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Create Dummy Pages

Create Dummy Pages

Dummy Pages are articles that serve as placeholders in order for you to create your menu structure. It is our opinion that it is best to create dummy pages with temporary content so that you can put together your framework quickly, and then come back and input the real content after your framework is complete.

If you have an item in your information architecture that will be linked to a component, create a dummy page for that as well. This way we can create the full menu, and we can change it to the component once that is installed and set up.

Dummy pages are also excellent if you have more than one person working on your site. You can use the content portion of your dummy pages to put in notes about what content will be there, or even who is suppose to put it there.

  1. From the Content menu select “Article Manager”
  2. Create a new article

In the Article Manager Joomla will display a list of all the articles that have been defined for the system (if you haven’t created any, then the list will be blank). To create an Article, click the New button in the top right corner.

  1. Define Article Details

Joomla will display the Article window and it will be blank.

  1. Start by putting in a Title for your article. Use your information as a guide to choose the titles. In this case, we’ll create the About page.
  2. The Alias operates the same as the sections and category alias. If you leave this field blank, Joomla will auto-generate an alias from your title. Otherwise you could fill in the alias. So for example, your title might be About Our Company, while the alias may simple be ‘about’.
  3. Choose a section and a category for your article. It is important to choose the section and category that this article will really belong in so you don’t have to recategorize them later.
  4. If this will be content you wish to appear on the home page, you would mark the Front Page radio button as yes.
  5. Enter some content into the body area. Joomla will not let you save the article without having entered the content. You can simply put “content goes here…”, or if you have notes about the content (i.e. pull from bio page on old site or John is writing this article), you can put those notes here.
  6. Click the Save button in the top right corner.

Repeat steps 1 to 9 until all your dummy pages have been created.

  1. Review Article List

Once you have created all your articles, you can view them in the Article Manager to make certain none have been left out.

Dummy Pages are articles that serve as placeholders in order for you to create your menu structure. It is our opinion that it is best to create dummy pages with temporary content so that you can put together your framework quickly, and then come back and input the real content after your framework is complete.

If you have an item in your information architecture that will be linked to a component, create a dummy page for that as well. This way we can create the full menu, and we can change it to the component once that is installed and set up.

Dummy pages are also excellent if you have more than one person working on your site. You can use the content portion of your dummy pages to put in notes about what content will be there, or even who is suppose to put it there.

  1. From the Content menu select “Article Manager”
  2. Create a new article

In the Article Manager Joomla will display a list of all the articles that have been defined for the system (if you haven’t created any, then the list will be blank). To create an Article, click the New button in the top right corner.

  1. Define Article Details

Joomla will display the Article window and it will be blank.

  1. Start by putting in a Title for your article. Use your information as a guide to choose the titles. In this case, we’ll create the About page.
  2. The Alias operates the same as the sections and category alias. If you leave this field blank, Joomla will auto-generate an alias from your title. Otherwise you could fill in the alias. So for example, your title might be About Our Company, while the alias may simple be ‘about’.
  3. Choose a section and a category for your article. It is important to choose the section and category that this article will really belong in so you don’t have to recategorize them later.
  4. If this will be content you wish to appear on the home page, you would mark the Front Page radio button as yes.
  5. Enter some content into the body area. Joomla will not let you save the article without having entered the content. You can simply put “content goes here…”, or if you have notes about the content (i.e. pull from bio page on old site or John is writing this article), you can put those notes here.
  6. Click the Save button in the top right corner.

Repeat steps 1 to 9 until all your dummy pages have been created.

 

  1. Review Article List

Once you have created all your articles, you can view them in the Article Manager to make certain none have been left out.…

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