The Official Joomla! Book is the authoritative and comprehensive Joomla! reference for every administrator, developer, designer, and content manager. Distilling the unsurpassed experience of two long-time Joomla! contributors, it teaches exactly what you need to know, through practical example sites and crystal-clear explanations.
If you’re new to Joomla!, you’ll learn how to quickly create usable, effective sites. If you’re an experienced Joomla! user, you’ll learn how to make your sites more flexible, feature-rich, visually attractive, and useful. And whether new or experienced, you’ll learn how Joomla! really works, so you can fully leverage its power whenever you’re ready. You’ll also get to know the Joomla! community by hearing from twelve community members through in-depth interviews, and you’ll learn how to participate in the Joomla! project in ways that make sense for you.
The Official Joomla! Book covers everything from installation to usability, templates to extensions. The authors explain each key concept conversationally, helping you learn to help yourself and confidently gain control over Joomla! and the sites you build with it. They also present chapter-length application case studies for business, non-profits, and education. You will learn how to
Plan sites effectively before you start building them
Create production sites quickly while avoiding common mistakes
Install and configure Joomla! for maximum efficiency
Create and edit content for your Joomla! site
Customize and work with Joomla! templates
Work with extensions: components, modules, plugins, and languages
Efficiently administer Joomla! sites
Participate in the Joomla! community as a user and contributor
“Joomla! is about allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things, and that is exactly what the authors of this book do for its readers. … I present this book for your pleasure. It begins with how we began and takes you on a journey through which you can be empowered to reach the world.”
—From the Foreword by Andrew Eddie, Member of the Joomla! Production Leadership Team
Jennifer Marriott owns Marpo Multimedia, a Web development company specializing in Joomla!-powered Web sites. She joined the Joomla! community in 2005, began volunteering as a forum moderator soon afterwards, and has played roles ranging from Joomla! Bug Squad member and Joomla! Google Summer of Code co-administrator/mentor to trademark and licensing team leader.
Elin Waring, a longtime Joomla! user, served as president of Open Source Matters, the nonprofit organization that supports the Joomla! Project. An active member of the Joomla! Bug Squad, she is also professor of sociology at Lehman College.