An Overview of the Joomla 1.6 Control Panel

Once you have logged into the backend area of Joomla you will be presented with Joomla 1.6 control panel which is the first point of call when performing tasks and functions in your Joomla website. This tutorial will give you an overview of all the different areas in the main control panel of Joomla 1.6.

On the left hand side of the control panel screen you will see the main functional icon buttons. These are the most common buttons and functions in Joomla that you may use on a daily basis when managing your Joomla 1.6 website.


Joomla 1.6 Control Panel fig 2

  1. Main menu
  2. Add New Article
  3. Article Manager
  4. Category Manager
  5. Media Manager
  6. Menu Manager
  7. User Manager
  8. Module Manager
  9. Extension Manager
  10. Language Manager
  11. Global Configuration
  12. Edit profile
  13. Template Manager

1) Main Menu

The main menu in the backend of Joomla will take you to all of the main tasks that are performed in Joomla. These include, general site management, user management, site menus, content, components, extensions and Joomla help and documentation.

2) Add New Article

This is a short cut button to start writing a new article into Joomla.

3) Article Manager

The article manager area of Joomla will display all of the articles that are currently listing in the website. All publishing states and dates are also listed at this point for an easy overview of your content.

4) Category Manager

The category manager will allow you manage all of the categories within your website and create new ones as needed. The metadata for categories is also managed at this point.

5) Media Manager

The media manager area of Joomla is where you will upload, rename and delete various files and images that you want to have on your website. 

6) Menu Manager

The menu manager in Joomla allows you to control all of the items that appear in the various Joomla menus that may appear on your website. It also allows you to create more menus and more menu items to existing menus.

7) User Manager

The user manager area of Joomla is where you would control and manage all of the registered users within your website. It is also where you would assign roles, groups and different permission levels for each of the users.

8) Module Manager

Modules are the blocks of content that you find around the sides of the main content areas of your website. The module manager allows for the management of these module positions and the creation of new ones when needed.

9) Extension Manager

The extension manager allows you to install, uninstall and manage extensions that are already in your website.

10) Language Manager

This allows for the control of the main language files that are in Joomla. Any user can choose a different language pack for their account depending on if the language pack as been installed.

11) Global Configuration

The global configuration is one area where regular users shouldn't have access too. This is where you would set the main global parameters of your website including the main configuration details, database connections, time zones, SEO functions and many more.

12) Edit profile

Editing profiles is a new control panel item that has been added to Joomla 1.6. It allows you to access your account information within Joomla and quickly update your username, passwords and other account preferences.

13) Template Manager

This is where you can assign a different template design to your website. Template designs in Joomla 1.6 can now also be easily assigned to different menu items as well.


Additional Info

  • Level: Beginner
  • Type: Documentation
  • Version: Joomla 1.6-1.7
Last modified on Saturday, 04 August 2021 14:23

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