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  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782164340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782164340
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Eric Tiggeler

Eric Tiggeler is author of several books on Joomla!, including the bestselling Joomla! 2.5 Beginner’s Guide. He has written several Dutch Joomla! guides. Eric also writes tutorials for several computer magazines and for the Dutch Joomla! community website. Over the last ten years, Eric has developed numerous websites, big and small – many of them using Joomla!.

Eric is fascinated by the Web as a powerful, creative, and ever-changing 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 twenty 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.joomla.erictiggeler.nl (in Dutch) and www.joomm.net (in English).


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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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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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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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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.
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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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