10 of The Most Useful Joomla Tutorials
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Tutorials are a great resource to anyone needing to learn how to do something - especially webmasters; there are tutorials for just about everything you imagine! They are especially handy for beginners, but even experts sometimes have to seek out a specific tutorial to help them with a task in which they have no clue how to complete.

There are many Joomla tutorials out there to help you with simple things like setting up your site, to more complicated things like creating an entire template. We’ll take a look at 10 of the most useful Joomla tutorials on the Web and see what they have to offer. Joomla website owners of all experiences are sure to find these handy.

Backup Your Joomla Site to Dropbox with Akeeba Backup Professional

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If your Joomla website goes down and you don’t have a backup of it, you’re in serious trouble! There is no other way to get a website back up from an unexpected crash or other error unless you have a backup. This tutorial will teach you how to use Akeeba Backup Professional to create a backup of your Joomla site and then save it to your own personal 
Dropbox  account. Why Dropbox? Well, you’ll be able to access it from anywhere and any device, plus it’s very secure and reliable.

How to Add a PDF File to a Joomla Article

Do you know how to add a PDF file to your Joomla articles? “In this post, you will learn how to add a link to a PDF or any other document file to a Joomla article.” This tutorials shows you how to do this using a basic Joomla installation. If you’d like to learn how to do this using JCE File Manager, then check out How to Insert a PDF File in a Joomla Article with JCE File Manager.

Create a Template with Joomla: Step by Step

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This tutorial will take you step-by-step through the details of creating a Joomla template from scratch. It’s actually an except from the book
Joomla! 1.6: A User’s Guide: Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website. It starts with the basics like what a Joomla template is and the functions it performs. It then goes through the files that make up a Joomla template all the way to the proper steps in creating a Joomla 1.6 template.

How to Create a Website Using Joomla

What is Joomla and why should you be using it? Furthermore, once you do decide to use it, how do you get started and create a website with it? This tutorial will show you all of that complete with text and a 16 minute video. The tutorial urges all first-time website makers to use Joomla and the argument (about why you should use Joomla) is pretty convincing.

How to Install Joomla 1.7

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Are you still using Joomla 1.6 (or another version) and want to upgrade to Joomla 1.7? Head on over to this tutorial, which will help you to manually install Joomla 1.7 on your hosting environment. This is definitely one of the most detailed tutorial you’ll find on installing Joomla 1.7. It includes step-by-step instructions and screenshots to match - very thorough.

How to Add a Google +1 Button to Your Joomla Site

The Google +1 Button is a must for all websites. Not only do +1 recommendations show up on your Google+ profile, but they also show in Google search results. This is great publicity for your website and is sure to help increase your traffic. This tutorial will show you how to implement the button on your Joomla website and explain why it’s needed. If the +1 Button is new to you, be sure to check out the video Introducing the +1 Button from Google.

How to Speed Up a Slow Site Using JCH Optimize

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Is your Joomla website slow and sluggish? Do you not have a clue as to how to speed it up? Well, “if you want to quickly get rid of your site’s visitors, keep your site as slow as possible”. However, if you want to keep your visitors and make sure they have a pleasant experience on your website, be sure to use this tutorial to help speed up your website! The tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of minifying and gzipping your files using a Joomla plugin called JCH Optimize.

How to Install Joomla 2.5 Manually

Do you want to move on up from Joomla 1.6 or 1.7 to Joomla 2.5? This tutorial will show you how to do this manually in 11 steps, complete with screenshots. You’ll need to know how to create a MySQL database and you’ll also need an FTP client. As you go through the steps you’ll see that it’s not as complicated as you may have expected. If you’re moving from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5, be sure to check out How to Migrate Joomla 1.5 to 2.5.

How to Set Up the Robots.txt File in Joomla

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“The robots.txt file is a small file located in the root folder of your Joomla site. The file contains instructions to the search engines on what to index and what to leave out.” This file can have an impact on SEO and how you rank in search engines, so it’s important to know how to set it up for maximum results. Even if you know how to do this on your own, this tutorial explains that by default the robots.txt file in Joomla excludes images. So if you want to be sure that your images are indexed by search engines (especially Google), be sure to follow this tutorial.

How to Integrate MailChimp with a Joomla Site

MailChimp is an advanced email marketing tool that many top sites use to manage their email mailing lists. “You can use MailChimp directly with no other integration with your Joomla site other than a sign up form on your site, or, you can integrated it more closely, using Joomla extensions for MailChimp.” This tutorial will show you how to use those extensions via an in-depth guide and video.

In Part 1 you’ll learn how to create an email list and sign up form, and then how to embed that form into your Joomla site. However, in order to see the rest of the tutorial (parts 2-5), you will need to sign up for JoomlaShack.

Various Joomla Video Tutorials - (Tips & Tricks and How - to's)

Is there a particular Joomla tutorial that has helped in the past? Which Joomla tutorial do you think is the most useful?
 

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