Beginning Joomla!: From Novice to Professional
Do you want the ability to manage documents, photos, and other content over the Web but don't want to shell out thousands of dollars in proprietary solutions? Want to create an online community for your hobby or user group? You're not alone. For thousands of like-minded around the globe, the answer is Joomla!, an open source content management system used to manage all sorts of data over the Web.
While Joomla! is relatively easy to install, a fair amount of knowledge is required in order to configure the application to your specific needs. Beginning Joomla! answers many of the questions you're sure to have, guiding you through the process of creating your own design templates, adding and managing content, and adding popular community features such as article commenting, user profile management, and forums. Later chapters discuss e-commerce integration, explore search engine optimization, and show you how to extend Joomla! by creating your own plug-ins.
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With 2.5 million downloads, Joomla! CMS has truly become one of the most important content management systems available. With a registered developer force over 25,000 strong, Joomla has begun a revolution in the way people create content-rich websites. Joomla itself is free, open source, and cross-platform (Windows, Linux, and MacOS). While Joomla usage is widespread, something is missing â€“ a mainstream Joomla guidebook. Beginning Joomla! will guide new and advanced users through deployment and development of this robust system.
Although full featured, Joomla is often frustrating to use. Once a user has navigated the tricky configuration stage, Joomla runs reliably and without much difficulty... until the user wants to create a custom template or modify the workings of the content display. Then it can be a significant challenge to understand the arcane inner workings of this great application. To take full advantage of Joomla, the user has to understand a sprinkling of PHP, CSS, MySQL, and other web technologies.
If you have or want to have a Joomla site, Beginning Joomla! can help
Beginning Joomla! leads the reader step-by-step through the design, setup, configuration, and management of a superior Joomla site.
Beginning Joomla! will take the reader through:
- Getting a basic Joomla site up and running in under 20 minutes
- Finding Joomla resources including free templates and extensions
- Creating a Template for a Customized Site Look
- Adding Extensions and Components so a Joomla site can feature everything from an eCommerce shopping cart to an Event Calendar
- Developing a custom extension to add new functionality to their website
In the past, web applications such as WordPress have freed the individual from having to learn HTML, construct a web site manually, and laboriously add new content. While WordPress may be good for the individual blogger, more serious web applications often require a return to time consuming site construction tasks. Joomla is quickly becoming the premiere content management system because it allows small to medium web sites to construct, maintain, and add to their site content with a simple web-based interface.
Beginning Joomla! provides complete instruction to content providers in all aspects of content creation. It will take novices with no experience with web construction and guide them through Joomla installation, site setup, template customization, and all facets of Joomla site maintenance. The more advanced user will find thorough "how-to" information for everything from component development to MySQL database modification.
Check out the Beginning Joomla! Table of Contents for more information.