This guide has been written as a reference with a smooth learning curve, getting you through the installation, configuration and backup process (seeInstallation and configuration), then the general configuration options (see Platform administration), then user management (see Users management), then through courses management (seeCourses management), sessions management (see Sessions management), and then a series of global features or extensions you need to know about (see Global features).
If you want to go along practising with this book without installing your own Chamilo portal (which we do not recommend, as you will miss the first requirement to be a Chamilo admin: be able to install it), you can have a go as admin on our development portal: http://stable.chamilo.org. This portal is normally only there for development purposes, but you can access it as a temporal fix if you are stuck.
A considerable amount of seriously relevant information has been added as footnotes, so make sure you check them if you think the guide is missing something.
You will find this guide can serve as a quick reference too, thanks to its Frequently asked questions chapter.
If this guide doesn't answer your questions, you can use the Chamilo forum, where numerous other users, teachers or administrators, but also developers of the software, will be able to help you find the answers.
Finally, in the eventuality of having greater needs, you might also use the services of our official providers, a group of companies and institutions which provide professional services around Chamilo, have proven their involvement and seriousness in the project and are sustaining its collaborative model.