The Joomla Admin Manual© 2007 Compass Design Page 3 of 18 3/20/2007
What is this guide about?
This guide is about Joomla, the popular award winning (Joomla won the award for the "BestLinux / Open Source Project" for 2005) open source content management system. It will takeyou step by step through everything you need to develop a professional looking web sitepowered by this CMS. The guide gives a general overview of management of the CMS andexplains how to create and lay out content to the best effect. Other chapters include guides andreviews of some of the more popular extensions available for Joomla, like forums, newslettersand galleries. Lastly the guide examines some more general topics like how SEO can bemaximized with Joomla and what resources are available in the Joomla web community.
Who is it for?
This guide is aimed primarily at those that are using Joomla to create a web site, either forthemselves or web designers doing so for their clients. It’s easy to read and low on technical jargon. It doesn’t assume you know PHP, CSS or any other of the many anonyms common toweb applications. The author, Barrie North has a rich background in education and curriculum aswell as web design and Joomla. The result is a guide accessible to everyone.
What does it cover?
This guide can be used several ways. It’s quite possible to start at the beginning and go chapterby chapter as you develop your own site. The guide is carefully laid out so that introductoryideas in the earlier chapters are developed and built on to understand more advanced conceptslater on. You can also use the guide as a reference, if you need some quick ideas of whatnewsletter extensions are available, head to the reviews chapter. Lastly, the appendixes are easyreferences containing all the most valuable information about an aspect of Joomla.
What is a CMS?
A content management website is very sophisticated, it can have newsfeeds, forums, on-linestores, and is easily edited. Most content management systems are expensive, anywhere from$50,000 to $300,000. Joomla is an open source content management system that anyone candownload for free. This makes it ideal for small businesses to build their website using it. Don’tlet the price tag fool you, Joomla is powerful and robust, and more and more big companies arechoosing to have open source software solutions. This universal appeal has made Joomla hugelypopular as a CMS. This can be seen looking at how searches for Joomla in Google have grown,roughly doubling every 2 months.