Joomla CMS Interview Preparation Guide
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Joomla Interview Questions and Answers will guide us now that Joomla is an open source content management system platform for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets as well as a Model–view–controller (MVC) Web application framework. It is written in PHP, stores data in MySQL and includes features such as page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search, support for language internationalization. Learn Joomla by Interview Questions Answers

22 Joomla Questions and Answers:

1 :: What are plugins?

In Joomla 1.5 mambots will be renamed plugins.
Plugins: The new name for mambots. In addition, some 3rd party components, modules and mambots themselves have plugins. is a small, task-oriented function that intercepts content before it is displayed and manipulates it in some way.
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2 :: What are Joomla modules?

Modules extend the capabilities of Joomla! giving the software new functionality. Modules are small content items that can be displayed anywhere that your template allows it to be displayed by assigning them to positions and pages through the module manager in the administrative interface.
Modules are installed in the Admin Section. Joomla! modules may include: Main Menu, Top menu, Template Chooser, Polls, Newsflash, Hit Counter, etc.
Members of the Joomla! Community produce Joomla! modules on a continuous basis.
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3 :: What are Joomla components?

Content elements or applications that are usually displayed in the center of the main content area of a template. This depends on the design of the template in use.
Components are core elements of Joomla!’s functionality. These core elements include Content, Banners, Contact, News Feeds, Polls and Web Links.
Members of the Joomla! community produce third party Joomla! components on a continuous basis.
They are freely available to download from and a number of other web sites.
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4 :: How do I eliminate the pathway or breadcrumbs?

An example is as follows; You are currently reading a content item "New Page". This content item is a member of the "Pages " category. In the turn the pages category is a member of the "Books" section. In this case the breadcrumb for that page would look like: "Home >> Books >> Pages >> New Page".

If you wish to eliminate the pathway entirely, edit your template html (index) file. Usually it will look like this:
<div id="pathway">
<?php mosPathWay(); ?>
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5 :: How do I remove the page title from the front page of my site?

To remove the title from being displayed on the front page of your site, you need to change a parameter setting in the front page component.

► First log into the administrative back end.
► On the top menu click "Menu"->"mainmenu"
► Click "Home".
► On the right side of the screen in the parameters section, locate the “Page Title” parameter that is next to the radio buttons “Show” and “Hide”.
► Click the “Hide” radio button.
► Click the “Save” button to make your change permanent.
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6 :: Can content items be assigned to multiple categories or sections?

No, content items cannot be assigned to multiple categories or sections.
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7 :: How do I control what items appear in my newsflashes?

Newsflash is a module that displays content from specific sections and/or categories.

► In the administrative back end from the top menu select “Modules => Site Modules”.
► Click on “Newsflash” to edit the module.
► Go to the parameters section of the page.
► Next to the “Category” parameter click on the drop down menu to select which category of content items will be displayed by this module. (In older versions of Joomla! You need to manually enter the section and/or category id numbers).
► Click the save button to make your changes permanent.
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8 :: How do I link from inside content to another content item?

The simple answer is that you get the URL for the page you want to link to. Then you make a link using whatever editor you are using or with html if you have nowysiwyg.

The more complicated answer is that some editors have fancier links managers. For example with the JCE editor you can add the advanced linking plugin and it will give you nice lists of static and other content types to pick from.
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9 :: What determines what is shown on my frontpage?

Frontpage is a component that is part of the core of Joomla!, like the front page of a newspaper, it shows (usually) multiple pieces of content arranged in some way.

When you install Joomla! the front page component is by default set as the homepage of your site (that is it is the first link on your Main Menu) but front page does not have to be your "home" page.

What exactly appears on the front page and how it is laid out is controlled in two ways. First, if you open the menu link in your menu manager in the backend there are numerous parameters that control the number of items shown, the number of columns etc.

To control which items are shown you must also indicate that an item should be placed on the front page by editing the parameters for the content item. In the backend this will be indicated by a check mark in the front page column of the list of content items.

In addition, you can use the front page manager (in the content menu of the backend) to control the publication dates and other variables for content items that are on the front page.
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10 :: What are section, categories and content items?

The basic structure is:
Sections include Categories.
Categories include content items.

Section A
Category A1
content items
Category A2
content items
Category A3
content items

Section B
Category B1
content items
Category B2
content items
Category B3
content items

Section C

Category C1
content items
Category C2
content items
Category C3
content items

The content items are what you would think of as web pages in a traditional html site.

Both section and category "pages" can be created to serve (more or less) as the home pages for the categories and sections, respectively.
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