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Creating Your Site

Joomla! is all about allowing you to create a site that matches your vision. The possibilities are limitless; this sample site will just get you started.

There are a few things you should know to get you started.

First, every Joomla! site has two parts the Site (which is what your site visitors see) and the Administrator (which is where you will want to do a lot of the site management). You need to log in to the Administrator separately. There is a link to the administrator on the top menu. 

You can edit articles in the Site by clicking on the edit icon. You can create a new article by clicking on the Create Article link in the top menu.  

To do other things, like edit the contact form, edit the modules or change the site name you need to log in to the administrator. 

Some quick tips for working in the Administrator:

  • Change site name and tag line: Go to the Extensions, Template Manager and on the Styles tab click on Your Basic Template.
  • To edit the Header Module: Go to Extensions, Module Manager and click on Header Module.
  • To edit the Side Module: Go to Extensions, Module Manager and click on Side Module.
  • To edit the Contact Form: Go to Components, Contacts. Click on Your Name. 


Once you have your basic site you may want to install your own template (that controls the overall design of your site) and then, perhaps additional extensions. 

There is a lot of help available for Joomla!. You can visit the Joomla! forums and the Joomla! documentation site to get started. 

The Historic Map Company was founded in 2010 by Lafayette, Louisiana native, and lifelong map enthusiast David Begneaud. With the Historic Map Company, David hopes to share his love of historic maps with the Acadiana community and its neighbors. 


The Historic Map Company specializes in both original and reproductions of the United States maps and charts with a specialization in the Louisiana and Gulf Coast regions. Our collection also includes Civil War maps, as well as geological maps and survey charts. We are also more than happy to research and acquire maps that are not currently in our collection. 


We are located in Lafayette's Oil Center at 1020 Auburn Avenue. Visits to the Historic Map Company can be made by chance or appointment.

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