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Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints

Blueprints
Timi Ogunjobi

Tailor-made plans for easily building powerful and exciting Joomla! sites
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849511704
Paperback270 pages

About This Book

  • Instant Joomla! – Build 10 exciting and simple web projects
  • Expand and tailor the sample projects to your or your client's need
  • Create quick prototypes of commonly used applications within hours
  • Develop your own custom application by merging features from the example projects
  • Combine projects from several chapters to create your own killer web application

Who This Book Is For

This book is for Joomla! developers who want to build a range of Joomla! sites, and see how to apply the many available Joomla! extensions and features in different scenarios. If you would like to try building websites as a freelancer or give your business a professional quality web presence, this is a great book to help you get started.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installation and Configuration
Minimum system requirements
Installation on a local computer
Installing Joomla! on a remote server
Other installation possibilities
Manual installation
Configuration and backend administration
Trim off sample data
Create a new section
Create new categories
Extending your Joomla!
Learning Joomla!
Basic Administration
Optimizing your site
Other optimization techniques
Summary
Chapter 2: Buzzy Beez—Building a Company Site
Build Buzzy Beez's site
Template
Extensions
Install a new template
Basic content
Display content
Finishing up
Summary
Chapter 3: Global Hitchhikers Club—Building an Aficionado's Site
Build the Global Hitchhikers Club site
Template
Extensions
Basic content
Display content
Finishing up
Improving the basic site
Summary
Chapter 4: The Daily Joomer — Building a Newspaper Site
Build The Daily Joomer online
Template
Extensions
Organizing the articles
Forums
Display content
Finishing up
Further development
Summary
Chapter 5: Breakin' Events—Building an Events Site
Build the Breakin' Events site
Template
Extensions
Create new categories
Test the Event submission form
Display content
Finishing up
Extending functionality
Summary
Chapter 6: Joombook—Building a Community Site
Build Joombook
Template
Extensions
Basic content
Configure Community Builder
Create a new section and category
Configure polls
Configure forums
Configure chat
Create comments system
Put it all together
Finishing up
Adding functionality
Summary
Chapter 7: Joomgets Inc.—Building an E-commerce Site
Build the Joomgets Inc. web shop
Template
Extensions
Basic VirtueMart configurations
Display Products
Finishing up
Adding functionality
Summary
Chapter 8: Joomlaburg Accommodations— Building a Directory Site
Build Joomlaburg Accommodations
Template
Extensions
Install Joomla!
Install SOBI2
Finishing up
Adding functionality
Summary
Chapter 9: Nosh'r—Building a Photo Sharing Site
Build Nosh'r
Template
Extensions
Install Joomla!
Install Phoca Gallery
Global configuration
Front page
New user registration
Permissions
Add images
Finishing up
Extending functionality
Summary
Chapter 10: Alienspotting—Building a Google Map Site
Extensions
Template
Build Alienspotting
Finishing up
Extending the site
Summary
Chapter 11: Weird Hap'nins—Building a News Aggregating Site
Build Weird Hap'nins
Template
Extensions
Sections and categories
Feed content
Finishing up
Summary

What You Will Learn

You will see how to build the following site projects:

  • A company website
  • A fan site for users wishing to share their interests by blogging – built around the Blog module
  • An events site for listing events from multiple users – built around the Events module
  • A Community Portal for social networking
  • A newspaper site for publishing an online newspaper or magazine
  • An e-commerce website with Ubercart
  • A directory site for listings in several categories
  • A photo sharing site for publishing and organizing images from multiple users
  • A Googlemap site to create complex Googlemap mashups
  • A news aggregating site for publishing news feeds from several sources

In Detail

Joomla! is a powerful CMS used to build all kinds of websites. But when you're urgently tasked with building a specific kind of site, it's not always obvious which extensions to use or where to begin. Imagine how easy it would be if you had some simple directions to create Joomla! websites for personal or business use within a day. Would you be interested?

This book will give you a competitive edge by helping you to rapidly implement prototype web projects for personal and business use. With this book almost anyone with just a bit of Joomla! knowledge can build a useful web application and tailor it to his or her needs.

This book is a project-based guide to developing web applications with Joomla!. It will take you through all the steps to build different types of Joomla! websites and guide you to get your new site up and running in a couple of hours without employing a developer. It should enable you to take full advantage of the powerful core features offered by the Joomla! framework together with the many available contributed modules and themes to develop applications within hours. You will be guided, by means of illustrated hands-on example projects, to build foundation projects that you can easily adapt or enhance to create even more powerful web projects. If you want to develop exciting web applications for profit or pleasure this book is for you.

However, this book is not an introduction to Joomla!, nor an in-depth manual for using Joomla!; and even though it partially covers some basics such as installation and how to create articles, this is only done in the process of building the featured projects. Readers should; therefore, already have an understanding of the basic Joomla! terminologies, how to access and to use the administration pages, and also how to customize by uploading and engaging new templates. The book's appendix also offers plenty of useful advice and references on this.

When you have completed each project, you will have the knowledge and confidence to apply the techniques you have learned to create your own custom web application. You may also combine projects from several chapters to create your own killer web application.

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