Using Joomla
Building Powerful and Efficient Web Sites
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2009
Pages: 416

Why use Joomla? Because with Joomla you don't need to have any technical expertise or web design experience to create effective websites and web apps. Whether you're creating your first website or building a multi-function site for a client, this book provides straightforward, hands-on instruction that makes it easy to learn this open source web content management system.

Written by members of the Joomla Leadership Team, Using Joomla helps newcomers quickly learn the basics, while developers with Joomla experience will pick up best practices for building more sophisticated websites. You'll also find more than a dozen ways to extend the functionality of existing Joomla-built websites. Start building with Joomla in minutes!

  • Get guidelines for planning, creating, and organizing your content
  • Understand how to create and use Joomla templates to build websites quickly
  • Explore how components, modules, and plug-ins can extend your site's functionality
  • Increase your site ranking by using Joomla best practices
  • Use built-in components such as banners, news feeds, polls, search, and web links
  • Set up an online store, calendar, photo gallery, discussion forum, and more
  • Learn important security precautions to safeguard your site

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      5.0

      Love it!

      By spinnerguitar

      from Kansas City, MO

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      Pros

      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Using Joomla:

        One of the best books I've read on Joomla. Great book for starters and a great reference for guys like me with a short memory. Highly recommend this book.

         
        4.0

        in dire need of an update

        By Leridan

        from Paris, France

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        Pros

        • Accurate

        Cons

        • Obsolete

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Using Joomla:

        This is the first book you should read for a (useful) introduction to Joomla! but only Joomla! 1.5 unfortunately.

        Written by two Joomla! developpers, it's a treasure trove of information you'll have trouble finding in other books or on the web, and the only source I know of to exhaustively explain the admin backend with all its options.

        Unfortunately, the 1.5 version is now obsolete. The new 1.6/1.7/2.5 branch is quite different and the book is in dire need of a second edition - which I would certainly buy and recommend.

        As it is, the only use I can see for it is as a source for a web designer/developper without prior knowledge of Joomla! and who'd have to maintain a 1.5 site.

         
        2.0

        Forget Joomla 1.6

        By Joomla Dude

        from Clearwater, FL

        About Me Designer, Sys Admin

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        Pros

        • Makes good paper weight

        Cons

        • Does not cover Joomla 16

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Using Joomla:

        It's supposed to cover Joomla 1.6. Could not find where. 1.6 is WAY different than 1.5 (like no Sections, Front Page, etc) so the comments about "easy migration" don't apply since many intrensic changes are needed - better a rebuild. While 1.6 is new w few extensions, 1.6 is worth going to for future updates and features. But this book doesn't help.

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        4.0

        Good intro to Joomla, but unsupported.

        By ScottyJ in NC

        from New Bern, NC

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Easy to understand

        Cons

        • Not comprehensive enough

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Using Joomla:

        This book was a great introduction to Joomla, giving me the info I needed to really start learning. It's also been a good reference as I've moved ahead.

        One disappointment is that despite the statement on page xxiii that there are examples on the web, there are none. If you want to try something you see in this book, be prepared to type it in by hand, with all the opportunity for typos afforded by that method. I wanted to try the example template shown on page 162, but after looking all over this site and the authors' companion site, there's no sign of anything of the sort. A shame.

        I would have liked to see more information about writing and modifying templates.

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        Out Of Date

        By Mark

        from Barcelona, Spain

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Using Joomla:

        Unfortunately the book is quite out of date and not that easy to follow. I'm a little disappointed as it promised so much.

        So if you plan on using Joomla 1.6, forget about it.

        A disappointed customer!

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