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This tutorial covers the basics of the Joomla Article Manager. To keep things simple and uncluttered in this tutorial, we are using a new Joomla installation, with the Default English (GB) Sample Data installed. However, if you wish to use an existing website with data already present, this tutorial will still work perfectly well, you will just have some extra categories and articles present.
Logging into the Joomla Administrator backend, we will be taken at first to the Dashboard of the Joomla Control Panel. This is the place where you can easily return to if you're lost:
From the Dashboard, there are two simple ways of accessing the Article Manager. We have placed red ellipses around both options in the above screen shot. You can:
Note that if you click on the Add New Article menu option that extends to the right of the Article Manager drop-down option, you will be taken to the Add New Article screen instead of the Article Manager.
ACTION: To continue along with this tutorial, follow the steps and use either of the above methods to access the Article Manager.
We are now in the Joomla Article Manager screen. Take a brief moment to look around the screen and note the main elements:
ACTION: Use the Location box to switch between Articles view (the Article Manager), Categories view (the Category Manager), and Featured Articles view (a subset of the Article Manager, which only shows those articles which we have selected to "feature" on the home page of the website). Note how the highlighted section of the Location box changes according to which screen we have selected.
After a brief look at each screen, return to the Article Manager screen via the Location box or the Content > Article Manager drop-down menu item.