The Basics

Welcome to The Basics - a free series of Joomla video tutorials for beginners. If you're new to Joomla, we recommend watching the Joomla version 3 course. If you have already have a Joomla website powered by Joomla 2.5, then watch the Joomla version 2.5 course.

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Start Learning Joomla 2.5 Now

This is the original getting started with Joomla course that we have been teaching online since 2008. Now fully updated for Joomla 3, this course has been watched by tens of thousands of students worldwide. But the best part is that all 16 lessons and the 100 page accompanying workbook are FREE!

Joomla Manual

So if you're looking how to get started with Joomla 3 quickly and easily, you're in the right place. Just because it's free doesn't mean that you get a cut-down down version of another course. Yes, we do have an advanced Joomla course, but The Basics teaches you all the essential Joomla concepts so you can get your first website built in record time.

Learning Joomla is a bit like building a brick wall. Many beginners have a basic foundation - they understand the essentials of websites. Then they start piling on a few bricks here and there. But as their wall of knowledge is constructed, it's full of holes. Eventually they hit a point where their wall can't sustain any more weight and it collapses. What a waste of time!

This course takes a step-by-step approach to building Joomla websites. Each lesson builds upon the previous one, so your wall is solid. So whether you're looking to save money by building your own website, or if you're an existing web developer needing to learn Joomla, you are in the right place. Join the thousands of students who have taken this course by starting today.

A comprehensive workbook with loads of screenshots is included to save you time. You can also ask us any questions via our forum.

Joomla 3 Lessons

This course is recommended for Joomla beginners

Section 1 Overview  
1 Introduction 14:43
2 Why Joomla? 13:49
3 Requirements 11:17
Section 2 Installation  
4 Demo Site 4:53
5 Quick Install 8:59
6 Standard Install 15:47
Section 3 Concepts  
7 Frontend 11:32
8 Administrator 8:39
9 Categories 10:25
10 Articles 7:33
11 Menus 7:40
12 Modules 12:36
13 Images 10:02
14 Templates 17:13
15 Extensions 11:47
16 Conclusion 6:31

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Joomla 2.5 Lessons

This course is recommended for those who are already running a site powered by Joomla 2.5

Section 1 Overview  
1 Introduction 11:03
2 Why Joomla? 10:24
3 Requirements 10:29
Section 2 Installation  
4 Quick Install 12:04
5 Standard Install 12:49
6 Database - Control Panel 6:23
7 Database - phpMyAdmin 3:12
8 Database - Command Line 3:27
9 Web Installer 7:25
10 Troubleshooting 7:01
Section 3 Concepts  
11 Frontend 6:21
12 Administrator 6:34
13 Storage 8:19
14 Articles 5:07
15 Menus 7:02
16 Modules 7:42
17 Images 7:21
18 Templates 15:49
19 Extensions 19:44
20 Conclusion 6:31

Start learning Joomla 2.5