How to Customize Default Settings in Joomla

How to Customize Default Settings in Joomla
This article describes some common changes webmasters make to a fresh installation of Joomla.

Customizing the Offline Page
When your site is offline visitors will see a message that the site is down for maintenance. You can modify that message.

  1. Login to the back end of your site. If you need help logging into your back end view How to Access the Back End of a Joomla Site
  2. Click Site > Global Configuration.
  3. Change the Custom Message to your preference.
  4. Click Save.

Adding Logo to the Offline Page
You can also add your own logo so it appears next to the site down message.

  • Click on Select next to Offline Image and choose either an existing image or upload a new image.

Setting Site in Offline Mode
To view the changes to the offline page you will need to: 

  1. Select Yes next to Site Offline and then view your site.
  2. Bring your site back online and click Save & Close.
Removing "Powered by Joomla" From Appearing on a Joomla Site
The Powered by Joomla message is part of the footer module.
  1. Go to Extensions > Module Manager.
  2. Find the Footer module and either un-publish it or trash it.

Changing the Favicon for a Joomla site

Internet Explorer favicon

In most browsers in the far left of the URL in the address bar there is a small icon that appears that is known as the favicon. A favicon is a 16 x 16 px image that is saved in the .ico file format. To change this to your own favicon follow these steps below.

  1. Create your 16 x 16 px .ico file. You can use a favicon generato such as: Favicon Generator 
  2. Open your FTP program and navigate to the root of your Joomla site. This is usually the httpdocs folder. If your Joomla site is installed in a subdirectory you will need to go into that subdirectory.
  3. Locate the templates folder and open the folder for your template. For example if you are using one of the default templates installed with Joomla, navigate to the /httpdocs/templates/atomic or /httpdocs/templates/beez_20 folder.
  4. Upload your favicon.ico which will overwrite the default one for that template.
  5. Go to the front end of your sitand refresh it. You should now see your new favicon. If you don't you may need to clear out your browser's cache.

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