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Joomla!® 3 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide, 2nd Edition

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Joomla!® 3 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide, 2nd Edition


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  • Teaches to install, navigate, and effectively use Joomla 3 to create mobile-friendly websites
  • Written by expert Steve Burge who has trained thousands of new Joomla! users
  • Update of best-selling book for mobile-friendly Joomla 3
  • Thoroughly teaches how to navigate the new and improved interface of what is likely to become the most popular version ever of Joomla!


  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 448
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-94322-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-94322-4

Master Joomla! Hands-On, Step-by-Step, Using Easy, Practical Examples

Today, millions of websites rely on Joomla!–from personal sites to those of huge organizations like General Electric, Porsche, and the United Nations. Now, using Joomla! 3, you too can create websites that are mobile-ready, responsive, flexible, powerful, and secure–even if you’re an absolute beginner.

In Joomla!® 3 Explained, top Joomla! trainer Stephen Burge teaches you everything you need to know. Burge has taught thousands of Joomla! newcomers and thousands more who’ve experimented with Joomla! but haven’t mastered it yet. Nobody knows more about guiding you up the Joomla! learning curve.

You’ll master Joomla! 3 hands-on, through a complete case study, crystal-clear visuals, simple explanations, and on-target analogies, all extensively tested with real Joomla! beginners. Burge walks you through installing Joomla! 3, planning sites that are easy to use and manage, adding content, and incorporating powerful site features without programming. Finally, Burge shows you how to run your site securely and efficiently, no matter how big or popular it becomes!


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Table of Contents

Preface         xvii

Acknowledgments         xix

About the Author         xxi

Chapter 1: Joomla! Explained         1

The What, When, Where, and Who of Joomla   2

This Book Explained   9

What’s Next?   13

Chapter 2: Joomla! Planning Explained         15

Joomla Site Planning Explained   15

Our Joomlaville Website Plan   18

Our Joomlaville Project Management Plan   23

Our Joomlaville Development Plan   24

Our Joomlaville Management Plan   25

What’s Next?   25

Chapter 3: Joomla! Installations Explained         27

Choosing the Best Place to Install Joomla   27

Choosing the Best Way to Install Joomla   30

Installing Joomla Automatically   30

Installing Joomla Manually   39

Getting Help If You’re Stuck with Installing Joomla   57

What’s Next?   58

Chapter 4: Joomla! Sites Explained         59

Understanding the Two Areas of a Joomla Site   59

Understanding the Administrator Area of Your Joomla Site   63

Things You’ll See All the Time in Joomla   65

Understanding the Visitor Area of Your Joomla Site   73

Making Your First Joomla Site Changes   79

What’s Next?   85

Chapter 5: Joomla! Content Explained         87

Step 1: Categorize   87

Step 2: Add   91

Step 3: Show   97

The Joomla CASh Workflow: Why Do It This Way?   107

Practicing the CASh Workflow   108

What’s Next?   114

Chapter 6: Joomla! Content Editing Explained         115

Formatting Your Text   115

Adding Images to Your Content   125

Adding Links to Your Content   136

Adding Tables to Your Content   140

Versions of Your Articles   143

Practicing Joomla Content   146

What’s Next?   153

Chapter 7: Joomla! Menus Explained         155

Why Do You Need Menus?   155

Grouping Your Menu Links   156

Creating a Blog by Adding a Menu Link   164

Practicing the CASh Workflow   168

Options: Finishing Your Content Display   172

What’s Next?   179

Chapter 8: Joomla! Components Explained         181

Banners Component   182

Contacts Component   188

Messaging Component   193

News Feeds Component   196

Redirect Component   200

Search Component   204

Smart Search Component   206

Tags Component   211

Web Links Component   214

What’s Next?   219

Chapter 9: Joomla! Modules Explained         221

Understanding Modules   222

Creating New Modules   227

Changing the Order of Modules   233

Changing the Pages on Which Modules Appear   238

What’s Next?   243

Chapter 10: Joomla! Plugins Explained         245

The Plugin Manager   245

Authentication Plugins   247

Content Plugins   249

Editors and Editors-XTD Plugins   256

Search Plugins   262

User Plugins   264

Extension, System, and Other Plugin Types   267

What’s Next?   268

Chapter 11: Adding Joomla! Extensions Explained         269

Researching Components, Modules, and Plugins   269

Installing Components, Modules, and Plugins   280

Other Installation Methods   296

What’s Next?   304

Chapter 12: Joomla! Templates Explained         305

Understanding Templates   305

Changing Templates   309

Changing Template Options   313

Finding and Installing Templates   318

What’s Next?   338

Chapter 13: Joomla! Users Explained          341

What People Can See: Joomla’s Access Levels   341

Method 1: What Users Can See: Joomla’s Access Levels   342

Method 2: What Users Can Do: Joomla’s User Groups   352

Method 3: Creating Your Own Access Controls   358

What’s Next?   370

Chapter 14: Joomla! Site Management Explained         373

Updating Your Site   373

Updating Your Extensions   379

Disabling or Uninstalling Your Extensions   381

Additional Measures to Protect Your Site   383

Backing Up Your Site   385

Global Configuration   390

What’s Next?   401

Index         403


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