Praise for Previous Edition of Joomla!: A User’s Guide
“A complete guide to the powerful features of Joomla! 1.5, this book takes a holistic approach to building a Joomla!-powered website–from the CMS itself to its many extensions, search engine optimization, and even building your own tableless template. The novice reader is eased into the subject and confidently guided through the basic principles and on to the more advanced features. This guide empowers the user not only to build a professional website but to also to make it a success.”
–Russell Walker, CEO, Netshine Software Limited (Joomla! Development Consultancy)
“If you’ve been using or following Joomla! in the past years, you’ve most likely seen the name Barrie North or Joomlashack. Barrie has been a member of the community for a long time and, as such, my expectations for this book were pretty high. Besides explaining how Joomla! works from a usability point of view, there is valuable information for people who want to learn serious template building, and readers can stand out of the crowd by using Barrie’s steps to make their (X)HTML and CSS optimized for accessibility and SEO. All in all, this book is a great guide that comes at the right time for newcomers and more experienced Joomla! users and developers alike. Well done, Barrie!”
–Arno Zijlstra, Joomla! cofounder, custom template specialist, www.alvaana.com
“In a time when solid, real-life Joomla! 1.5 information is rarely available, this book is a thirst-quenching oasis of knowledge. The abundant and clear examples in the book make Joomla! 1.5 websites within anyone’s reach. I heartily recommend Joomla! 1.5: A User’s Guide by Barrie North.”
–Tom Canavan, author of Dodging the Bullets: A Disaster Preparation Guide for Joomla! Based Web Sites
“Refreshing! After reading many how-to books, this one is a step beyond the rest because of its focus on examples based on live sites. This book is well crafted for beginners to advanced users with a well-organized overview that walks you through the entire Joomla! CMS.”
–Steven Pignataro, corePHP, www.corephp.com
“As a long-time Joomla! end-user and developer, I had low expectations for anything new I might learn from this book. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find it a great refresher course, especially since the book is logically organized, leading beginners from the most basic Joomla! concepts and continuing through to more complex ones, such as tableless template design and how to write a template for Joomla! 1.5. In summary, Barrie North has produced the gold-standard print reference for Joomla! 1.5. I highly recommend this book for novice and intermediate users if you want to make the most of Joomla!”
–Vicor Drover, http://dev.anything-digital.com
Barrie M. North has more than 20 years of experience with the Internet as a user, designer, and teacher. He has spent more than 8 years in the education field, becoming steadily more involved in web technology, teaching web design classes to students and technology integration to teachers. Most recently, he worked as an IT consultant for two new schools pioneering the use of technology. As well as web design, he has provided web marketing/SEO, usability, and standards compliance expertise to his clients.
He is a founder of Joomlashack.com, one of the oldest and most popular Joomla template providers, and a founder of SimplWeb.com, a service that provides easy-to-use, turnkey Joomla hosting for those new to Joomla. He also maintains a blog about all things Joomla at CompassDesigns.net. When not working, he can frequently be found on the Joomla community boards, and he has written many free tutorials for using Joomla. His combination of Joomla expertise, educational skills, and engaging writing has produced a book accessible to everyone.
The book seems to be a bit premature considering it's substance.
Some of the screenshots and writing were from Joomla 1.5 so they didn't match exactly, but with a little extra thought you could figure out what he meant.
After loading the template, the book reference did not align with the actual site at all.
Of all the Joomla! guides, I found this one the easiest to understand. As a non-tech person, it was quite helpful and user friendly.Published 21 months ago by Belinda S.
I bought the first 1.5 edition, which I highly recommend, for Joomla 1.5 sites of course. This one I cannot recommend for several reasons. Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by J. Flachs
Barrie started well with this book, scanning through the reviews, I was most optimistic that this book would be the right choice for me in learning Joomla 1.6. Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by Forbsie2004
I will review three books about Joomla 1.6:
- Joomla 1.6: A User's Guide, by Barrie North
- Joomla 1.6 First Look, by Eric Tiggeler
- Joomla 1. Read more
I purchased this book anticipating a step-by-step approach to learning joomla 1.6. It went pretty good until the 2nd part of chapter 9 - Using CSS to Create a Tabless Layout - CSS... Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by William Slaughter
This is a great book for beginners to web design who are using Joomla. Content is well organized and understandable. Read morePublished on April 20, 2011 by Dani
This book fulfilled my need to learn about Joomla 1.6 and to forget "old" Joomla 1.5. Especially with regard to template development, it offered more than I had expected. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by guilingua