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10 tips to improve 
Joomla’s usability 
Sander Potjer 
@sanderpotjer 
www.sanderpotjer.com 
Joomla! World Conference 2014
Sander Potjer 
- Love contributing to Joomla 
- Company: Perfect Web Team 
- Extension: ACL Manager 
- sander@sanderpotjer...
Sander Potjer 
- Love contributing to Joomla 
- Company: Perfect Web Team 
- Extension: ACL Manager 
- sander@sanderpotjer...

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Joomla is very flexible and has many possibilities. A disadvantage is that working with Joomla can seem complex because of all the settings and navigation choices. For a Joomla specialist this is usually not an issue, but for many end users it can be a stumbling block. However, with a little effort you can make a Joomla website more user-friendly for the end user. In this presentation, Sander will share 10 tips, from easy to more complex ones, to improve the usability of your Joomla website. And, as a bonus, a practical example that you can use in your own projects.

Joomla is very flexible and has many possibilities. A disadvantage is that working with Joomla can seem complex because of all the settings and navigation choices. For a Joomla specialist this is usually not an issue, but for many end users it can be a stumbling block. However, with a little effort you can make a Joomla website more user-friendly for the end user. In this presentation, Sander will share 10 tips, from easy to more complex ones, to improve the usability of your Joomla website. And, as a bonus, a practical example that you can use in your own projects.

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10 tips to improve the usability of Joomla - Joomla World Conference 2014

  1. 1. 10 tips to improve Joomla’s usability Sander Potjer @sanderpotjer www.sanderpotjer.com Joomla! World Conference 2014
  2. 2. Sander Potjer - Love contributing to Joomla - Company: Perfect Web Team - Extension: ACL Manager - sander@sanderpotjer.nl
  3. 3. Sander Potjer - Love contributing to Joomla - Company: Perfect Web Team - Extension: ACL Manager - sander@sanderpotjer.nl - Slides: sanderpotjer.com
  4. 4. Joomla user friendly?
  5. 5. Joomla user friendly for us?
  6. 6. Joomla user friendly for end-users?
  7. 7. Joomla gebruiksvriendelijk?
  8. 8. Exercise: - Login with the provided details
  9. 9. Exercise: - Login with the provided details - Publish an article on the homepage - title - text - image (strand.jpg) - tag (lagotto)
  10. 10. Exercise: - Login with the provided details - Publish an article on the homepage - title - text - image (strand.jpg) - tag (lagotto) - Logout
  11. 11. Default Joomla installation with blogging sample data
  12. 12. Speed 2x
  13. 13. 8:22
  14. 14. Improve the usability of Joomla tips 10
  15. 15. Login 1
  16. 16. Keep it Simple2
  17. 17. Joomla settings 3
  18. 18. Text-editor 4
  19. 19. Site configuration5
  20. 20. No unnecessary access 6
  21. 21. Language overrides 7
  22. 22. Template overrides 8
  23. 23. CSS / JavaScript 9
  24. 24. Separate input 10
  25. 25. Optimized Joomla installation with blogging sample data
  26. 26. Speed 2x
  27. 27. 1:29
  28. 28. Look over the shoulder of the website user
  29. 29. Usability testing tips
  30. 30. Task based on own situation1
  31. 31. Website test, not ! person test 2
  32. 32. Think out loud (repeat!)3
  33. 33. Don’t help, ask questions4
  34. 34. User is not stupid! 5
  35. 35. Record the test 6
  36. 36. “Don’t make me think” - Steve Krug
  37. 37. Bonus: Template override
  38. 38. File: templates/template-name/html/com_content/form/ edit.php
  39. 39. File: templates/template-name/html/com_content/form/ edit.php
  40. 40. File: templates/template-name/html/com_content/form/ edit.php
  41. 41. Code: https://gist.github.com/sanderpotjer/ 5488c2a10dceeee7db7d
  42. 42. Resources: Joomla Community Magazine article “Creating an article in Joomla! has never been this easy!”: http://magazine.joomla.org/issues/issue-sept-2014/item/2293- creating-an-article-in-joomla-has-never-been-this-easy Slides, links & code: sanderpotjer.com

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