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Building Websites with Mambo

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A fast paced introductory tutorial to this well established PHP/MySQL based content management system
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Book Details

ISBN 139781904811732
Paperback252 pages

About This Book

  • Get your Mambo website up fast
  • Walk through the whole process
  • Customise and extend your Mambo site

 

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. 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Terms and Concepts
1.1 Content Management System
1.2 A Quick Glance into History
1.3 Structure of a CMS
1.4 Mambo as Real Estate
Chapter 2: Installation
2.1 Setting Up the Local Server Environment
2.2 On a Virtual Server in the Net
2.3 Installing Mambo
Chapter 3: A Tour of Your New Homepage
3.1 Frontend
3.2 Backend
Chapter 4: Customizing Mambo
4.1 The First Attempt
4.2 Configuration of Mambo Administration
4.3 Help Menu
4.4 Site Menu
4.5 Menu: Menu Manager
4.6 Content Menu
4.7 Components Menu
4.8 Module Menu
4.9 Mambots Menu
4.10 Installers Menu
4.11 Messages Menu
4.12 System Menu
Chapter 5: Useful Extensions
5.1 Forum
5.2 Calendar
5.3 Gallery
5.4 Comments
5.5 Multilingualism with Mambelfish
5.6 Online Shop
5.7 Document Management
5.8 Web Accessibility with Mambo
Chapter 6: Corporate Identity
6.1 HTML/XHTML, CSS, and XML
6.2 Create Your Own Templates
6.3 Dreamweaver Extension
Chapter 7: Your Own Program Extensions
7.1 Sample Mambobook Component
7.2 Modules
7.3 Mambots
7.4 End Remarks

What You Will Learn

In Detail

Mambo is a mature and fully featured Content Management System (CMS). First released in 2001, the system is now on release 4.5.x and is supported by an active and well organized open source development team and community. Mambo is both easy to use at the entry level for creating basic websites, whilst 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 with the ability to upload and manage many different data types. User access control, content approval, rich administrative control, content display scheduling are all built-in. New features and extensions are constantly added to the core system, with many more being available and supported by the community.

The book begins by introducing Mambo and concepts behind content management. Then the installation of Mambo, and its supporting software [Apache/MySQL/PHP] is covered clearly and simply.  Once you have the installation up and running, we then take a tour of Mambo as it appears out of the box, to familiarize ourselves with how it works and what is what. As you take the tour, your own ideas for what you need in your new website begin to crystallise around what you can see Mambo is capable of.

We then build our web application, using the features of Mambo that are essential to our purpose. We try not to spend time on things that don�??t matter at this point. Once we have a base version of our site up, we then learn how to change its appearance and feature set to suit our particular requirements, including bringing it into line with an established corporate identity. At the end of the book we show how, if you have the skills and the need, you can add your own extensions to Mambo.

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