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CMS Made Simple 1.6: Beginner's Guide Paperback – March 2, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1847198204 ISBN-10: 1847198201 Edition: First

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; First edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847198201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847198204
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sofia Hauschildt

Sofia Hauschildt is a tutor for web mastering and web development, who started designing and developing professional websites in 1995, just before her graduation in computer science. With experience as a Data Warehouse developer and ERP consultant she became a self-employed tutor. During her career she has been contracted by IT and management academies, the German army, several city administrations, and international companies like Siemens. Her work as a tutor is always focused on practical training combined with a theoretical background in order to get fast and handy results.

In her publications she shares not only solid knowledge but her personal experience and shows a simple and powerful way of creating websites for ambitious beginners. Building websites is an amazing chance to communicate with the whole world and to discover it as well.


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The book is straightforward, well structured and easy to read.
Benoit Schumacher
The bulk of the book walks the user through creating templates, administering a site, and enhancing a site through modules in a detailed but easily digestible fashion.
Kent M. Heberling
For each concept, she explains what is about to happen, takes the reader through it step by step and then recaps what you've just done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Erb #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been using CMSmadesimple (CMSMS) for 5 years or so. It's a very robust CMS (content management system) that is quite easy to learn in a basic way. To get more out of CMSMS though you need to know a bit more than you can easily pick up from just using the application, visiting the WIKI and user forums.

This book is exactly what a user new to CMSmadesimple would need to jump-start the learning experience. A web developer with more experience but no experience specifically with CMSmadesimple or the Smarty templating engine would also benefit from this book. To be sure, the measured pace of the book is perfect for a neophyte to CMSmadesimple.

The approach taken by the book is to teach you how to install CMSmadesimple and then how to build an example website from scratch using the book as your tutor. It walks you through each and every step, carefully assessing your progress along the way with end-of-chapter quizzes and a great method of delivering the content.

The book follows the procedure of telling you what you are about to do, telling you how to do it then explaining to you what you just did. For block-heads like me, it is the only way I learn well... by reading, doing and recapping.

All the major areas are covered including how to Install CMSMS, how to use the core modules, an understanding of how to use Smarty to build your templates, how to convert other website templates to work with CMSMS, a brief discussion of SEO and how to add e-commerce functionality and a discussion of Users and Permissions. There is a lot of information packed into this slender book. All of the information is presented in a no-nonsense, straightforward manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 29, 2011
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I echo what others have said here, although titled 1.6 and we are now at version 1.9, there is little in the book that isn't still 100% relevant. The book is 'must' if you intend to work with CMSMS. Once I have set up a site for a client I always urge them to buy a copy.

It might be helpful if the author added a page to her website detailing any changes in 1.9.x I've only so far noticed the forms module info isn't correct now.

BTW There is mention above of version 2.x, I believe that the dev team at CMSMS have formally ceased work on that and intend to continue adding to the current 1.x branch.

For a more detailed book on the workings of CMSMS I can also highly recommend "CMS made Simple Development Cookbook" recently published by Packs, also available at Amazon.
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As a beginner, this book was really helpful in getting up and running. It has even given me pointers on how to make my website better.
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Easy to follow instructions for installing the CMS program as a tool improving web site for user navigation and improving usability
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Check its table of contents:
All I can see is 'Time for action'. I don't know why would author choose this mantra - maybe to overcome her own procrastination or in her view it makes reading interesting...
To me it is a harassment of readers, making it difficult to find any topic.
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