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Joomla! 1.6 First Look

Eric Tiggeler

A concise guide to everything that's new in Joomla! 1.6.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849513425
Paperback236 pages

About This Book

  • A short and concise first look into Joomla! 1.6.
  • Covers changes in all aspects of Joomla! including interface, menus, templates, and extensions
  • Ample screenshots and clear explanations of all the new features and their usage

Who This Book Is For

This book is for existing Joomla! users, developers, and designers who want to know about everything that's new in Joomla! 1.6.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Stepping Up to Joomla! 1.6
Upgrading from 1.5
What's new? A quick overview
Chapter 2: Exploring your Enhanced Workspace
Before you start: choosing a safe root user's name
What's changed in the backend?
Five great new time-saving features
One great life-saver: two-step deletion
Customizing the looks of the backend
Chapter 3: Organizing and Managing Content
Organizing content using nested categories
Working with the updated article editor
Archiving articles
Chapter 4: Managing Menus and Menu Modules
Goodbye to a spartan Menu Manager
The all-new tabbed Menu Manager screen
Creating or editing individual Menu Items
Chapter 5: Managing Site Users with Access Control
What's new about the Access Control Levels system?
What are the default user groups and permissions?
Action Permissions: what users can do
Viewing Access Levels: what users can see
ACL at work: how to control user permissions
More on Access Control
Chapter 6: New Flexibility in Using Templates
What's new? Finally, table-less templates
Introducing the tabbed Template Manager
Customizing templates using Template Styles
Creating Template Styles to style individual pages
Assigning templates from the menu item itself
Exploring and editing installed templates
Editing template code
Installing and assigning a new template
Chapter 7: Unleashing the New Power of Extensions
Changes in the extensions that come with Joomla!
Exploring pre-installed extensions
The new Extension Manager screen
New module features
Finding and downloading extensions for Joomla! 1.6
Chapter 8: SEO Improvements
The SEO bonus of well structured layouts
Configuring HTML page titles
Entering site metadata
Using search engine friendly URLs
Adding a site map
Using the new Redirect Manager
More on SEO

What You Will Learn

  • General changes to the Joomla! interface and the practical effects this has on creating and maintaining sites with Joomla!
  • Changes in Joomla! 1.6 that affect the day to day routine of organizing, adding and editing articles
  • Changes in menus, that make it easier to manage menus and add new menu items fast
  • Access Control Levels relevant to website administrators in need of fine grained user permissions control
  • What’s new in selecting, using and editing templates
  • New extensions overhauled in Joomla! 1.6
  • New SEO features to enhance your site's SEO

In Detail

Release of the much awaited Joomla! 1.6 is just round the corner. There is a lot of hype and curiosity about the new features Joomla! 1.6 will provide and how it will affect existing users.

Joomla! 1.6 First Look is a concise guide to the new features of Joomla! 1.6, targeted at existing Joomla! users and developers. If you want to see what's new in Joomla 1.6 and how it's going to affect you, this is the book for you.

This book will give readers an insight into the new features of Joomla! 1.6, showing them what has changed, how the changes will affect them, and how to upgrade to Joomla! 1.6 from existing Joomla! versions. It begins with general changes in interface and basic articles, and then takes you through the changes in menus, control levels, templates, extensions, and SEO features. It explains the new features and how to use them, drawing attention to significant differences from how things used to behave. By the end of this book, you will be well-versed with the consequences these changes will bring to you as a Joomla! user or developer.


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