Joomla! 2.5 Beginner’s Guide


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  • Create a Joomla! website in an hour with the help of easy-to-follow steps and screenshots.
  • Go beyond a typical Joomla! site to make a website that meets your specific needs.
  • Learn how to secure, administrate, and fill your site with content.
  • Update to the popular Joomla! 1.5 Beginner's Guide by Eric Tiggeler.

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Language : English
Paperback : 426 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : March 2012
ISBN : 1849517908
ISBN 13 : 9781849517904
Author(s) : Eric Tiggeler
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, Beginner's Guides, Joomla!, Open Source

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Introduction: A New and Easy Way to Build Websites
Chapter 2: Installation: Getting Joomla Up and Running
Chapter 3: First Step: Getting to Know Joomla
Chapter 4: Web Building Basics: Creating a Site in an Hour
Chapter 5: Small Sites, Big Sites: Organizing your Content Effectively
Chapter 6: Creating Killer Content: Adding and Editing Articles
Chapter 7: Welcoming your Visitors: Creating Attractive Home Pages and Overview Pages
Chapter 8: Helping your Visitors Find What they Want: Managing Menus
Chapter 9: Opening up the Site: Enabling Users to Log in and Contribute
Chapter 10: Getting the Most out of your Site: Extending Joomla
Chapter 11: Creating an Attractive Design: Working with Templates
Chapter 12: Attracting Search Engine Traffic: Tips and Techniques
Appendix A: Keeping the Site Secure
Appendix B: Pop quiz Answers
Index
    • Chapter 2: Installation: Getting Joomla Up and Running
      • What do you need to start?
        • Hosting space
        • FTP software
        • A great browser (think Firefox)
      • Installing Joomla in four steps
      • Time for action – downloading the Joomla files
      • Time for action – placing the files on the web server
      • Time for action – creating a database
      • Time for action – running the Joomla installation wizard
      • Got stuck? Get help!
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: First Step: Getting to Know Joomla
        • Making the switch—building websites the Joomla way
          • Sorry, web pages have ceased to exist
          • Why is this a good thing?
          • A website built of blocks
        • Introducing frontend and backend: the Joomla interface
          • Your workspace: the backend
          • And what's the frontend?
        • The frontend: the website as the user sees it
        • Time for action – tour the example site
          • Exploring the example content
        • Taking control: administering your site in the backend
        • Time for action – log in to the backend
          • Taking a closer look at the Control Panel
            • Top menu
            • Shortcut buttons
            • Preview and Info Bar
            • Information panels
          • Understanding backend tools and controls
        • Getting your feet wet: start administering your site
          • Three types of backend tasks
            • Content management example: let's create some content!
        • Time for action – publish your first article
          • Extension management example: adding a module
      • Time for action – add a module to the site
        • Site management example: configuring basic site settings
      • Time for action – set Joomla preferences
      • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Web Building Basics: Creating a Site in an Hour
          • What you will be making
            • Meet your client
          • Cleaning up: removing the sample data
            • Step 1: remove sample content
          • Time for action – deleting articles and categories
            • Step 2: delete menus and other modules
          • Time for action – deleting menus
          • Building your new site in three steps
            • Step 1: customize the layout
          • Time for action – preparing a new logo image
            • Replacing the header image
          • Time for action – replace the header image
          • Time for action – tweak the design details
            • CSS stylesheets? Come again?
        • Have a go hero – explore layout settings
          • Step 2: add content
          • Create a foundation first: make categories
        • Time for action – create a News category
          • Add articles to the category
        • Time for action – create an article
          • Making content visible on the site: create a menu link
        • Time for action – add a menu link
          • Now that's the all-important power of menus
        • Create menu links to the new content
        • Add individual content pages: uncategorized articles
        • Time for action – add uncategorized articles
          • Put some content on the home page—at last!
            • Add items to the home page
        • Time for action – adding items to the home page
        • Step 3: add extras through extensions
          • Components and Extensions, what's the difference?
          • Add a contact form
        • Time for action – create a contact
        • Time for action – create a Contact Form menu link
          • Add a special message block
        • Time for action – create a message block
        • Wrapping up: change site settings
        • Time for action – change site configuration
        • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Small Sites, Big Sites: Organizing your Content Effectively
            • Building on the example site
            • Grouping content: a crash course in site organization
              • Designing a site map
            • Time for action – create a future proof site map
              • Transferring your site map to Joomla
              • How do you turn a site map into a website?
            • Creating categories and subcategories
            • Time for action – create a category and subcategories
              • In what case do you need more subcategory levels?
              • Adding content to new categories
            • Displaying main categories and subcategories on your site
            • Time for action – create a link to point to a main category
            • Refining your site structure
            • Time for action – move content from one category to another
              • Renaming categories
            • Time for action – rename a category
              • Changing category settings
            • Building a site without using categories
              • How do you go about building a small site?
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Creating Killer Content: Adding and Editing Articles
              • Articles, content pages: what's the difference?
              • Creating and editing articles: Beyond the basics
              • Making your words look good: formatting article text
              • Time for action – add styling to article text
              • Adding images to articles
              • Time for action – upload images
              • Time for action – inserting and aligning images
                • Extending the possibilities of the Media Manager
              • Time for action – enabling the Flash image uploader
              • Changing the way the article displays
                • One lump or two? Split the article in an intro text and main text
              • Time for action – creating an intro text
                • Creating multi-page articles
              • Time for action – using page breaks to split up an article
              • Tweaking the details: changing article settings
                • Article Permissions
                • Setting general preferences for all articles
                  • Articles tab
                  • Category tab
                  • Categories, Blog/Featured Layouts, List Layouts, and Shared Options tabs
                  • Integration tab
                  • Text Filters tab
                  • Permissions tab
              • Archiving articles
              • Time for action – creating a news archive
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Welcoming your Visitors: Creating Attractive Home Pages and Overview Pages
                • Why do you need overview pages, anyway?
                • Creating the perfect home: mastering home page layout
                  • Changing the way the home page is arranged
                • Time for action – rearrange the layout of articles on the home page
                  • Adding items to the home page
                  • Controlling the order of home page items manually
                  • Setting criteria to automatically order home page items
                • Time for action – show the most recent items first
                  • The Featured Articles menu item type – an overview of all options
                • Creating more than one page containing Featured Articles
                • Another type of home page: using a single article
              • Time for action – creating a different home page
              • Creating category overview pages
                • Two main choices: Blog layout and List layout
              • The first type of overview page: Creating Category Blog layouts
              • Time for action – create a facebook using the Blog layout
                • Showing full articles on a category overview page
                • Blog Layout Options, Article Options, Integration Options, Link Type Options, Page Display Options, and Metadata Options
                • Category Options
              • The second type of overview page: Lists
              • Time for action – add a link to a Category List layout
                • Customizing lists: exploring Category List options
                  • Required Settings
                  • Category Options
                  • List Layouts
                  • Article Options, Integration Options, Link Type Options, Page Display Options, and Metadata Options
              • How are multi-level categories displayed in Lists?
              • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Helping your Visitors Find What they Want: Managing Menus
                  • How many menus can you have?
                  • Creating user-friendly navigation—cleaning up the Main Menu
                    • Option 1: Change the order of menu items
                  • Time for action – changing menu item order
                    • Option 2: Create submenu items
                  • Time for action – creating a secondary menu item
                    • Option 3: Add a separate new menu
                  • Time for action – creating a new, empty menu
                  • Time for action – moving hyperlinks to the new menu
                  • Time for action – telling Joomla where to display the menu
                    • Creating split submenus
                  • Exploring menu module settings
                    • Two ways to switch to the menu module screen
                      • Details
                      • Menu Assignment
                      • Basic Options
                      • Advanced Options
                  • What types of menu links are available?
                  • Creating plain text links
                  • Time for action – creating text links
                  • Summary
                  • Chapter 9: Opening up the Site: Enabling Users to Log in and Contribute
                    • What are the default user groups and their permissions?
                      • Public—the guest group
                      • Registered users—the user group that can log in
                      • Author, Editor, and Publisher—the frontend content contributors
                      • Manager, Administrator, and Super User—the backend content contributors and administrators
                      • Shop Suppliers and Customers—two example user groups
                    • Enabling users to log in and contribute content
                    • Time for action – adding a user with frontend authoring permissions
                      • Enabling content contributors to log in to the frontend
                    • Time for action – put a Login Form on the home page
                    • Time for action – logging in as a frontend content contributor
                      • Reviewing and publishing team content submissions
                    • Time for action – reviewing and publishing submitted content
                      • Find out what editors and publishers can do
                      • Find out what backend users can do
                  • Enabling self-registration—allowing visitors to register
                    • How do you enable users to create their own account?
                      • Displaying a Login menu link
                  • Time for action – register yourself and log in
                    • Hiding content for non-registered users
                  • Time for action – hiding content for non-registered users
                    • Getting your visitors to 'register to read more'
                  • Time for action – partially hiding content from non-registered users
                  • Creating custom-made user groups
                    • What are the permissions you can assign to user groups?
                    • What Viewing Access Levels are available?
                    • Creating a custom user group to manage contacts
                  • Time for action – create a user group
                  • Time for action – tell Joomla what the group can see
                  • Time for action – tell Joomla what the group can do
                  • Time for action – add users to the new group
                  • Summary
                    • Chapter 10: Getting the Most out of your Site: Extending Joomla
                      • Extensions in all shapes and sizes
                        • The big ones—Components
                        • The medium ones—Modules
                        • The tiny ones—Plugins
                        • Where do you get extensions from?
                      • Enhancing your site using core extensions
                        • Highlighting articles using the Newsflash module
                      • Time for action – adding a Newsflash to the home page
                        • Creating a list of contacts using the Contacts component
                      • Time for action – add a series of contacts
                        • What extensions are part of the Joomla core?
                      • Enhancing your site using third-party extensions
                        • Trying out an alternative Newsflash module
                      • Time for action – downloading and installing an extension
                      • Time for action – putting the extension to work
                        • Showing images in a lightbox gallery
                      • Time for action – create an image gallery
                        • Do you want more from your photo gallery?
                        • Using extensions to enhance your work space
                    • Time for action – replace Joomla's default text editor
                      • So much more to explore
                      • Updating extensions
                    • Summary
                      • Chapter 11: Creating an Attractive Design: Working with Templates
                        • This is what templates do
                        • And this is why templates are so much fun
                          • Where can you get a new template for your site?
                        • Changing the settings of the current template
                          • What are Template Styles?
                          • Customizing the current template using built-in options
                        • Time for action – changing the site color and layout options
                        • Changing to a different template
                          • Previewing available templates
                          • Setting a different template as the default
                        • Time for action – activating a different template
                        • Time for action – changing the logo and header image
                        • Applying Template Styles to individual pages
                        • Time for action – creating a Template Style for one specific page
                        • Downloading and installing a new template
                        • Time for action – downloading and activating a new template
                        • Time for action – place modules in new template positions
                        • Time for action – replace the logo file
                        • Time for action – adding a banner module
                        • Customizing a template: tweaking CSS styles
                          • Understanding the very basics of CSS
                          • Tweaking the banner image CSS
                          • Diving deeper into Joomla CSS: using Firebug
                        • Time for action – editing CSS on the fly using Firebug
                          • Expanding your CSS toolkit
                          • Expanding your CSS knowledge
                        • Editing the template HTML
                      • Time for action – removing the fixed footer text
                      • Backing up and restoring a customized template
                      • Creating your own template
                        • Template building resources
                      • Summary
                        • Chapter 12: Attracting Search Engine Traffic: Tips and Techniques
                          • Why do you need to accommodate for search engines?
                          • Optimizing articles for findability
                            • The article title: Make it meaningful
                            • The article structure: Use clear formatting
                              • Adding H3 through H6 headings
                              • Adding an second H1 page heading
                          • Time for action – adding a page heading to an article
                            • Page Heading and Page Title—what's the difference?
                          • The article body text: Use relevant keywords
                            • Update articles regularly
                          • The images: Explain what they're about
                        • Configuring HTML page titles
                        • Time for action – setting the HTML page title
                          • Adding the Site Name to the page title
                        • Adding meaningful metadata
                        • Time for action – personalize the site metadata
                          • Choosing what metadata to set
                        • Use search engine friendly URLS
                        • Adding extra links to site content
                          • Creating an automatically generated list of hyperlinks
                        • Time for action – add a list of links to popular articles
                        • Redirecting visitors to pages that have been moved
                        • Time for action – creating page redirects
                          • Redirecting multiple old URLs in one go
                        • Getting to know more about your site traffic
                        • More SEO resources
                        • Summary
                          • Appendix A: Keeping the Site Secure
                            • Update regularly
                            • Choose a safe Administrator Username
                            • Choose a strong password
                            • Protect files and directories
                              • Setting File Permissions
                            • Using extensions to secure your site
                            • Have a backup ready
                              • Creating a Backup with Akeeba Backup
                              • Restoring a backup
                            • Stay informed!

                            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 www.joomla.erictiggeler.nl(in Dutch) and www.joomm.net(in English).

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                            What you will learn from this book

                            • Create a feature-rich site that's easy to expand, customize, and maintain without having to learn web languages such as HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                            • Design attractive home pages that provide a quick overview of the site's contents and direct people to the content they could be interested in
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                            Joomla! is one of the most popular open-source Content Management Systems, actively developed and supported by a world-wide user community. Although it's a fun and feature-rich tool, it can be challenging to get beyond the basics and build a site that meets your needs perfectly. Using this book you can create dynamic, interactive web- sites that perfectly fit your needs.

                            Completely updated for Joomla! 2.5, this practical guide teaches you how to create professional, appealing and extendable websites, whether you want to create a full-featured company or club website or build a personal blog site.

                            The Joomla! Beginner's Guide helps beginners to get started quickly and to get beyond the basics to take full advantage of Joomla!'s powerful features. Completely updated from the first book, real-life examples and tutorials will spark your imagination and show you what kind of professional, contemporary, feature-rich websites any developer can achieve with Joomla!. This book thoroughly covers the concepts behind the software and creates a coherent picture of how the software works. This book is not about what Joomla! can do – it's about what you can do using Joomla!.

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                            Written with a fast-paced but friendly and engaging approach, this Packt Beginner's guide is designed to be placed alongside the computer as your guide and mentor. Step-by-step tutorials are bolstered by explanations of the reasoning behind what you are doing. You will quickly pick up the necessary skills, tips, and tricks for building a successful Joomla! website.

                            Who this book is for

                            This book is written for beginners to website design. By the end of the book you will have built a complete custom content managed website, and be ready to build any kind of website.

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