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  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (26 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849517908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849517904
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eric Tiggeler is author of the Joomla! 2.5 Beginner's Guide and Joomla! 1.6 First Look. He has written several Dutch books on Joomla! and other content management systems, all of which got excellent reviews. Eric writes tutorials for several computer magazines and Joomla! community websites.
Eric is fascinated by the Web as a powerful and creative means of communication - and by revolutionary software such as Joomla!, enabling anybody to create beautiful and user friendly websites.
On a daily basis, Eric works as a consultant and copywriter at a communication consultancy company affiliated with the Free University of Amsterdam. Over the last few years, he has written more than ten Dutch books on writing and communication. His passion is making complex things easy to understand.

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About the Author

Eric Tiggeler

Eric Tiggeler is author of the Joomla! 1.5 Beginner's Guide and has written several Dutch books on Joomla!, all of which got excellent reviews. He's also written a successful Dutch guide to the Drupal 7 CMS. Eric writes tutorials for several computer magazines and Joomla! community websites.

Eric is fascinated by the Web as a powerful and creative means of communication – and by revolutionary software such as Joomla!, enabling anybody to create beautiful and user-friendly websites. Eric works as a consultant and copywriter at a communication consultancy company affiliated with the Free University of Amsterdam. Over the last few years, he has written more than ten Dutch books on writing and communication. His passion is making complex things easy to understand.

Eric Tiggeler is married and has two daughters. He lives and works in Hilversum (the Netherlands). On the Web, you'll find him on www.erictiggeler.nl (in Dutch) and www.joomm.net (in English).


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By blog.elimu.pl on 6 May 2012
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Eric Tiggeler is the book's author and his portfolio includes a few "Beginner's Guides" books and articles related to Joomla!. We can safely assume that he has a good grounding in the technologies upon which these systems are based and the implementation of production-grade Joomla websites.

The second chapter attempts to introduce readers to the basics of Joomla. I fully expected to find instructions on how to perform a migration from a previous version (such as the still-popular version 1.5, or even the transitory 1.6 and 1.7 versions, to the current 2.5 Joomla base). Alas, migration was only briefly described. This is a pity as devoting just a few additional pages to this subject could, in my mind, have dramatically increased the value of the book.

It appears the author has overlooked the opportunity to describe common errors Joomla! newbies may come across during installation. This would have been more interesting to find than simply a repetition of screen snapshots describing the process of installing Joomla. Also, I could not find information about how one goes about unpacking the zipped Joomla! package onto a server, nor anything on how to use quickstart packages (such as those offered at gavick.com and other template providers) designed to speed up and simplify the installation and configuration of functional Joomla websites.

Chapter 3's visual representation of the modular structure of Joomla! templates leaves much to be desired. In my opinion, a clearer and more effective approach could have been used to explain the connection between the Joomla back-end (administration area) and the front-end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville on 11 Jun. 2012
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In principle this book is 'only' a beginner's guide. But its heft is a good indicator that it can suffice for many developers who pick Joomla 2.5.

Perhaps the key chapter might be number 4, which explains who to put up a basic website in 1 hour. Of course, it presupposes that you've covered the earlier chapters on the basics on installing Joomla and in learning its interface. Chapter 4 then takes that as the starting point for a quick gin up. Via Joomla, it is a trifle to maintain a consistent look across the site's pages. All the while, it is easily possible to customise the logos and other aspects to make your website unique.

One characteristic of Joomla is the use of categories. Each is a container of a topic's content, instantiated as webpages. The consistent look is done via CSS stylesheets. It is well worth your time to make a detour before starting this book, to learn about CSS if you don't already know them. Chapter 4 adds to the realism by having article pages, with text and images. Sounds like what you want for your website?

Another chapter delves into higher level aspects. Notably if you have a lot of data, how to effectively group or organise your data. Do this first in a top down approach, before cranking out webpages with that data, and you have likely to have a better website in the final formulation. Note also that categories under Joomla can have subcategories recursively. Permitting a fine grained classification of your data.

The book's advice also extends to cautionary notes about not trying to do too much in the main menu. The latter is what most users of your website will often use. And new users will surely see and want to use this as part of their initial experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJW Kentie on 25 July 2012
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Useful guide for Joomla 2.5 users who consider themselves as beginners. And who isn't with the new Joomla 2.5 release? 2.5 works differently in too many respects from previous versions to do without some sort of help. This one works fine.
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By 53anc on 2 Nov. 2012
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Found this book really helpful, was able to get familier with all the basics at a good pace. Examples in the book are easily be translated into 'real world' context. Only slight frustration was that sample file werent availible from publishers website, not a huge issue as you can make/create your own easily enough. All-in-all would recommend to provide a beginner a good grounding in the basics!
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