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I have been using and teaching courses in Joomla CMS ever since 2008. I am certain that Joomla is by far the best and most well organized CMS in existence. My sincere gratitude goes out to the Joomla Development Team for all that you have done during the past 12 years. I have spent the past month testing Joomla 4 Beta 5 and it has been a wonderful experience. I really like nearly all of the improvements over Joomla 3. In particular, I am very excited about using CSS Grid and the new Joomla Workflow – both of which will make adding and displaying web content easier than ever.

As part of learning about potential problems with Joomla 4, I spent hours reviewing thousands of posts and comments about Joomla 4 on the Joomla 4 Forum. You can read these posts at this link: https://forum.joomla.org/viewforum.php?f=803&sid=a2e51f0bb439aa62b9b8140ee89629c7

Each post has a few comments and about 1000 views. However, there is one post with 418 comments and almost 400,000 views! The 418 comments are basically a series of complaints about the new Joomla 4 Admin template called Atum. Here is the Atum Dashboard:

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There are 9 modules displayed in the main area plus a Main Menu in the sidebar (with 30 links) and 5 more links in the top bar. The System menu item has 31 more links. Many you will never use.

In this article, we will review solutions for 5 of the most common complaints about the Joomla 4 Atum Admin template. But before we begin I want to stress that I am not proposing that any changes be made to the Atum template. I think the new Atum template is much better and more flexible that the Joomla 3 Admin template. In fact, it is more flexible than any Dashboard template I have ever worked with – and I have been building websites for more than 20 years.

Instead, the purpose of this article is to summarize a series of steps that can be made to address complaints about the Atum template – easy steps that you can take if you are not happy with the appearance or structure of the Atum template. Even if you are happy with the Atum template, following along with this tutorial can be a good introduction to the Atum template and a great way to learn more about how it works.

Here are five of the most common complaints about the Joomla 4 Admin template and how we will solve them:

#1 The Atum template dashboard is too complex and confusing for beginners.
Simplicity is an important issue. As a teacher, the simpler I can make Joomla, the more successful my students will be. We will review how to hide a bunch of stuff to make the Atum Dashboard less complex.

#2 The Atum template menu structure is too different from the Joomla 3 Admin template menu structure.
The Joomla 3 menu structure was easier to understand than the new Joomla 4 menu structure. We will therefore review how to make the Atum menu structure more like the Joomla 3 Admin menu structure.

#3 The Atum template dashboard is not very colorful.
As a teacher, I use colors to help students learn about various parts of a program. Some people just like looking at their favorite colors when staring at a computer monitor all day. We will show you several ways to add as many colors as you want to the Atum dashboard.

#4 The Atum template side menu and quick launch icons take up too much space.
Space is an important issue. Every pixel counts. As a teacher, I encourage my students to build their websites using side by side editing. This means first building your website with a text and images editing program like Libre Writer and then transferring it to Joomla using a browser screen which is open next to your Libre Writer screen. Assuming you are working on a 15 inch laptop with a width of 1980 pixels, and that your Writer screen takes up 900 pixels, this only leaves 1080 pixels for your web browser displaying the Atum dashboard. We will show you how to make Atum more compact.

#5 Many people want to replace the Joomla 4 Atum Side Menu with a return to the Joomla 3 Top Menu
We will show you how to do this in less than one minute. In fact, all of these tasks can be accomplished in less time than it takes to read this article! Now that we understand the plan, let’s go through the actual steps.

Joomla 4 will be released in 2014 with tons of new features! Our courses will teach you how to create your own interactive Joomla website!