Building Websites with Joomla! 1.5: The Best-selling Joomla! Tutorial Guide Updated for the Final Release

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PACKT, 2008 - Computers - 363 pages
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This book takes a practical step-by-step approach of teaching the installation and configuration of Joomla! 1.5, customizing it, creating your templates and extensions, and finally, building your own website.


In Detail

Joomla! started as a fork from Mambo in 2005, when many of the original developers of the Mambo CMS moved to working on Joomla! It has rapidly grown in popularity and, according to its own description, is a "Cutting Edge Content Management System and one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management systems in the world. It is used world-wide for anything from simple homepages to complicated corporate websites. It is easy to install, easy to manage and very reliable."

While the Joomla! CMS has the flexibility and power needed for complex, full-featured web applications, it is also simple to use to create basic websites. Its powerful, extensible template system can deal many different data types and control of user access, approval of content, scheduling of content display, and rich administrative controls are all included.


Approach

This book takes the reader through the tasks essential to create a Joomla! website as rapidly as possible. The necessary tasks are explained with clear step-by-step instructions. The authorís chatty and engaging style makes this book very readable.

Who this book is written for

This book is suitable for web developers, designers, webmasters, content editors, and marketing professionals who want to develop a website in a simple and straightforward process. It does not require any detailed knowledge of programming or web development, and any IT-confident individual will be able to use the book to produce an impressive website.

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Contents

Preface
1
Terms Concepts and Deliberations
7
Changes In Detail
19
Google Summer of Code Projects
21
Installation
29
Joomla Installation on a Virtual Server on the Net
38
A Tour of Your New Website
51
Customizing JoomlaLanguage and Templates
65
54
154
News Feeds 1 60
160
Extensions Menu
167
Tools
193
llllore on Extensions
197
Writing Your Own Joomlal Templates
223
Barrier Freedom and Joomlal
241
Joomlal Internal Accessibility Features
263

Configuration of Joomlal Administration
71
Summary
78
The Menus Menu
105
Content Menu
125
Article Trash
140
Summary
147
Your Own Components Modules and Plugins
267
A Website with Joomla
299
Bonus Templates
331
Online Resources
337
Joomlal API
343
Copyright

About the author (2008)

Hagen Graf was born in July 1964. Born and raised in Lower Saxony, Germany, his first contact with a computer was in the late seventies with a Radioshack TRS 80. As a salesperson, he organized his customers' data by programming suitable applications. This gave him a big advantage over other salesmen. With the intention of honing his skills, he joined evening courses in programming and became a programmer. Nowadays he works in his wife's consulting company as a trainer, consultant, and programmer (http: //www.cocoate.com). Hagen Graf has published other books in German, about the Apache web server, about security problems in Windows XP, about Mambo, and about Drupal. Since 2001, he has been engaged in a nonprofit e-learning community called "machm-it.org e.V.," as well as in several national and international projects. All the projects are related to content management, community building, and harnessing the power of social software like wikis and weblogs. He chose Joomla! CMS because of its simplicity and easy-to-use administration. You can access and comment on his blog (http: //www.bloghouse.org/en/hagen).

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