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  • Copyright 2008
  • Pages: 480
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-713478-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-713478-6

The First Easy-to-Use Guide to Joomla!-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!-the world’s #1 open source content management system. 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 never-before-published 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! 1.0 and 1.5 reference content.

·   Understanding content management, what Joomla! does, and how its components fit together

·   Building Joomla! sites from scratch, and systematically customizing them to your needs

·   Organizing content with sections, categories, blogs, and tables

·   Creating dynamic pages and effective navigation

·   Working with Joomla! modules and components

·   Search engine optimization for Joomla! sites

·   Start-to-finish case studies: building a school website, an e-commerce site, and a blog

·   The most valuable Joomla! extensions and add-ons: finding them, and using them

·   Key differences between Joomla! 1.0 and 1.5, and what they mean to you



About the Website

The accompanying site for the Joomla 1.5 book, provides five fully functional Joomla! sites with live follow-along examples from the book and up-to-date information on Joomla! The site also includes


  • An active forum where you can ask questions specific to chapters from the book from a Joomla expert 
  • 5 fully functional Joomla 1.5 live follow-along examples from the book. You can browse the sites and their backends live online.
  • Downloads of 5 free websites for Joomla 1.5 based on various chapter of the book. These are SQL dumps you can import to instantly give you a completed Joomla site. 
  • 4 free tutorial templates and 3 free templates from joomlashack.com including the popular commercial template - JS Aqualine!

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Table of Contents

Preface xix

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

What Is a Content Management System? 2

Static Web Pages 2

Cascading Style Sheet Web Pages 3

Dynamic Web Pages 4

Open Source  7

History of Joomla!   8

Joomla! Community  9

Third-party Extensions Development  9

Joomla!’s Features  10

Elements of a Joomla! Website  11

Content 13

Modules 14

Templates  14

Summary  15

Chapter 2: Downloading and Installing Joomla!  17

How Do I Install Joomla!?  18

Where Can I Find the Most Current Joomla! Files?  18

Unpacking Joomla! on a Local Desktop Computer  23

Unpacking on a Hosting Account  26

Running the Joomla! Installation Wizard  28

Summary  35

Chapter 3: Joomla! Administration Basics 37

What Is the Frontend and Backend of a Joomla!-powered Website?  38

Menu Bar 40

Toolbar  41

Workspace  41

Administrator Functions in the Menu Bar  42

Site Submenu  42

Menus  50

Content  52

The Component Menu  53

Extensions 55

Tools 60

Global Checkin  61

Help  61

Site Preview 62

Summary  63

Chapter 4: Content Is King: Organizing Your Content 65

How Does Joomla! Generate Web Pages?  66

How Does Joomla! Organize Content Articles? 68

Uncategorized Articles 68

Sections and Categories 69

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