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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the best books available for Joomla
This is an excellent book to read for anyone new to Joomla and considering using Joomla in future projects. Although Joomla is not massively difficult to start building with, the way it works is quite a bit different to many other publishing platforms. Therefore novice users can quickly end up isolated and unsure of how to get the most out of this software. Sometimes you...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good-ish, but could be better because....... (Kindle version)
It's a good prop; something you can read when you're off-line [download it first!], and take your time over.

But my-oh-my doesn't the way the internal navigation get to ya! It's hard to read because you can't get a feel for the context.

Take a search for the term 'backup' for example. Kindle finds 66 matches. Triffic! But which one do you need...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the best books available for Joomla, 22 May 2013
This is an excellent book to read for anyone new to Joomla and considering using Joomla in future projects. Although Joomla is not massively difficult to start building with, the way it works is quite a bit different to many other publishing platforms. Therefore novice users can quickly end up isolated and unsure of how to get the most out of this software. Sometimes you want to just jump straight in and know how to create new pages and write content for those pages.

Joomla 3 for beginners by Eric Tiggeler covers just about everything. It starts off with a gradual introduction to what Joomla is and what sort of projects it is most suitable for. The book runs through the details of installation and setup of a dummy project. It then moves on towards the setup of articles, categories, navigation links and templates. Topics like SEO and security are also covered. Within just a few chapters, the book is already teaching you how to build quality websites and discussing lots of advanced features in Joomla.

Like many other Packt books, the book is well structured and laid out throughout. The 'have a go hero' and 'pop quiz' sections provide opportunities to practice what you've read and revise things again if you're unsure about something.

I don't have anything negative to say about this book. Speaking as someone who has only touched the surface of Joomla a few times in the past, I thought the book was excellent and covered everything someone new to Joomla would need to know. I suspect that despite this being branded as a 'beginners guide', there is also a lot of information contained within, useful for existing users or users seeking a quick Joomla recap.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good-ish, but could be better because....... (Kindle version), 5 Sept. 2013
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It's a good prop; something you can read when you're off-line [download it first!], and take your time over.

But my-oh-my doesn't the way the internal navigation get to ya! It's hard to read because you can't get a feel for the context.

Take a search for the term 'backup' for example. Kindle finds 66 matches. Triffic! But which one do you need? Hmmmm. Each search result has a location number attached to it. So you have to scroll through as many as your patience will stand ... what's the difference between location 388 or 6652? To the average user ....its meaningless.

How about listing a breadcrumb trail for each location.... like this...

Instead of

66 matches, location 388, location 6571 (etc.)

try
66 matches location> Introduction> page 3> Time for action> Point 1

I run my Kindle stuff on a PC, a Tablet and a phone. I promise you, it isn't easy to find your way around.

Authors need to learn the skill of writing for screen-based devices. Kindles aren't books. Invert the message. Start with the key points and then explain. (Standard usability guidance available all over the Internet). Trouble is, it's cheaper to 'Kindle-ise' a book than it is to think about the reader-experience in detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginner's Guide just perfect for beginners!, 12 Jan. 2014
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It may seem a bit lengthy at first but it is the best joomla book I have ever read. I explains how to create a joomla based website for a sample client.

The content of the book is organized perfectly:
- A good presentation of each topic.
- Next instruction how to practice the given topic.
- Then explanations what you have just done.

Eric Tiggeler is not just a Joomla guru. He knows how to teach!
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2.0 out of 5 stars GOOD CONTENT BUT PRESENTATION NOT SO, 19 Jan. 2014
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I failed to check this product more closely so only realised it was in monochrome too late. Most people find colour coding for manuals much easier to understand so although the content is good, presentation not so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed!, 12 Sept. 2013
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I knew something about Joomla and already installed it, but did not get it.
Some small explanations on first pages put things in place.
Easy to follow and think along.

Must have book !
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3.0 out of 5 stars From Dreamweaver to Joomala, 1 Oct. 2013
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As a new user from Dreamweaver websites.This "beginners" book is difficult to follow, as it describes building a specific website
and does not help when trying to build something different.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just what it says it is, 4 Jun. 2013
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I neded a quick intro to Joomla 3.x with examples and walk through and that is just what I got. I will recomend it as a suplement to all the tutorialvideos You can find on YouTube.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice book to start with Joomla, 20 Jan. 2014
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It has very interesting guidance to learn the basics of Joomla. The text formatting is a bit confusing, but it is good for begginers.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good alternative to WordPress, 18 April 2013
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This review is from: Joomla! 3 Beginner's Guide (Kindle Edition)
We are already up to version 3 of Joomla. Hey, I am going to omit the exclamation mark. I think it's pretentious. In the book's favour is that inside its covers, it likewise drops the symbol.

The book suggests that writing web pages for a website is simple with Joomla. That you can readily create a thematically unified look across your web pages, all atop a content management system. Here is where Joomla perhaps differs with another very popular approach of using WordPress for making a website. WordPress may actually be more popular. But it is essentially bolted onto a basic mechanism of letting you, the website owner, and visitors make blogs. And WordPress turns out to be somewhat awkward to customise beyond the standard templates that come with it.

Whereas Joomla at least as exemplified here takes a more gneneral approach. Plus it eschews the page oriented approach of hand crafted websites and that too of WordPress. Instead, it deprecates the notion of pages! Yes, this can sound radical to some readers. But an early chapter carefully goes over this mindset and how Joomla enables it. Think instead in terms of content blocks, where these can be quite general. Then a given page or more usefully perhaps a set of pages can have a common structure of content blocks.

Readers using Joomla for the first time are cautioned by the author to leave much of the database and server settings unaltered. At least until you have mastered the main sections of the text that carefully do not delve into those topics. You do have to learn Cascading Style Sheets. Joomla puts what it calls a Template Manager as an intermediary between CSS and you, to try to reduce the burden of learning CSS. But ultimately to get the most out of tweaking the look of your pages, you really should know what all those CSS fields mean.

The book also devotes considerable space to advising how to edit content. It is not just about a given structure or format of a layout, but eventually what text and images you need to stuff into those areas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Mar. 2015
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Leram lotes with it thanks
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