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Joomla!: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition) by Tanya Symes,Marni Derr

Joomla!: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition)
Title:
Joomla!: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition)
Author:
Tanya Symes,Marni Derr
ISBN:
0321772989
ISBN13:
978-0321772985
Formats available:
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Category:
Networking & Cloud Computing
Language:
English
Publisher:
Peachpit Press; 2 edition (June 24, 2011)
Pages:
384 pages
PDF size:
1712 kb
FB2 size:
1809 kb
EPUB size:
1848 kb
Building on the first edition of Joomla!: Visual QuickStart Guide, this task-based guide is the perfect tool for those just starting with Joomla, as well as, seasoned professionals who want to know how to use the latest version of the software to its fullest. It shows how to create, customize, and maintain a dynamic Joomla 1.6 website starting with fundamental concepts for using Joomla and then walks the user through every function of the system. It details the requirements for operating a secure and efficient Joomla website, including server configuration and website planning. The reader learns not only the functions of Joomla, such as adding content and structure, creating menus, using components, modules, plug-ins, and templates, but also how each function integrates as a whole. Each chapter ends with increasingly advanced topics, such as installation and configuration of the administrative back end, using 3rd-party extensions to create a portfolio, a blog, an e-commerce site, magazine, or news portal, as well as, how to use content construction kits, create custom templates, and integrate social media. New features covered in this edition include: how to use the redesigned admin interface; new menu systems, including advanced functions for developers; how to use the category-article structure of content; the ability for users to create their own groups and assign access control levels; and control and customization of templates.

Reviews:
  • Nilador
I bought this book based on my good experience with another Quick Start book but this one wasn't quite as well written. It seems to be a rush job with not much proofreading for clarity. The book does explore just about every Joomla function but it does it in an A-Z, across the toolbar in order, method. It doesn't begin with an overview explanation of how Joomla works. If it had, it might have cut my learning time in half. After working my way through half the book and using Joomla's on-line tutorials to answer the questions that the book didn't, I finally grasped the structure and use of Joomla. Like other reviewers, I did all my learning on an on-line installation while the book described a local (on your computer) configuration which wasn't helpful. For the price, this book is adequate.
  • Beydar
The book will help you get a rough site developed by covering the basics as well as the other books (none are great) but there are essential things missing that are essential to making a site acceptable and avoiding pitfalls that will make life miserable for beginners. For example, once you have prepared the content using the default template how do you get it onto one of the many available Joomla templates on the market. Instead they take a whole chapter to tell you how to convert a template in CSS or HTML to Joomla and that is beyond most beginners. Also, how to remove the Joomla logo from the template. Not a word and yet everyone has to do it. Moreover it is a pain to do so as all the discussion on the Joomla forum would substantiate. Like all the other books it also tells you to develop the site on a localhost and then transfer to the remote server. Many people including me tried that and ran into insurmountable problems transferring. A better approach is to do it directly on the server, which is easy. This book and North's book jump from the basics to the expert items and gloss over or do not even mention items in the middle. Telling beginners to change code is useless unless an explanation of the steps to do so is included. These are better than nothing until someone writes a good tutorial book, but if you are new to Joomla you will have to get more sources of information than either of these books.
  • Мох
This book is the one that finally got me "over the hump" with the Joomla learning curve. I don't know if it's because it was the third or fourth I've read or if it is the best of those I've read, but one thing is for certain: it is written in a clear, understandable style by someone who actually knows how to write for those who know how to read, and thus avoids the clipped, murky, incohate type of writing that characterizes many of those in the software development field. A large part of understanding Joomla is simply mastering the terminology of the backend, and this book aids greatly in that respect.
  • fabscf
Great product and great service!! Came in the time that it was promised and was fit right to the description - thanks for the product. I will definitely be buying from you again if I am looking for any books:)
  • Wizer
Basicly the book walks the menu entries and tells what you see and can do. We don't need a book for that. As a reference it was no competion for plain old google (joomla change logo). As a starter it should explain the mindset behind the system, the architechture and its terminology: one page.
  • tref
Like too much tech writing, this book wastes most of its pages replicating the better-integrated (and free, and unlikely to become outdated) help already built into the program it describes. Most of it will be a complete waste of time for anyone who can click his or her way through a menu hierarchy without step-by-step instructions. If you need to be told to click "Unpublish" to unpublish a category, perhaps you'll find this helpful, but if you're more interested in _why_ you might want it unpublished, you'll learn very little.

Increasingly, various houses seem to feel compelled to publish a tome on virtually every growing technology, without regard for the purpose or quality of the result. "Joomla Visual Quickstart Guide" is a perfect example, wasting hundreds of pages on procedures for which no person of average intelligence and reasonable computer expertise could possibly need instruction. One wonders if the authors have ever actually developed a site using Joomla, and if so, why they elected not to write about it.

There are thousands of gems such as "To open the Category Manage: Choose Content > Category Manager." Really?

Imagining the tedium of transcribing every menu item and dialog in some large piece of software gives me a headache, and seeing the result passed off as a text leaves me respecting neither the authors nor the publisher.