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The Official Joomla! Book demonstrates how to build a web presence using Joomla!, the world’s most popular open source Content Management System. Written by two veteran Joomla! project contributors with years of experience building Joomla! websites, the book explains website design and structure and how to use Joomla! to create an effective online presence. Chapters cover what you need to know before you install Joomla!, all the way through keeping the momentum going with your website after it is created. The book includes practical examples and discussions of how to expand your website with extensions in ways that are sensible for long-term site management. The final chapter of the book provides in-depth interviews with a number of Joomla! community leaders, developers, and contributors.

The Official Joomla! Book offers an explanation of the Joomla! project and community, with information on the official sites, how to use them, and the many ways people of all experience levels can become participants and contributors. The book provides helpful step-by-step instructions and direction for those without any experience in creating websites, as well as tips and information for experienced web administrators and creators. Topics include

  • How Joomla! came into being and a description of the community that surrounds it
  • Domain names, finding a good host, color schemes, and branding
  • Installing Joomla!
  • Working with sample content to understand how Joomla! works
  • Templating for Joomla!, as well as how to edit the default templates
  • Using extensions, discussion of top pick extensions, and explanations of what they do
  • Creating meaningful navigation, content, and structure
  • Search engine optimization
  • Promotions, marketing, and social networking
  • Practical site examples for business, non-profit, and education
  • Interviews with Joomla! experts, including how they found Joomla!, their contributions to the project, and insights into their specialties and expertise areas
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From the Publisher
“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321704214
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 12/31/2010
  • Series: Joomla! Press Series
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Marriott owns and operates a web development company, Marpo Multimedia, in partnership with Wendy Robinson, which specializes in Joomla! CMS powered websites. Her company is located in Northeastern Oklahoma, and although separated by distance, Jennifer stays close to her Canadian roots.

Jennifer joined the Joomla! Community during the beginning days in 2005 and began volunteering as a forum moderator shortly after. Over the years she has taken on various roles in the community in addition to moderator, such as Joomla! Bug Squad member, Joomla! Google Summer of Code co-administrator and mentor, as well as Trademark and Licensing Team Leader. While Jennifer has stepped down from her official roles in the Joomla! Project, she still remains an active community member.

In addition to her work in all things technology related, Jennifer is a professional musician. She has two CDs released, and in 2010 she went back into the studio to record her third release.

Elin Waring is a long time Joomla! user and former President of Open Source Matters, the non profit organization that provides legal, financial and organizational support to the Joomla! Project. In that role she led a number of initiatives ranging from writing the translation policy to obtaining a trademark for the Joomla! Brand. She has made over 5000 posts on the Joomla! forums and wrote most of the Frequently Asked Questions for Joomla! 1.0. She is an active member of the Joomla! Bug Squad and participates in many Joomla! events.

Elin is a professor of sociology at Lehman College, City University of New York where she teachers research methods. She has published a number of books, including White Collar Crime and Criminal Careers, Crimes of the Middle Classes: White Collar Offenders in the Federal Courts, and Russian Mafia in America: Crime Immigration and Culture, and scholarly articles in the areas of white collar crime, organized crime and social organization.

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Table of Contents




About the Authors

Chapter 1: All About Joomla!

Chapter 2: What Now and Where Do I Begin – Before You Install Joomla!

Chapter 3: Joomla! Installation and Setup

Chapter 4: Working with and Creating Content for Your Joomla! Site

Chapter 5: Customizing and Creating Joomla! Templates

Chapter 6: The Basics of Joomla! Extensions, Components, Modules, Plugins and Languages

Chapter 7: Caring for Your Joomla! Website and Helpful Tips

Chapter 8: Practical Application: Joomla! For Business

Chapter 9: Practical Application: Joomla! - For NGO, NPO, Groups, Clubs and Organizations

Chapter 10: Practical Application: Joomla! - For Education

Chapter 11: A Look at Joomla! 1.6 and The Future

Chapter 12: Interviews with Experts

Appendix A: Common Problems and Solutions

Appendix B: Resources

Appendix C: A Look at Joomla! 1.6 ACL



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