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Joomla! for Professional Writers

Joomla! for Professional Writers

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This book explains how corporate and other professional writers can build publishing platforms with Joomla. It covers everything from selecting a server environment and installing the software, to organizing and laying-out a publishing site, writing, publishing, and archiving articles, and adding interactive content like eLearning tutorials, video, and surveys.

While stepping readers through the process of building a publishing platform, I explain how to use each feature from either a writing or publishing perspective. I also share personal experiences, including what did and did not work for my sites. My goal is to help writers successfully transition from traditional word processors and desktop publishing tools to writing and publishing on the Internet with Joomla.
This book explains how corporate and other professional writers can build publishing platforms with Joomla. It covers everything from selecting a server environment and installing the software, to organizing and laying-out a publishing site, writing, publishing, and archiving articles, and adding interactive content like eLearning tutorials, video, and surveys.

While stepping readers through the process of building a publishing platform, I explain how to use each feature from either a writing or publishing perspective. I also share personal experiences, including what did and did not work for my sites. My goal is to help writers successfully transition from traditional word processors and desktop publishing tools to writing and publishing on the Internet with Joomla.

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Joomla! for Professional Writers
Joomla 1.5
Issue 2
Matt Majeske
 
Joomla! for Professional Writers: Joomla! 1.5
The information in this book is subject to change without notice. The author shall in no eventbe liable for any loss of business, loss of use or data, interruptions in business or for damageof any kind arising from any defect or errors in this publication.The Joomla! name and logo are registered trademarks of Open Source Matters, Inc. All othertrade names referenced in this book are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trade-marks of their manufactures and belong to their respective owner(s).This book may not be reproduced in any form without permission from the author.Copyright © 2010, 2011 Matt Majeske. All rights reserved.
Acknowledgements
First and foremost, I would like to thank my wife, Laura, and daughter, Isabella, for theirpatience and for allowing me to work on this book in my “spare time” over the last two years.I would like to thank Don Miller, fellow Joomla wrangler, who, while tearing out his hair overthe enigmatic “module,” suggested I write about modules in a book on Joomla; thus, givingme the idea to write this book. I also would like to thank Matt Bingham for introducing me toJoomla and explaining how I could build a portable server with XAMPP Lite on a USB flashdrive. And last, but not least, I would like to thank Open Source Matters and the Joomla devel-opment community for creating such a great publishing tool.
Notes
I missed my deadline for completing this book by twelve months. My job and family lifealways took precedence. The result is that I am publishing a book on Joomla 1.5 as Joomla 1.6nears completion. On the bright side, now that it’s written, I won’t need two years to update itfor Joomla 1.6.I am self-publishing this book, which means every sentence is my own, raw prose. I spellchecked each chapter at least twice, and spent $50 to print a hard copy for proofing, but it hasnot been reviewed by a professional editor. You will, most likely, encounter a few typos and,possibly, a few sentences that leave you scratching your head. But, I have done my best toensure that it is free from glaring spelling and grammar errors.I have also done my best to ensure the procedures in this book are technically accurate. Iinstalled every piece of software mentioned in this book numerous times and tested everyparameter to verify the results during the writing process.
About the Author
Matt Majeske has worked as a technical writer for over 14 years and has a college degree inprofessional writing. During his career, he has filled the positions of contractor, employee,team lead, and manager. But, more importantly, he learned about Joomla when using it as apublishing platform for a technical writing department. His goal is to teach you how to transi-tion from your word processors and desktop-publishing tools to writing and publishing on theweb with Joomla.
 
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Contents
About the Second Issue..............................................................................................ix
Planned Updates for Joomla 1.6..................................................................................ixEnhancements in Joomla 1.6.......................................................................................ix
Introduction..................................................................................................................xi
What is Joomla?..........................................................................................................xiHow Does it Work?......................................................................................................xiWhat Does it Cost?.....................................................................................................xiiWhat are its Limits?....................................................................................................xiiHow Does it Compare to Similar Tools?.....................................................................xiiWho Should Read this Book?....................................................................................xiiiHow this Book is Organized.......................................................................................xiv
Part I. Building the System
Chapter 1. Choosing a Server Environment...............................................................1
Using a Joomla Hosting Provider.................................................................................1Using a Traditional Hosting Provider...........................................................................2Building Your Own System..........................................................................................2Using a USB Flash Drive.....................................................................................3Using a Personal Computer.................................................................................3Using a Server.....................................................................................................4
Chapter 2. Installing the Server Software...................................................................7
Installing XAMPP Lite on a USB Flash Drive...............................................................7Installing XAMPP on Windows...................................................................................16About XAMPP’s Security Settings.............................................................................24
Chapter 3. Installing and Configuring Joomla!........................................................27
Downloading and Installing Joomla 1.5.....................................................................27Preparing to Install Joomla on a Local System..................................................27Preparing to Install Joomla on a Hosted System...............................................30Installing the Joomla Software...........................................................................33Removing the Installation Directory...................................................................41Accessing the Administrative Back End.....................................................................45Configuring Essential Server Settings.......................................................................46Selecting a Time Zone.......................................................................................46Connecting to a Mail Server...............................................................................48Backing Up Your Joomla Site....................................................................................50Using Language Packs..............................................................................................50
Part II. Preparing the Publishing Envornment
Chapter 4. Organizing Your Site................................................................................53
Joomla Templates......................................................................................................53Switching to the JA_Purity Template.........................................................................55Customizing the JA_Purity Template.........................................................................57

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