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Book Details

ISBN 139781847195302
Paperback384 pages

About This Book

  • Learn Joomla! 1.5 features
  • Install and customize Joomla! 1.5
  • Configure Joomla! administration
  • Create your own Joomla! templates
  • Extend Joomla! with new components, modules, and plug-ins

Who This Book Is For

This book is suitable for web developers, designers, webmasters, content editors, and marketing professionals who want to develop a website in a simple and straightforward process. 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 website.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Terms, Concepts, and Deliberations
Content Management System (CMS)
A Quick Glance into History
Structure of a Web Content Management System (WCMS)
Is Joomla! a Piece of Real Estate?
Changes In Detail
Joomla! Features
Examples of Joomla! Pages
Summary
Chapter 2: Installation
Client-Server System
Technical Requirements for Joomla!
Necessary Elements for a Joomla! System Installation
Setting Up the Local Server Environment
Joomla! Installation on a Virtual Server on the Net
Joomla! Installation
Summary
Chapter 3: A Tour of Your New Website
Front End
Back end
Summary
Chapter 4: Customizing Joomla!—Language and Templates
A Different Language for the Website and the Administrator
Changing the Template for Your Website
Summary
Chapter 5: Configuration of Joomla! Administration
Screen Layout
Help
Help Menu
Summary
Chapter 6: Site Menu
Control Panel
User Manager
Media Manager
Global Configuration
Logout
Summary
Chapter 7: The Menus Menu
Menus
Customizing an Existing Menu
New Icon
Menu Trash
Creating a New Menu
Summary
Chapter 8: Content Menu
Article Manager
Creating a New Article
Images
Article Trash
Section Manager
Category Manager
Front Page Manager
Summary
Chapter 9: Components Menu
Banner
Contacts
Creation of a Menu Link for the Website
News Feeds
Polls
Web Links
Summary
Chapter 10: Extensions Menu
Install/Uninstall
Module Manager
Site Module
Administrator Module
Plugins Manager
Template Manager
Language Manager
Summary
Chapter 11: Tools
Private Messaging System
Mass Mail
Global Check-In
Summary
Chapter 12: More on Extensions
Installation
Fireboard (Forum)
DOCman (Download section, Document Management)
Exposé Flash Gallery
Integration into the Joomla! Framework
Problems with Third-Party Components
Summary
Chapter 13: Writing Your Own Joomla! Templates
Corporate Identity
HTML/XHTML, CSS, and XML
XML
Creating Your Own Templates
HTML Conversion
Directory Structures of the Template
First Trial Run
Integration of the Joomla! Module
Creating a Template Package
Installation with the Joomla! Template Installer
What Source Code Comes from Joomla?
Summary
Chapter 14: Barrier Freedom and Joomla!
Barrier Freedom—What is it Anyway?
Criteria for Accessible Sites at a Glance
Demands on Design and Content
Visual and Content-Wise Arrangement of Content
Color Selection
Contrasts
Variable Font Sizes
Scalable Layouts
Graphics
Sufficiently Large Navigation Elements
Forms
Barrier Freedom in Joomla! 1.5—Possible with Beez
HTML
Jump Marks
Beez and Modules
com_content
Forms
Data Tables
Design and CSS
Positioning
The Layout
Miscellaneous
Joomla! Internal Accessibility Features
Additional Information about This Topic
Chapter 15: Your Own Components, Modules, and Plug-ins
Model—View—Controller
What is the Advantage with MVC?
The helloworld Sample Component
An Example Component
The com_auto Administration
Test
Creating an Installation Package
Modules
Installation
View on the Website
Plug-ins
Summary
Chapter 16: A Website with Joomla!
Idea
Preparations
Changes for Joomla! Version 1.5
Installation on the Webserver
Search Engines
Design
Happy End
Summary
Chapter 17: Bonus Templates
NGO
Business Establishment
Summary

What You Will Learn

In Detail

Joomla! started as a fork from Mambo in 2005, when many of the original developers of the Mambo CMS moved to working on Joomla! It has rapidly grown in popularity and, according to its own description, is a "Cutting Edge Content Management System and one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management systems in the world. It is used world-wide for anything from simple homepages to complicated corporate websites. It is easy to install, easy to manage and very reliable."

While the Joomla! CMS has the flexibility and power needed for complex, full-featured web applications, it is also simple to use to create basic websites. Its powerful, extensible template system can deal many different data types and control of user access, approval of content, scheduling of content display, and rich administrative controls are all included.

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