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Joomla! For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Seamus Bellamy , Steven Holzner
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Build template-based web sites without the hassle of writing code!

Joomla! is a free, open source PHP & MySQL-based content management system that allows you to create interactive, community-based Web sites without having to write or program code in PHP or ASP.NET. This fun and friendly introduction to Joomla! shows you how to create a rich, interactive Web site that does not require any code.

No matter your skill level, this easy-to-understand resource demonstrates how to drop preconfigured modules that already contain PHP and MySQL code directly into your Joomla! site. Thanks to the Dummies fun and friendly approach, you'll quickly see how easy to create a rich, interactive Web site with Joomla!

  • Demonstrates how to create a business site—complete with shopping cart—quickly and easily
  • Walks you through developing Web sites with discussions, RSS feeds, picture submissions, and more
  • Includes coverage of the newest version of Joomla!, explains its completely new administrative features, and reviews its ability to provide different levels of access to different users via much-requested access control lists

Find out why Joomla! is the easiest way to build an interactive, community-based Web site!

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From the Back Cover

Build the coolest interactive Web sites — you don't even need to know how to write code!

Want a Web site that looks as though it were built by a Fortune 500 company? With Joomla! and this book, you can whip one up in no time at all. You'll quickly learn how to create a rich, interactive site that integrates discussions, RSS feeds, picture submissions, shopping carts, and more. It's the fast and easy way to make a splash on the Web!

  • Jump right into Joomla! — customize the home page by installing your own logo, adding text, modifying navigation menus, and more

  • Navigate your site — find out how to build your own pages and then create menu items as you develop the best layout

  • Add some spice — select from dozens of built-in modules to make your site more interactive

  • Let them participate — include search capability, polls, menus, newsflashes, and banners

  • Simplify your work — use Joomla! templates to determine what goes where, how modules are positioned, and where to display page content

  • Dive into the real world — add everything from games and complete shopping-cart systems to site-map generators and multilingual content managers

  • Get them there — see how Joomla! supports search engine optimization

Open the book and find:

  • All about getting and installing Joomla!

  • Tips on mastering the Front Page

  • How to build navigation into your site with menus

  • Ways to lay out Web pages with Joomla! templates

  • Search engine optimization techniques to drive Web traffic

  • How to work with Joomla! modules

  • Steps for managing visitors on your site

  • The 10 best Joomla! extensions to use

Learn to:

  • Use Joomla!'s preconfigured modules to create interactive Web sites

  • Build sites with discussion boards, RSS feeds, and shopping carts

  • Enable users to post comments and photos and participate in surveys

  • Take advantage of new security features

About the Author

Seamus Bellamy is a writer and Web designer. He has also worked in the intelligence community and private sector security.

Product Details

  • File Size: 22332 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470599022
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (January 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KAABX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst manual I have ever used ... November 3, 2011
Information is presented out of order and in confusing groupings. Installation is confusing and has steps missing or has "you can figure it out from this" instructions. A book for dummies should be simple and straight-forward - this book is neither!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult to Use Book February 10, 2012
Anyone buying this book should be warned right from the start that it operates on a difficult to understand premise that is no fault of the authors: Joomla itself is updating about roughly every six months. Whether this is a disservice or not to Joomla users I do not know, but this book is about Joomla 1.6, not about the two versions currently available, Joomla 1.7 and Joomla 2.5. By the time you buy this book it will probably be out of date, Despite the fact that everyone, it seems, who writes books about Joomla claims that they all "basically work the same way", they do not. So this book is simply not useful for Joomla 1.7 or 2.5, because it is based on using the sample sites and templates included with some versions you down load. There lies the big problem. Whatever you may have learned in 1.6 does not necessarily work in 1.7 or 2.5 as the sample programs that form the basis of so much of this book do not necessarily respond correctly to 1.6 commands when they are actually 1.7 or 2.5. In addition, the windows may be entirely different and called something different than in 1.6

Another very basic problem with this book is that it skips over one click downloaders as though they do not exist, and it's core contention that downloading Joomla to your computer will be easier than working with it on a server is debatable. I personally haven't encountered difficulty working with Joomla on a server, but as you may suspect by this point, I gave up on this book and moved on to others.

The third, and I think fatal problem with this book is that it does not seem to progress in any order I can understand. Joomla is actually not a website builder per se, but actually a program to construct websites within a SQL data base.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is for an OLD version of Joomla.

I am very frustrated by Google's lack of mandating that book descriptions specify edition (you had to read the book cover to find it) and in the case of software, also a mandate on explaining which software version was covered.

Thus the book sounds good, but no info on how much Joomla has changed from version 1.6 (or when it was current) vs 3.01 which is currently available at Nov. 12, 2012.

A cynic might think that Google wants to hide the info about how old the book is so you will buy it anyway.

Thus I skipped this book. I searched and could not find any Joomla 3.x books except one available in April, 2013 which is 5 months from now. So, why get Joomla when you can't get any current books on it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Dummy book April 11, 2011
By WASmith
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When I received it, I did a quick review and wondered if I were dumb enough to need this book. By chapter 4 I realized I was, indeed, dumb enough. I started learning wonderful things about Joomla! 1.6, enough to successfully modify a template, something I really needed to learn. I'm still learning from the book, so it isn't a "one-trick pony." As with all Joomla! training, it starts with installation, which for someone who has seven Joomla! sites running seems a bit of overkill, Joomla! for Dummies progresses quickly enough that I didn't feel it was a waste of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid read March 24, 2011
By J. Nash
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The book does what it says - with it I was able to get up and running a Joomla site in very little time. It has served as a useful reference with many great examples. While it isn't the best Joomla book I've read (I typically buy two 'tech manuals' of a topic at a time) it is extremely useful for the less tech-savvy. The chapters are laid out intelligently and each chapter identifies clear and obtainable goals.

My only criticism is the "10 lists" towards the back - The book addresses Joomla 1.6, the latest version, having been released sometime in January. In an effort to capitalize on this they released the book as close to that as possible - however, the lists are specifically for Joomla 1.5 installs. This isn't really the author's fault as the latest version is pretty new and many of the Joomla 1.5 resources haven't been updated (and some apparently won't be updated) to 1.6

Great for a beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Start Guide Excellence October 2, 2013
By Dan
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After being handed a troubled project to complete at work, this book saved me hours and helped get the project back on track and competed. Like all of the 'Dummies...' books this one is well organized and well written. Great resource if you are just working in the Joomla! environment for the first time, as well as, a perfect reference to go back to after working in Joomla! for a while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to start using Joomla, just start here April 24, 2013
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Clearly writting with hands on practical examples and you're never forced to follow the chapters as they are.
So it's also perfectly usable as a reference guide for beginners.

Nice work !
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More About the Author

Seamus Bellamy is a author, web designer and scofflaw based in British Columbia, Canada. His first book, Joomla! For Dummies: Second Edition is now available from Wiley Publications. His work can also be frequently seen in Mac|Life Magazine, Maximum PC Magazine and Irish Music Magazine. When not writing or building yet another website, Seamus pretends to be a respectable world citizen with a diverse resume that includes time spent working in the intelligence community, private sector security and generally trying not to be too much of a nuisance.

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