Joomla! 3 Beginner's Guide

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  • ISBN-13: 9781782164340
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/25/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 434
  • Sales rank: 780,019
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

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    We are already up to version 3 of Joomla. Hey, I am going to omi

    We are already up to version 3 of Joomla. Hey, I am going to omit the exclamation mark. I think it's pretentious. In the book's favour is that inside its covers, it likewise drops the symbol.

    The book suggests that writing web pages for a website is simple with Joomla. That you can readily create a thematically unified look across your web pages, all atop a content management system. Here is where Joomla perhaps differs with another very popular approach of using WordPress for making a website. WordPress may actually be more popular. But it is essentially bolted onto a basic mechanism of letting you, the website owner, and visitors make blogs. And WordPress turns out to be somewhat awkward to customise beyond the standard templates that come with it.

    Whereas Joomla at least as exemplified here takes a more gneneral approach. Plus it eschews the page oriented approach of hand crafted websites and that too of WordPress. Instead, it deprecates the notion of pages! Yes, this can sound radical to some readers. But an early chapter carefully goes over this mindset and how Joomla enables it. Think instead in terms of content blocks, where these can be quite general. Then a given page or more usefully perhaps a set of pages can have a common structure of content blocks.

    Readers using Joomla for the first time are cautioned by the author to leave much of the database and server settings unaltered. At least until you have mastered the main sections of the text that carefully do not delve into those topics. You do have to learn Cascading Style Sheets. Joomla puts what it calls a Template Manager as an intermediary between CSS and you, to try to reduce the burden of learning CSS. But ultimately to get the most out of tweaking the look of your pages, you really should know what all those CSS fields mean.

    The book also devotes considerable space to advising how to edit content. It is not just about a given structure or format of a layout, but eventually what text and images you need to stuff into those areas.

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