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Getting started with Joomla! is easy.  You can host a Joomla! website yourself or you can host on free.

Once you have your website up and running it is a matter of customising it with a template, creating content, menus and structure and then start to drive traffic to it.

As most people would know, the release of J! 3.5.0 arrived with a new plugin called the System - Joomla Statistics.  For some people the “news” of this plugin was displayed as a kind of “hassle screen” on the Joomla Control Panel; the notification won’t disappear unless you do one of two things:  (a) disable the plugin or (b) set and save the Mode with one of the three options (viz. “Always Send”, “Send Once” or “Never Send”).

The difference between open source and zero-cost


I was inspired to write a few words about how people interpret the words “open source” and conditions under which this software may be obtained.  Some time ago I read a message posted on the Joomla forum that implied (in my mind) open source was synonymous with free of cost.  The forum topic began with the words “I read that <product-X> was open source; its programmers now charge $x per year.  Having scoured the web, I can't find a truly open-source alternative to <product-X>.  Is there a one?”

This kind of “reasoning” is a little disturbing because it conflates several unrelated issues and, in replying to that topic, I attempted to explain that people should exercise care in discussing open source development, cost and licensing.

Extending Joomla!


Extensions for Joomla! consist of four main add-ons. These include components, modules, plug-ins, and templates. There are also language extensions available as well.

The best thing about Joomla! its extensibility. There is a basic installation to get you up with content and a basic website quite quickly. Where Joomla! really shines is it's huge extension library and thousands of templates which you can install and customise your website further.

Installing Joomla! on your own host


If you want to have a self-hosted Joomla! installation you will first need to go to and download the latest release of Joomla! from the website. 

In order to share your site the internet you will need a web hosting service. There are many to choose from within Australia and members of our community have made their own recommedations in our forum.  A lot of these web hosting companies also have a step-by-step guides in how to install Joomla! within their environments.

Once you have uploaded the package to the web post you will need to unzip the package, create a new database for the website and then go through the quick and easy five minute installation process with Joomla!

There are a few technicalities that you may need some help with, such as pointing your domain name to your web hosting environment, but your web hosting provider should be able to provide assistance in this situation; most may even provide free domain names with hosting packages.