Joomla! 1.6 First Look

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  • A short and concise first look into Joomla! 1.6.
  • Covers changes in all aspects of Joomla! including interface, menus, templates, and extensions
  • Ample screenshots and clear explanations of all the new features and their usage

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 236 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : March 2011
ISBN : 1849513422
ISBN 13 : 9781849513425
Author(s) : Eric Tiggeler
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, Content Management (CMS), Joomla!, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Stepping Up to Joomla! 1.6
Chapter 2: Exploring your Enhanced Workspace
Chapter 3: Organizing and Managing Content
Chapter 4: Managing Menus and Menu Modules
Chapter 5: Managing Site Users with Access Control
Chapter 6: New Flexibility in Using Templates
Chapter 7: Unleashing the New Power of Extensions
Chapter 8: SEO Improvements
  • Chapter 1: Stepping Up to Joomla! 1.6
    • Upgrading from 1.5
      • Joomla! 1.5 extension compatibility
        • Changes for templates
        • When should you move to 1.6?
      • Migrating content from Joomla! 1.5
    • What's new? A quick overview
      • 1 - Usability enhancements
        • A friendlier interface
        • The great new time-saving toolbar
      • 2 - Working with content
        • The endless joy of unlimited categories
        • No more fiddling with menus
      • 3 - New ways to manage user access
        • Do you want it simple? Keep it simple
      • 4 - Working with extensions and templates
        • Updating extensions? Just lean back
        • Templating to your taste
      • SEO improvements
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Exploring your Enhanced Workspace
      • Before you start: choosing a safe root user's name
        • Changing the root user's name after installation
        • Logging in to the backend
      • What's changed in the backend?
        • What's gone: no more sections
        • What's been added: the Users menu
        • What's been moved: some tools and odds and ends
          • User Settings and Media Settings have been moved
      • Five great new time-saving features
        • Timesaver # 1: going home in one click
        • Timesaver # 2: adding new items in one click
        • Timesaver # 3: Save & New
          • Using the new Save & New button
        • Timesaver # 4: Save as Copy
          • Creating dummy content using Save as Copy
        • Timesaver # 5: tabbed screens
      • One great life-saver: two-step deletion
        • Deleting an item
        • Exploring and restoring thrashed content
        • Permanently deleting items
      • Customizing the looks of the backend
        • Selecting another backend template
        • Setting the backend template to suit your taste
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Organizing and Managing Content
        • Organizing content using nested categories
          • Improvement #1: categories can now be one level deep
          • Improvement #2: creating multiple category levels
            • Creating a set of 'nested' categories
          • Using nested categories in the sample data
            • Exploring the sample data
          • New category settings: notes and metadata
            • Adding category metadata
          • Fresh ways to display category contents on the frontend
            • New category view # 1: List All Categories
          • Creating a link to a site map
          • Tweaking the site map display
            • New Category View # 2: Articles Categories Module
            • New Category View # 3: Articles (in) Category Module
        • Working with the updated article editor
          • Creating a link to an article
            • Inserting an article title as a hyperlink
          • Using the updated Media Manager
            • Enabling the Flash image uploader
        • Archiving articles
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Managing Menus and Menu Modules
          • Goodbye to a spartan Menu Manager
          • The all-new tabbed Menu Manager screen
            • Exploring the new Menu Manager
            • New ways to manage and edit menus
              • A new shortcut to jump straight to selected menu items
              • A new shortcut to jump to menu module settings
            • New ways to manage and edit menu items
              • Filtering the list of menu items
              • Changes in the way you assign a menu item to the homepage
              • New buttons to copy and move menu items
              • Trashing menu items
          • Creating or editing individual Menu Items
            • Choosing from new Menu Item Types
              • New Menu Link Item type # 1: List All Categories
              • New Menu Link Item type # 2: List All Contact Categories
            • Setting the template for an individual menu item
            • An overview of Menu Item Options
              • Layout Options
              • Article Options
              • Integration Options
              • Page Display Options
              • Metadata Options
              • Module Assignment for this Menu Item
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Managing Site Users with Access Control
            • What's new about the Access Control Levels system?
            • What are the default user groups and permissions?
              • The default site-wide settings
              • Default user groups
                • Public – the guest group
                • Registered – the user group that can log in
                • Author, Editor, Publisher – the frontend content team
                • Manager, Administrator, Super User – the backend administrators
                • Shop Suppliers and Customers – two sample user groups
              • Are there also sample users available?
            • Action Permissions: what users can do
              • Permissions are inherited
              • What do the available action permissions mean?
                • Level 1 – site-wide permissions in Global Configuration
                • Level 2 – permissions for components
                • Level 3 – permissions for categories
                • Level 4 – permissions for articles
            • Viewing Access Levels: what users can see
              • Wrapping up: the ingredients of ACL
            • ACL at work: how to control user permissions
              • ACL example 1: allow specific users to manage contacts
                • Step 1: create a user group
                • Step 2: tell Joomla! what the group can see and do
                • Step 3: add users to the group
                • Check if it works
              • ACL example 2: allow users to edit one specific article
                • Step 1: create a user group
                • Step 2: tell Joomla! what the group can see and do
                • Step 3: add users to the group
                • Check if it works
            • More on Access Control
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: New Flexibility in Using Templates
              • What's new? Finally, table-less templates
                • What does that clean output look like?
                • Why clean code is good for everybody
              • Introducing the tabbed Template Manager
                • The Styles tab: selecting templates and settings
                  • Selecting a template
                  • Template Styles
                • The Templates tab: exploring templates and editing code
              • Customizing templates using Template Styles
                • Changing the site color and layout options
                • Customizing the site logo
                  • Using a text logo
                  • Changing the header image file
              • Creating Template Styles to style individual pages
                • Creating and using a Template Style
              • Assigning templates from the menu item itself
                • Choosing a template from a menu item
              • Exploring and editing installed templates
                • What templates are available?
                  • atomic
                  • beez5
                  • beez2
                  • bluestork
                  • hathor
                • Previewing templates
                  • Exploring available module positions
              • Editing template code
              • Installing and assigning a new template
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Unleashing the New Power of Extensions
                • Changes in the extensions that come with Joomla!
                  • The new Redirect Manager
                  • New modules to display category contents
                  • Switching languages
                  • No more polls
                • Exploring pre-installed extensions
                • The new Extension Manager screen
                  • Tab 1: Install
                  • Tab 2: Update
                  • Tab 3: Manage
                  • Tab 4: Discover
                  • Tab 5: Warnings
                • New module features
                  • Setting a time span for publishing modules
                    • Creating a scheduled module
                    • Making use of the new Note field
                  • Assigning a module to specific menu items
                    • Assigning a module to all pages except a few
                  • Assigning modules from the menu item settings
                    • Changing module settings via the Edit Menu Item screen
                  • Displaying available module positions
                • Finding and downloading extensions for Joomla! 1.6
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: SEO Improvements
                  • The SEO bonus of well structured layouts
                    • Proper use of HTML heading elements
                      • Adding H3 through H6 headings
                      • Adding an alternative H1 page heading
                      • Page Heading and Page Title – what's the difference?
                  • Configuring HTML page titles
                    • Setting the HTML page title
                    • Adding the Site Name to the page title
                  • Entering site metadata
                    • Entering metadata for menu items, categories, and articles
                    • Choosing what metadata to set
                  • Using search engine friendly URLs
                  • Adding a site map
                    • Using the Xmap site map extension
                  • Using the new Redirect Manager
                    • Creating page redirects
                    • Redirecting multiple old URLs in one go
                  • More on SEO
                  • Summary

                  Eric Tiggeler

                  Eric Tiggeler has authored several books on Joomla!, such as the highly successful Joomla! 2.5 Beginner's Guideand Joomla! 3 Beginner's Guide, both by Packt Publishing. He has also written several Joomla! guides in Dutch. His books have received excellent reader reviews. He also writes tutorials for several computer magazines and Joomla! community websites. Over the last ten years, he has developed numerous websites, big and small, using Joomla!.

                  He is fascinated by the Web as a powerful, creative, and ever-changing means of communication, as well as by the revolutionary software Joomla!, which enables anybody to create beautiful and user-friendly websites.

                  On a daily basis, he works as a consultant and copywriter at a communication consultancy company affiliated to the Free University of Amsterdam. Over the last few years, he has written more than 20 books in Dutch on writing and communication. His passion lies in making complex things easy to understand.

                  He is married, has two daughters, and lives and works in Hilversum, the Netherlands. On the Web, you'll find him at Dutch) and English).

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                  Errata type: Others | Page numbers: 71

                  Duplicated bulletpoint paragraphs (2nd and 3rd)


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                  on the 5th line below the illustration, the last word should read TRASHED and not "tHrashed" 


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                  1. To explore trashed categories, go to the the Category Manager. In the Select State drop-down box, select Trash:
                  It must say:
                  1. To explore trashed categories, go to the the Category Manager. In the Select Status drop-down box, select Trash:


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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • General changes to the Joomla! interface and the practical effects this has on creating and maintaining sites with Joomla!
                  • Changes in Joomla! 1.6 that affect the day to day routine of organizing, adding and editing articles
                  • Changes in menus, that make it easier to manage menus and add new menu items fast
                  • Access Control Levels relevant to website administrators in need of fine grained user permissions control
                  • What’s new in selecting, using and editing templates
                  • New extensions overhauled in Joomla! 1.6
                  • New SEO features to enhance your site's SEO

                  In Detail

                  Release of the much awaited Joomla! 1.6 is just round the corner. There is a lot of hype and curiosity about the new features Joomla! 1.6 will provide and how it will affect existing users.

                  Joomla! 1.6 First Look is a concise guide to the new features of Joomla! 1.6, targeted at existing Joomla! users and developers. If you want to see what's new in Joomla 1.6 and how it's going to affect you, this is the book for you.

                  This book will give readers an insight into the new features of Joomla! 1.6, showing them what has changed, how the changes will affect them, and how to upgrade to Joomla! 1.6 from existing Joomla! versions. It begins with general changes in interface and basic articles, and then takes you through the changes in menus, control levels, templates, extensions, and SEO features. It explains the new features and how to use them, drawing attention to significant differences from how things used to behave. By the end of this book, you will be well-versed with the consequences these changes will bring to you as a Joomla! user or developer.

                  This book will take you through all that's new in Joomla! 1.6 and explain how it's going to make your life better


                  This book looks at the main functional areas of Joomla! that have significant new features. All features are explained with the help of illustrative screenshots and step-by-step instructions on how to use them.

                  Who this book is for

                  This book is for existing Joomla! users, developers, and designers who want to know about everything that's new in Joomla! 1.6.

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