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Joomla! 1.5 Content Administration

Tracey Porst

Keep your web site up-to-date and maintain content and users with ease
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847198044
Paperback212 pages

About This Book

  • Add, edit, and manage content, from articles and text to images, audio, and video
  • Quickly master the administration area of your new web site and make yourself familiar with the navigation and how the content is organized
  • Get to grips with managing users, slaying spam, and other activities that will help you maintain a content-rich site
  • In-depth caoverage for content administrators and end users of a Joomla! site with plenty of practical, working examples and clear explanations

Who This Book Is For

If you are someone who wants to quickly and easily manage content and users for a Joomla! web site, this book is ideal for you. You could be a content editor, proofreader, graphic artist, feature editor, or anyone else concerned with managing content on a Joomla! installation. If you can browse the Web and use a wordprocessing software package, this book will help you develop the skills to efficiently manage your web site and gain a solid understanding of the Joomla! content management system.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Exploring Your New Joomla! Website
Where to begin
Getting around the administration
Related toolbars
Organizing your site
Site wide settings
Overview of the extensions
Chapter 2: Creating, Editing, and Organizing Content
General tips on writing content for the Web
A note on copyright
Making your home page engaging
The Article Manager
Editing an existing Article using the text editor
Creating a new Article
Breaking up Article content
Using the JCE text editor
Authorization and publishing from the frontend
What are Article parameters?
Chapter 3: Managing Images and Videos
Media Manager
What you should know about image and video files
Adding and managing images
Using video files
Audio files
Chapter 4: Backing Up Your Website
What's the Control Panel and where is it?
Manually backing up your site
Restoring your website manually
Chapter 5: User Management
The big picture: Who are users?
Editing the frontend Login Form
Managing your users: The User Manager
Sending e-mails to a group of users
Chapter 6: Making Your Site Popular
Overview of Search Engine Ranking
General strategies for SEO
Social media
Creating a new, search engine-friendly Article
Chapter 7: Security—Precaution and Recovery
Precautionary measures
Other precautions
Installing and configuring jSecure authentication
Help, I can't log into the administration panel!
How do I recover my site after a serious compromise?
Chapter 8: Menus, Modules, and Components
Extending a menu with a new link
Adding Web Links
Advertising banners
Latest news module: Updating and adding
Random images module
Installing third-party extensions— modules, components, and plugins
Core modules

What You Will Learn

  • Make your site popular by creating search-engine friendly articles, using Google analytics, and applying SEO strategies to the content
  • Back up your site and restore it with ease in the event the original content is lost or corrupted or if you wish to relocate the site to another server
  • Master the user management system within the administration interface and efficiently manage your users
  • Master the media manager and easily manage images, audio, and video on your web site
  • Enhance the functionality of your web site by using third-party components, modules, and plug-ins
  • Secure your web site and protect it from hackers with the help of the jSecure plug-in

In Detail

Often a company hires consultants or web developers to build a Joomla! web site, and then takes over running the site in house. If you are a content administrator concerned with creating and maintaining the 'product' of a content management site, and not modifying its code, this book is all you need.

This practical, hands-on guide will give you all the knowledge needed to maintain and edit your web site as a content-rich place that visitors return to again and again. There are many books available to help you administer a Joomla! site, but this is the only one specifically for Content Administrators. It is a quick-start guide that best serves content administrators and editors and doesn't cover designing or creating a site. However, anybody who has built their own site but needs help with article management, multimedia management, search engine optimization, and more will also benefit from it.

To explain all the features, we will work on developing and maintaining the content and structure of a fledgling web site for a fictitious company "The Party People". Beginning with the basics, which includes an exploration of how to access and navigate around the administration interface, you will move into managing and creating content, including adding images, video, and audio material. There is advice on how to make the most of your multimedia material and how to choose the right file type for your needs.

As your skills develop, you will work through techniques for making the site search-engine friendly and securing it against potential malicious attacks. All of these techniques and processes are explained step by step, and by the end of the book you will be able to take advantage your new-found knowledge and skills and maintain your Joomla! site with ease. Keeping your content fresh and engaging becomes easy, once you know how and that's what this book aims to do. It will help you become a more effective and efficient manager of Joomla!-based web sites.


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