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The Official Joomla! Book demonstrates how to build a web presence using Joomla!, the world’s most popular open source Content Management System. Written by two veteran Joomla! project contributors with years of experience building Joomla! websites, the book explains website design and structure and how to use Joomla! to create an effective online presence. Chapters cover what you need to know before you install Joomla!, all the way through keeping the momentum going with your website after it is created. The book includes practical examples and discussions of how to expand your website with extensions in ways that are sensible for long-term site management. The final chapter of the book provides in-depth interviews with a number of Joomla! community leaders, developers, and contributors.  

The Official Joomla! Book offers an explanation of the Joomla! project and community, with information on the official sites, how to use them, and the many ways people of all experience levels can become participants and contributors. The book provides helpful step-by-step instructions and direction for those without any experience in creating websites, as well as tips and information for experienced web administrators and creators. Topics include

  • How Joomla! came into being and a description of the community that surrounds it

  • Domain names, finding a good host, color schemes, and branding

  • Installing Joomla!

  • Working with sample content to understand how Joomla! works

  • Templating for Joomla!, as well as how to edit the default templates

  • Using extensions, discussion of top pick extensions, and explanations of what they do

  • Creating meaningful navigation, content, and structure

  • Search engine optimization

  • Promotions, marketing, and social networking

  • Practical site examples for business, non-profit, and education

  • Interviews with Joomla! experts, including how they found Joomla!, their contributions to the project, and insights into their specialties and expertise areas

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Average Rating: 3.4 out of 5 rating Based on 5 Ratings

"Too old" - by T. Bertram on 15-FEB-2014
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Version 1.5 is outdated and no longer used
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"Its Ok" - by Birender on 01-JUL-2012
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This book refer only joomla 1.6

And just show the joomla administrator part

Hard English to understand for begginners

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"Read it cover to cover!" - by Fractured1 on 29-APR-2011
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If you are like me, you don't read a an entire technical book.  There's too much detail about this or that, not enough detail about the other.  So, here's a rare one--I read this book cover to cover!

This is a small book (when comparing to most technical tomes), and it gives you a little taste of everything Joomla.  But rather than feeling that it was lacking, I felt inspired to start digging into Joomla to find more--and this book gives you the resources you need to do just that.

I found the extra detail about the history of Joomla, very intriguing.  I was on the fence about which CMS to start with--there are so many out there (DotNetNuke, Drupal, Wordpress, etc.)--but this section alone was enough to sell me.  The Joomla team has the right mindset about their product, and Joomla's success is a testament to that.

For total newbies, Chapter 2 (What Now and Where Do I Begin?) is a perfect primer--discussing everything from domain registration, trademarks, and other basics; diving into some site planning tips; and finally moving on to the importance of choosing a good host.  This is the type of content I like to see in a beginner book.

Chapters 4 through 6 are Joomla in a nutshell.  Nice simple presentation of all the key Joomla concepts.

But what about this "SEO" thing?  How do you keep visitors coming back to your site?  How can you set up a simple brochure site--or even more complicated sites?  What if I am a non-profit?  Can you give me some insight from other industry experts?  What are some typical problems encountered?  Usability?  The future of Joomla?

Surprisingly, all of this is touched on in The Official Joomla! Book.

What am I trying to say?  If you are just getting started in Joomla and want a complete overview, you need to read this book!  And this is coming from a developer.  Sure, I will look at other websites and books for more in-depth technical information.  But this book is a fantastic one-stop jumpstart into everything Joomla.

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