Category: "Books: Reference"

The Official Joomla! Book

November 23rd, 2011

The Official Joomla! BookThe Official Joomla! Book is the authoritative, and comprehensive Joomla! reference for every administrator, developer, designer, and content manager. Distilling the unsurpassed experience of two long-time Joomla! contributors, it teaches exactly what you need to know, through practical example sites and crystal-clear explanations.

If you're new to Joomla!, you'll learn how to make your sites more flexible, feature-rich, visually attractive, and useful. And whether new or experienced, you'll learn how Joomla! really works, so you can fully leverage its power whenever you're ready. You'll also get to know the Joomla! community by hearing from twelve community members through in-depth interviews, and you'll learn how to participate in the Joomla! project in ways that make sense to you.

The Official Joomla! Book covers everything from installation to usability, templates to extensions. The authors explain each key concept conversationally, helping you learn to help yourself and confidently gain control over Joomla! and the sites you build with it. they also present chapter-length application case studies for business, non-profits, and education. You'll learn to

  • Plan sites effectively before you start building them
  • Create production sites quickly while avoiding common mistakes
  • Install and configure Joomla! for maximum efficiency
  • Create and edit content for your Joomla! site
  • Customize and work with Joomla! templates
  • Work with extensions: components, modules, plugins, and languages
  • Efficiently administer Joomla! sites
  • Participate in the Joomla! community as a user and contributor

Joomla! is one of the most popular open-source CMS (content management system) packages available, and it is powerful. The selling point for these CMS tools is that you can run a fully professional website without needing to know how to actually code the site yourself; you do not need to know html, php, java, etc. as Joomla! does that all for you. You do, however, have to know how to use your CMS and they are pretty involved, so that is why you buy the official guide.

This book takes you all the way from when your idea to start a site is born through installing the package to running it like a professional. The key for readers will be repetition. You will have to keep this book by your side as a reference guide while you build your site and probably as you generate your first few weeks or months worth of content.

In all honesty, I felt that the book was a little too advanced for me, at times. There were terms and acronyms used that I could either try to figure out in context or look up online. This did not happen often, so still think that this book is helpful and a valuable resource.

I believe that Joomla! is a very good CMS package, and one that I want to know how to use better. And this, The Official Joomla! Book is a very good guide to help me.