Setting Up A Local Joomla! Component Development Environment

Joomla! development is often done locally using an integrated development environment or IDE installed on a PC desktop or laptop. I feel it is the preferred development environment and one reason is security. Security can be obtained on a server but the effort can be kept to a minimum providing a good firewall is being used along with anti-malware software that is scanning in the background. Testing on a server is mandatory before delivering any project but developing locally with the following suggested setup greatly reduces the time required to build Joomla! and WordPress web sites. It does the same for your own development projects. I have added a component I am very excited about which also speeds up the development process greatly called Joomla! Component Builder.

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Your home page is set to display the four most recent articles from the blog category in a column. Then there are links to the next two oldest articles. You can change those numbers by editing the content options settings in the blog tab in your site administrator. There is a link to your site administrator in the top menu.

If you want to have your blog post broken into two parts, an introduction and then a full length separate page, use the Read More button to insert a break.

Read more: About your home page

Templates control the look and feel of your website.

This blog is installed with the Protostar template.

You can edit the options by selecting the Working on Your Site, Template Settings link in the top menu (visible when you login).

For example you can change the site background color, highlights color, site title, site description and title font used.

More options are available in the site administrator. You may also install a new template using the extension manager.

Your site has some commonly used modules already preconfigured. These include:

  • Image Module which holds the image beneath the menu. This is a Custom module that you can edit to change the image.
  • Most Read Posts which lists articles based on the number of times they have been read.
  • Older Articles which lists out articles by month.
  • Syndicate which allows your readers to read your posts in a news reader.
  • Popular Tags, which will appear if you use tagging on your articles. Enter a tag in the Tags field when editing.

Each of these modules has many options which you can experiment with in the Module Manager in your site Administrator. Moving your mouse over a module and selecting the edit icon will take you to an edit screen for that module. Always be sure to save and close any module you edit.

Joomla! also includes many other modules you can incorporate in your site. As you develop your site you may want to add more module that you can find at the Joomla Extensions Directory.