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Excellent step-by-step guide for a complex subject,
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This review is from: Joomla! Explained: Your StepbyStep Guide (Joomla! Press) (Paperback)
It's taken me a long time to get around the complexities of Joomla. Things like "what are the differences between Components, Modules and Plugins"; menus and menu positions; creating Categories before adding Articles; etc.
This book is a very good step-by-step guide which you follow in creating a site for a fictitious town, Joomlaville. It gets you into the simple 3-step process of adding content to the site, and follows this through to the end, so if you complete the example website you should be very familiar with this process and hopefully continue to use for future sites you develop.
One minor criticism raised previously is that the book covers version 1.6, whereas the current version (July 2012) is 2.5. There are no real significant differences - at least for a newcomer to Joomla - so don't let this put you off.
One thing I missed, which is a real pity. I was on the last section of the book and happened to read the back cover. There it tells you that you can access the "Free Online Edition" of the book. This is for 45 days only, but should be sufficient for you to build the Joomlaville site. If you have an iPad or other tablet, as I do, then you can read this by the side of your computer whilst building the site. Such a big help.
Another thing to be aware of - there are a few typos and other errors in the book, which is probably on par for most books. So DO check the Joomla Explained Errata and mark up your book BEFORE you start the course.
Important issues covered, and suggested links, are for downloading templates (both free and commercial) and the most useful extensions, including the very important ones such as backup and security. The number of extensions for Joomla is enormous (nearly 10,000) and the author guides you through how to choose the most suitable ones for you.
If you go through the book step by step, you should become reasonably confident to work on your own sites and continually improve your knowledge of Joomla. Because of the complexity of Joomla itself, the learning curve is quite steep, and it does need a lot of perseverence to become reasonably adept at the whole process.