When learning anything it is helpful to take a look at the finished product and work out how that was acheived rather than start from scratch. When installing Joomla, you can choose to include some sample data which comprises of preconfigured categories, articles, images, menu items, modules and components. With Joomla 2.5, you can choose from 3 sets of sample data, each with their own benefits. In the following video I take you through all three options to help you decide which option - if any - is best for you.
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Do you like starting with the sample data or do you prefer to start with an empty site? Comment below or vote in this poll.