From the Back Cover
The Best Easy-to-Use Guide to Joomla!--The World’s #1 Open Source Content Management System
If you want to build sophisticated websites that can be easily edited and updated, you need to master Joomla! Now there’s an easy-to-read, easy-to-use guide to Joomla! for every site manager, administrator, and developer. Leading Joomla! consultant Barrie North covers all you need to get results: installation, administration, site organization, template development, content updates, and a whole lot more. You’ll find tips, tricks, and troubleshooting solutions, as well as three start-to-finish case studies.
New to Joomla!? No problem! This book starts with the simplest design and system concepts and builds your expertise step-by-step. You’ll rapidly master Joomla!’s power, even if you have no content management, scripting, or CSS expertise. Experienced with Joomla!? You’ll turn to this book constantly for its authoritative, plain-English, example-rich Joomla! 1.5 reference content.
- Understand content management, what Joomla! does, and how its components fit together
- Build Joomla! sites from scratch and systematically customizing them to your needs
- Organize content with sections, categories, blogs, and tables
- Create dynamic pages and effective navigation
- Work with Joomla! modules and components
- Search engine optimization for Joomla! sites
- Start-to-finish case studies: building a school website, an small business site, and a blog
- The most valuable Joomla! extensions and add-ons: finding them, and using them
About the Website
The accompanying site, www.joomlabook.com, provides five fully functional Joomla! sites with live follow-along examples from the book and up-to-date information on Joomla!
Chapter 1: Content Management Systems and an Introduction to Joomla!
Chapter 2: Downloading and Installing Joomla!
Chapter 3: Joomla! Administration Basics
Chapter 4: Content Is King--Organizing Your Content
Chapter 5: Creating Menus and Navigation
Chapter 6: Extending Joomla!
Chapter 7: Expanding Your Content: Articles and Editors
Chapter 8: Getting Traffic to Your Site
Chapter 9: Creating a Pure CSS Template
Chapter 10: Creating a School site with Joomla!
Chapter 11: Creating a Restaurant Site with Joomla!
Chapter 12: Creating a Blog Site with Joomla!
Appendix A: Getting Help
Appendix B: Joomla! Case Studies
Appendix C: A Quick Start to SEO
Appendix D: Install WAMP5
About the Author
Barrie North has more than 15 years of experience with the Internet, as a user, designer, and teacher. He has spent more than 8 years in the education field, becoming steadily more involved in web technology and teaching web design classes to students and teaching technology integration to teachers. Most recently, he worked as an IT consultant for two new schools pioneering in the use of technology. As well as web design, he has provided web marketing/SEO and usability, and he runs training classes for Joomla! across the United States.
In 2008 he launched a new company, Simplweb.com, which provides turnkey Joomla! websites for small business, schools, and other industries. He has written many free tutorials for using Joomla! and is a frequent speaker at Joomla! events. His combination of Joomla! expertise, educational skills, and engaging writing has produced books accessible to everyone.