- Series: Joomla! Press
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321703782
- ISBN-13: 978-0321703781
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joomla! Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide (Joomla! Press) 1st Edition
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"The book is a great learning tool for newbies and an excellent everyday reference for Joomla! content publishers and managers. It's equally valuable for website builders who want tutorials for their clients, and can serve as hands-on knowledge for any organization that is using Joomla!" Milena Mitova - Joomla Community Magazine
From the Back Cover
Joomla! now powers tens of millions of websites of every size and type. But many beginners find it confusing, and most Joomla! books are too complex to help. Joomla! Explained is the solution. Top Joomla! trainer Stephen Burge teaches everything beginners need to know--and nothing they don't need to know!
Joomla! Explained requires absolutely no experience with Joomla! content management, website construction, programming, scripting, or even HTML. Stephen Burge has taught thousands of beginners--and thousands more who've experimented with Joomla! but haven't mastered it yet. Nobody knows more about guiding Joomla! users up the learning curve--from confusion to results!
You'll master Joomla! one easy step at a time, through a complete hands-on case study. Burge presents crystal-clear visuals, explanations, and analogies--all extensively tested with real Joomla! beginners.
The book's quick, easy coverage includes:
- Understanding what Joomla! does and how it works
- Installing the latest version of Joomla
- Navigating your site's visitor and administrator areas
- Mastering workflows that make site creation easy
- Adding text, images, links, and formatting
- Creating efficient, usable navigation
- Providing contact forms, ad banners, and link directories
- Using modules to enable site registration and search
- Adding voting and other smaller "plug-in" features
- Quickly changing site designs with Joomla! templates
- Finding, choosing, installing, and using extensions
- Building both business and personal sites, step by step
- Giving customized access to different types of users
- Managing site versions in multiple languages
- Efficiently administering, backing up, and updating sites
Note 2: This book does not cover coding your own templates or extensions. This book aims to teach you how to use Joomla even if you don't have a technical background.
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If I can understand and follow this book, anyone can. A few days ago I started using Joomla and because of the detailed instructions in the book, it all feels very familar to me and easy to use.
Here are the pros: the book comes with a simple work flow that is easy to remember, no hard to understand "techy" language, it's well organized, it has good visuals, it literally takes you through everything step-by-step, it covers all the essentials.
There's not a lot of cons, but here are a few: there's a lot of unnecessary practice work (you can skip past it like I did), there's not enough info on extensions.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking to design with Joomla. It's an excellent book. I would have liked to have seen some more info on extensions, but it covered enough for me to learn the rest on my own.
After perusing the available texts on Amazon, I initially settled on Eric Tiggeler's book, Joomla! 2.5 Beginner's Guide, which appeared to be the most up-to-date and had good reviews. It covered Joomla! 2.5, the current version at the time, and I learned a lot from that book. Nevertheless, I finished it still pretty confused about the organization of Joomla! itself.
That was when I decided to buy the Kindle edition of _Joomla! Explained_, by Steven Burge, and I'm very glad I did. Burge's approach to teaching the fundamentals of Joomla primarily involves (1) using what he calls the CAShflow sequence of steps to add content and (2) repetition of core tasks. For me, it worked beautifully. I later learned that Burge runs a highly successful website that provides both online and classroom training in WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal, with an impressive list of satisfied clients. After finishing his tutorial book, I finally felt I had a good understanding of not only specific important tasks in Joomla!, but how everything fit together; i.e., the organization of Joomla! itself. This made it much easier to continue exploring on my own.
On one occasion I had to contact the author with a question. I received a personal reply within 24 hours. After answering my initial question during a couple of email exchanges, Steve turned me over to one of his excellent staff on his training website, OSTraining, who continued to provide knowledgeable help to several subsequent queries.
It should be noted that Burge's book targets version 1.6 of Joomla!, whereas the current version is 2.5, with 3.0 on the horizon. For the most part, this was not a problem. Almost all examples and instructions worked with 2.5, which I was using. The few inconsistencies I found were easy to identify and work around. The one major exception occurred in a later chapter on templates, where I was instructed to download and install a template that was apparently available free when Burge wrote the book. When I visited the download site, I discovered that the vendor now required registration and a substantial signup fee, which I declined! Again, this hiccup didn't seriously impact the lessons on templates. Also irritating was the fact that the book's errata referred to page numbers in the hardcopy version of the book. Since my Kindle edition did not have page numbers, only "locations", the errata were pretty useless. But, again, this did not represent a significant problem.
Having taught college-level computer science and programming courses in the past, I can only express my admiration for the organization and didactic techniques used by the author in this book. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in learning the basics of Joomla! I look forward to an updated version of this book and, personally, intend to enroll in OSTraining for ongoing instruction from a tutorial school that seems to be both effective and surprisingly affordable.
If you have never designed a website before and want to start out very slowly with Joomla and follow the steps to design the exact website the author guides you through, then I recommend you buy the book.
Overall the book is good, and simple to use. But is is not a reference book or a guide to designing your own site with Joomla. It is a painstakingly slow step by step guide to making a simple blog style website. If you want to change the images, banners, favicon, template etc, you will not find out how in this book. Burge also talks to you like you are a child. After showing the exact same process 3 times in a row he starts out with "are you feeling brave? can you do it on your own?". The repetition is excessive. If he explained how to do something like add an article, and then showed a couple options it would make sense. But instead he shows the steps to add an article, then shows it again, and again. All using his personal "CASh workflow" system. Speaking of which, if he took out all the excessive references to the "CASh workflow", he could save at least 10 or so pages. I got it the first time, I didn't need to read it by the 200th. There is only so many times anybody could hear "create, add, show" and not get sick of it. i put it to the Author that if we didn't get it by the 10th time, we are doomed to never get it.
It also bothered me that the paper copy of this book does not suggest you set up server on your computer. Other books I have, offered simple instructions to let you test the website on your computer, rather than having to use an online server.
I appreciated what I learned in the book, but compared to other web design reference books I have, it is not one I am glad I purchased. I won't refer to it again and I can't use it to look up things I need help with. I advise any potential buyers to first use the free version of the book online (joomlaexplained.com)and instead purchase a different Joomla book, such as Joomla templates or Joomla the book.
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