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Posted August 9, 2009
"Building Websites with Joomla 1.5" is an excellent choice for all developers and webmasters who didn't have a chance to work with Joomla! CMS. The book is very easy to read and it's really ideal for webmasters who didn't have a real development experience. Joomla! CMS is a good choice for entering the world of CMS-based websites and this book will provide you an excellent introduction how this popular CMS is working and how you can administer it.
At the beginning of the book you get all the information how to install Joomla! on different server types and after you complete your first installation, the book will give you all the necessary information about the frontend and backend.
What I really like in this book is the fact that it gives a really good overview about the basic module functionalities: menus, login forms, online status, polls, breadcrums, banner management, etc. All web newbies will receive enough information how to use these modules and web veterans will use first few chapters as a quick overview of Joomla modules and components.
After first 200 pages you will learn how to expand your Joomla! installation with additional extensions and how to create your first template, custom component and how to integrate new functionality into your first Joomla! website.
In chapter 16 you will use the knowledge from previous chapters to create a new website for vintner family Bertrand. This will be a good practice to test your Joomla skills.
As I said before, with this book basic knowledge of Joomla! Beginners will be very thrilled with this book, advanced users will appreciate it because it is a good resource for more advanced CMS-based projects.
Posted June 6, 2007
I was hoping for more from this title. If you just started on Joomla then you might get some tips from the book but spend some time on the web and you'll learn more and save money. It's not that you won't get 'up and running' but you may not know why things run the way they do. I was hoping for more in-depth material on how all of the pieces work together. The official users guide just came out so I'd go that route instead. I'm hopeful for a couple of yet-to-be release titles about Joomla. Hopefully they'll have more meat.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2007
Absolutely terrible......this book has very little to offer. There isn't even a hint of a 'step-by-step' guide to building a website found anywhere in the book. Instead, the author continually states the obvious chapter after chapter by going over each menu item and what it means. Do you really need the author to tell you to place the title of your page or module in the box marked Title???? For modules and components, it explains what they are but does not offer one line of text on either telling you how to use them. I can go on and on, but to make a long story short save your money. Simply stated it is a pitiful excuse for a development guide and does nothing to live up to the title. There isn't a thing in the book you can't get from the available online Joomla! manual or from just plain common sense. Pretty worthless.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.