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Joomla! 1.5 Cookbook

Tom Canavan

Over 60 quick and direct recipes to help you overcome common Joomla! queries.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849512367
Paperback340 pages

About This Book

  • Find quick solutions to common Joomla! problems
  • Part of Packt's Cookbook series: Each recipe is a carefully organized sequence of instructions to complete the task as efficiently as possible
  • Look at recipes that cover the portions of Joomla! 1.6 that are brand new
  • Over 60 practical recipes covering a range of site management and core Joomla! activities


Who This Book Is For

If you are a Joomla! site owner and have some problems that you want to get rid of quickly; or you just want to get particular things working or improved, this is the book for you. HTML, CSS, or programming knowledge not required.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing Joomla!
Preparing to install
Setting up your database on a cPanel® host
Setting up your database on a GoDaddy.Com® server
Installation of Joomla! 1.5
Ensuring permissions are correct
Chapter 2: Working with phpMyAdmin
Exporting a MySQL database using phpMyAdmin
Importing a MySQL database using phpMyAdmin
Working with your database using phpMyAdmin
Removing a table from your database
Removing content from a table
Chapter 3: Templates
Installing the template using the administrator tool
Replacing the default administrator template
Manual installation of a template
Using more than one template on your site
Determining your templates' module positions
Replacing a logo in a template
Chapter 4: Editing Content and Menus
Installing a new editor
Setting up sections
Setting up categories
Article creation
Adding new menus
Setting up a blog on your Joomla! site
Adding an extension menu
Chapter 5: Managing Links, Users, and Media
Managing users
Setting up a site contact
Working with media
Managing the login and user experience
Web Link manager
Changing lost super admin password
Chapter 6: Managing Modules and Components
Installing and managing components
Creating menu items for components
Installing, creating, and managing modules
Chapter 7: Managing Articles Using the K2 Content Construction Kit
Installation and introduction of K2
Working with items AKA articles
Working with comments
Chapter 8: Installing Third-party Extensions
Installing and using eXtplorer
Using and configuring content uploader extension
Using and configuring CompojoomComment
Chapter 9: Troubleshooting
Developing a 'troubleshooting mentality'
Chapter 10: Securing your Joomla! Site
Setting permissions for your site
Patching extensions
Using .htaccess and php.ini
Chapter 11: Joomla! 1.6
Joomla! 1.6 ACL
Working with new category manager

What You Will Learn

  • Install Joomla! on two different but common types of hosting; setting up the database on two common hosting platforms, cPanel® and®
  • Know your way around phpMyAdmin for some of the tasks you may face.
  • Install your template, assign it as the default and make changes to it.
  • Setup the basics of a Section and a Category to hold and manage content with.
  • Manage links, users and media
  • Install, assign, and create Modules and Components
  • Install and use K2
  • Install, configure and use of some select extensions.
  • Learn how to do the easy and medium difficulty tasks, designed to eliminate quite a few of the issues you may experience.
  • Look at recipes that cover the portions of Joomla! 1.6 that are brand new

In Detail

If you are a Joomla! site owner, you must already be aware of how this robust, easy to use, open source content management system can help you build a great looking site instantly. You must also be aware of the many problems that it can throw up from time to time. Find the solutions to all your basic and advanced Joomla! queries, so you don't have to wait for someone on the forums to help you out every time.

The Joomla! 1.5 Cookbook will provide you with quick and direct solutions to the most common and uncommon problems faced by you, the Joomla! site owner, sidestepping all the theoretical fuss.

Joomla! is the insanely popular, award winning content management system which helps you build professional looking websites, even if you don't have any HTML programming experience or design skills.

Although, sometimes you might trip over some common pitfalls which would slow the progress of your website down. This book will help you find a direct and quick way through these common problems which can be easily avoided with a few tips and tricks. It starts of with solutions the most common queries that you might face during the installation and setup for Joomla! 1.5 moving on swiftly to guide you through Joomla! templates, modules, security, managing your users and much more. So the next time when things go wrong with your Joomla! site and you are wondering, for example, how to work with your site's database; just pick up this book and quickly find your way through this.


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