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Master Joomla! hands-on, step-by-step, through easy, practical examples!

Joomla! now powers tens of millions of websites of every size and type. But many beginners find it confusing, and most Joomla! books are too complex to help. Joomla! Explained is the solution. Top Joomla! trainer Stephen Burge teaches everything beginners need to know--and nothing they don’t need to know!

Joomla! Explained requires absolutely no experience with Joomla! content management, website construction, programming, scripting, or even HTML. Stephen Burge has taught thousands of beginners--and thousands more who’ve experimented with Joomla! but haven’t mastered it yet. Nobody knows more about guiding Joomla! users up the learning curve--from confusion to results!

You’ll master Joomla! one easy step at a time, through a complete hands-on case study. Burge presents crystal-clear visuals, explanations, and analogies--all extensively tested with real Joomla! beginners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321703781
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 7/11/2011
  • Series: Joomla! Press Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,437,716
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Burge has split his career equally between teaching and web development. In 2007 he merged the two by teaching web development with Joomla!. His company Open Source Training teaches Joomla! classes around the world and online. Stephen travels widely, helping people learn and thrive with Joomla!. He has been involved with many aspects of the Joomla! community, most recently as board member of Open Source Matters, which provides Joomla! with financial and legal support.

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Table of Contents

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvi

About the Author xvii

Chapter 1 Joomla! Explained 1

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

Why Joomla? 2

How Much Is Joomla? 3

What Does the Joomla Name Mean? 3

How Many Versions of Joomla Are There? 4

Who Uses Joomla? 5

This Book Explained 8

What You’ll Need 8

What This Book Covers 8

This Book Is Concise 10

This Book Is Active 10

This Book Uses Specific Examples 10

What’s Next? 12

Chapter 2 Joomla! Installations Explained 13

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 14

Choose the Best Place to Install Joomla 14

Your Computer 14

A Web Server 15

Choose the Best Way to Install Joomla! 16

Install Joomla Automatically 16

Install Joomla Manually 22

Step 1: Create a Database 23

Step 2: Download the Joomla Files and Upload Them to Our Web Server 26

Step 3: Complete the Joomla Installation by Connecting the Database and Files Together 29

Get Help If You’re Stuck Installing Joomla! 36

What’s Next? 37

Chapter 3 Joomla! Sites Explained 39

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 39

Understand the Two Areas of a Joomla Site 39

Visitor Area 40

Administrator Area 40

Understand the Administrator Area of Your Joomla Site 41

Things You’ll See All the Time in Joomla 44

Language 44

Page Layouts 44

Individual Page Layouts 46

Understand the Visitor Area of Your Joomla Site 49

Make Your First Joomla Site Changes 50

Changing Your First Article 50

Changing Your First Template 53

What’s Next? 55

Chapter 4 Joomla! Content Explained 57

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 57

Step 1: Categorize 57

Step 2: Add 61

Step 3: Show 66

The Joomla CASh Workflow—Why Do It This Way? 71

Practicing the CASh Workflow 72

Step 1: Categorize 73

Step 2: Add 73

Step 3: Show 73

What’s Next? 76

Chapter 5 Joomla! Content Editing Explained 77

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 77

Formatting Your Text 77

Bold, Italic, Underline, and Strikethrough 78

Aligning Your Text 80

Bullet Points and Indentation 82

What if I Made a Mistake? 84

Adding Images to Your Content 85

Categorize Images 86

Add Images 88

Show Images 90

What If I Made a Mistake? 92

Adding Links to Your Content 94

Internal Links 94

External Links 96

What If I Made a Mistake? 97

Internal Article Links 98

What If I Want to Remove a Link? 101

Choosing Your Article Options 101

Publishing Options 102

Article Options 103

Global Options 104

Metadata Options 106

Practicing Joomla Content 108

Airport 108

Bus Station 110

Train Station 112

What’s Next? 114

Chapter 6 Joomla! Menus Explained 115

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 115

Why Do you Need Menus? 115

Step 1: Categorize Your Menu Links 116

Step 2: Adding Your Menu Links 118

If You Already Have the Links 119

If You Haven’t Already Created the Links 120

Step 3: Showing Your Menu Links 121

Practicing the CASh Workflow with Menus 123

Transport Menu 124

Festivals Menu 126

About Joomlaville Menu 127

More Advanced Layout Options Using Menus 128

Putting It All Together in a Blog Layout 129

Categorize 130

Add 130

Show 131

Selecting the Options 132

Putting It All Together in a List Layout 134

Categorize 135

Add 135

Show 136

Selecting the Options 136

What’s Next? 138

Chapter 7 Joomla! Components Explained 141

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 141

Banners Component 142

Setting Up an Advertising Banner 142

Contacts Component 146

Categorize 147

Add 148

Show 149

Options 149

Messaging Component 151

News Feeds Component 154

Categorize 154

Add 155

Show 155

Redirect Component 157

Search Component 158

Options 160

Web Links Component 161

Categorize 161

Add 161

Show 162

Banners 163

Contacts 166

News Feeds 170

Web Links 172

Cleaning Up the Menu Links 175

What’s Next? 181

Chapter 8 Joomla! Modules Explained 183

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 183

Understanding Modules 183

Creating New Modules 188

Changing the Order of Modules 192

Changing Which Pages Modules Appear On 196

Change When Modules Appear 202

Practice 205

Categorize 205

Add 205

Show 205

Position 207

Order 207

Menu Links 207

Time and Date 209

What’s Next? 211

Chapter 9 Joomla! Plug-ins Explained 213

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 213

The Plug-in Manager 213

Authentication Plug-ins 214

Content Plug-ins 216

Editors and Editors-XTD Plug-ins 220

Search Plug-ins 223

User Plug-ins 224

Extension, System, and Other Plug-in Types 226

What’s Next? 228

Chapter 10 Joomla! Templates Explained 229

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 229

Understanding Templates 229

Changing Templates 233

Changing Template Options 236

Different Designs and Layouts for Different Pages 240

Different Templates on Different Pages 240

Different Template Styles on Different Pages 241

Practice 244

What’s Next? 246

Chapter 11 Adding Joomla! Extensions Explained 247

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 247

Research Components, Modules, and Plug-ins 247

Find the Right Category 248

Evaluate an Individual Extension 255

Install Components, Modules, and Plug-ins 259

Install a Module 259

Install a Plug-in 264

Install a Component 267

Find and Install Templates 273

Find a Free Template 273

Find a Commercial Template 281

Practice 284

Install a Component 284

Install a Module 285

Install a Plug-in 285

What’s Next? 286

Chapter 12 Putting It All Together: Personal Site 289

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 289

Step 1: Installation 290

One-Click Installation 290

Manual Installation 291

Step 2: Content 293

Categorize 293

Add 294

Show 296

Step 3: Components, Modules, and Plug-ins 298

Default Component: Contacts 298

Installed Component: Photo Gallery 299

Default Module: Most Read Content 303

Installed Module: SP Weather 304

Default Plug-in: Load Module 305

Installed Plug-in: ITPSocial Buttons 307

Step 4: Templates 308

What’s Next? 314

Chapter 13 Putting It All Together: Business Site 315

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 315

Step 1: Installation 316

Step 2: Content 316

Categorize 316

Add 318

Show 319

Step 3: Components, Modules, and Plug-ins 321

Default Component: Contacts 321

Installed Component: Zen Portfolio 321

Default Modules: Most Read Content 324

Installed Module: GTranslate 325

Default Plug-in: User Profile 327

Installed Plug-in: JPlayer 327

Step 4: Templates 330

What’s Next? 335

Chapter 14 Joomla! Users Explained 337

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 338

What People Can See: Joomla’s Access Levels 339

Method 2: What Users Can Do: Joomla’s User Groups 347

Method 3: Creating Your Own Access Controls 350

Setting Up a New User Group 350

Creating a Chief Editor for Our Site 356

What’s Next? 360

Chapter 15 Joomla! Languages Explained 363

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 364

Step 1: Installation 364

Step 2: Content 372

An Example of How Translation Works 372

Categorize 373

Add 375

Show 375

Step 3: Extensions (Components, Modules, and Plug-ins) 377

Components 377

Modules 378

Step 4: Templates 379

What’s Next? 380

Chapter 16 Joomla! Site Management Explained 381

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter 381

Updating Your Site 381

An Overview of Joomla Version Numbers 382

What Version Do I Have? 384

How Do I Get Notified About Updates? 384

How Do I Update? 385

Updating Your Extensions 387

Disabling or Uninstalling Your Extensions 391

Additional Measures to Protect Your Site 392

Backing Up Your Site 396

Backups Made by Your Hosting Company 396

Backups Made by You 396

Global Configuration 400

Taking Your Site Offline 401

Metadata Settings 402

Changing Your Site’s URLs 403

Making Your Site Run Faster 407

Staying Logged In for Longer 409

What’s Next? 409

Index 411

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