A new image is now ready on City Cloud. This time is the turn of a known piece of software called Joomla!.
If you are eager to test this, go first to the App Center and provision a server with this template.
Then read the rest of the post to follow the instructions to start using it right away.
What’s Joomla! exactly?
Joomla! is a Content Management System (CMS), which means it’s a complete solution that allows you to deploy a website, customize its look and feel and best of all, administer the content yourself.
Thanks to a great administration site, you can change whatever you please, from the general layout of the website to displaying texts in different languages, images, listings, news and much more.
Joomla! has been around for quite some time now, and has evolved to keep up with modern times.
What who better to explain this than the Joomla! official site itself? Here is an excellent description of all the features.
As usual, we have deployed a base installation already configured, but there are additional steps you need to perform to start using it.
First, to test the installation, you will have to redirect your browser to the server you just created. Just edit your hosts file as an administrator (usually c:windowssystem32driversetchosts under Windows or /etc/hosts in Linux) and add the following line (replacing the IP address with yours):
Once you have done that, go to your preferred browser and paste the following address: http://joomlasite.dev. If all went right, this will lead you to the default site.
Remember that the credentials for the default admin user are located on the description tab of your newly created virtual machine. You should change them immediately to avoid any nosy users.
To go to the admin area, just point your browser to: http://joomlasite.dev/administrator/.
Time to get your hands dirty
This is of course, a dummy installation, but where do you go from here is up to you. For instance, you can use this base setup and modify it, pointing it to your domain name (which requires using our control panel to fiddle with the DNS settings).
Or you can create a new site, using this as a starting point. The important thing to note is that you have all the tools and software pre-installed for Joomla! 2.5.4 to work.
Whether you want a dedicated server for a single installation, or several ones, it depends entirely on what your needs are.
Last but not least, make sure to let us know if you have suggestions for this image or new ones.