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Split menus

A split menu is where different levels of a single menu are displayed in two or more locations on a single web page.



A template is the type of Joomla! extension that changes the way your site looks. There are two types of templates: Front-end Templates and Back-end Templates.

Template style

Template style is a feature introduced in Joomla! 1.6.x that allows users to assign different template styles to individual menu items. By default, Joomla! assigns a template style to all menu items upon installation. A yellow star indicates the default template style in use. A default template style can be partially or completely overridden by assigning different template styles to the desired menu items in order to obtain a different look for their respective pages.


Upgrade Package

An Upgrade Package in Joomla! is an archive of files that contain the files that have changed between Joomla! versions. When this archive is unpacked, it replaces the old version of the modified files with the new version. For example, if 50 files were changed between version 1.x.1 and 1.x.2, the upgrade package from 1.x..1 to 1.5.2 would contain these 50 files and, when unpacked, would replace these 50 files and upgrade the installed version from 1.x.1 to 1.x.2.

Version Control Software

Version Control Software is software that automates the process of revising software. The Joomla! project uses a popular open-source version control program called Subversion or SVN. This makes it easy to track each change to each program file and to test and undo changes as needed. See the Wikipedia article for more information on Subversion.

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