Joomla 3 - The Basics

Learn everything you need to know to build your first website powered by Joomla 3.
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36,088 students
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Learn how to build and maintain websites using Joomla
Understand why Joomla is a great platform to build websites
Learn 3 ways to get started with Joomla
The difference between the frontend and backend (Administrator) of Joomla
7 core Joomla concepts
Where to get ongoing help and resources


  • A basic understanding of websites
  • Windows, Mac or Linux computer
  • ZIP software (optional)
  • FTP software (optional)


This is the original getting started with Joomla course that has been online since 2008. Now fully updated for Joomla 3, this course has been watched by tens of thousands of students worldwide. But the best part is that all 16 lessons and the 100 page accompanying workbook are free!

So if you're looking how to get started with Joomla 3 quickly and easily, you're in the right place. Just because it's free doesn't mean that you get a cut-down down version of another course. Yes, I do have some advanced courses, but this comprehensive beginner course teaches you all the essential Joomla concepts so you can get your first website built in record time.

I started building websites in 1995 and when content management systems came along, I hated them. The designs were awful, you were forced to change the way you worked and the documentation was woeful. Even simple things like creating a page made no sense. The problem is that most people try to learn by watching a couple of videos and reading a few tutorials. That's what I did which only led to frustration.

Learning Joomla is a bit like building a brick wall. Many beginners have a basic foundation - they understand the essentials of websites. Then they start piling on a few bricks here and there. But as their wall of knowledge is constructed, it's full of holes. Eventually they hit a point where their wall can't sustain any more weight and it collapses. What a waste of time!

This course takes a step-by-step approach to building Joomla websites. Each lesson builds upon the previous one, so your wall is solid. So whether you're looking to save money by building your own website, or if you're an existing web developer needing to learn Joomla, you are in the right place. Join the thousands of students who have taken this course by enrolling today.

Remember that a comprehensive workbook with loads of screenshots is included to save you time. I'm also here to answer any questions you might have as you go along.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners
  • Students
  • Web Developers
  • Web Designers
  • Graphic Designers

Course content

3 sections17 lectures2h 53m total length
  • Introduction
  • HELP!
  • Why Joomla?
  • Requirements


Let's build a better website or a better web design business
Richard Pearce
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 1,006 Reviews
  • 36,547 Students
  • 3 Courses

I have been working with computers since way back in 1983. As a teenager, I discovered I had an ability to explain things simply and this ability eventually translated into my career. My web development journey started in 1995 and I started teaching online in 2008. These days I love producing online courses that are easy to understand and produce fast results.

You'll usually find me staring at some sort of screen, but when I escape, I'm either juggling four kids or taking a hike through the beautiful bushland that surrounds my hometown of Sydney, Australia.