Glossary

Unsure what we're talking about? Here is a guide to some commonly used terms.

Joomla and K2

We often refer to Joomla and K2. You don't necessarily have to remember the distinctions between the two, or know all…

We often refer to Joomla and K2. You don't necessarily have to remember the distinctions between the two, or know all the ins and outs, but here's a quick primer on what these terms refer to:

joomla icon

Joomla is an open-source content management system for publishing web content. It is the platform we've used to build your website. You can see the Joomla icon in the top left corner when you're logged into the backend of your website. Clicking on it will take you to your Control Panel/Dashboard.

k2 iconK2 is an extension we use within Joomla to help manage content. Your Items and Categories are all set up in K2.

 

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Control Panel or Dashboard

When you log in to your website's backend you will arrive at your Control Panel, also known as Dashboard. There…

When you log in to your website's backend you will arrive at your Control Panel, also known as Dashboard. There you will find shortcut icons leading to your most frequently used features of your website.

Note: each website is custom built, so the shortcuts will vary from site to site, but your Control Panel will look similar to this:

Control_Panel_-_Third_Sun_Demo_v3_-_Administration.jpg

As you navigate in Joomla, remember you can always click on the Joomla icon in the upper left corner from any screen to return the Control Panel.

joomla

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K2 Categories

The main buckets/siloes you organize items into. These often mirror the sections in your main menu, but not always. Example:…

The main buckets/siloes you organize items into. These often mirror the sections in your main menu, but not always.

Example: Blog, About, Staff, Shop Online, News, etc. 

Most of your copy will be in your Items but on occasion you may find content (images, links, modules, copy) in a Category.

Categories

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K2 Items

Individual pieces of content that work like pages on your website. These are most likely where you'll add or edit…

Individual pieces of content that work like pages on your website. These are most likely where you'll add or edit most of your website's content.

Examples:

  • Each staff member has their own item that contains text/copy and an image.
  • Each blog post is a separate Item, published in the 'Blog' Category
  • The Category 'Services' has an Item for each Service you offer - like on our site: thirdsun.com/services

All items

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Components

Components are add-ons to Joomla that provide additional functionally to your website.  These may things like calendars, photo galleries, shopping…

Components are add-ons to Joomla that provide additional functionally to your website.  These may things like calendars, photo galleries, shopping carts and more. 

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Modules

For best results, do not edit or delete modules unless you know what you are doing.  Modules are set up…

For best results, do not edit or delete modules unless you know what you are doing. 

Modules are set up specific to your website layout and objectives - usually they are either managing a function such as a news feed or slideshow, or appear as static text such as a donate button or a footer.

Most blocks located on the homepage or footers are controlled in the Module Manager which you can view by clicking Modules from the Control Panel or going to Extensions > Module Manager.

You may also see modules loaded into pages on occasion to help manage category feeds (such as board or staff pages or other more robust content needs). When you're editing a page, you may see something in curly brackets on the backend of your website like this:

module example

These modules are pulling in specific content for this page and should not be deleted. If you need to edit the information they're pulling in, you can look for it in the Module Manager (see the steps above).

We strongly suggest contacting us if you have questions or need help making changes. If you need help with modules, email us at 

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Editing Menu or Content Editor

In K2 Items, K2 Categories, and Custom Modules you will find the same Editing Menu/Content Editor to help you edit…

In K2 Items, K2 Categories, and Custom Modules you will find the same Editing Menu/Content Editor to help you edit your content. It looks pretty similar to editors you may be familiar with in Word or other text editors, and on other website editing platforms like WordPress.

Editing menu

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Copy

Copy refers to the edited, proofed, and approved text you'd like to display publicly somewhere on your website.

Copy refers to the edited, proofed, and approved text you'd like to display publicly somewhere on your website.

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Headings

Your site is set up with pre-defined styles for the various built in heading style. The size, color, spacing, etc…

Your site is set up with pre-defined styles for the various built in heading style. The size, color, spacing, etc are all defined in the stylesheet so changes can be made universally.

Heading1

(usually reserved for the item title)

Heading2

Heading3

Heading4

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