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Everything you need to know to plan and maintain a Joomla! site

Joomla! offers powerful functionality and ease of configuration, making it an immensely popular open source content managementsystem. However, far more than simply downloading and installing Joomla! is required in order to create a dynamic web site. This book walks you through the critical steps that must be taken in the planning process prior to establishing a Joomla! site. Joomla! expert Jen Kramer reviews essential questions that need to be asked of a client, discusses technical solutions to a variety of challenges, and explains how a site structure should be organized. Once the groundwork has been laid, you'll discover how to host and install Joomla!, and upgrade and maintain your Joomla! site.

Joomla! Start to Finish:

  • Sheds light on downloading and installing Joomla!, creating a site map, and tracking content and images

  • Details how to perform backups with JoomlaPack

  • Examines the modules, components, and plugins that come with Joomla!

  • Delves into Joomla!'s default template and how to download a template from another site

  • Introduces the Joomla! Extensions Directory and explains how to use it

  • Describes creating customized templates from the ground up, including advanced styling tricks with CSS

  • Expounds site maintenance and the importance of backups

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Jen Kramer is Senior Interface Developer and President of 4Web Inc., a company dedicated to building highly customized Joomla! web sites. She is Program Director for the Master of Science in Internet Technologies program at the Marlboro College Graduate School, as well as a frequent speaker at Joomla! conferences.

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If you ONLY buy one Joomla! book - buy this one. Jan. 29 2010
By Manhattan - Published on Amazon.com
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Review of Joomla! Start to Finish by Jen Kramer

I received a few weeks ago my review copy of Jen Kramer's new book - While I expected Ms. Kramer's book to be very good, I was treated with the surprise of a not a 'very good' book but a very GREAT book.

Ms. Kramer is a warm and extremely knowledgeable writer immediately making the reader feel comfortable. As if she is there helping you through your planning, development, struggles, and triumphs with developing a Joomla! website.

My favorite line is the title of Chapter one: "I want a website and I want it blue - how much will that cost!" - After wiping the coffee I spit off my keyboard, and quit laughing, I dove into the book.

That line in my experience is so true. A client wishes to hire a developer, they want a "clone" of oh, I don't know, [...], and they have no clue as to how to get there.

The opening chapter gives you a real-world strategy on starting down the thorny path of development. Helping you avoid the pitfalls that await you.

The book moves to what in my opinion is the next logical step [that is frequently ignored] Choosing the RIGHT technologies to solve your problem. Many times a client may be good at what THEY do, but they are hiring you to build their site. They might have an assumption they know the right tools, but your role is to guide them. This chapter offers battle-tested knowledge about picking that right tool.

She then takes you through the balance of the book, patiently introducing you to the administration console, various components and extensions that build the site. Building a critical foundation to introduce the advanced topics of template CSS and other scary things that go bump in the server.

There are many, many GOOD Joomla! books on the market, however there are not many GREAT Joomla! books on the market. Jen Kramer's book is one of the Greats.

If you buy ONLY one Joomla! book - Buy Jen Kramer's - Joomla! Start to Finish. You won't be disappointed.

Tom Canavan
Author, Joomla! Web Security
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Go-to book for understanding Joomla! March 17 2010
By many stones unturned - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like this book - it is demystifying, extremely well-written, nicely formatted, easy to follow, and doesn't miss a beat with all the basic info.

For those HTML web developers who want to make the leap to a well-supported, globally-popular, flexible content management system for a multitude of businesses, schools and non-profit organizations, Jen Kramer has done a huge favor.

Clear, concise information, thoughtfully and logically laid-out, excellent explanations of sections, categories, articles and modules and their relationships, plus the abundance of accompanying illustrative screenshots, puts this Joomla! book at the top of the must-have list.

Bravo!Joomla! Start to Finish: How to Plan, Execute, and Maintain Your Web Site (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
Enjoy these lynda.com DVDs by Jen Kramer:
Joomla Creating and Editing Custom Templates
Joomla! Advanced CSS
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The book never made it past "Start" May 19 2010
By Ron S. - Published on Amazon.com
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The book never made it past "Start". If you are a beginner, it did not adequately explain the relationships between Sections, Categories, Articles and Menus - the basis of Joomla. If you are a more advanced web designer making the transition to a Content Management System (CMS) - the book spends a scant several pages on using external templates and resolving issues.

You are better off spending a few dollars less for a basic entry level book if you are just learning the ropes of CMS. Or, for more advanced designers, spend a few dollars more and buy something that goes deeper into the subtle nuances of Joomla.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Reference June 14 2010
By Hepcat Vince - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been using DreamWeaver for the last few years to maintain/update client sites. I have a client that needed a cms site. After deciding on Joomla!, I read and referenced this book throughout the process. It was very helpful, and got me through most of the key concepts. Layout and pace of the book was very good, as was the language/terminology. As for any book, you will run into issues when creating your site that may or may not be covered. Even though that was the case, the concept was covered. When I searched the Joomla! community, this made it much easier to understand and implement the solution.

I also liked the "Favorite Extensions" chapter--essential tools for managing, backing-up, and enhancing the site.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Decent book! April 20 2010
By Jesse J. Saunders - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers some pretty good material in terms of the basics of starting a website with Joomla. It gives a good foundation for how to make a site that is usable on the Internet. However, it doesn't cover a lot of questions a user might have if they are familiar with HTML and are now trying to use Joomla for a website. One example is that I was unable to find anything about making a link from one article page to another. There is only information about how to make links from the homepage. There is also very little about how to create basic HTML items such as drop down lists and frames.


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