Joomla! 1.5 : A User's Guide - Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-12-11
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Authoritative guide to the #1 content management system that lets you create sophisticated yet easily editable websites.

Author Biography

Barrie North has over 15 years of experience with the Internet, as a user, designer, and teacher. He has spent over eight years in the education fi eld, becoming steadily more involved in web technology and teaching web design classes to students and

technology integration to teachers. Most recently he worked as an IT consultant for two new schools pioneering in the use of technology. As well as web design, he has provided web marketing/SEO, usability, and standards compliance expertise to his clients.

He is a partner of Joomla!shack.com, providing templates and custom services. He also maintains a blog about all things Joomla! at compassdesigns.net. When not working, he can frequently be found on the Joomla! community boards, and he has written many free tutorials for using Joomla!. His combination of Joomla! expertise, educational skills, and engaging writing has produced a book accessible to everyone.

Table of Contents

Preface xix
Content Management Systems and an Introduction to Joomla!p. 1
What Is a Content Management System?p. 2
Static Web Pagesp. 2
Cascading Style Sheet Web Pagesp. 3
Dynamic Web Pagesp. 4
Open Sourcep. 7
History of Joomla!p. 8
Joomla! Communityp. 9
Third-party Extensions Developmentp. 9
Joomla!s Featuresp. 10
Elements of a Joomla! Websitep. 11
Contentp. 13
Modulesp. 14
Templatesp. 14
Summaryp. 15
Downloading and Installing Joomla!p. 17
How Do I Install Joomla!?p. 18
Where Can I Find the Most Current Joomla! Files?p. 18
Unpacking Joomla! on a Local Desktop Computerp. 23
Unpacking on a Hosting Account 26 Running the Joomla! Installation Wizardp. 28
Summaryp. 35
Joomla! Administration Basicsp. 37
What Is the Frontend and Backend of a Joomla!-powered Website?p. 38
Menu Barp. 40
Toolbarp. 41
Workspacep. 41
Administrator Functions in the Menu Barp. 42
Site Submenup. 42
Menusp. 50
Contentp. 52
The Component Menup. 53
Extensionsp. 55
Toolsp. 60
Global Checkinp. 61
Helpp. 61
Site Previewp. 62
Summaryp. 63
Content Is King: Organizing Your Contentp. 65
How Does Joomla! Generate Web Pages?p. 66
How Does Joomla! Organize Content Articles?p. 68
Uncategorized Articlesp. 68
Sections and Categoriesp. 69
Sample Hierarchyp. 71
Creating the Widget Inc. Website with Uncategorized Contentp. 72
Creating Content Articlesp. 74
Creating Menu Itemsp. 77
Page Coponentp. 82
Creating Widget Inc. with Sections and Categoriesp. 86
Creating Sectionsp. 89
Creating Categoriesp. 91
Creating Content Articlesp. 93
Creating Menu Itemsp. 95
Read More Links and Individual Pagesp. 102
Module Contentp. 104
Summaryp. 107
Creating Menus and Navigationp. 109
How Do Menus and Modules Work Together?p. 110
What Do Menu Items Do?p. 112
Creating a Menu Itemp. 113
Where Does a Menu Item Link To?p. 116
What Does a Page Look Like After Following a Link?p. 116
Blog Layoutp. 118
Blog Layout Parametersp. 119
List/Standard Layout for a
p. 123
Section List/Standard Layout Parametersp. 125
List/Standard Layout for a Blogp. 125
Category List/Standard Layout Parametersp. 127
Module Managerp. 127
Module Parametersp. 130
Submenusp. 132
Summaryp. 133
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