Joomla Grossary

The control panel that administrators use to manage the content, appearance and functionality of the site. Access to the back end is typically restricted to higher level users, such as publishers, administrators, and super users.

A core Joomla component that allows you to display and manage web banners on your Joomla site.

The default Joomla! layouts for menu items which use the Category Blog Layout. Blog format presents some or all of the articles in a particular category or sub-category. The standard presentation usually includes an article’s title as a link, followed by some introductory text and a Read More link.

A module that helps to display the location of each page as you browse through all the pages on the site. Speaking of navigation, links like Home >> Dream >> Corners are called breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs appear by default; you can turn them off in Module Manager.

The mechanism that offers users a stored view of (part of) a web page so that does not have to be pulled from the database. Joomla core offers three levels of caching:

In Joomla! a Category is a collection of Articles. In Joomla! a website might have Categories called "Animals" and "Plants". Within the "Animals" Category, the website might have Sub Categories such as "Birds" and "Mammals". Within the "Birds" Category, the website might have Articles such as "Parrots" and "Sparrows".

A component is a kind of Joomla! extension. Components are the main functional units of Joomla!; they can be seen as mini-applications. An easy analogy would be that Joomla! is the operating system and the components are desktop applications. They are usually displayed in the center of the main content area of a template (depending on the template).

A file that stores configuration setttings which you will find in the root folder of Joomla installation. All the parameters under the Site, System and Server tabs in the Global Configuration are stored as values in this file. This file is set up automatically by the software installation process and thus many of the parameters appearing in the Global Configuration screens are best left as their initial settings.

One of the elements of model-view-controller (MVC) design pattern used for Joomla core components. The controller executes tasks that are being requested by the client or the system. The base API class we use for a controller is called JController.

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