Using Joomla!: Efficiently Build and Manage Custom Websites (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/7/3
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If you’re new to content management systems—or even new to building websites—this practical guide will get you up and running in no time. You don’t have to know much code, if any, to get started.
Need to build a website quickly? Have a client that requires a powerful website with lots of compelling features? Ideal for web designers and developers alike, this updated edition takes you step-by-step through site creation with Joomla, with plenty of hands-on exercises along the way.
- Build a sample site throughout the book to see how Joomla! works
- Plan and structure your site’s categories, articles, menus, and modules
- Learn the ins and outs of creating, organizing, and displaying content
- Add images, audio, and video—and create complete image galleries
- Build a blog, set up an events calendar, and create custom user forms
- Sell merchandise by putting together your own online store
- Engage visitors by creating user profiles and hangouts
- Secure your site and keep it optimized
- Migrate to Joomla! 3 and update your third-party extensions
Ron Severdia is Chief Technology Officer of the award-winning eBook company Metrodigi in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been a Creative Director on interactive branding projects — from web sites and brand identities to interactive campaigns — for clients such as HP, Verizon, Electronic Arts, Yahoo!, Visa, Walmart.com, and Apple. His prior experience includes stints as a Senior Designer and then Creative Director at Young & Rubicam, DDB, Glow, and Landor Associates. Fluent in several languages, he worked for seven years in Europe, where he's won several awards for successful creative work. Ron has been using Joomla since 2006 to build sites for companies, large and small, including a worldwide branding site for Citibank and a Big Data portal for eBay.
Jennifer Gress (snapdragonservices.com) has been working with Joomla! since 2006 with its beginnings in corporate america for employers. Clients began approaching her to build websites for them in January of 2010. Jennifer's skills from corporate life; project management, training and more, combined with her knowledge and experience with Joomla! make her a well rounded web designer and co-leader for the Joomla! Users Group in the Bay Area. Jenn enjoys singing, bird watching, geology and real estate.
First, the book is built around an example website that is inordinately complex. I can appreciate that the author wanted an example that could illustrate everything he wanted to cover, but anyone who needs a website this elaborate had better hire a professional Joomla developer. A novice will never get a site this complex to work - except, of course, for the example itself assuming he follows the instructions to the letter.
Second, the book sent me down a very wasteful wrong path by emphasizing the use of a third party template (Afterburner2). There’s nothing wrong with Afterburner2 per se, but this focus in the book led me to believe that the best way to use Joomla is to find a template that does what I want. There are zillions of beautiful templates out there - it’s an industry unto itself - but after trying several, I came to realize that many (indeed all the ones, I tried) do a great job with the spiffy demo on the vendor’s website but cannot be readily customized to much else.
A third complaint is that this book, like many technical books aimed at broad audiences, understates the complexity of the technology and gives the impression that anyone with half a brain and motivation can make it work. This simply isn’t true with Joomla or any other other website development system unless your needs are very simple or you’re willing to use a prepackaged solution. If so, you have no need for this book.
The flip side is that the book isn’t technically deep enough for someone who has the skills to develop a custom Joomla site but lacks specific Joomla knowledge. That’s me, as you may have guessed. I’m guessing this market is too small to attract a good author and publisher leaving the poor reader with the usual dilemma: you can get a well written, well organized book that doesn’t cover the material you need, or make do with the technically deep but inscrutable material you find on the web. Too bad there’s no middle ground.