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Joomla! Start to Finish: How to Plan, Execute, and Maintain Your Web Site Paperback – Feb 2 2010
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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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About the Author
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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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.
Author, Joomla! Web Security
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
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.
I also liked the "Favorite Extensions" chapter--essential tools for managing, backing-up, and enhancing the site.