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Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints

Book Description

Tailor-made plans for easily building powerful and exciting Joomla! sites

  • Instant Joomla! – Build 10 exciting and simple web projects

  • Expand and tailor the sample projects to your or your client's need

  • Create quick prototypes of commonly used applications within hours

  • Develop your own custom application by merging features from the example projects

  • Combine projects from several chapters to create your own killer web application

  • In Detail

    Joomla! is a powerful CMS used to build all kinds of websites. But when you're urgently tasked with building a specific kind of site, it's not always obvious which extensions to use or where to begin. Imagine how easy it would be if you had some simple directions to create Joomla! websites for personal or business use within a day. Would you be interested?

    This book will give you a competitive edge by helping you to rapidly implement prototype web projects for personal and business use. With this book almost anyone with just a bit of Joomla! knowledge can build a useful web application and tailor it to his or her needs.

    This book is a project-based guide to developing web applications with Joomla!. It will take you through all the steps to build different types of Joomla! websites and guide you to get your new site up and running in a couple of hours without employing a developer. It should enable you to take full advantage of the powerful core features offered by the Joomla! framework together with the many available contributed modules and themes to develop applications within hours. You will be guided, by means of illustrated hands-on example projects, to build foundation projects that you can easily adapt or enhance to create even more powerful web projects. If you want to develop exciting web applications for profit or pleasure this book is for you.

    However, this book is not an introduction to Joomla!, nor an in-depth manual for using Joomla!; and even though it partially covers some basics such as installation and how to create articles, this is only done in the process of building the featured projects. Readers should; therefore, already have an understanding of the basic Joomla! terminologies, how to access and to use the administration pages, and also how to customize by uploading and engaging new templates. The book's appendix also offers plenty of useful advice and references on this.

    When you have completed each project, you will have the knowledge and confidence to apply the techniques you have learned to create your own custom web application. You may also combine projects from several chapters to create your own killer web application.

    This book provides a foundation for 10 exciting and powerful Joomla! website projects including community, blog network, e-commerce store, photo sharing, Google mashup, and so on for tailoring to your needs.

    Table of Contents

    1. Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints
      1. Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints
      2. Credits
      3. About the Author
      4. About the Reviewers
      5. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      6. 1. Installation and Configuration
        1. Minimum system requirements
        2. Installation on a local computer
          1. Installation on WampServer
          2. Installing Joomla! 1.5 on localhost
              1. Page 1: Choose Language
              2. Page 2: Pre-installation Check
              3. Page 3: License
              4. Page 4: Database Configuration
              5. Page 5: FTP Configuration
              6. Page 6: Main Configuration
              7. Page 7: Finish
        3. Installing Joomla! on a remote server
        4. Other installation possibilities
        5. Manual installation
        6. Configuration and backend administration
        7. Trim off sample data
        8. Create a new section
        9. Create new categories
        10. Extending your Joomla!
          1. Content Construction Kit (CCK)
          2. Modules Anywhere
          3. Cron Scheduler
        11. Learning Joomla!
        12. Basic Administration
          1. Template settings
          2. Global configuration
          3. Site backup
        13. Optimizing your site
          1. System cache
          2. Gzip
        14. Other optimization techniques
          1. Template
          2. Components
          3. SEF
        15. Summary
      7. 2. Buzzy Beez—Building a Company Site
        1. Build Buzzy Beez's site
        2. Template
        3. Extensions
              1. Core extensions
              2. Contributed extensions
        4. Install a new template
        5. Basic content
          1. Create the About Us page
          2. Create Latest Information posts
          3. Create the document repository
          4. Create a Contact form
        6. Display content
          1. Add an About Us link
          2. Add the Product News link
          3. Add the Company News link
          4. Add a Downloads link
          5. Add a Contact us link
        7. Finishing up
        8. Summary
      8. 3. Global Hitchhikers Club—Building an Aficionado's Site
        1. Build the Global Hitchhikers Club site
        2. Template
        3. Extensions
              1. Core extensions
              2. Contributed extensions
        4. Basic content
          1. User settings
          2. Configure the front page
          3. Create a new section
          4. Create new categories
          5. Test the article submission
          6. Create a comments system
          7. Module positions
        5. Display content
          1. Add the Africa link
          2. Add the other continent links
        6. Finishing up
        7. Improving the basic site
              1. Forum
              2. Chat
              3. Social bookmarking
              4. Blog extensions
              5. RSS
              6. Templates
        8. Summary
      9. 4. The Daily Joomer — Building a Newspaper Site
        1. Build The Daily Joomer online
        2. Template
        3. Extensions
              1. Core extensions
              2. Contributed extensions
        4. Organizing the articles
          1. User settings
          2. Configure the front page
          3. Create a new section
          4. Create new categories
          5. Test the article submission
        5. Forums
          1. Module positions
        6. Display content
          1. Add the News section link
          2. Add the other section links
          3. Add the Forum link
        7. Finishing up
        8. Further development
        9. Summary
      10. 5. Breakin' Events—Building an Events Site
        1. Build the Breakin' Events site
        2. Template
        3. Extensions
              1. Core extensions
              2. Contributed extensions
          1. Configure JEvents component
            1. Configure the Component pane
            2. Configure the Permissions pane
            3. Configure the Event Editing pane
            4. Configure the Event Detail View pane
            5. Configure the Main Monthly Calendar pane
            6. Configure the Year/Category View pane
            7. Configure the RSS pane
            8. Configure the Calendar pane
            9. Configure Latest Events pane
        4. Create new categories
        5. Test the Event submission form
        6. Display content
          1. Add the Global link
          2. Add the Africa link
          3. Add other continent links
          4. Modify the front page display
          5. Calendar and Latest Events blocks
        7. Finishing up
        8. Extending functionality
        9. Summary
      11. 6. Joombook—Building a Community Site
        1. Build Joombook
        2. Template
        3. Extensions
              1. Core extensions
              2. Contributed extensions
        4. Basic content
        5. Configure Community Builder
        6. Create a new section and category
          1. Create a section
          2. Create a category
        7. Configure polls
        8. Configure forums
        9. Configure chat
        10. Create comments system
        11. Put it all together
          1. Create new modules
          2. Configure the front page
          3. Menus
            1. Create the Chat menu
            2. Create the Forums menu
            3. Create the Blogs menu
            4. Create the Poll menu
            5. Create CB menus
        12. Finishing up
        13. Adding functionality
        14. Summary
      12. 7. Joomgets Inc.—Building an E-commerce Site
        1. Build the Joomgets Inc. web shop
        2. Template
        3. Extensions
        4. Basic VirtueMart configurations
          1. Basic configuration
            1. Edit Store
            2. Configuration
            3. List Payment Methods
            4. Product List
            5. Categories
              1. Product Information
              2. Product Images
            6. Shippers
            7. Shipping rates
        5. Display Products
          1. Have we done this correctly?
            1. Joe Bling is taken to the cart
            2. Joe Bling goes to the checkout
        6. Finishing up
        7. Adding functionality
        8. Summary
      13. 8. Joomlaburg Accommodations— Building a Directory Site
        1. Build Joomlaburg Accommodations
        2. Template
        3. Extensions
              1. Other extensions
        4. Install Joomla!
        5. Install SOBI2
                1. General
                2. Mainpage
                3. Search Options
                4. System Emails
                5. Cache
                6. Debug
                7. Background
                8. Sigsiu Tree
          1. Other settings
          2. Categories
            1. Create new categories
            2. Create subcategories
          3. Form fields
          4. Entry Configuration
          5. View Configuration
          6. Payment Options
          7. Front page
          8. Search
          9. Permissions
        6. Finishing up
        7. Adding functionality
        8. Summary
      14. 9. Nosh'r—Building a Photo Sharing Site
        1. Build Nosh'r
        2. Template
        3. Extensions
              1. Other extensions
        4. Install Joomla!
        5. Install Phoca Gallery
          1. Categories
          2. Create new categories
          3. Themes
        6. Global configuration
          1. Category Views
          2. Detail View
                1. Category View Settings (Categories)
                2. Categories View Settings (Category List)
                3. Description Settings
                4. Comment Settings
                5. Upload settings
        7. Front page
        8. New user registration
        9. Permissions
        10. Add images
        11. Finishing up
          1. Have we done this right?
        12. Extending functionality
        13. Summary
      15. 10. Alienspotting—Building a Google Map Site
        1. Extensions
              1. Core extensions
              2. Contributed extensions
        2. Template
        3. Build Alienspotting
          1. Enable modules and plugins
          2. Configure ContentMap
          3. Create the front page Google map
          4. Configure JComments
          5. Test the article submission
            1. Add the geographical coordinates
          6. Test JComments
        4. Finishing up
        5. Extending the site
        6. Summary
      16. 11. Weird Hap'nins—Building a News Aggregating Site
        1. Build Weird Hap'nins
        2. Template
        3. Extensions
              1. Other extensions
        4. Sections and categories
          1. Create a new section
          2. Create new categories
        5. Feed content
              1. Bad News
              2. More Bad News
              3. Weird News
          1. Configure the 4RSS component
          2. Configure JCron Scheduler
          3. Add articles
          4. Configure the front page
          5. Other menus
        6. Finishing up
        7. Summary
      17. A. Templates and Extensions