Learning Mambo: A Step-by-Step Tutorial to Building Your Website

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  • A practical step-by-step tutorial to creating your Mambo website
  • Master all the important aspects of Mambo, including menus, content management, and templates
  • Gain hands-on experience by developing an example site through the book

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 324 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2006
ISBN : 1904811620
ISBN 13 : 9781904811626
Author(s) : Douglas Paterson
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, Content Management (CMS), Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Mambo
Chapter 2: Setting up the Development Environment
Chapter 3: Your Frontpage
Chapter 4: Configuring the Site
Chapter 5: Managing Media, Modules, and Components
Chapter 6: Managing Menus and Templates
Chapter 7: Managing Users
Chapter 8: Managing Content
Chapter 9: Front-End Publishing Workflow
Chapter 10: Finishing the Site Off with Other Extensions
Chapter 11: Customizing a Template
Chapter 12: Deploying and Running Your Site
Appendix A: Installing XAMPP
  • Chapter 1: An Introduction to Mambo
    • What Mambo Can Do for You
      • The Visitor Experience
      • The Management Experience
    • What Exactly is Mambo?
      • Component-Based Architecture
      • Templated Interface
      • User and Permission Management
    • Mambo as an Open-Source Content Management System
      • Open Source
      • Content Management System
    • Getting Help in the Mambo Community
    • Forks, the Mambo Foundation, and Joomla!
    • Zak Springs Golf Club Website
      • The Client
      • Requirements
      • Key Objectives of the Site
      • General Functionality of the Site
      • Specific Functionality of the Site
      • Permissions and Privileges Required
      • Might Have... One day
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Setting up the Development Environment
    • Downloading Mambo
      • Mambo Lite and Complete
      • Extracting Mambo
    • Putting Mambo Files into the Web Server Root
    • Installing Mambo
      • Database Setup
      • Site Details
    • Testing the Installation
    • Creating a Database User
      • Switching to the New Database User
    • Still Having Problems?
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Your Frontpage
    • Your Mambo Site
      • Menus
      • Modules
      • Components
      • Templates
    • Viewing Site Content
    • Becoming the Administrator
      • Previewing your Site
    • Managing the Frontpage
      • Publishing Content
      • Ordering Lists
      • Restricting User Access
    • Editing an Article
      • You can Check Out Any Time, But You can Never Leave
      • Editing with the HTML Editor
        • Adding Images
        • Adding Links
      • Email Addresses, Spam, and Mambots
    • Controlling Article Display on the Frontpage
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Configuring the Site
    • Your Site, Your Database
    • Starting Afresh
    • Visiting the Administration Area
    • Global Configuration of your Site
      • How the Options are Stored
      • The Site Tab
      • Locale
      • Content
      • Database
      • Configuring the Web Server
      • Sending Mail
      • Cache
      • Visitor Statistics
      • Making Mambo-Search Engine Friendly
      • Metadata
    • Private Messages
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Managing Media, Modules, and Components
    • Managing Media
    • Managing Modules
      • Installed Modules
      • Managing Site Modules
        • Editing Module Properties
        • Adding a New Module Instance to your Site
      • Administrator Modules
    • Component Management
    • Installing Mambo Add-ons with the Universal Installer
      • Installing Directly from a URL
      • Installing the ExtCal Event Component
      • Installing an ExtCal Module from a URL
    • Interlude: Web Links
      • Creating Web Link Categories
      • Creating Web Links
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Managing Menus and Templates
    • Menus
      • Menu Items
      • Menu Item Types
        • Content Menu Type
        • Components Menu Type
        • Links Menu Type
        • Miscellaneous Menu Type
      • Adding a New Menu Entry
        • Add Menu Item Page
    • News Feeds Component, Link, Category
    • Planning the Zak Springs Menu Structure
      • Creating the Bottom Menu
        • Assigning the Menu to a Module Position
        • The Wrong Homepage?
    • Managing Templates
      • Assigning Templates to Pages
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Managing Users
    • User Groups
      • The Special Ones
    • Ingredients of a User
    • Registering as a User
    • Front-End User Goodies
    • User Management
      • User Details
      • Login Module Configuration
      • Adding a Logout Link
      • Super Administrator Details
      • Creating New Users at the Back end
      • The Registration Process
        • Registration Options
    • Managing Other Administrators
      • The Administrator
      • The Manager
      • Summary of Permissions for Back-end Groups
    • Zak Springs Users and Groups
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Managing Content
    • Organizing Content
      • Why Organize Content?
      • Planning the Zak Springs Content Structure
    • Creating Sections
      • Zak Springs Sections
      • Section Manager Page
    • Creating Categories
      • Zak Springs Categories
      • Category Manager Page
    • Entering Content
      • Content Items Manager Page
      • Creating a New Content Item
        • Adding the Item to a Menu
        • Adding Images to the Item
        • Keywords and Description for SEO
        • Publishing Information
        • Controlling How the Item is Displayed
      • Deleting Content Items
        • The Trash Manager
      • Archiving Content Items
    • Different Views of Content
      • Single Item (Link) View
      • Table Views
        • Content Category View
        • Content Section View
        • Assigning Templates to Table Views
      • Blog Views
    • Static Content
    • Managing Sections
      • Copying Sections
      • Deleting Sections
    • Managing Categories
      • Copying Categories to Different Sections
      • Moving Categories to Different Sections
      • Deleting Categories
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Front-End Publishing Workflow
    • Authoring Content
      • Finding Submitted Content Items
      • The Author Notification Process
    • Editing Content
    • Publishing Content
    • Front-End User-Submitted Content
    • Adding Links to Submit Content
    • Creating a Better Publishing Workflow
    • Managing Comments
      • Preventing Comment Spam
      • Viewing and Approving Comments
    • Summary
  • Chapter 10: Finishing the Site Off with Other Extensions
    • Standard Extensions
      • Polls
      • News Feeds
      • Syndicate
      • Banners
    • ExtCal Event Component
      • User-Submitted Events
      • Deleting Events
      • ExtCal Modules
    • MamboBoard Forums Component
      • Forum Organization
      • Board Configuration
      • Creating Forums
      • Adding a Menu Link to the Forums
    • zOOm Media Gallery Component
      • Creating Galleries
      • Adding Images
    • Summary
  • Chapter 11: Customizing a Template
    • What You Need
    • Template File Structure
    • Creating a New Template
      • Changing the Template Details
      • The Template File Itself
        • No Logic Here
        • Links to Images
        • No Layout Here
      • XHTML Compliance
    • Customizing the Page Layout
      • Replacing the Header Graphic
      • Changing the Page Background and Fonts
      • Changing the Main Content Area
      • Changing the Background Color of the Columns
      • Customizing the Read More Link
      • Formatting the Content Items
      • Adding the Bottom Menu
    • Customizing the Modules
      • Spacing Out the Modules
      • Changing the Module Headers
    • Customizing the Menus
      • Changing the Menu Hover Color
      • Changing the Menu Item Borders
      • Highlighting the Current Menu Item
    • Finishing Off
      • Creating a Template Package
    • Summary
  • Chapter 12: Deploying and Running Your Site
    • Overview of the Process
      • Checking Server Requirements
      • File System Permissions
    • Uploading the Mambo Code via FTP
    • Setting Permissions for configuration.php
    • Creating the Database
    • Running the Web Installer
    • Migrating the Locally Created Database
      • Backing Up the Database
      • Restoring the Database to the Remote Server
      • Replacing the Site Configuration
    • Resetting the Permissions of Your Installation
    • Rename the Super Administrator Account
    • Setting Permissions for Mambo Operations
      • Configuration Settings
      • Media Uploading
      • Caching
      • Database Backup Permissions
      • Installing Extensions or Templates
        • Installing Extensions without ZLIB
    • Restricting Access to Folders
    • Restricting Access to the Administrator Area
    • Summary

Douglas Paterson

Douglas Paterson is a full-time acquisition editor and part-time author for Packt Publishing. He is a doctor of Mathematics and has over five years experience of working on programming books across a number of different subjects. He lives in Birmingham, England, with his wife, and his unusually hairy dog, Zak.

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page 8 URLs for The Offiicial Sites 18 Jan 07
The URLs in the first chapter do not point to the official Mambo Foundation sites. <br />The URLs for the official sites are:<br />Mambo Foundation: http://www.mambo-foundation.org<br />User Portal - News, Resources, Downloads - "The Source":<br />http://source.mambo-foundation.org<br />Forums: http://forum.mambo-foundation.org<br />Documentation: http://docs.mambo-foundation.org<br />Forge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/mambo/<br />

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What you will learn from this book

  • Install and configure Mambo, and a XAMPP development environment
  • Get to grips with the main concepts of a Mambo site
  • Manage modules and components
  • Use the Universal Installer to effortlessly install Mambo extensions
  • Manage images, templates, and menus
  • Understand the relation between pages on your site and menu entries
  • Work with user accounts and master Mambo's different user groups
  • Manage content with Mambo
  • Understand how to present different views of content with different menu entry types
  • Use user groups to distribute the editing and management of content on your site
  • Understand the Mambo publishing workflow and notification system
  • Work with Mambo templates to create a new layout and look for your site
  • Use third-party extensions to extend your site
  • Make Mambo search-engine friendly
  • Get your Mambo site working on a remote web server

In Detail

Mambo is a mature and fully featured open-source Content Management System (CMS). Mambo is easy to use at the entry level for creating basic websites, while having the power and flexibility to support complex web applications.

Mambo implements the core requirements of a full-featured CMS. It has a powerful and extensible templating system, user access control, content approval, rich administrative control, and content display scheduling. New features and extensions are added to the core system, with many more being available and supported by the community.

This book targets the 4.6 release of Mambo, and takes you through creating an example website. Beginning with a discussion of the requirements for the example site, the site unfolds as you progress through the chapters, learning more about Mambo, and how to complete the tasks needed to build the site.

You'll see the basic configuration options for setting up your site, and learn about Mambo's main elements as you work your way around its web-based administration area. As soon as you're familiar with the general principles and behavior of Mambo, it's time to pile on the features for your site; adding modules and components, uploading images and other resources, and managing templates. You will learn to use Mambo's powerful Universal Installer to effortlessly install add-ons that are not part of the standard distribution.

The pages on your site, how they are displayed, and who can see them, are determined by Mambo's menu system. With many examples of the different types of menu items, the book will lead you through the important tasks of creating menu items, and help you understand how these choices structure the pages on your site and ease your visitors' navigation.

You will see how to organize and enter your content into Mambo, and how to manage and edit this organization and your pieces of content. As we tackle user management, you will see how Mambo allows you to set up user accounts with different permissions, including a set of special users who can author or edit content. We also take a detailed look at the notifications that occur when content is submitted by these users. This analysis reveals how the Mambo publishing workflow process works, and how you can exploit it effectively. Moving on from the standard Mambo features, we look at some third-party extensions that add powerful discussion forum, event scheduling, and image gallery features to your site.

To create a new look for your site, you create a new template. We cover this, and even if you're no expert in web design, you will be taken through a number of basic tasks to create an impressive new design for your site.

Learning Mambo: A Step-by-Step Tutorial to Building Your Website is a well-structured and example-rich tutorial to creating websites using Mambo that is perfect for new Mambo users needing a clear a reassuring guide to this simple and yet powerful PHP and MySQL-based Open Source website content management system.


Written in a clear, easy-to-read style, the book provides a tutorial for setting up a Mambo website. Each topic is tackled in a practical way with many examples and tasks to develop your skills. A realistic example website is developed incrementally through the book, showing each step in detail.

Who this book is for

This book is suitable for web developers, designers, webmasters, content editors, and marketing professionals who want develop a fully featured web presence in a simple and straightforward process. No prior knowledge of Mambo is expected, and it does not require any detailed knowledge of programming or web development. Any IT-confident individual will be able to use the book to produce an impressive website.

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