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Official Joomla! Book / Edition 2

Official Joomla! Book / Edition 2

by Jennifer Marriott

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ISBN-10: 0321821548

ISBN-13: 2900321821545

Pub. Date: 01/14/2013

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

“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 to the First Edition by


“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 to the First Edition by Andrew Eddie, cofounder, Joomla!

The Official Joomla!® Book, Second Edition, 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, taking full advantage of the features in Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 2.5. 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 seventeen 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, Second Edition, 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 and create a basic template
  • Work with extensions: components, modules, plugins, and languages
  • Efficiently administer Joomla! sites
  • Maintain Joomla! sites, including making back ups and managing upgrades and migrations between versions
  • Participate in the Joomla! community as a user and contributor

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition xvii

Foreword to the First Edition xxi

Preface xxiii

Acknowledgments xxvii

About the Authors xxix

Chapter 1: All about Joomla! 1

A Brief History of Joomla! 1

Joomla! the Content Management System 4

Joomla! the Platform 5

The Joomlasphere 7

Conclusion 20

Chapter 2: What Now and Where Do I Begin?: Before You Install Joomla! 23

Identifying Your Purpose 23

Domain Names: Registering Your Domain Name 24

Trademarks, Licensing, Copyright, and Legalities 26

The Basics of Branding 30

Identifying Your Target Audience: The Who, What, Where, and Why 36

Wireframes, Storyboarding, and Visualization 41

Creating Great Content 43

Mission Critical: Why Choosing a Good Host Matters 44

Conclusion 47

Chapter 3: Installing Joomla! 49

Choosing a Joomla! Version and Installation Options 49

Downloading Joomla! 51

Creating a Database 52

Using the File Manager to Upload Joomla! 56

Joomla! Web Installation 59

Setting Up a Test Site on demo.joomla.org 71

Conclusion 72

Chapter 4: Configuring Joomla! 75

Basic Configuration Steps for Your New Site 75

Basic Global Configuration Options 79

Configuration Settings in Specific Components 92

Other Site Defaults 98

Conclusion 100

Chapter 5: Working with and Creating Content for Your Joomla! Site 101

Defining Content 101

Managing Content 106

Working with the Media Manager and Inserting Images 110

Managing Categories 112

Menus and Menu Items 114

Working with Parameters and Options 121

Conclusion 128

Chapter 6: The Basics of Joomla! Extensions: Components, Modules, Plugins, and Languages 129

Core Joomla! Extensions 129

Adding Extensions 162

Conclusion 168

Chapter 7: Working with Joomla! Templates: The Basics 169

The Basics of Joomla! Templates 169

Conclusion 190

Chapter 8: Creating Your Own Simple Joomla! Template 191

Basic Template Structure 191

Conclusion 211

Chapter 9: Marketing and Caring for Your Joomla! Web Site 213

First Impressions Count: What Your Home Page Says about You 213

Search Engines, SEO, Getting Listed, and Staying There 216

Using Navigation 220

Engaging Your Visitors and Keeping Your Content Fresh 227

Marketing Basics and Social Networking 228

Conclusion 229

Chapter 10: Keeping Your Site Up-to-Date 231

Updating Your Site 231

Updating Extensions 235

Migrating to a New Major Version 237

Conclusion 245

Chapter 11: Practical Application: Joomla! for Business 247

Basic Planning of Business Sites 247

Brochure Sites 248

Extending Joomla!: Some Extensions to Consider for Business 248

E-commerce Web Sites 250

Other Business Site Extensions 252

Joomla! Business Tools 253

Business Web Site Demo 253

Conclusion 281

Chapter 12: Practical Application: Joomla! for NGOs/NPOs, Groups, Clubs, and Organizations 283

Basic Planning of Group Sites 283

Leveraging Your Site to Raise Awareness and Gain

Momentum 284

Nonprofit Web Site Demo 292

Conclusion 318

Chapter 13: Practical Application: Joomla! for Education 319

Basic Planning of Educational Sites 319

School Web Site Demo 328

Conclusion 355

Chapter 14: Interviews with Experts 357

Andrew Eddie, Software Engineer at eBay Australia and Platform Maintainer–The Joomla! Story 357

Mark Dexter, Production Leadership Team–The Joomla! Bug Squad and Joomla! Development 361

Sam Moffatt, Joomla! Platform Maintainer, Production Leadership Team–Participating in Joomla! Development 365

Marijke Stuivenberg, Translation Coordinator, Open Source Matters Board–Internationalization 369

Ian MacLennan, Platform Maintainer–Securing Your Site 373

Ron Severdia, Production Leadership Team and Creative Director at Kontent Design–Building a Great Site 377

Elin Waring, Joomla! Contributor–Trademark and Licensing 380

Wendy Robinson, Rochen Ltd.–Creating Your Brand 385

Brad Baker, Rochen Ltd.– Joomla! Hosting 388

Chris Davenport, Joomla! Production Leadership Team–Finding and Editing Templates 389

Angie Radke, Principal, Der Auftritt; Accessibility Expert; and Designer of the Beez Templates 393

Andrea Tarr, Production Leadership Team 396

Vic Drover, Owner of Anything Digital–Extending Joomla! 399

Gary Brooks, CEO of CloudAccess.net–Benefits of Joomla! for Business 402

Ryan Ozimek, Former President of Open Source Matters, and CEO and Founder of PICnet, Inc.–Joomla! in the NPO/NGO Sector 407

Jennifer Marriott, Joomla! Contributor–Sites for Education 411

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos, Developer, Akeeba Backup and Other Extensions 415

Louis Landry, Lead Architect of the Joomla! Platform 418

Appendix A: Common Problems and Solutions 423

Lost Administrator Password 423

File Permissions and Ownership Problems 427

Editor Background Has a Color or Looks Strange 429

Template Disappears When Turning SEF URLs On 430

Site Displays Differently or Incorrectly in a Certain Browser 430

Problem Assets Table 430

Problems Updating 431

Appendix B: Resources 433

Basic Joomla! Resources 433

Tools for Web Site Creators and Site Developers 435

Search Engines 436

Learn HTML and CSS Skills 436

Improve the Design of Your Site 437

Web Standards, Usability, and Accessibility 439

Underlying Software of Joomla! 440

Other Resources for Business 441

Other Resources for Nonprofits and Organizations 442

Other Resources for Schools and Education 443

Glossary 445

Index 455

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