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Your complete guide to building and managing Web sites with Joomla!
With access to a Web host, a browser, and the Joomla! open source content management system, you can create your own robust Web site for free—complete with e-commerce, social networking, and RSS feeds—without knowing a line of code. But while Joomla! is a powerful tool rich in features and functions, there are lots of tricks and techniques that are not intuitive. Master Joomla! essentials and learn all of its secrets with this detailed, step-by-step guide.
Obtain the code and configure your Joomla! 1.5 installation, with highlights of Joomla! 1.6
Design the content and appearance of your home page
Create menus, structure articles, and manage users
Add forms and RSS news feeds, and run polls and surveys
Master all templates, components, and advanced modules
Move into Web 2.0 with JomSocial social networking
Set up your site for e-commerce with VirtueMart
Keep your site secure and search engine friendly
Ric Shreves is a freelance writer and Web applications development consultant. His company, water&stone (www.waterandstone.com), specializes in the creation of Web sites using open source content management systems such as Joomla! In the last year, his company deployed over 120 Web sites based on Joomla! His previous books include Ubuntu Linux Desktop: Your visual blueprint to using the Linux operating system and Mambo: Your visual blueprint for building and maintaining Web sites with the Mambo Open Source CMS.