Joomla 3 Explained: Your Step-By-Step Guide


Master Joomla! Hands-On, Step-by-Step, Using Easy, Practical Examples

Today, millions of websites rely on Joomla!–from personal sites to those of huge organizations like General Electric, Porsche, and the United Nations. Now, using Joomla! 3, you too can create websites that are mobile-ready, responsive, flexible, powerful, and secure–even if you’re an absolute beginner.

In Joomla!® 3 Explained, top Joomla! trainer Stephen Burge teaches you ...

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Master Joomla! Hands-On, Step-by-Step, Using Easy, Practical Examples

Today, millions of websites rely on Joomla!–from personal sites to those of huge organizations like General Electric, Porsche, and the United Nations. Now, using Joomla! 3, you too can create websites that are mobile-ready, responsive, flexible, powerful, and secure–even if you’re an absolute beginner.

In Joomla!® 3 Explained, top Joomla! trainer Stephen Burge teaches you everything you need to know. Burge has taught thousands of Joomla! newcomers and thousands more who’ve experimented with Joomla! but haven’t mastered it yet. Nobody knows more about guiding you up the Joomla! learning curve.

You’ll master Joomla! 3 hands-on, through a complete case study, crystal-clear visuals, simple explanations, and on-target analogies, all extensively tested with real Joomla! beginners. Burge walks you through installing Joomla! 3, planning sites that are easy to use and manage, adding content, and incorporating powerful site features without programming. Finally, Burge shows you how to run your site securely and efficiently, no matter how big or popular it becomes!

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Editorial Reviews

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“The number one position is a suitable spot for this book, and almost any Joomla user– from absolute beginners to seasoned experts–can extract valuable information from this book.”

–Theo van der Zee

“Steve Burge started his business at the same time I did back in 2007. Over time, I’ve seen him struggle and succeed with different initiatives, but the following things were always constant: his honesty, business persistence, and true leadership in the Joomla! Open Source community. We’ve been a satisfied customer of since its initial launch and would highly recommend his work.”

–Ogy Nikolic, CEO, OGO Sense

“Finally! A Joomla book for non-geeks.”

–Charlie Sasser, R.E. Mason Company

Joomla!® 3 Explained, Second Edition, is both comprehensive and thorough . . . a fantastic resource for Joomla users everywhere!”

–Jonathan Gafill, CEO,

“This is an excellent resource for the web developer new to Joomla . . . a great book both to start with and to keep on hand as a reference manual.”

–Les Platz, Web Developer

Joomla!® 3 Explained, Second Edition, is a book I’ve recommended many times. In plain English, Stephen makes it easy to learn material that could otherwise be a daunting challenge. For those building a site for the first time, and for those completely new to Joomla, I can’t think of a better starting point.”

–Scott Wolpow, Founding Board Member, NYC Joomla! Users Group, and CEO, Netalytical Inc.

“Having taught college-level computer science and programming courses, I can only express my admiration for the organization and didactic techniques Burge has used in this book. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in learning the basics of Joomla.”

–Gary Albers, Website Designer

“Overall this is a really good introduction to Joomla for the absolute novice. If you’re a site admin suddenly told that you’re looking after a Joomla site, then this tutorial is a great place to turn to.”

–Pan Pantziarka, Publisher of TechBookReport

“The book is as complete as you could desire for a beginning book, and if you master it you will be building websites in their totality. It is simply the best out there.”

–Bill S., Tokyo Joomla User Group

“The final verdict is that this is one of the best introductory books on Joomla I have encountered.”

–Ian Elliot, IProgrammer, Reviewer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321943224
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 8/8/2014
  • Series: Joomla! Press Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 254,932
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Burge runs, which specializes in teaching website development.’s clients include Apple, Pfizer, and the U.S. Departments of Energy, Education, and Commerce. Burge’s Joomla!® Explained (Addison-Wesley, 2011) and Drupal™ 7 Explained (Sams Publishing, 2014) are each the world’s best-selling guides to the software they cover.
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Table of Contents

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xix

About the Author xxi

Chapter 1: Joomla! Explained 1

The What, When, Where, and Who of Joomla 2

This Book Explained 9

What’s Next? 13

Chapter 2: Joomla! Planning Explained 15

Joomla Site Planning Explained 15

Our Joomlaville Website Plan 18

Our Joomlaville Project Management Plan 23

Our Joomlaville Development Plan 24

Our Joomlaville Management Plan 25

What’s Next? 25

Chapter 3: Joomla! Installations Explained 27

Choosing the Best Place to Install Joomla 27

Choosing the Best Way to Install Joomla 30

Installing Joomla Automatically 30

Installing Joomla Manually 39

Getting Help If You’re Stuck with Installing Joomla 57

What’s Next? 58

Chapter 4: Joomla! Sites Explained 59

Understanding the Two Areas of a Joomla Site 59

Understanding the Administrator Area of Your Joomla Site 63

Things You’ll See All the Time in Joomla 65

Understanding the Visitor Area of Your Joomla Site 73

Making Your First Joomla Site Changes 79

What’s Next? 85

Chapter 5: Joomla! Content Explained 87

Step 1: Categorize 87

Step 2: Add 91

Step 3: Show 97

The Joomla CASh Workflow: Why Do It This Way? 107

Practicing the CASh Workflow 108

What’s Next? 114

Chapter 6: Joomla! Content Editing Explained 115

Formatting Your Text 115

Adding Images to Your Content 125

Adding Links to Your Content 136

Adding Tables to Your Content 140

Versions of Your Articles 143

Practicing Joomla Content 146

What’s Next? 153

Chapter 7: Joomla! Menus Explained 155

Why Do You Need Menus? 155

Grouping Your Menu Links 156

Creating a Blog by Adding a Menu Link 164

Practicing the CASh Workflow 168

Options: Finishing Your Content Display 172

What’s Next? 179

Chapter 8: Joomla! Components Explained 181

Banners Component 182

Contacts Component 188

Messaging Component 193

News Feeds Component 196

Redirect Component 200

Search Component 204

Smart Search Component 206

Tags Component 211

Web Links Component 214

What’s Next? 219

Chapter 9: Joomla! Modules Explained 221

Understanding Modules 222

Creating New Modules 227

Changing the Order of Modules 233

Changing the Pages on Which Modules Appear 238

What’s Next? 243

Chapter 10: Joomla! Plugins Explained 245

The Plugin Manager 245

Authentication Plugins 247

Content Plugins 249

Editors and Editors-XTD Plugins 256

Search Plugins 262

User Plugins 264

Extension, System, and Other Plugin Types 267

What’s Next? 268

Chapter 11: Adding Joomla! Extensions Explained 269

Researching Components, Modules, and Plugins 269

Installing Components, Modules, and Plugins 280

Other Installation Methods 296

What’s Next? 304

Chapter 12: Joomla! Templates Explained 305

Understanding Templates 305

Changing Templates 309

Changing Template Options 313

Finding and Installing Templates 318

What’s Next? 338

Chapter 13: Joomla! Users Explained 341

What People Can See: Joomla’s Access Levels 341

Method 1: What Users Can See: Joomla’s Access Levels 342

Method 2: What Users Can Do: Joomla’s User Groups 352

Method 3: Creating Your Own Access Controls 358

What’s Next? 370

Chapter 14: Joomla! Site Management Explained 373

Updating Your Site 373

Updating Your Extensions 379

Disabling or Uninstalling Your Extensions 381

Additional Measures to Protect Your Site 383

Backing Up Your Site 385

Global Configuration 390

What’s Next? 401

Index 403

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