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Joomla!® Explained

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From the Library of www.wowebook.com

Joomla!® Explained
Your Step-by-Step Guide
Stephen Burge

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:
Burge, Stephen, 1978Joomla! explained : your step-by-step guide / Stephen Burge.
p. cm.
Includes index.
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-70378-1 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN-10: 0-321-70378-2 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1. Joomla! (Computer file) 2. Web sites—Authoring programs. 3. Web site development. I. Title.
TK5105.8885.J86B87 2012
006.7’8—dc23
2011014788
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This book is dedicated to the generations of wonderful
women in my family:
Irene and Miriam
Lynne
Nicky and Katie
Stacey
Eshun and Evelyn


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Contents
Preface

xv

Acknowledgments
About the Author

xvi
xvii

1 Joomla! Explained

1

The What, When, Where, and Who of Joomla
Why Joomla?

2

2

How Much Is Joomla?

3

What Does the Joomla Name Mean?

3

How Many Versions of Joomla Are There?
Who Uses Joomla?

5

This Book Explained

8

What You’ll Need

8

What This Book Covers
This Book Is Concise
This Book Is Active

8
10

10

This Book Uses Specific Examples
What’s Next?

4

10

12

2 Joomla! Installations Explained

13

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter
Choose the Best Place to Install Joomla
Your Computer
A Web Server

14

14

14
15

Choose the Best Way to Install Joomla!
Install Joomla Automatically
Install Joomla Manually

16

16

22

Step 1: Create a Database

23

Step 2: Download the Joomla Files and Upload Them
to Our Web Server 26
Step 3: Complete the Joomla Installation by
Connecting the Database and Files Together
Get Help If You’re Stuck Installing Joomla!
What’s Next?

29

36

37

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Contents

3 Joomla! Sites Explained

39

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter
Understand the Two Areas of a Joomla Site
Visitor Area

39

39

40

Administrator Area

40

Understand the Administrator Area of Your
Joomla Site 41
Things You’ll See All the Time in Joomla
Language

44

44

Page Layouts

44

Individual Page Layouts

46

Understand the Visitor Area of Your Joomla Site
Make Your First Joomla Site Changes
Changing Your First Article

50

Changing Your First Template
What’s Next?

53

55

4 Joomla! Content Explained

57

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter
Step 1: Categorize
Step 2: Add

57

57

61

Step 3: Show

66

The Joomla CASh Workflow—Why Do It This Way?
Practicing the CASh Workflow
Step 1: Categorize
Step 2: Add

71

72

73

73

Step 3: Show
What’s Next?

49

50

73

76

5 Joomla! Content Editing Explained

77

Things You Can Do After Reading This Chapter
Formatting Your Text

Bold, Italic, Underline, and Strikethrough
Aligning Your Text

77

77
78

80

Bullet Points and Indentation
What if I Made a Mistake?

82
84

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