Building Websites with XOOPS : A step-by-step tutorial


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Language : English
Paperback : 160 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2006
ISBN : 1904811280
ISBN 13 : 9781904811282
Author(s) : Steve Atwal
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Web Development, Content Management (CMS), Open Source
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Steve Atwal

Steve Atwal was born in India. He immigrated to Rochester, Kent, England, where his British education and cultural metamorphosis began. His passion in secondary school and college was mathematics. However, while in college in the late 1970s his thoughts turned to computers when he had his first taste of programming with BASIC and Fortran on the college mainframe.

He decided to pursue further studies in the computer sciences by entering into the first year of university at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. He then immigrated to Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, and started his second year of university at the University of Waterloo (a hot bed of talent for Microsoft). He graduated with an honours degree in computer science in 1985. After graduating from university, Steve had one interview at the Toronto Dominion Bank at their head office in Toronto and was immediately accepted before he had finished his interview. Steve worked as a mainframe software engineer for six years in Toronto, for several large well known financial companies like Royal Bank, before moving to Vancouver, Canada. He then moved away from the mainframe world and into the client server and desktop world, where he worked as a consultant for five years for many companies in Vancouver, such as the Vancouver Stock Exchange.

Since 1997, Steve has been helping the University of British Columbia improve the information technology infrastructure for two large departments. To this end, he has been developing IT policies and procedures, capacity planning, chairing and participating in various committees for IT initiatives, preparing for disaster recovery using virtualization technologies, and ensuring that high security of all servers, desktops, and networks is enforced.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Installing and configuring XOOPS on a local development machine or a web hosting service
  • Managing blocks and modules
  • Working with news stories
  • Managing users
  • Working with other modules for handling content in XOOPS
  • Manage themes to control the page layout
  • Creating a new look for your site by customizing themes

In Detail

XOOPS is an open source web content management system, written in PHP. It allows administrators to easily create dynamic websites with great content and many outstanding features. It is an ideal tool for developing small to large dynamic community websites, intra company portals, corporate portals, weblogs and much more. It has a large, enthusiastic, and helpful community of users.

If you want to create a powerful, fully-featured website in no time, this book is for you. This book will help you explore XOOPS, putting you in the picture of what it offers, and how to go about building a site with the system.
You will be introduced to the main components of XOOPS, and learn how to manage them. You will develop the skills and confidence to manage all types of content on the site, and also understand how users interact with the site. As you find your way round, your own ideas for what you need in your new website begin to crystallize around what you can see of the capabilities and flexibility of XOOPS.

To make sure that you create the site that looks the way you want, the book covers working with themes to help define your look for your pages. A case study of developing an example Intranet rounds off the book.

XOOPS is a popular PHP CMS whose object-oriented approach makes creating dynamic and modular websites simple. This book is an easy-to-read, introductory guide to XOOPS, providing many practical examples, and is a rapid first step to mastering this powerful tool. 

Approach

Written in a clear, easy to read style, the book takes you through the essential tasks required to create a XOOPS website as quickly as possible. Each task is tackled in a clear and  practical way.

Who this book is for

This book is suitable for web developers, designers, webmasters, and marketing professionals who want develop a fully featured web presence in a simple and straightforward process using XOOPS. It does not require any detailed knowledge of programming or web development, and any IT confident individual will be able to use the book to produce an impressive web site.

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