This How To article piggy-backs off one of the recent articles, How To Change the Layout on the Frontpage. In that How To we discussed how changing a few parameters in the frontpage menu item could totally change the look and format of the frontpage. This How To will show you how Joomla! makes it just as easy to do the same thing on other pages as well.
A question that comes up often of new users is "How do I change the layout of the content on my frontpage?". To be more specific, the question is often about how to change the content layout from Joomla!'s default 1 column leading / 2 column intro / links layout. Fortunately, Joomla! makes this really easy to do.
Although it can do so much more than managing content, Joomla! is, at its core, a Content Management System (CMS). It is important for aspiring Joomla! site developers to have at least a basic understanding of how Joomla! is set up to organize content. A proper content organization can greatly improve the flow and usability of your website. This article is meant to provide that basic understanding and give steps to successfully organizing your content.
Update: we highly recommend the OSEmbed extension for embedding code in Joomla.
OSEmbed is the easiest way to embed anything in Joomla. You can add Google Maps with just a URL. Plus you can also add Facebook posts, Twitter tweets, Flickr images, YouTube videos and over 60 other types of media.
OSEmbed really is the best way to embed Google Maps and everything else.