Although almost everyone has heard of minisites so far if you know anything about internet marketing, very few people have considered using open source and a free CMS or content management system, like Mambo or Joomla, based on King code, to create minisites.
What are the benefits of using CMS like Joomla to quickly build and deploy mini-sites on the Internet?
1. Joomla is easy to use and you can use thousands of free CSS based templates that support the latest standards and have a website for hours, not days.
2. Joomla supports simple wysiwyg or what you see is what visual editors offer you that allow you to easily upload and add content to a site such as using a word processor on a work computer. This means that your site supports the latest web 2.0 standards and can easily and quickly grow content without redefining your site.
3. Joomla has thousands of extensions and you can easily make websites that rival websites cost tens of thousands of dollars for nothing. You can easily add membership sites, photo galleries, streaming videos, audio, chat and forums as well as rich blogs. In short, everything to make your site sticky and keep returning visitors.
4. Joomla makes changing the look of your site abruptly, as you can change your template and quickly change the look and feel of your site in just a few minutes, allowing you to refresh your site from time to time.
5. Joomla has been continuously updated and is now releasing a beta version called 1.5. Most people are still working at 1.03 or something more, but it’s nice to know that future upgrades are available.
6. Joomla is now well supported by many Hosting Services and can be installed by Fantastico scripts with just one click. There is a user guide and several video packages that show you how to create templates and set up membership sites for profit.
7. Joomla and most extensions or plugins are free and open source, so it’s cheap to find a very professional web presence on the Internet.
For all the benefits, it will take a few weeks to get used to the new methodology of using CMS to manage and deploy web pages, unless you are used to making web pages from your browser. Once you’ve concluded that, you no longer want to go back to the slow, tedious system of creating and uploading web pages on your desktop.
I recommend that you go to one of the sites called Joomlatutorials.com and go through the guides immediately after installing Joomla and before you do any work on your site. You basically start with a template that you get for free in the largest free site template store called http://www.joomla24.com. They have over 1500 free templates to get you started. Alternatively, you can contact one of the many commercial template companies that offer a variety of paid templates that you can modify and create on your site.
After selecting a template, you must change the permissions for your template and the media sections of your Joomla template section, under your public html directory, so that you can make changes to the appropriate template and files.
You do this either within joomla or most commonly, from cpanel using the features of your file manager and set file permissions to 777 for folders and 666 for files.
After installation, you must log in from your hosting company before you can enter the admin section that you manage and build the site for, and make changes and add content to the site.
Once logged in, go to the site manager suggestions section and click new.
You will then be presented with a dialog that allows you to browse your computer and select a website template that must be in zip format and place the template on your site. After a few minutes, if that works, and it tells you, then click on. Then your website template will be listed with the other default templates. Click the radio button to create the template by which you installed the default template.
Then you click the radio button to select the default template, then click html to edit the html for the template page. You will check the existing image files on the page.
As you can see, you need to study html, and I would specifically study CSS or cascading stylesheets and tables to know how to put things on a page. In any case, you need to look up the graphic header and replace it with the graphic header of your logo or header image for your site.
You need to make sure that the graphics are slightly smaller than the specified size so that the graphic headers or logo will be displayed without messing with the format of the template or page format. You must upload an image file that you want to use to image your logo or header using an ftp program such as Transmit or Filezilla. Once you find the Joomla folder in a public html folder, you have to click it to find the template folder. Inside is a folder with pictures. You need to upload your selected image to this folder. If possible, it should be a .jpg or .gif file in the same format used in the template. Once the image appears in the file, your next task is to convert the html to an html file and replace it with the name of the image you uploaded. Then when you pull yours [http: //www.sitename/joomla] the front page should show your graphic logo or header file.
Next, you need to uncheck those buttons on the cover that you no longer need. Go to the main menu section and unpublish everything except the home button. You will need to go to the joomla add-ons page and go to the menu section and find a menu extension that will allow you to use images or other files to set up your menus. You will then have the appropriate file extension ready when the time comes to link your menus, which is the last step in setting up your site.
One thing you can do now is find out what extensions or plugins you’ll need on your site. You can easily have the right thumbnail placement, but it will be better in search engines and in the eyes of visitors if you have a theme based site, not just a sales page. Adding a client chat, a forum and a blog to your site will reveal that your visitors are included in the site and keep coming back. The more they have on your site, the better chance they have of buying what you have to offer, whether it’s a affiliate offer, an ebook, or a membership.
Check each extension section. Especially the graphic section where all the ad extensions are on the banner. You can monetize the site with banners and / or text ads that will generate additional revenue for the site. The truth is that if you use AdSense on a site, it will appear in search engines sooner. There are several AdSense modules. You need to add docman or Remository if you are going to upload downloads to your site. A community builder or AEC will do you a good job of setting up a membership site. You will need one of the wsiwyg content editors in the content and news section to be able to easily and quickly edit pages. You must set wysiwyg editor as the default editor for Joomla. When you start adding content, you can easily and quickly edit the pages. Go to the Blog section and add X-Blogg to edit your blog offline and download one of the blog programs to easily set up and run a blog from your site. You will need to add one of the payment processors and / or shopping cart to your site if you are going to sell products from your site. Once you’ve added all the extensions, whether it’s a component, a module, or a module, you’re ready for the next step.
Then you will start adding the sections you will need on your site. You will then add categories to sections until you separate the site into an organized entity. You will then edit the cover using the content editor and wysiwyg editor you created as the default content editor. You will add pictures and articles so that everything is done to your satisfaction. Use surveys, banners and AdSense or other text ads for affiliate programs on the front page on a rotating banner or rotating ad schedule. This way you can track where most of your sales come from. Keep adding articles and other sections to your site until it’s finished. Remember to add sales pages for each of the products or affiliate opportunities you promote. Then you will add a thank you page for any downloads you need to offer either eBooks or software. You will need to set up an extension and add any thumbnails or links you need to download the product.
Once that’s all set, check all the pictures and spelling for all your articles. Check the links and make sure everything is OK. Make sure your cart is working properly by adding product samples and ordering. Make sure any form is correct to add visitors to your listing.
Add your newsletter buttons and set up messages. Set up your auto reps for any orders or requests for your newsletters. I suggest you put newsletters in your archives section on your site so that people can download them from the site in your case, email. The spam filter eats your newsletter.
When everything looks good publish your pages.
Congratulations, your site is now active. Write two articles daily in your area of expertise and you will have over 100 articles in a period of time that will circulate throughout the network and you will make money. You submit texts to article directories and add a signature file that references your experience and your main website. Like I said, if you make it to hundreds of pages, you will soon see a flood of traffic to your site and the money will flow! Joomla Hello for the holidays!