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Joomla! is one of the most searchedfor and hiredfor open source content management systems in the world. Since 2007, the combination of Joomla! and Dan Rahmel’s bestselling Beginning Joomla!, From Novice to Professional have made it so that all you have to do is read a single book to learn how to build sites that take communityauthored content and turn it instantly into published web pages with features like rich templating, content management, forums, photo management, and ...
Joomla! is one of the most searchedfor and hiredfor open source content management systems in the world. Since 2007, the combination of Joomla! and Dan Rahmel’s bestselling Beginning Joomla!, From Novice to Professional have made it so that all you have to do is read a single book to learn how to build sites that take communityauthored content and turn it instantly into published web pages with features like rich templating, content management, forums, photo management, and article commenting.
Now revised and updated for Joomla! 1.5, this second edition “jobinabook” provides the solid core of knowhow that you’ll need to get the most out of your Joomla! deployment, written to fully exploit the features of latest version of Joomla! More than just a simple “build a toy web site” guide, Beginning Joomla!, Second Edition will give you a wealth of lifesaving tips, tricks, tools, and fixes that experienced Joomla! developers use to build powerful, popular web sites while avoiding major headaches. This book covers
Dan Rahmel explores the updates to Joomla! 1.5 that you’ll need if you already use Joomla! and explains, using the latest terms, how to build a web site from scratch if you don’t already use Joomla! An update to the bestselling Joomla! title on the market, this is the Joomla! book to get.
This book is for current and prospective web developers interested in using the Joomla! content management system, as well as for any web user seeking to learn how to selfpublish for a community.
Posted May 3, 2009
First, the complement. The book is great if you are researching Joomla! and are not real sure if Joomla! is the answer for you.
The book seems to lack in the information department as there are several different layouts to choose from when adding menu items; the book doesn't give you any insight to what these layouts look like or what they are best used for.
The same holds true with many other aspects of the features found in Joomla!
I didn't feel the author lacked knowledge or experience with Joomla! as much as it became clear there was too much covered to have been done adequately in a single book. I felt there should of been less written about customizing Joomla! and more time spent on the features and presentation layer.
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Posted September 1, 2009
Joomla has been around for awhile now but until recently (past year or so) has gained a lot of popularity. People are finally realizing what a stable, easy to use CMS (Content Management System) it is.
With al the other CMS out on the market (open source and commercial), Joomla has risen to the top of the food chain so to speak in how it is perceived by the community. It really has become one of the most popular small to medium sized content systems on the market today.
This book by Dan Rahmel (author of over 20 computer books) has written one of most easy to follow and understand books on Joomla. He assumes no prior programming or development knowledge and steps you through installation to administrations to customization of your Joomla website.
Joomla can be used to create a fully functioning website, blog or a full user community. Its flexibility is its greatest feature and Dan goes through all the different scenarios of creating these different web sites.
The first real chapter (chapter 2 & 3) goes through a complete installation and also goes through all the different customizations that can be done based upon what operating system or web server setup you are using. These are two great chapters and the author uses plenty of screenshots and simple explanations to make sure you are up and running as painless as possible.
A chapter that I really like is chapter 5 which talks about Administering Joomla which can be a little tricky for setting up users and account permissions. I always find myself coming back to this section time and time again. Another great chapter I like is chapter 6 which explains how to create your own page templates. Joomla gives you existing templates for which you can create you website with but there are always customizations that will be necessary for your specific site. The author goes through a whole bunch of "real-life" examples that you can use for your own website. You have to get your feet wet with some HTML and CSS but it is explained very nicely if you are a newbie.
The rest of the chapters:
Chapter 4: Adding Content
Chapter 7: Joomla! Extensions
Chapter 8: Web Community Features
These will help you create any type of site you may need.
Bonus chapters such as chapter 11 (E-commerce)and chapter 12 (Search Engine Optimization - SEO) help complete the book giving you professional-grade advice on setting up an ecommerce site that will accept payment (credit card), configure taxes and organizing your products into categories as well as making sure your site (whatever type it is) is seen on top search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN).
After reading this book, you should have your site up and running and almost be an expert in using Joomla yourself. But of course Dan has also written and Advanced Joomla! book that will take your expertise to the next level.
A great book and worth buying ASAP.
Posted April 17, 2011
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Posted January 2, 2010
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