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Your complete guide to building and managing Web sites with Joomla!

With access to a Web host, a browser, and the Joomla! open source content management system, you can create your own robust Web site for free—complete with e-commerce, social networking, and RSS feeds—without knowing a line of code. But while Joomla! is a powerful tool rich in features and functions, there are lots of tricks and techniques that are not intuitive. Master Joomla! essentials and learn all of its secrets with this detailed, step-by-step guide.

  • Obtain the code and configure your Joomla! 1.5 installation, with highlights of Joomla! 1.6

  • Design the content and appearance of your home page

  • Create menus, structure articles, and manage users

  • Add forms and RSS news feeds, and run polls and surveys

  • Master all templates, components, and advanced modules

  • Move into Web 2.0 with JomSocial social networking

  • Set up your site for e-commerce with VirtueMart

  • Keep your site secure and search engine friendly

About the Author

Ric Shreves is a freelance writer and Web applications development consultant. Ric's been building websites professionally since 1999. His company, water&stone (waterandstone.com), specializes in the creation of websites using open source content management systems such as Joomla! In the last year, his company deployed over 120 Web sites based on Joomla! His previous books include works on the Mambo and Drupal CMS and also on the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Ric has also written for numerous tech publications and worked as an open source columnist for ComputerWorld.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470509570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470509579
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,885,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ric Shreves is a partner at water&stone, an interactive agency specializing in open source technologies. He's worked with content management technologies for more than 10 years and previously served as the Chairmen of the non-profit Mambo Foundation. Ric's written several books on technology and worked as a tech journalist and columnist for a number of publications, including ComputerWorld. He lives in Bali, Indonesia.

You can visit his personal site at http://RicShreves.net and his company site at http://www.waterandstone.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Gartin on October 30, 2010
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This is far and away the best overview on Joomla, how to deploy a website in Joomla. This is not a book on how to develop in Joomla. The intended audience is someone who will be building Joomla websites, administrating them and doing mild customization in the HTML/CSS arena. Not a book about PHP programming or Joomla's MVC architecture (shame to even use that term, as Joomla MVC is horrific!).

Joomla is a great product for the right audience and this book is perfect for them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Laurel on November 7, 2010
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I have already been working with Joomla for a while. This book tends to explain every virtual button on the screen which are pretty intuitive by the name or label given.

I was really looking for some more in depth information about how to get Joomla to perform some functions to solve my needs.

This text does not (nor was it design to) explain the modules & extensions. I am using the Chronoforms, JEvents, PHP & MySQL to make a complete solution. I need something which could tie it all together.

As far as discovering the issues with Joomla, this book does a great job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gregaizi on June 5, 2012
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Amazon search for 'Joomla API' shows this book first.
This is a shame. This 'Bible' does not have a single line of PHP code inside.
It is big because it has big illustrations of webpages - impossible to see what on it anyway.
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By Philip Martian on January 30, 2013
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These books go out of date quickly and are best used along with Google searches for current info.
Helpful for new users or the Joomla curious but clever Admins can manage without.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Andrews on February 10, 2011
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Reading this book is a little like trying to learn how to drive by reading the car manual. It describes everything, often in monotonous and unnecessary detail, but never really gives a clear idea of how to actually build a Web site with Joomla! If you are looking for a book that will help you through the concepts of putting a Web site together with Joomla!, giving just enough details to keep you moving forward, followed by chapters with more technical details, this isn't the one. It's not useless and someday after I actually learn how to Joomla! I may refer back to this book - or maybe not.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ajay Mehta on February 24, 2010
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I enjoyed reading this book immensely !! The book is very thorough. It has an easy rhythm and is very logically organized. You will love Part V,after you are done learning about the core Joomla features, and functionality. It is here that Ric shines - very concise, to-the-point and professional advice on what to do when you are ready for real-world Joomla deployment. Another thing you will appreciate is information about the upcoming version of Joomla - sprinkled through-out the text. I recommend this book without reservation to new and experienced Joomla fans.

Ajay Mehta
MCT
e: ajay.mehta@me.com
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