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Setting up a Joomla Web Server using Virtualbox, TurnkeyLinux and DynDNS

by Alfonso V. Romero | February 2011 | Joomla! Content Management Open Source Oracle Web Development

This article is based on the Joomla! CMS and how to make use of virtualization software to set up a fully functional web server completely isolated from other applications on your PC.

In this article by Alfonso Romero, the reader will learn about VirtualBox, a popular virtualization software, and how to integrate it with the Joomla Turnkey Linux appliance to create a full-fledged virtual web server ready to receive visitors from the Internet, thanks to the DynDNS free dynamic DNS service. It also includes information on how to open port 80 in a Cable/DSL router to forward incoming traffic so the Joomla web server can communicate with the Internet world, without risking their main PC.

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Joomla! Books from Packt

by | December 2010 | Joomla! Open Source

Packt Open Source

This holiday season, Packt is pleased to announce that it is offering any 5 Open Source eBooks of your choice for only $40 / £25 / €30.

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Joomla! 1.5: Installing, Creating, and Managing Modules

by Tom Canavan | November 2010 | Cookbooks Joomla! Content Management Open Source

Joomla! can be extended via the use of "Extensions". These extensions fall into three categories: Components, Modules, and Plugins. Modules are a larger 'catch all' than components. Where components add functionality to the Joomla! core framework, modules add functionality that allows the user to interact with parts of the system. Other types of modules are those that can 'contain' code or images within your site.

This article by Tom Canavan, author of Joomla! 1.5 Cookbook, covers the installation, creation and management of modules. Occasionally, you will need to enable, disable, or uninstall a module. This step is simple and is covered in a brief recipe.

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Joomla! 1.5: Creating Menu Items for Components

by Tom Canavan | November 2010 | Cookbooks Joomla! Content Management Open Source

Joomla! can be extended via the use of "Extensions". These extensions fall into three categories: Components, Modules, and Plugins. In the previous article we covered the installation and management of components. That's exactly half the process. Next you create a menu item for it. This will enable it to interact with the users. Lastly you will learn how to change the menu order of components.

In this article by Tom Canavan, author of Joomla! 1.5 Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Creating menu items for components
  • Changing the menu order of a component
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Joomla! 1.5: Installing and Managing Components

by Tom Canavan | November 2010 | Cookbooks Joomla! Content Management Open Source

Joomla! can be extended via the use of "Extensions". These extensions fall into three categories: Components, Modules, and Plugins. This article by Tom Canavan, author of Joomla! 1.5 Cookbook, covers the installation and management of components and modules. Occasionally, you will need to enable, disable, or uninstall an extension. This step is simple and is covered in a brief recipe.

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Manually Translating Your Joomla! Site's Content into Your Desired Language

by Suhreed Sarkar | October 2010 | Cookbooks Joomla! Content Management Open Source Web Development

In the previous article we saw how to translate a site's content using Google's translation service. The full process is automated and the machine does the translation. However, machine translation is not always good and can sometimes be misleading. To avoid your content getting lost in translation, or in the absence of a translation service for a specific language, like Bengali, you may like to manually translate the site's content.

In this article by Suhreed Sarkar, author of Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions Cookbook, you will learn how to translate your site's content manually into your desired language using the Joom!Fish extension. It allows you to translate the articles, modules, banners, menus, sections, categories, and so on into your desired language. It also shows a language selection module for visitors to choose a language from the site's frontend. Many other components and modules can be translated by installing their respective content elements.

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Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions for Using Languages

by Suhreed Sarkar | October 2010 | Cookbooks Joomla! Content Management Open Source Web Development

This article focuses on using multiple languages on a Joomla!-based site. It shows you how to add a language, translate language files, translate a site's content on the fly using Google's translation service.

In this article by Suhreed Sarkar, author of Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Adding a language to your site
  • Translating language files for your site
  • Translating your site's content using Google's translation service
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Installation and Introduction of K2 Content Construction Kit

by Tom Canavan | October 2010 | Cookbooks Joomla! Content Management Open Source Web Development

K2 is a wonderful content creation kit from Joomlaworks.gr that gives you the ability to manage content in an extremely powerful way. In this article by Tom Canavan, author of Joomla! 1.5 Cookbook, you'll learn how to install and configure K2. Using a short cut known as a 'master category', you can templatize your settings in K2 and greatly ease your administration time.

K2 offers some great extras such as connections for YouTube and PhotoGalleries as well. If you add K2 to an existing Joomla! site, you don't have to recreate all the articles. K2 offers an import feature and you'll become very familiar with it here.

In this article, we will cover:

  • Installation of K2 content creation kit
  • Configuration of K2
  • Setting up a master category in K2 to ease your administration time
  • Extras for K2 such as YouTube feeds and photo galleries
  • Importing your Joomla! content into K2
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Managing Articles Using the K2 Content Construction Kit

by Tom Canavan | October 2010 | Cookbooks Joomla! Content Management Open Source Web Development

Like Joomla!, K2 also offers categories, except that it removes the concept of Sections. What that opens up is Categories, within Categories, within Categories. This is known as Nested Categories. This article by Tom Canavan, author of Joomla! 1.5 Cookbook, will show you how to set up and configure your categories for maximum use.

Tag Clouds are a popular means to display descriptions about your content and help with your Search Engine Efforts. You'll learn how to use this powerful tag cloud system. The final two sections cover configuration and moderation of comments in K2 as well as some tips and tricks to enhance your K2 experience.

In this article, we will cover:

  • Setup and configuration of categories and sub-categories
  • Using the K2 Tag Cloud
  • Configuration and moderation of commenting system
  • Overall tips and tricks to make your K2 site work
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Tips and Tricks for Joomla! Multimedia

by Allan Walker | October 2010 | Joomla! Open Source

Joomla! is a Content Management System designed to organize and deliver content within a website environment. Multimedia provides us with stunning interactive user experiences and wonderful design options, but it requires discipline and knowledge to utilize it effectively so that we do not alienate our audiences.

In this article we will provide some tips and tricks for Joomla! multimedia, such as;

  • Inserting custom code into your Joomla! Articles
  • Creating a new directory using Joomla! Media Manager
  • Publishing your Twitter tweets in your Joomla! site
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