The Joomla 3 Beginner's Guide Second Edition is a different Beginner's Guide to the Joomla CMS. It is not about what Joomla can do, it's about what YOU can do with Joomla. Chapter by chapter, you'll get to know Joomla 3 and practice all the skills involved in creating and expanding a Joomla powered website. The second edition of the book, published in 2014, has been fully updated for the Joomla 3.3 and higher. It teaches you how to get the most from the improvements in Joomla 3.x.
The Joomla 3 Beginner's Guide Second Edition is all about:
- .. getting things done
The Joomla! 3 Beginner's Guide Second Edition is not about technology, it's about what you can do with it. It's a practical, easy to understand guide, written in clear language, focusing on helping you to make the change-over building websites with a content management system.
- ... getting beyond the beginner's level
The Joomla !3 Beginner’s Guide Second Edition helps you to achieve what you want to do with Joomla! fast and efficiently. You'll learn how to build more than just a standard Joomla! powered site. You'll learn how to deploy Joomla! and its extensions to create exactly the site you have in mind.
- ... learning by doing
Step-by-step tutorials explain how to achieve your goals: i.e. ‘I want a website that my web team members can update themselves’ or ‘I want a website with a large amount of content that’s easy to navigate’.
- ... learning from cool, realistic examples
The example websites in the book show you what kind of professional, contemporary, feature-rich websites you can achieve with Joomla!.
Who This Book Is For
The Joomla! 3 Beginner's Guide Second Edition is the ultimate guide for web developers who wish to build upon their skills and knowledge on creating websites. Even if you're new to this subject, you won't have any difficulty understanding the clear and friendly instructions and explanations. No prior knowledge of HTML and CSS is required.
Table of Contents
1: A NEW AND EASY WAY TO BUILD WEBSITES
2: GETTING JOOMLA! UP AND RUNNING
3: FIRST STEPS – GETTING TO KNOW JOOMLA!
4: WEB BUILDING BASICS – CREATING A SITE IN AN HOUR
5: SMALL SITES, BIG SITES – ORGANIZING YOUR CONTENT EFFECTIVELY
6: CREATING KILLER CONTENT – ADDING AND EDITING ARTICLES
7: WELCOMING YOUR VISITORS – CREATING ATTRACTIVE HOME PAGES AND OVERVIEW PAGES
8: HELPING YOUR VISITORS FIND WHAT THEY WANT – MANAGING MENUS
9: OPENING UP THE SITE – ENABLING USERS TO LOG IN AND CONTRIBUTE
10: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SITE – EXTENDING JOOMLA!
11: CREATING AN ATTRACTIVE DESIGN – WORKING WITH TEMPLATES
12: ATTRACTING SEARCH ENGINE TRAFFIC – SEO TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
What You Will Learn
- Discover how to create a feature-rich site that's easy to expand, customize, and maintain, without learning HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
- Engage your web visitors and turn them into active users; enable users to register and add content
- Use templates to get your site to look just right by tweaking the CSS and customizing templates using your own logo, fonts, and colors
- Extend Joomla's capabilities by finding and installing must-have extensions that perfectly meet your purposes
- Get to know how to increase your site's visibility for search engines, applying search engine optimization (SEO) techniques
Taking full advantage of all the new features and enhancements added to Joomla 3.3, this practical guide starts by teaching you how to install Joomla. After a quick tour of the basic concepts and the new features, you'll build your very first site in no time by customizing Joomla's default sample site to fit your needs, replacing the logo, colors, menus, and content.
You will learn how to organize the growing amount of content using Joomla's flexible system of categories and content tags. In the last couple of chapters, you go beyond the basics and will discover how to expand Joomla's capabilities. Finally, you will gain knowledge about search engine optimization (SEO), site security, and multilingual sites. Step-by-step, the Joomla! 3 Beginner's Guide Second Edition teaches you how to set up, customize, enhance, and maintain your website using Joomla!