Joomla! 1.6 and 1.7 Essential Training
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Joomla! 1.6 and 1.7 Essential Training

with Jen Kramer

Video: Welcome

Hi! I am Jen Kramer. Welcome to Joomla 1.6 Essential Training. In this course, we'll install Joomla and set global configuration parameters, including adding keywords and metadata for search engine optimization. After that we'll get to the heart of Joomla by reviewing the CAM: Categories, Articles, and Menus. We'll add components and modules for extra web site functionality. We'll explore some of Joomla's latest features including nested categories, the Flash Uploader, and the Media Manager.
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  1. 14m 47s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 1s
    3. Understanding Joomla!
      6m 16s
    4. Planning your web site
      3m 19s
    5. Understanding different versions of Joomla!
      2m 14s
  2. 30m 57s
    1. Understanding the installation process
      2m 18s
    2. Running Joomla! locally vs. on a web host
      2m 44s
    3. Web hosting overview
      2m 30s
    4. Installing Joomla! 1.6 on a PC
      10m 4s
    5. Installing Joomla! 1.6 on a Mac
      5m 47s
    6. Restoring the .jpa exercise files using kickstart.php
      7m 34s
  3. 24m 14s
    1. A quick tour of the Joomla! interface
      6m 37s
    2. Modifying global configuration
      7m 28s
    3. Using the Media Manager
      6m 46s
    4. Using Joomla! help
      1m 51s
    5. Creating content in Joomla!
      1m 32s
  4. 6m 41s
    1. Creating categories for your site
      5m 16s
    2. Modifying categories
      1m 25s
  5. 59m 32s
    1. Creating individual articles
      4m 2s
    2. Formatting articles
      5m 57s
    3. Adding an external link
      3m 42s
    4. Adding an internal link
      2m 34s
    5. Adding article images
      3m 12s
    6. Adding a YouTube video to an article
      4m 42s
    7. Linking to a PDF or other document
      4m 12s
    8. Using Read More
      4m 19s
    9. Dividing long articles using page breaks
      3m 5s
    10. Adding articles to the featured page
      5m 19s
    11. Deleting and restoring articles
      4m 37s
    12. Practicing with articles
      13m 51s
  6. 48m 2s
    1. Understanding and configuring menus
      3m 35s
    2. Linking an article to the menu
      3m 40s
    3. Understanding parent and child menu items
      3m 26s
    4. Configuring category blogs
      3m 21s
    5. Advanced category blog configuration
      7m 14s
    6. Configuring category lists
      1m 41s
    7. Advanced category list configuration
      6m 7s
    8. Comparing page headings, article titles, and browser page titles
      4m 49s
    9. Configuring submenus
      8m 27s
    10. Creating a new menu and displaying it on the site
      5m 42s
  7. 19m 57s
    1. Setting global configuration options for articles
      9m 16s
    2. Setting menu options
      5m 5s
    3. Setting individual article configuration options
      5m 36s
  8. 25m 20s
    1. Configuring modules
      4m 2s
    2. Creating a custom HTML module
      2m 3s
    3. Assigning a module to the site
      2m 31s
    4. Creating a breadcrumb module
      5m 49s
    5. Creating a random image module
      6m 32s
    6. Creating a newsflash module on the home page and turning off the home page heading
      4m 23s
  9. 41m 9s
    1. Using the content component
      2m 23s
    2. Using the contact component
      10m 34s
    3. Creating a contact list
      10m 9s
    4. Using the banner component
      9m 43s
    5. Using the web links component
      8m 20s
  10. 23m 5s
    1. Changing the look of the site using templates
      2m 40s
    2. Setting the default template style and assigning template styles
      4m 48s
    3. Creating new template styles
      4m 6s
    4. Adjusting template masters with the HTML and CSS editors
      2m 30s
    5. Changing the admin template
      6m 56s
    6. Joomla! templates from third-party providers
      2m 5s
  11. 47m 15s
    1. Introduction to ACL
      5m 42s
    2. Understanding default groups
      1m 59s
    3. Creating a new group
      2m 3s
    4. Creating a user
      5m 33s
    5. Assigning permissions to a user group
      6m 32s
    6. Creating a new access level
      2m 54s
    7. Configuring content for ACL
      9m 54s
    8. Creating a login link
      4m 43s
    9. Allowing self-registration and allowing users to modify their details
      7m 55s
  12. 30m 2s
    1. Evaluating extensions in the Joomla! Extensions Directory
      8m 12s
    2. Installing Akeeba Backup and creating a backup
      8m 35s
    3. Installing and using Simple Image Gallery
      8m 35s
    4. Upgrading extensions
      4m 40s
  13. 20m 39s
    1. Launching your site
      9m 54s
    2. Training the client on front-end editing
      3m 54s
    3. The importance of backups and coordinating backups with your web host
      2m 27s
    4. Additional Joomla! resources and opportunities to participate
      4m 24s
  14. 52m 49s
    1. The new release cycle and versioning scheme
      4m 43s
    2. Upgrading your site from 1.6 to 1.7
      9m 1s
    3. Changing page breaks to tabs or sliders in article formatting
      9m 14s
    4. Introducing the offline access permission
      3m 59s
    5. Expanded user profiles for site registration
      5m 36s
    6. New loadposition parameters
      6m 3s
    7. Reexamining the redirect component
      7m 5s
    8. Background images in custom HTML modules
      3m 12s
    9. Changes to search in a menu item
      3m 56s
  15. 59s
    1. Goodbye

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Watch the Online Video Course Joomla! 1.6 and 1.7 Essential Training
7h 25m Beginner Feb 28, 2011 Updated Dec 20, 2011

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In Joomla! 1.6 and 1.7 Essential Training, Jen Kramer uses Joomla! 1.6 to build a web site from scratch, from installation to launch. The course covers Joomla! 1.6 new features, demonstrates how to create and organize content, and add menus, sidebars, and other interface features. The course also explains how to change the site look and feel with Joomla! templates, install plug-ins and extensions, assign users to create and edit content, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

The course was updated on 12/20/2011 for Joomla! 1.7 compatibility and new features.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the role of a content management system (CMS)
  • Upgrading a site from Joomla! 1.6 to Joomla! 1.7
  • Building a CMS-driven web site versus an HTML/Dreamweaver web site
  • Completing a Joomla! installation
  • Organizing content within Joomla!
  • Creating categories, articles, and menus
  • Formatting articles with page breaks to tabs or sliders in Joomla! 1.7
  • Exploring the loadposition parameters in Joomla! 1.7
  • Using background images in custom HTML modules in Joomla! 1.7
  • Identifying good quality third-party extensions and templates
  • Downloading and installing Joomla! plug-ins
  • Managing users and permissions
  • Changing the look of the site with templates
  • Moving a site from a local computer to a web hosting provider
Jen Kramer


Hi! I am Jen Kramer. Welcome to Joomla 1.6 Essential Training. In this course, we'll install Joomla and set global configuration parameters, including adding keywords and metadata for search engine optimization. After that we'll get to the heart of Joomla by reviewing the CAM: Categories, Articles, and Menus. We'll add components and modules for extra web site functionality. We'll explore some of Joomla's latest features including nested categories, the Flash Uploader, and the Media Manager.

In addition, we'll change the look of the web site using Joomla templates, and we'll get a peek at the basics of Joomla's new Access Control Level or ACL features. Finally, we'll move the site we create on a local computer to a web host using Akeeba Backup. So if you are ready, let's get started with Joomla 1.6 Essential Training.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Joomla! 1.6 and 1.7 Essential Training .

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Q: I'm trying to install the 1.6 version of Joomla as described in this course. The files have been moved into the htdocs folder in MAMP. I open MAMP, go to phpMyAdmin, and create the 1.6 database. Then the author goes to localhost:8888. This is where the problem occurs. I get an error message saying the browser can't connect to localhost:8888. Where does the 8888 come from and what does it refer to?
A: Try the Window syntax for accessing your site. Type one of the following in your browser:


If that doesn't work, you may need to install the MAMP stack. Refer to David Gassner's videos in Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP.
Q: While working on the "Configuring category blogs" movie, I encountered the following error. What should I do?

Strict Standards: Declaration of ContentModelCategory::populateState() should be compatible with that of JModelList::populateState() in C:\xampp\htdocs\components\com_content\models\category.php on line 23
A: If you are seeing errors with "Strict Standards" message, you have installed the wrong version of XAMPP. Make sure to install the version that is compatible with your operating system version. Download the correct version from You might also want to check out David Gassner's course Installing Apapche, MySQl, and PHP, which has a whole chapter on installing XAMPP.
Q: I've reached Chapter 10 and watched "Configuring content for ACL". At 09:11 you say " ...and we assigned the Registered User level. Registered users are in common now between the Distributors and the Employees. So if I set this to Registered, my module should now display for both Distributors and for Employess." I don't understand this part.  In "Creating a new access level", you only check the Distributors User Group box. I thought the Registered checkbox must also be set to set this also to see the User menu. Can you explain?
A: Each user is created in the "Creating a User" video and assigned 2 user groups, either Employee plus Registered, or Distributor plus Registered as the user group. 

Since Registered is in common between the two user groups, when you create a module and assign it an access level of Registered, all users who are assigned the Registered group can see it. In this case, Maria Vitalia (for example) is assigned Employee user group and Registered user group, so she is also able to see the Registered access level. 

If Maria had not been assigned the Registered user group, she would not see any modules assigned to registered users only. 

It's very confusing, because access levels (reading) are outside of the normal permissions structure (like editing, creating, etc). 
Q: I'm encountering a "strict standards" error message when working with Joomla on the Windows/XAMPP platform. What should I do?

A: If you see a "strict standards" error message, you may have installed the wrong version of XAMPP. The correct version is 1.7.3. The best practice fix is to upgrade XAMPP to 1.7.3.

However, alternatively, you can use the XAMPP version currently installed, but you must modify the php.ini file.  To do so, open the file in a text editor and change the error_reporting line of code to:

error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE

Restart Apache by quitting and re-opening XAMPP. The error shouldn't reoccur.
Q: How does Joomla 2.5.0 (the latest release) differ from 1.7? Will your Joomla course be updated to include info on the latest release?
The 2.5 release is not significantly different from 1.6 or 1.7. You should have no trouble following along using 2.5 with the video. For the most part, the screens are the same -- you may see minor variations, but nothing you shouldn't be able to figure out.
However, as of 4/03/2012, we have released Joomla! 2.5 Essential Training. In that course, you can follow along in the new interface.
Q: After following along with the exercise files, all has gone well until I installed JCE. When I did this my control panel on the backend came up with the following "strict standards" error:

( ! ) Strict standards: Non-static method WFEditor::getInstance() should
not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in
C:\wamp\www\administrator\components\com_jce\models\model.php on line 112

Please advise. I looked for a way of uninstalling JCE and could not find one. The exercise site seems to work quite well otherwise, although I can't change the profile of JCE as instructed because of similar messages throughout the JCE profile.
A: Anytime you receive an error about "strict standards" when work with WAMP (any additional messaging doesn't matter), please apply the following fix. This fix is also described in the Joomla! 3 Essential Training Chapter 11 video, "Turning off WAMP error reporting."

Because the error reporting is an issue with WAMP and not Joomla!, this fix works for Joomla! 1.6, 1.7, 2.5, and 3.0, as well as later versions of Joomla.

1. In WAMP, find the icon in the system tray and click it.

2. Choose PHP - php.ini from the list.

3. Search the php.ini file for the following line:

error_reporting = {there will be some kind of value in this place}

4. Change whatever value is there on that line to the following:

error_reporting = E_ERROR

5. Save and close php.ini, then go back to the WAMP menu and choose "stop
all services", followed by "start all services" to reboot Apache.

6. You should no longer see errors. If errors are still present, then do
the following:

a. follow steps 1 and 2 above

b. Search the php.ini file for the following line:

display_errors = off

Change this to

display_errors = on

c. Follow step 5 above.
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