How understand this site? and Joomla, the software that runs it.
Joomla is a content management system (CMS), which is a system to make and manage web sites. It is one of the big 3 with Wordpress and Drupal, falling in the middle between these and others. Getting Started with Joomla! - Joomla! Documentation will get you started.
Some Joomla basics:
CONTENT and MEDIA can be created or uploaded by authorized users thru front end features on the site
CATEGORIES, MENUs, USERs are all maintained on the back end by a Site Administrator, a special type of USER. The back end is an alternate view that controls the structure of the site
EVENTS are special type of content that is also associated with a calendar. Think of a tennis tournament or a barbecue social. e.g. a River Tournament. Events have content describing the event and other fields
NEWSLETTER is another kind of special content that is emailed to a LIST of users (a.k.a. email blast). The content is what is contained in the email
Other content includes WEB LINKS, links to external sites
Content is created on a page with an EDITOR BOX
Content is CATEGORIZED within the site. Categories can have sub-categories and sub-sub categories, etc. When new content is categorized, and a category has already been placed somewhere in a site, Joomla will automatically place that content within the site. Categories are created by the site administrator.
e.g. there are categories like Tennis >> Tournaments, Administration, Administration >> Procedures
Events are also categorized and placed on the calendar and within the site. e.g. Tennis >> Tournaments
The current list of categories will show as a drop down when categorizing an article, event, web link etc.
Categories can only be added by a site administrator
MEDIA is a different kind of content for FILES such as photos, clipart images, PDF files etc.
i.e. it is content that is created on a computer and uploaded to the web site.to be included in other CONTENT or articles.
Media is not categorized per se, but it is stored in a file structure under the /images/ folder on the site.
Read the folder names carefully and choose the correct only carefully. Unlike content and categories, moving files around in this folder structure must be done carefully. Moving a file breaks any existing links which must be be found and adjusted individually
[Often ...] Galleries of photos etc. that are typically specific to a particular event or place and are unlikely to be reused. These could be photos from a tournament, a social event, picture of our facilities, etc. They will be displayed on the site as a group, never as individual images, with a way to page thru the individual images. This is preferred in almost all cases.
[Sometimes ...] Single images/clipart to be used on promotional emails, site logs etc. that are reused over time or used in more than one place on the site. Examples would be a image used every year to promote barbecues, pictures of tennis balls, etc. These should be the exception as they are harder to manage and very difficult to move after they have been entered in one place.
Images must be uploaded into a gallery BEFORE they can be used in an article. Plan ahead.
Automatically resizes images to optimize the download time so there is no need to resize before uploading
Stores galleries of images in a folder within the Joomla Media Library [igallery]. ALWAYS manage them thru Ignite.
Use 2 Levels of Categories ... the
Major Category -- e.g. Tournaments, Social etc.
Gallery -- YY-MM-DD Title,
where YY-MM-DD is the year, month, day and
Title is the description for the folder
e.g. Tournaments > 2019 Tournaments > 2019-04-05 Wild Card
Press Manage Images corresponding to the name of a gallery to upload images into the gallery
Individual images can have titles, descriptions
The first image in a gallery is like a "topic sentence". It will appear as the default main picture, while the others appear as thumbnails and/or lightbox entries. It may also be the only image displayed before opening a lightbox.
[A lightbox is a popup that show pictures over an article in the background.]
Single Images are managed in the Joomla Media Library
Reminder: these are typically single clipart / stock images. Some events might have only a single photo so be stored here.
The Joomla Media library is primarily thru the JCE editor that is used to compose /edit articles.
This image manager is accessed by pressing a "picture" icon in the first tool ribbon above the editor box
Only one image can be selected and displayed at a time. More than one image, more than one image inserted in the article.
Images can be uploaded at the same time the article is being written, no need to plan ahead.
Images are resized as they are first displayed so suit the display. Large images can cause [slight] site delays as they upload and first download. There is no need to resize images beforehand, unless they are clearly huge and a waste of space.
There are folders for different categories of images
Use the RTC_... for various stock photos etc.
NEVER touch the igallery folder
Naming conventions for dated material is YY-MM-DD Title, where
YY-MM-DD is the year, month, day and
Title is the description for the item. This should start with the name of the item followed by any further description