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Build media-rich Joomla! web sites by learning to embed and display Multimedia content
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847197702
Paperback376 pages

About This Book

  • Build a livelier Joomla! site by adding videos, audios, images and more to your web content
  • Install, configure, and use popular Multimedia Extensions
  • Make your web site collaborate with external resources such as Twitter, YouTube, Google, and Flickr with the help of Joomla! extensions
  • Follow a step-by-step tutorial to create a feature-packed media-rich Joomla! site

Who This Book Is For

This book is aimed at Joomla! administrators and site developers who want to add media-rich content elements and interactive features to their site. All you need is to have a basic knowledge of the Joomla! platform and want to develop your site with rich media content.

This book is a must-read for Joomla! users wanting to collaborate with external resources such as YouTube, Twitter, Google, and Flickr (amongst others).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Joomla! Multimedia
What is multimedia?
What is Joomla!?
Multimedia use in your Joomla! CMS
Multimedia and web accessibility
Summary
Chapter 2: Managing Your Joomla! Media
Overview of the Joomla! Media Manager
Uploading media using the Media Manager
Managing media using the Media Manager
Alternative method of managing files and media
Summary
Chapter 3: Text, Characters, and Fonts in Your Joomla! Site
Overview of text, characters, and fonts
Fonts and their effect on website users
Which font is best to use?
Joomla! Templates and Cascading Style Sheets
Alternative methods to use custom fonts in your web pages
Joomla! text and typography extensions
Browser support and accessibility around fonts
Summary
Chapter 4: Adding and Managing Image Content
Images and why we use them in websites
Image formats and which ones to use
Including images in your content articles and modules
Creating image galleries and slideshows
Joomla! Template images
Browser support and image accessibility
Summary
Chapter 5: Using Audio in Your Joomla! Website
What is audio?
Audio and the Internet
Audio formats
Embedding and displaying audio in Joomla! Articles
Creating an audio podcast for Joomla!
Podcasting using extensions
Browser support and audio accessibility
Summary
Chapter 6: Using Video in Your Joomla! Website
Video on the Internet
Video formats
Embedding and displaying video in your Joomla! web pages
Creating a video podcast
Third-party video extensions
Browser support and video accessibility
Summary
Chapter 7: Collaborating with External Sources
Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, Google... the list goes on
Using HTML code to include resources
Using third-party extensions for external resources
Summary
Chapter 8: Joomla! Templates and Multimedia
What is a Joomla! Template?
Template components
Scripting and multimedia
The mobile web
Making your site mobile friendly
Accessibility
Summary
Chapter 9: Joomla! Multimedia Project
Overview
The site structure
Multimedia features
And the rest…
Accessibility and validation
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Manage your Joomla! Multimedia elements using FTP and the Media Manager
  • Learn the effects of fonts, characters, and text and how these elements can affect your web site
  • Add and manage image content to make the best impact for your site visitors
  • Enhance your web site by using video content effectively
  • Manage all types of audio content including creating and managing Podcasts
  • Collaborate with external resources such as Youtube, Flickr, Twitter, and Google
  • Learn how Joomla! templates and scripts can enhance your visitors' experience

In Detail

Joomla! is a content management system designed to organize and deliver content within a web site environment. Multimedia provides us with stunning interactive user experiences and wonderful design options, but it requires discipline and knowledge to utilize it effectively so that we do not alienate our audiences. If you want to display more than just text on your Joomla! pages, this book has been designed for you and is a must-read. It takes you beyond the basics of Joomla! and helps to take full advantage this powerful CMS structure to deliver media-rich web content to your site users.

This book provides detailed information and all the required know-how for Joomla! administrators to create engaging media-rich Joomla! web sites. Utilizing core Joomla! features and the power of Joomla! Extensions, this step-by-step guide will show you how to include popular media elements into your web site and collaborate with external web resources.

You will learn everything you need to know to present text, images, video, and audio in your content both by manually embedding content and using more automated methods. You will learn to create regular podcasts and utilize RSS to help publicize and deliver your site content.
Learn about the popular Multimedia Extensions for Joomla! Learn how they benefit your CMS with additional features and how they are installed and configured. Utilize the abundance of external resources now available on the Web. Learn how your Joomla! site can interact and present web content from external resources such as YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and Google.

This book teaches all you need to know to take your standard Joomla! CMS and turn it into a feature packed and media-rich web site. It highlights the benefits of Multimedia features and warns of the accessibility issues that can arise when they are misused. Follow step-by-step tutorials for implementing popular media elements into your site and learn about the accessibility of these resources and how to utilize them effectively with accessibility in mind.

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