Most of our web site is done with a software package called "Joomla".  The idea behind Joomla is to make everything accessible and editable without the use of special software or technical training.  Some parts of the site are still not part of Joomla and have to be modified separately; for advice on these please contact a member of the Web Site Committee.

1. Modifying regular pages

This is pretty easy. 

a. Go to the department home page and click on the Log In button near the bottom.  If you can't login in, ask the Department Coordinator to get you access. 

b. Once logged in, go to the page you want to change. You'll see a little icon showing a sheet of paper and a pencil.  Click on it.

c. This brings up the Joomla editor, which is pretty clumsy but will work for simple things. There are a bunch of icons at the top that let you insert the usual stuff and do some formatting. Note:  the icon for adding a link is the sixth to last one.

d. If you want to link to a page that's part of our Joomla web site, there are two ways to do it.  The clumsy but quick way is just to paste the web address  into the window at the top.  The better way is to click on the plus sign next to "Content", poke around, figure out where the page is listed there. This method is probably more stable over the long term.

2. Modifying the News Page

To add new articles to the News Page, you have to have Administrator privileges, which if you are a member of the Department Web Site Committee you should already have (ask the Department Coordinator to get you Administrator access if necessary).

1. Login to the Linguistics Joomla backend at

2. From the main control panel, locate and select "Article Manager".

3. Towards the top right is a series of drop-down menus labeled, "Select Section", "Select Category", etc. Click the "Select Category" drop-down and then select "News" from that list.

4. This brings you the "News" page. You'll notice that every news article on the Linguistics page has its own article. Click on the green plus button labeled "New" at the top-right to add a new article.

The above directions are taken from an email from Drake Chang, to whom many thanks.  I (Bruce Hayes) have checked them and they work.