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Perfect for the beginner -- helps to ease the confusion,
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This review is from: Joomla! 1.5: Beginner's Guide (Paperback)
After I first installed Joomla (which I was using to build a new website for my church), I spent 4-5 hours playing with it, but I quickly became a little overwhelmed with trying to understand how it worked. Joomla (at least to me -- and I work in the I.T. industry) is a bit confusing at first. I quickly realized that I was going to need a book to help. So, I hopped on Amazon to see what I could find. This book caught my eye, so I ordered it. I was glad I picked this book, because after reading the first few chapters (especially chapter 4 "Creating a Site in an Hour"), everything finally clicked in my brain and it all made perfect sense. And the more I kept reading, the better grasp I got on how everything tied together. By the time I finished the book two days later, I felt like I was a Joomla expert.
This will be a book that I'll be referring to over the next few weeks as I finish up the church's new website. I'm not sure how much help it will be after that, but I wasn't looking for a reference book -- I was looking for a book to get me started with Joomla.
PROS: Clearly written. Good examples. Good use of diagrams/snapshots. Good site referrals for Joomla extensions. The book goes beyond just the basics, which is good. Good initial advice for keeping your site secure.
CONS: This book has a number of typos and grammar issues, but that's minor. I think the author could have come up with a better sample site than "SRUP -- The Society for the Reappreciation of Ugly Paintings" -- its a somewhat boring recurring theme.
Final thought: I would DEFINITELY recommend this book to anyone who is just plain confused after they install Joomla. I think this will clear up the mystery for you.