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Joomla!® 3 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide, Second Edition

Book Description

Master Joomla! Hands-On, Step-by-Step, Using Easy, Practical Examples

Today, millions of websites rely on Joomla!–from personal sites to those of huge organizations like General Electric, Porsche, and the United Nations. Now, using Joomla! 3, you too can create websites that are mobile-ready, responsive, flexible, powerful, and secure–even if you’re an absolute beginner.

In Joomla!® 3 Explained, top Joomla! trainer Stephen Burge teaches you everything you need to know. Burge has taught thousands of Joomla! newcomers and thousands more who’ve experimented with Joomla! but haven’t mastered it yet. Nobody knows more about guiding you up the Joomla! learning curve.

You’ll master Joomla! 3 hands-on, through a complete case study, crystal-clear visuals, simple explanations, and on-target analogies, all extensively tested with real Joomla! beginners. Burge walks you through installing Joomla! 3, planning sites that are easy to use and manage, adding content, and incorporating powerful site features without programming. Finally, Burge shows you how to run your site securely and efficiently, no matter how big or popular it becomes!

Table of Contents

  1. About This eBook
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Praise for Joomla!® 3 Explained, Second Edition
  5. Dedication Page
  6. Contents at a Glance
  7. Contents
  8. Preface
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. About the Author
  11. 1. Joomla! Explained
    1. The What, When, Where, and Who of Joomla
    2. This Book Explained
    3. What’s Next?
  12. 2. Joomla! Planning Explained
    1. Joomla Site Planning Explained
    2. Our Joomlaville Website Plan
    3. Our Joomlaville Project Management Plan
    4. Our Joomlaville Development Plan
    5. Our Joomlaville Management Plan
    6. What’s Next?
  13. 3. Joomla! Installations Explained
    1. Choosing the Best Place to Install Joomla
    2. Choosing the Best Way to Install Joomla
    3. Installing Joomla Automatically
    4. Installing Joomla Manually
    5. Getting Help If You’re Stuck with Installing Joomla
    6. What’s Next?
  14. 4. Joomla! Sites Explained
    1. Understanding the Two Areas of a Joomla Site
    2. Understanding the Administrator Area of Your Joomla Site
    3. Things You’ll See All the Time in Joomla
    4. Understanding the Visitor Area of Your Joomla Site
    5. Making Your First Joomla Site Changes
    6. What’s Next?
  15. 5. Joomla! Content Explained
    1. Step 1: Categorize
    2. Step 2: Add
    3. Step 3: Show
    4. The Joomla CASh Workflow: Why Do It This Way?
    5. Practicing the CASh Workflow
    6. What’s Next?
  16. 6. Joomla! Content Editing Explained
    1. Formatting Your Text
    2. Adding Images to Your Content
    3. Adding Links to Your Content
    4. Adding Tables to Your Content
    5. Versions of Your Articles
    6. Practicing Joomla Content
    7. What’s Next?
  17. 7. Joomla! Menus Explained
    1. Why Do You Need Menus?
    2. Grouping Your Menu Links
    3. Creating a Blog by Adding a Menu Link
    4. Practicing the CASh Workflow
    5. Options: Finishing Your Content Display
    6. What’s Next?
  18. 8. Joomla! Components Explained
    1. Banners Component
    2. Contacts Component
    3. Messaging Component
    4. News Feeds Component
    5. Redirect Component
    6. Search Component
    7. Smart Search Component
    8. Tags Component
    9. Web Links Component
    10. What’s Next?
  19. 9. Joomla! Modules Explained
    1. Understanding Modules
    2. Creating New Modules
    3. Changing the Order of Modules
    4. Changing the Pages on Which Modules Appear
    5. What’s Next?
  20. 10. Joomla! Plugins Explained
    1. The Plugin Manager
    2. Authentication Plugins
    3. Content Plugins
    4. Editors and Editors-XTD Plugins
    5. Search Plugins
    6. User Plugins
    7. Extension, System, and Other Plugin Types
    8. What’s Next?
  21. 11. Adding Joomla! Extensions Explained
    1. Researching Components, Modules, and Plugins
    2. Installing Components, Modules, and Plugins
    3. Other Installation Methods
    4. What’s Next?
  22. 12. Joomla! Templates Explained
    1. Understanding Templates
    2. Changing Templates
    3. Changing Template Options
    4. Finding and Installing Templates
    5. What’s Next?
  23. 13. Joomla! Users Explained
    1. What People Can See: Joomla’s Access Levels
    2. Method 1: What Users Can See: Joomla’s Access Levels
    3. Method 2: What Users Can Do: Joomla’s User Groups
    4. Method 3: Creating Your Own Access Controls
    5. What’s Next?
  24. 14. Joomla! Site Management Explained
    1. Updating Your Site
    2. Updating Your Extensions
    3. Disabling or Uninstalling Your Extensions
    4. Additional Measures to Protect Your Site
    5. Backing Up Your Site
    6. Global Configuration
    7. What’s Next?
  25. Index