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Joomla! For Dummies Paperback – January 14, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470432877 ISBN-10: 047043287X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047043287X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470432877
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Build cool Web sites without coding — it's easy with Joomla!

Joomla! makes it easy, and this book makes it easier yet! See how to link articles on your site with drop-down menus, invite visitors to rate content, enable a full-site search, allow your guests to sign up for e-mail lists, and much more, all with portable Joomla! modules. Instead of struggling with code, you can concentrate on content. Here's how!

  • Jump into Joomla! — acquire the free Joomla! content management system, install it, and customize the home page
  • The meaning of menus — see how menus control the elements in Joomla! and use menu items to create your page layout

  • Taming templates — use these powerful collections of PHP and CSS to make your pages do what you want them to

  • Module madness — create searches, polls, menus, newsflashes, and banners with built-in Joomla! modules

  • Joomla! and SEO — build search engine-friendly sites and see how Joomla! can help boost site traffic

  • Extend your options — explore additional Joomla! templates and learn what to look for when downloading and installing them

  • Plug it in — check into plug-ins, components, and additional modules to see how they differ and what they can do

Open the book and find:

  • Step-by-step instructions for downloading and installing Joomla!
  • Examples of cool Joomla! sites

  • How to remove and rename menus

  • Easy ways to add pages to your site

  • How to make menu options work for you

  • Tips for tracking page hits

  • Modules for ads, archives, banners, searches, syndications, and more

  • The secrets of keywords

About the Author

Steven Holzner is the award-winning author of more than 100 tech books, with more than 3 million copies sold in 18 languages. He’s written ten For Dummies books and many computer-book bestsellers. He’s written on nearly every Web topic (including JavaServer Pages, PHP, HTML, and XML), and he specializes in topics such as Web-site design. He earned his PhD at Cornell University, and he’s been a faculty member at Cornell University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He used to design Web sites from scratch but uses Joomla! now.

Nancy Conner most recently wrote Google Apps: The Missing Manual (O’Reilly, 2008). Her ability to explain complex technical material in language that’s clear, simple, and fun has made her a sought-after author. She’s written on a wide variety of Web topics, including eBay, QuickBase, the Unifi ed Modeling Language, and fi eld-programmable gate arrays. Her fi rst novel, a mystery, will be published in 2009.


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Customer Reviews

Further, Chapter 2 is worse than useless it is just plain wrong,and doesn't work.
Ross S. Smith
If you've never used Joomla before and you want to know how to this it right away, this is the book to read, and you'll get the information you need to get it going.
Long Huynh
The directions for using Joomla are very clear, as are the accompanying illustrations.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By In My Opinion2! on April 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is aimed at people who haven't used Joomla before and want to learn all of the fundimentals needed to get started. If you are an experienced Joomla programmer looking for a book on how to manipulate the underlying PHP, CSS, MySQL, and HTML, this ISN'T the book you need.

Personally, I needed a book that would teach me how to use the system. Before I purchased this book, I had never used Joomla in any way before. So, I was very happy to find that it only took several hours for me to read through this book and learn how to get a site up and running.

Unlike many other Joomla books, this one gets you into the program very quickly. The directions for using Joomla are very clear, as are the accompanying illustrations. Each of the chapters in this book are short and sweet.

If you are a newbie, like me, this is a great book to start with!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jan Kees - on March 8, 2009
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I was starting with Joomla! and checked some books from Amazon. I bouht one, what I thought, would be a good book as a start with sufficient detail to use it later a reference. But: it was too difficult. Then I got this e-mail notice from Amazon about this new "Dummy" on Joomla!, and I bought it directly. What a succes! This one really helps you to get insight in the software. It helps you understand what it is to work with a content management system and how to cope with "not having pages" but articles and menus. An easy step-by-step guide with sufficient detail to use it for a lengthy period. So: a real representative from the "for dummies" series!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Gayle on May 9, 2009
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For the struggling Joomla novice, this volume contains plenty of precise pictures and clear instructions to save the day. If Joomla is new to you, this is your book.

If you're advanced, this book will seem rudimentary. However if you need to teach Joomla to others, it makes a good and complete classroom manual.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Lee on March 22, 2009
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Joomla for Dummies is a reasonably effective learning tool. Unfortunately the beginning deals with installing Joomla and that can be tricky. I tried the various suggestions for installing it as a stand alone on a PC and it didn't work, but that wasn't the fault of the book because there are so many variables in the installation. However, the frustration of trying to install it locally took a lot of the momentum out of my enthusiasm.

Once I started on the actual learning process I found it to be quite adequate for a beginner. The Dummy Series isn't as easy on the eyes as a text with color illustrations, but it did the job. All in all, once you get Joomla up and running this is an okay affordable textbook.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol Wainwright on October 7, 2009
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Although Joomla for Dummies is well-written on a sentence-by-sentence level, the content was lacking. The information is repetitious and organized poorly. Worse, the index is all but useless, so you're out of luck if you need to look up something. (For example, "Separators" is not under "S" but under "Menus.")

This book covers very basic and advanced concepts, but not intermediate ones. It's not a complete waste of money, but it could have been so much better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric V on May 26, 2010
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I have had good luck with dummies guides in the past, so I bought the Joomla for Dummies book for my wife so she could learn Joomla and how to use it. Being a long time user of Joomla I was surprised by how hard a time she was having with the book, until I picked it up and tried to work with it myself. The book is full of mistakes, and poorly written directions. Steps are missing in the simplest of directions, and some steps are just plain wrong. Certain aspects of Joomla are discussed in the wrong context, giving the reader the wrong idea of how those functions even work. Everyone should stay away from this book. The only way this book will be useful to the novice is if they have an expert sitting next to them telling them the proper steps to take when the book it heading int he wrong direction. Not worth the money. Find another book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Flor F. Pascual on October 27, 2009
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At the time of this writing, the current xampp 1.7.2 is not compatible with Joomla! 1.5.14. Until Joomla! develop a patch for compatibility, you will have to install xampp version 1.7.1 (the book is using xampp version 1.6.7).
Once you get past the installation, which is easily the toughest part about the book, took me several attempts, everything was smooth sailing. The material is pretty straightforward. My aim was to get the feel of the Joomla site and not to dissect every bit of information and the book doesn't get into too much long-headed technical discussion about Joomla and CMS in general.
I would definitely recommend this book to a newbie Joomla! developer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By debrabooks on March 13, 2009
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I have never really bought the dummies series, but I have to say
this is concise, clear, well written, and very helpful. It has a nice little cheat sheet in the front also, that's a great reference. I am addicted to joomla, and this book was of great help.
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