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Joomla 3 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide (Joomla! Press) [Paperback]

Stephen Burge

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28 July 2014 0321943228 978-0321943224 2
Master Joomla! Hands-On, Step-by-Step, Using Easy, Practical Examples


Today, millions of websites rely on Joomla!–from personal sites to those of huge organizations like General Electric, Porsche, and the United Nations. Now, using Joomla! 3, you too can create websites that are mobile-ready, responsive, flexible, powerful, and secure–even if you’re an absolute beginner.


In Joomla!® 3 Explained, top Joomla! trainer Stephen Burge teaches you everything you need to know. Burge has taught thousands of Joomla! newcomers and thousands more who’ve experimented with Joomla! but haven’t mastered it yet. Nobody knows more about guiding you up the Joomla! learning curve.


You’ll master Joomla! 3 hands-on, through a complete case study, crystal-clear visuals, simple explanations, and on-target analogies, all extensively tested with real Joomla! beginners. Burge walks you through installing Joomla! 3, planning sites that are easy to use and manage, adding content, and incorporating powerful site features without programming. Finally, Burge shows you how to run your site securely and efficiently, no matter how big or popular it becomes!


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I'm from Portsmouth and now live in Atlanta in the US.

Between leaving England and arriving in the US, there were a few stops in between, including Wales, Mexico, Japan and Australia.

My family is one long line of teachers and most of my travels were paid for by either teaching work or web design.

I now combine teaching and web design by runing which teaches people how to build websites. OSTraining clients include Apple, Pfizer and the U.S. Departments of Energy, Education and Commerce.

I have a couple of books: Joomla Explained and Drupal Explained. More are coming including Joomla 3 Explained, Drupal 7 Explained and WordPress Explained.

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“The number one position is a suitable spot for this book, and almost any Joomla user– from absolute beginners to seasoned experts–can extract valuable information from this book.”

–Theo van der Zee


“Steve Burge started his business at the same time I did back in 2007. Over time, I’ve seen him struggle and succeed with different initiatives, but the following things were always constant: his honesty, business persistence, and true leadership in the Joomla! Open Source community. We’ve been a satisfied customer of since its initial launch and would highly recommend his work.”

–Ogy Nikolic, CEO, OGO Sense


“Finally! A Joomla book for non-geeks.”

–Charlie Sasser, R.E. Mason Company


Joomla!® 3 Explained, Second Edition, is both comprehensive and thorough . . . a fantastic resource for Joomla users everywhere!”

–Jonathan Gafill, CEO,


“This is an excellent resource for the web developer new to Joomla . . . a great book both to start with and to keep on hand as a reference manual.”

–Les Platz, Web Developer


Joomla!® 3 Explained, Second Edition, is a book I’ve recommended many times. In plain English, Stephen makes it easy to learn material that could otherwise be a daunting challenge. For those building a site for the first time, and for those completely new to Joomla, I can’t think of a better starting point.”

–Scott Wolpow, Founding Board Member, NYC Joomla! Users Group, and CEO, Netalytical Inc.


“Having taught college-level computer science and programming courses, I can only express my admiration for the organization and didactic techniques Burge has used in this book. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in learning the basics of Joomla.”

–Gary Albers, Website Designer


“Overall this is a really good introduction to Joomla for the absolute novice. If you’re a site admin suddenly told that you’re looking after a Joomla site, then this tutorial is a great place to turn to.”

–Pan Pantziarka, Publisher of TechBookReport


“The book is as complete as you could desire for a beginning book, and if you master it you will be building websites in their totality. It is simply the best out there.”

–Bill S., Tokyo Joomla User Group


“The final verdict is that this is one of the best introductory books on Joomla I have encountered.”

–Ian Elliot, IProgrammer, Reviewer

About the Author

Stephen Burge runs, which specializes in teaching website development.’s clients include Apple, Pfizer, and the U.S. Departments of Energy, Education, and Commerce. Burge’s Joomla!® Explained (Addison-Wesley, 2011) and Drupal™ 7 Explained (Sams Publishing, 2014) are each the world’s best-selling guides to the software they cover.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Joomla! but lots more to learn 27 Aug 2014
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This book was a great overview of Joomla! Someone else had created my company website that I am now responsible for. I saw that this book was soon to be released, so I was anxious for it to come out. After struggling through Joomla! on my own, this book really gave some good tips that were extremely helpful, especially the CASh workflow (Categorize, Add, Show). I read through the book, but have not yet put many sections to use. There is so much to Joomla!, but the book made it easy to follow step-by-step. However, when selecting article types or module types, the author tells you which one to select, but not why. So with one of 12 options, we only used one, and I have no idea what all the other options are for. I was hoping to be quite proficient by the end of the book, but I now know that I'm only scratching the surface. I will continue to use the book as a reference, hoping to grasp the bigger concepts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book. You want to learn Joomal or brush up on what's new in 3.x? This is the one to buy 3 Sep 2014
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Steve is the man when it comes to explaining how to use, get the most from and learn Joomla. Buy this book. If you are just learning Joomal, it's the book. Period. Clear, well presented, logical and easy to absorb. Great guy in person too, if you've never met him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woop. Woop. 22 Sep 2014
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Eggsellant book. Works just as advertised.
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