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Joomla! 1.5: A User's Guide: Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website, Rough Cuts, 2nd Edition

Joomla! 1.5: A User's Guide: Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website, Rough Cuts, 2nd Edition

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  • Copyright 2009
  • Dimensions: 7 X 9-1/4
  • Pages: 480
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Rough Cuts
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-703598-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-703598-4

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The Best Easy-to-Use Guide to Joomla!TM--The World’s #1 Open Source Content Management System

If you want to build sophisticated websites that can be easily edited and updated, you need to master Joomla. Now there’s an easy-to-read, easy-to-use guide to Joomla! for every site manager, administrator, and developer. Leading Joomla! consultant Barrie North covers all you need to get results: installation, administration, site organization, template development, content updates, and a whole lot more. You’ll find tips, tricks, and troubleshooting solutions, as well as three start-to-finish case studies.

New to Joomla? No problem! This book starts with the simplest design and system concepts and builds your expertise step-by-step. You’ll rapidly master Joomla!’s power, even if you have no content management, scripting, or CSS expertise. Experienced with Joomla!? You’ll turn to this book constantly for its authoritative, plain-English, example-rich Joomla! 1.5 reference content.

  • Understand content management, what Joomla! does, and how its components fit together
  • Build Joomla! sites from scratch and systematically customize them to your needs
  • Organize content with sections, categories, blogs, and tables
  • Create dynamic pages and effective navigation
  • Work with Joomla! modules and components
  • Learn how to optimize your Joomla! sites for search engines
  • Follow three start-to-finish case studies: building a school website, a small business site, and a blog
  • Identify the most valuable Joomla! extensions and add-ons: find them and use them


About the Website

The accompanying site, www.joomlabook.com, provides five fully functional Joomla! sites with live follow-along examples from the book and up-to-date information on Joomla!.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Preface     xxi

Acknowledgments     xxix

About the Author     xxxi

Chapter 1: Content Management Systems and an Introduction to Joomla!     1

What Is a Content Management System?     2

Static Web Pages     2

Web Pages with CSS     3

Dynamic Web Pages     4

Open Source Software     7

History of Joomla!     8

The Joomla! Community     9

Third-Party Extensions Development     9

Joomla!’s Features     9

Elements of a Joomla! Website     11

Content     13

Templates     14

Modules     15

Summary     15

Chapter 2: Downloading and Installing Joomla!     17

How to Install Joomla!     18

Obtaining the Latest Joomla! File Package     18

Joomla! Package Naming Conventions     19

Creating a MySQL Database     20

Unpacking the Joomla! Package     20

Unpacking Joomla! on a Local Desktop Computer     21

Unpacking Joomla! on a Hosting Account     24

Running the Joomla! Installation Wizard     26

Step 1: Language     26

Step 2: Pre-Installation Check     27

Step 3: License     27

Step 4: Database Configuration     28

Step 5: FTP Configuration     30

Step 6: Main Configuration     30

Step 7: Finish     32

Summary     33

Chapter 3: Joomla! Administration Basics     35

What Are the Frontend and Backend of a Joomla! Powered Website?     36

The Menu Bar     38

The Toolbar     39

The Workspace     39

Administrator Functions in the Menu Bar     40

The Site Submenu     40

The Menus Menu     48

The Content Menu     50

The Components Menu     52

The Extensions Menu     54

The Tools Menu     59

The Help Menu     60

Site Preview     60

Summary     62


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