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Introduction to Your CMS Website

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This is a quick overview to familiarize you with the features of your new website. In this case, the website is a Joomla/CMS based website. We plan to offer tutorials on WordPress sites very shortly.

Click on the small arrow to start the video.


Having a website today is as important as having a business card.  But, getting visitors to visit your site and return to it is also  important. The most popular websites are interactive and have fresh content based upon the access-level of the visitor. Some of the most familiar interractive sites are iGoogle, Amazon, Flicker, Youtube, Facebook, and the ultimate in interactive sites, Twitter (cause it's only interactive).

Static pages are pre-written documents loaded onto a server and do not change, or interact with the visitor.  The Dynamic Content Management System Site requires interaction. (i.e. log-in, add a photo, answer a question, add an item to your shopping cart.)

Static pages are expensive because they require some level of technical knowledge. Visitors have little or no interaction.

The Dynamic Content Management System we have probably installed is Joomla. It's one of the most complex, yet flexible CMS systems available. Because it's easy to manage it eliminated the level of technical experience usually required for web management.

Content is King in a CMS site. It doesn't exist until a visitor interacts with it. The content is inside a database, small applications tell the database what to do when a specific user interacts with it. The only thing that is static is the design. (And, even that can be changed with the click of a mouse).

The Possibile Uses for a CMS website are endless. Some types of sites are:

  • Calendar website for group events.
  • Repositories Access to Manuals, files, powerpoint, etc.
  • Galleries; Share your photos, allow others to add their photos.
  • Forums Community Interraction
  • Directories Membership lists/Classifieds
  • Blogs Personal websites
  • Ecommerce: Make it easy for your buyers!


There are Two Areas of Your Website

The Front End and The Back End. In the video I show you how to administer both areas.

More tutorials are available for specific areas at Pastisenterprises.com. You can also contact us at any time for more assistance.



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Creative Developer , Web Designer and All Around Geek

April has such a passion for technical innovation and graphic design, we swear she'd be designing web pages even if she didn't get paid. Back in the mid-80s, she convinced us to switch our entire production department to personal computers when the Macintosh was just a gleam in Steve Job's eye. An award-winning journalist who ventured into the self-publishing field, she was enlisted by several print and publishing groups to train graphic designers on the value of the personal computer. She was present for what became known as the desktop publishing revolution. Always eager to learn, she traded her technical knowledge with the talents of graphic designers and became a sought-after graphic designer. Still not satisfied, April caught the wave of web design launching websites back when a telephone line was required to get on the internet. Since then, she's been keeping us on the fast-track to internet technologies. Her guiding theme: "If a customer needs it, I can figure out how to do it, and how to make it easily accessible for the client."

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