Cheap Broadband with Landline

MTNL is offering one of the Cheapest (Low cost) broadband plans with a landline at Rs.398/- per month in Delhi with 25 Gb Fair Usage Limit at 2Mbps (up to 8Mbps), Unlimited Local calls to any network. This is way better than MTNL's normal lowest 699 plan and Airtel's 899 plan. This offer is available permanently now.

Airtel has a low cost broadband Rs.599/- Retention plan which allows 50 Gb of data at 8Mbps after which speed drops to 1Mbps. This also has unlimited calls to any network like in the 899 plan. Call Airtel Customer care to switch to this plan to save on your monthly bill. It is NOT mentioned on their website nor do they advertise this.


 

Joomla is a free Content Management System (CMS) which is very popular all over the world. It has been developed using PHP language and MySQL database, both of which are Open Source and free tools. If you want to start developing websites, learn Joomla, its easy and fast to learn. After a little practice you can start developing professional websites for clients. Here is the first step to start learning and playing around with Joomla. This mini tutorial will help you get started with Joomla. Set it up locally on your Windows PC and try it out. Steps on how to setup a website using the latest Joomla version:

  1. First download Wampserver for Windows (we assume you are on Windows). On Linux Apache Web server come bundled by default and if you choose to install PHP & MySQL then you don't need any other package. Wampserver is a single package for Windows which includes Apache Webserver, MySQL database and PHP language support. Read here to know how to install Wampserver.

    After install bring it "Online". If you face issues installing Wampserver, check if some other web server like IIS is not running on your machine. A web server runs by default on port 80. If one web server is already running the other one cannot run using the same port.

  2. To verify Wamp install type "http://localhost" in your browser (we use Firefox). It should show up Wampserver Home page.

  3. Download Joomla 3.x (or whichever is the latest stable version) zip or tgz (zip + tar) file from www.joomla.org.

  4. Create a directory for your website in D:\Wamp\www (we assume you installed Wamp in D drive in D:\Wamp directory or you can change the path above according to your installation). Example, D:\Wamp\www\indisha. Each directory within "www" directory is like a single project or a website.

  5. Unzip the downloaded Joomla zip file (we suggest you use 7-zip for this) in the directory created above.

  6. Joomla stores all its web pages in a database so we will need to create a database in MySQL server. Click on "PHPMyAdmin" link in your Wampserver home page or type http://localhost/phpmyadmin. Create a database (you can give it a name related to your website, for example you can call it "indisha_db"). The default administrative user in MySQL is "root" with blank password. We suggest you create another user, say "indisha_usr" to be owner of this website database. Give this user all rights on the database created above. Assign a password to this user during installation and note it down.

  7. Now again back to browser, type "http://localhost/<your directory>" (lets take an example of this website "indisha" or whatever directory you created inside www).

  8. It will start the installation. The most important screen is where the database details are filled up. It will also ask you for an administrator user/password. The default administrative user is "admin" and any password you want (remember to note this down, if you loose this you will have lots of problems).

    1. Choose a Name for your website.

    2. Give an administrator email id. On a computer without a mail server this is not very useful. The primary use of this is if you forget "admin" password. On a computer with just the Wampserver and no mail server there is no way a mail can be sent to this email id.

    3. In the last step Joomla installation will prompt you to "Remove the installation directory". A better alternative than removing is to manually rename the directory as "installationOrg". You might need it in some emergency so its better to keep it.

    4. The installation will ask if you want to "Install Sample data". For the first time you must install it so that you can learn how pages are created and stored in Joomla. If you are creating a live website, don't install sample data.

  9. Once you finish installation go to the website http://localhost/indisha or http://localhost/<your directory>" and it should show up the website with a default template.

  10. You should check the www directory to see how things are installed. Example, "templates" directory has the templates, "modules" directory has all the modules.

  11. Click on "Administrator" to go to admin login, give your user/password to see the full menu.


Play around, create articles (web pages), try to change the template and install some new modules (extensions) etc. To understand more about Joomla read articles especially articles which give basic information on what are modules, components and plugins. You can add pictures, videos etc to each article.

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