Articles (AKA content) are one of the most important parts of a website, but how do I create new articles, or edit existing articles? How does the article editor work, and what are all the buttons in the toolbar for?
Joomla articles are managed using the Article Manager, in the Content → Article Manager menu. Some of the options to manage articles are:
- New (see Article editor below)
- Edit (select an article and click Edit, or click the article title directly)
- Publish/Unpublish (make selected article(s) visible or invisible to visitors)
- Featured (Featured articles are displayed using the Menu Item Type Featured Articles.)
- Archive (Archived articles are not visible in normal blog view, but can be listed using the Menu Item Type Archived Articles.
- Check In (Removes the padlock from checked-out items. Read more on Joomla! Docs.)
- Trash (delete checked article(s). Trashed articles can be viewed and recovered by setting the status filter to Trashed.)
- Batch (displays options for batch processing all selected articles. Useful for changing category, language, tags, menu location and access levels. No undo button - use with caution.)
Choosing article editor
By default, Joomla includes 2 article editors (in addition to None):
Additional editors can be found here.
The default editor can be set under System → Global Configuration, and each user can be assigned a different editor from the user manager. A Toggle Editor button is located in the lower right corner , but it only switches between TinyMCE and None. (A couple of plugins are available that allows changing between all available editors from the edit page.)
The actual content of a single article can be edited by clicking the article title in the article manager, or by selecting an article and clicking the Edit button. This will open the Article editor.
The default (TinyMCE) editor looks like this:
Simply write your content directly into the box, and use the toolbar to add bold, italics, underline and other formatting to your text. If you're familiar with HTML, press the < > button to see and edit the article source code.
Note: Often it's needed to paste text from Word or other text editors. Keep in mind that they often include CSS styling that will override your website's CSS style, and might break your page layout. Use Ctrl+Shift+V to paste as pure text, and add any text formatting using TinyMCE.
Just a little additional info to @johanpw's answer
Some of you like to go a few steps further with your article as add additional things (such as a table) that do not appear to be an option with the default TinyMCE Editor.
There are more options that come with TinyMCE which you must activate first before being able to use them;
Go to Extensions (top menu) >> Plugin Manager >> TinyMCE
Set the value of the Functionality paramater to Extended (as shown below)