From the Author
When writing this second edition I spoke to many readers of the first edition to find out what areas of Joomla! they struggled with, and then concentrated on expanding and clarifying the relevant areas of the new book. One such area was that of sections, categories, content and menus. Many people get lost as to how to break down and store content, and then how to provide users with access to it.
Although the first edition listed the details of other CMS and showed you where you can try them out, this version also goes into a little more detail as to the strong and weak points of other popular systems, based on real user opinions.
I've also expanded the chapter on additional functionality, in particular e-commerce, which often forms part of a CMS powered website.
Note: This book is NOT intended to be a step by step manual to every aspect of the Joomla! CMS. There are several books available that will go into much greater detail (of course with a much larger page count and at greater cost). This book is aimed at users with a basic to reasonable understanding of how to use a computer, Windows and a web browser, and want to understand what a CMS can do for them and how they can implement it.
From the Back Cover
There are many free Content Management Systems (CMS) available, which allow complex websites to be set up and running in a matter of hours, using nothing but a web browser.
This practical guide to choosing and installing a CMS will enable readers to identify the best CMS for their needs, locate a suitable hosting company, upload the code and configure it to match their design and functionality needs.
Areas covered include:
- an overview of CMS systems vs static HTML or `home-grown' sites
- evaluating alternative CMS systems
- choosing the right web space and server functionality
- installing a CMS (focusing primarily on the Joomla! CMS)
- building the content's structure
- installing additional modules (including forums and ecommerce)
- modifying the look and feel of the site
- optimising the CMS for search engines
- modifying the back-end database using phpMyAdmin
- backing up the site.