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It's easy to get started creating your website. Knowing some of the basics will help.

What is a Content Management System?

A content management system is software that allows you to create and manage webpages easily by separating the creation of your content from the mechanics required to present it on the web.

In this site, the content is stored in a database. The look and feel are created by a template. Joomla! brings together the template and your content to create web pages.

Logging in

To login to your site use the user name and password that were created as part of the installation process. Once logged-in you will be able to create and edit articles and modify some settings.

Creating an article

Once you are logged-in, a new menu will be visible. To create a new article, click on the "Submit Article" link on that menu.

The new article interface gives you a lot of options, but all you need to do is add a title and put something in the content area. To make it easy to find, set the state to published.

You can edit an existing article by clicking on the edit icon (this only displays to users who have the right to edit).

Template, site settings, and modules

The look and feel of your site is controlled by a template. You can change the site name, background colour, highlights colour and more by editing the template settings. Click the "Template Settings" in the user menu. 

The boxes around the main content of the site are called modules.  You can modify modules on the current page by moving your cursor to the module and clicking the edit link. Always be sure to save and close any module you edit.

You can change some site settings such as the site name and description by clicking on the "Site Settings" link.

More advanced options for templates, site settings, modules, and more are available in the site administrator.

Site and Administrator

Your site actually has two separate sites. The site (also called the front end) is what visitors to your site will see. The administrator (also called the back end) is only used by people managing your site. You can access the administrator by clicking the "Site Administrator" link on the "User Menu" menu (visible once you login) or by adding /administrator to the end of your domain name. The same user name and password are used for both sites.

Learn more

There is much more to learn about how to use Joomla! to create the web site you envision. You can learn much more at the Joomla! documentation site and on the Joomla! forums.



Our Ministry employ more than 170 officers at four Customs points and two Inland Revenue Offices around both main islands - Upolu and Savaii. It comes under the portfolio of the  Minister for Revenue, Honourable Tuiloma Pule Lameko.

Last year's winner of the 2013 Public Service Inspirational Leadership award Afioga Pitolau Lusia Sefo Leau continues to lead the Ministry with a team of 12 Senior Managers for 13 divisions. Three technical divisions at Inland Revenue (Taxpayer Services, Audit & Investigations, Collection & Recoveries), four technical divisions at Customs (Trade Facilitation, Border Enforcement & Protection, Excise Warehoue & Liquor Administration, Post Clearance & Audit) and six support services (Corporate Services, Legal & Technical Services, Information Technology, Forecasting and Business Improvement, Internal Audit  and Revenue).



Our Ministry is the key state organization operational at the frontiers and its main functions center around revenue collection and enforcing Customs and Inland Revenue laws and other related rules and regulations. In the process the Ministry endevours to ensure smooth movement of people and goods across the border and collect the correct revenue due to the state.

Our three Principal Roles:

  • To manage and administer the taxation systems in a way that encourages compliance by all taxpayers
  • To facilitate trade and the movement of people across our borders while at the same time protecting our community and ensuring compliance with our laws; and
  • To efficiently collect the correct revenue due to the State

Improve our services to encourage customers to comply;

  1. Understand customers and their compliance influences;

  2. Improve our tools, processes, legislation, systems, and equipment;

  3. Invest in our people;


  • Customers meet all of their obligations of their own accord and the Ministry for Revenue makes this easy;

  • Increasing the community regards paying tax and duties as contributing to society;

  • The community views effective border management as improve in protecting their way of life;

  • The community has confidence that appropriate action will be taken against those who do not comply;

  • We are internationally recognized for our effective facilitation of legitimate trade and cross-border enforcement;

  • The community regards the Ministry for Revenue staff as professional, knowledgeable, trustworthy and helpful;


  • Integrity (honest, impartiality, transparency, accountability);

  • Service commitment;

  • Respect;

  • Working together;

  • Efficiency and effectiveness;



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