the menu and click on it once to activate it and then we can scroll down and across and select the menu item that we want. The final link is Joomla Help Here you will find links to further resources to help you build your Joomla web site whether that's the forum or Joomla Extension Directory where you can find additional functionality to add to your web site. In later lessons we're going to look in more detail and all the relevant options and the all the tools available to you in the Joomla administrator web site to help you build your first Joomla 3 web site.