Joomla!® 3 Explained: Your Step-by-step Guide by Stephen BurgeJoomla!® 3 Explained: Your Step-by-step Guide by Stephen Burge

Joomla!® 3 Explained: Your Step-by-step Guide

byStephen Burge

Paperback | July 28, 2014

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Master Joomla! Hands-On, Step-by-Step, Using Easy, Practical Examples


Today, millions of websites rely on Joomla!–from personal sites to those of huge organizations like General Electric, Porsche, and the United Nations. Now, using Joomla! 3, you too can create websites that are mobile-ready, responsive, flexible, powerful, and secure–even if you’re an absolute beginner.


In Joomla!® 3 Explained, top Joomla! trainer Stephen Burge teaches you everything you need to know. Burge has taught thousands of Joomla! newcomers and thousands more who’ve experimented with Joomla! but haven’t mastered it yet. Nobody knows more about guiding you up the Joomla! learning curve.


You’ll master Joomla! 3 hands-on, through a complete case study, crystal-clear visuals, simple explanations, and on-target analogies, all extensively tested with real Joomla! beginners. Burge walks you through installing Joomla! 3, planning sites that are easy to use and manage, adding content, and incorporating powerful site features without programming. Finally, Burge shows you how to run your site securely and efficiently, no matter how big or popular it becomes!


Stephen Burge runs, which specializes in teaching website development.’s clients include Apple, Pfizer, and the U.S. Departments of Energy, Education, and Commerce. Burge’s Joomla!® Explained (Addison-Wesley, 2011) and Drupal™ 7 Explained (Sams Publishing, 2014) are each the world’s best-selling guides to ...
Title:Joomla!® 3 Explained: Your Step-by-step GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.9 × 7 × 1.1 inPublished:July 28, 2014Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0321943228

ISBN - 13:9780321943224


Table of Contents

Preface         xvii

Acknowledgments         xix

About the Author         xxi


Chapter 1: Joomla! Explained         1

The What, When, Where, and Who of Joomla   2

This Book Explained   9

What’s Next?   13


Chapter 2: Joomla! Planning Explained         15

Joomla Site Planning Explained   15

Our Joomlaville Website Plan   18

Our Joomlaville Project Management Plan   23

Our Joomlaville Development Plan   24

Our Joomlaville Management Plan   25

What’s Next?   25


Chapter 3: Joomla! Installations Explained         27

Choosing the Best Place to Install Joomla   27

Choosing the Best Way to Install Joomla   30

Installing Joomla Automatically   30

Installing Joomla Manually   39

Getting Help If You’re Stuck with Installing Joomla   57

What’s Next?   58


Chapter 4: Joomla! Sites Explained         59

Understanding the Two Areas of a Joomla Site   59

Understanding the Administrator Area of Your Joomla Site   63

Things You’ll See All the Time in Joomla   65

Understanding the Visitor Area of Your Joomla Site   73

Making Your First Joomla Site Changes   79

What’s Next?   85


Chapter 5: Joomla! Content Explained         87

Step 1: Categorize   87

Step 2: Add   91

Step 3: Show   97

The Joomla CASh Workflow: Why Do It This Way?   107

Practicing the CASh Workflow   108

What’s Next?   114


Chapter 6: Joomla! Content Editing Explained         115

Formatting Your Text   115

Adding Images to Your Content   125

Adding Links to Your Content   136

Adding Tables to Your Content   140

Versions of Your Articles   143

Practicing Joomla Content   146

What’s Next?   153


Chapter 7: Joomla! Menus Explained         155

Why Do You Need Menus?   155

Grouping Your Menu Links   156

Creating a Blog by Adding a Menu Link   164

Practicing the CASh Workflow   168

Options: Finishing Your Content Display   172

What’s Next?   179


Chapter 8: Joomla! Components Explained         181

Banners Component   182

Contacts Component   188

Messaging Component   193

News Feeds Component   196

Redirect Component   200

Search Component   204

Smart Search Component   206

Tags Component   211

Web Links Component   214

What’s Next?   219


Chapter 9: Joomla! Modules Explained         221

Understanding Modules   222

Creating New Modules   227

Changing the Order of Modules   233

Changing the Pages on Which Modules Appear   238

What’s Next?   243


Chapter 10: Joomla! Plugins Explained         245

The Plugin Manager   245

Authentication Plugins   247

Content Plugins   249

Editors and Editors-XTD Plugins   256

Search Plugins   262

User Plugins   264

Extension, System, and Other Plugin Types   267

What’s Next?   268


Chapter 11: Adding Joomla! Extensions Explained         269

Researching Components, Modules, and Plugins   269

Installing Components, Modules, and Plugins   280

Other Installation Methods   296

What’s Next?   304


Chapter 12: Joomla! Templates Explained         305

Understanding Templates   305

Changing Templates   309

Changing Template Options   313

Finding and Installing Templates   318

What’s Next?   338


Chapter 13: Joomla! Users Explained          341

What People Can See: Joomla’s Access Levels   341

Method 1: What Users Can See: Joomla’s Access Levels   342

Method 2: What Users Can Do: Joomla’s User Groups   352

Method 3: Creating Your Own Access Controls   358

What’s Next?   370


Chapter 14: Joomla! Site Management Explained         373

Updating Your Site   373

Updating Your Extensions   379

Disabling or Uninstalling Your Extensions   381

Additional Measures to Protect Your Site   383

Backing Up Your Site   385

Global Configuration   390

What’s Next?   401


Index         403


Editorial Reviews

“The number one position is a suitable spot for this book, and almost any Joomla user– from absolute beginners to seasoned experts–can extract valuable information from this book.” –Theo van der Zee   “Steve Burge started his business at the same time I did back in 2007. Over time, I’ve seen him struggle and succeed with different initiatives, but the following things were always constant: his honesty, business persistence, and true leadership in the Joomla! Open Source community. We’ve been a satisfied customer of since its initial launch and would highly recommend his work.” –Ogy Nikolic, CEO, OGO Sense   “Finally! A Joomla book for non-geeks.” –Charlie Sasser, R.E. Mason Company   “Joomla!® 3 Explained, Second Edition, is both comprehensive and thorough . . . a fantastic resource for Joomla users everywhere!” –Jonathan Gafill, CEO,   “This is an excellent resource for the web developer new to Joomla . . . a great book both to start with and to keep on hand as a reference manual.” –Les Platz, Web Developer   “Joomla!® 3 Explained, Second Edition, is a book I’ve recommended many times. In plain English, Stephen makes it easy to learn material that could otherwise be a daunting challenge. For those building a site for the first time, and for those completely new to Joomla, I can’t think of a better starting point.” –Scott Wolpow, Founding Board Member, NYC Joomla! Users Group, and CEO, Netalytical Inc.   “Having taught college-level computer science and programming courses, I can only express my admiration for the organization and didactic techniques Burge has used in this book. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in learning the basics of Joomla.” –Gary Albers, Website Designer   “Overall this is a really good introduction to Joomla for the absolute novice. If you’re a site admin suddenly told that you’re looking after a Joomla site, then this tutorial is a great place to turn to.” –Pan Pantziarka, Publisher of TechBookReport   “The book is as complete as you could desire for a beginning book, and if you master it you will be building websites in their totality. It is simply the best out there.” –Bill S., Tokyo Joomla User Group   “The final verdict is that this is one of the best introductory books on Joomla I have encountered.” –Ian Elliot, IProgrammer, Reviewer