JCE Editor – The Basics

JCE Editor

JCE editor

The text editor installed in your site is JCE editor. It is much more user friendly than the Joomla default editor. It also has a lot of expanding possibilities. There are extra apps that you can add to it to make it even more user-friendly.

To edit or enter text, just place the cursor where you want to insert the text and start typing just like you would in any editor. You can format the text with Bold, Italic, etc. Remember that in the Web, underlined is meant only to show links, so avoid using this style.

NOTE: The JCE editor comes with many buttons for many functionalities. If you find it confusing and would like a simpler editor (less buttons) we will be glad to remove some of the more advanced buttons.

For a definition of the editor’s buttons, please click here to visit the editor developer’s site.

Using the editor

The JCE editor works like most word processing editors. It allows you to add text, edit text, and change the text styles. You can make tables, Insert images, etc. The font styles and sizes are already preset for your site.

Remember that, in the Web, BIGGER ISN’T BETTER! The same as in Texting and E-mailing, big bold caps are offensive to the user. Try to stay away from them except for titles. People can see the text and all browsers have zoom capabilities.

NOTE: Large Headers are reserved for Search engine Optimization. They are meant only for your page headers. It will confuse the search engines if you enter them at random all over your site.

NOTE: It is a good practice to not cut and paste directly from Microsoft Word. You will be disappointed in the outcome. It brings in a lot of hidden spaces that are practically impossible to delete. Rather than fight with this, it is better to use Note Pad to do your text and then copy and paste it into your site. If you do the text in Word, you can still copy and paste it into Note Pad, then copy and paste it from Note Pad to the site.

Editing Joomla Content

Your site contains two Joomla articles: the thank you page your contact form redirects you after submission, and the Recommended Vendors Page. You will find
the articles in the Joomla Content Section. Go to the Content dropdown menu and select Article Manager. Once there, you will see a list of the articles available.’

Article Manager

Click on the article you want to edit to go inside it. You will be working with text editor. This editor allows you to do a lot of the same functions as Microsoft Word: edit text, insert images, link images and text to other pages, etc.

Click on the article name to edit an article. The lists on the right of the article let you know what category they are associated with and much more. The Filter search field allows you to find articles. You can also sort articles by Category, Type, and much more. This is very handy when you have a lot of articles to manage.

You can isolate categories, types, published, unpublished, and so on.

Categories allow you to group articles so that you can either isolate them by these groups or display them in the front end by groups. So, if you have a Blog category and you want to work only on Blog articles, you can use the Search Tools and select the Blog Category from the Categories dropdown. Now, you only see articles associted with the Blog Category. If you have a very large site with many articles, it is the only way to work.


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If you have many unpublished articles, you can select by published or unpublished to just view the published articles in your site. Or better yet, you can move them to the trash until you are ready to use them again. As long as you don't delete the trash, the trash bin is a good storage space. Remember though that all the articles in the site, even if they have been trashed, are managed by the Joomla database. If you run into problems trying to name an article the same as a name that already exists, you might want to look in the trash for the other article with the same name that may be sitting there. Choose to untrash the original article and add the new content to it, or delete it if you don't need it any more, so you don't have future naming problems. 

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