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Joomla! 3 Essential Training

with Jen Kramer

Video: Welcome

Discover how to use Joomla! to build a website from scratch—all without a single line of code.
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  1. 17m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
    3. Understanding Joomla!
      6m 45s
    4. Planning your website
      3m 10s
    5. Understanding Joomla's release cycle and versions
      5m 37s
  2. 34m 3s
    1. Understanding the installation process
      1m 48s
    2. Running Joomla! locally vs. running Joomla! on a web host
      2m 56s
    3. Web hosting overview
      3m 57s
    4. Installing Joomla! 3.0
      17m 45s
    5. Restoring the site from a backup using the jump-in files
      7m 37s
  3. 33m 0s
    1. A quick tour of the Joomla! interface
      8m 39s
    2. Exploring responsive design in Joomla!
      4m 28s
    3. Modifying the global configuration
      9m 39s
    4. Using the Media Manager
      8m 42s
    5. Creating content in Joomla!
      1m 32s
  4. 12m 35s
    1. Creating categories for your site
      7m 34s
    2. Publishing, unpublishing, and trashing categories
      5m 1s
  5. 34m 45s
    1. Creating individual articles
      3m 39s
    2. Formatting articles
      9m 33s
    3. Adding an external link
      3m 28s
    4. Adding article images
      5m 4s
    5. Using Read More
      4m 17s
    6. Exploring featured articles and pages
      3m 14s
    7. Publishing, unpublishing, and trashing articles
      5m 30s
  6. 1h 16m
    1. Understanding and configuring menus
      2m 52s
    2. Linking an article to the menu
      4m 10s
    3. Understanding parent and children menu items
      4m 5s
    4. Configuring Category Blogs
      3m 23s
    5. Advanced Category Blog configuration
      8m 44s
    6. Configuring Category Lists
      3m 16s
    7. Advanced Category List configuration
      5m 57s
    8. Creating a featured blog for the News page and configuring the homepage
      10m 19s
    9. Publishing, unpublishing, and trashing menu items
      4m 58s
    10. Creating a new menu and a login link, and displaying the menu in the footer
      5m 2s
    11. Creating menu aliases
      3m 28s
    12. Reordering menu items
      2m 4s
    13. Adding products, moving the main menu, and configuring a dropdown menu
      8m 45s
    14. Configuring secondary navigation
      9m 4s
  7. 37m 30s
    1. Linking to a PDF or other document
      4m 46s
    2. Dividing and formatting long articles using page breaks and the Pagebreak plugin
      6m 57s
    3. Customizing which HTML tags are permitted by changing the text filter in Joomla!
      6m 36s
    4. Adding a YouTube video to an article
      2m 55s
    5. Using article-specific images and links
      8m 45s
    6. Styling images with bootstrap classes
      7m 31s
  8. 25m 54s
    1. Setting global configuration options for articles
      8m 49s
    2. Setting menu display options
      3m 6s
    3. Comparing page headings, article titles, and browser page titles
      3m 29s
    4. Turning off the homepage heading
      3m 29s
    5. Configuring the back-end and front-end article administrator screens and options
      7m 1s
  9. 30m 4s
    1. Configuring modules
      3m 25s
    2. Creating a search module
      6m 27s
    3. Creating a custom HTML module
      3m 56s
    4. Modifying the breadcrumb module
      3m 40s
    5. Creating a random image module
      4m 0s
    6. Including a module in an article using loadposition
      4m 7s
    7. Exploring administrator modules and turning on the Joomla! version
      4m 29s
  10. 38m 4s
    1. Using the content component
      2m 19s
    2. Using the contact component
      5m 45s
    3. Formatting the contact page
      3m 34s
    4. Configuring CAPTCHA for a form
      5m 8s
    5. Creating a contact list
      4m 35s
    6. Formatting the contact list
      3m 20s
    7. Using the weblinks component
      8m 56s
    8. Using the redirect component
      4m 27s
  11. 40m 38s
    1. Changing the look of the site using templates
      1m 44s
    2. Setting the default template style and assigning template styles
      9m 38s
    3. Creating new template styles
      2m 40s
    4. Adjusting template masters with the HTML and CSS editors
      5m 2s
    5. Adding an editor.css style sheet for access to certain classes in TinyMCE
      7m 25s
    6. Introducing the Hathor admin template
      5m 23s
    7. Customizing the Isis admin template
      5m 25s
    8. Working with Joomla! templates from third-party providers
      3m 21s
  12. 44m 32s
    1. Multilanguage site overview and configuration
      1m 23s
    2. Downloading and installing the Italian language pack
      3m 30s
    3. Creating the Italian content language
      3m 10s
    4. Adjusting category structures for multiple languages
      3m 38s
    5. Creating Italian language articles and adjusting English articles
      2m 53s
    6. Creating the English menu and a universal homepage
      6m 35s
    7. Changing menu modules on the site
      1m 41s
    8. Creating the Italian menu
      3m 12s
    9. Creating Italian and English template styles
      2m 40s
    10. Creating the language switcher module
      1m 21s
    11. Enabling the Language Filter system plugin
      7m 40s
    12. Debugging with the multilanguage status module
      3m 49s
    13. Turning off WAMP error reporting
      3m 0s
  13. 56m 3s
    1. Introduction to ACL
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring default groups in Joomla!
      4m 28s
    3. Creating a user
      8m 29s
    4. Exploring default access levels
      3m 9s
    5. Configuring content for users behind a login
      6m 42s
    6. Configuring content for guest access
      4m 44s
    7. Configuring user registration and user options
      7m 7s
    8. Configuring a logout button
      4m 15s
    9. Configuring a better login screen and adding an Edit Profile button
      5m 57s
    10. Extending user profiles
      6m 10s
    11. Working with user notes
      2m 47s
  14. 27m 0s
    1. Evaluating extensions in the Joomla! Extensions Directory
      9m 4s
    2. Installing and creating a backup with Akeeba Backup
      7m 15s
    3. Installing and creating a site map with Xmap
      6m 25s
    4. Upgrading extensions
      4m 16s
  15. 31m 48s
    1. Preparing a site for launch
      3m 54s
    2. Launching a site
      9m 36s
    3. Placing a site in offline mode and changing the offline image
      3m 40s
    4. Thinking about site maintenance and front-end editing
      3m 55s
    5. Understanding the importance of backups and coordinating backups with a web host
      2m 50s
    6. Updating your Joomla! site and the Joomla! update notification
      7m 53s
  16. 9m 7s
    1. Working with language overrides
      4m 31s
    2. Working with multilingual associations
      4m 36s
  17. 29m 20s
    1. Upgrading your site to Joomla! 3.1.5 (New)
      11m 3s
    2. Upgrading your Joomla! extensions (New)
      6m 47s
    3. Introducing tagging (New)
      5m 19s
    4. Displaying tagged items on the menu (New)
      6m 11s
  18. 3m 9s
    1. Next steps
      3m 9s

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Joomla! 3 Essential Training
Video Duration: 0s 9h 41m Beginner Updated Sep 17, 2013


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In this course, Jen Kramer shows how to use Joomla! to build a website from scratch—all without a single line of code. Discover how to create and organize content, add menus and sidebars, change the look of the site with templates, control who creates and edits content, and much more. The course also shows you how to evaluate the quality of extensions, plugins, and templates and how to download and install them. Finally, Jen emphasizes the importance of backing up your Joomla! site, and explains how to create and store those backups.

Topics include:
  • What is Joomla!?
  • Completing Joomla! installation
  • Planning your website
  • Organizing content in Joomla!
  • Creating categories, articles, and menus
  • Formatting text and images
  • Using modules and components
  • Identifying and installing good-quality third-party extensions and templates
  • Supporting multiple languages with Joomla!
  • Managing users and their permissions
  • Changing the look of the site with templates
  • Launching your site
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(music playing) Hi! I am Jen Kramer. Welcome to Joomla! 3: Essential Training. Content Management Systems are growing in popularity for creating both simple and complex Web sites. Joomla! is one of the three best-known open-source content management systems in the world. In this course I'll show you how to install WAMP and MAMP to turn your computer into a mini Web server. We will then install Joomla! After that we will read about the CAM, Categories, Articles, and Menus as well as adding components and modules to your Web site for extra functionality.

We will explore some of the Joomla!'s latest features including new administrator and Website templates that can be customized quickly and easily. We will change the look of the Website using Joomla! templates and we will get a peek at the basics of Joomla!'s Access Control Lists or ACL features. We will also take a close look at working with multiple languages in Joomla!. So if you're ready let's get started with Joomla! 3: Essential Training.

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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.
Q: Why is Joomla not installing on my Windows computer with WAMP?
A: In current versions of WAMP, there is a bug in PHP 5.4.x that may prevent Joomla! from installing.
Downgrade your version of PHP from 5.4.x to 5.3.x. To do this, click on the WAMP icon in the system tray (the green W). Go to PHP - Version - and choose a version of 5.3 that's available in your installation. Click on the WAMP icon again and choose Restart All Services. You should be able to install Joomla! now.
Q: The CAPTCHA plugin shown in "Configuring CAPTCHA for a form" video is not working for me. Is there a workaround?
A: CAPTCHA in Joomla 3.2 and some versions of Joomla 3.1 has been temporarily disabled. This will be fixed in a future release. However, if CAPTCHA is not working for you now, the solution is posted here:
Q: During the "Styling images with bootstrap classes" video, I ran into a difference between Joomla! 3.3.3 and the older version the course was filmed with. When I select an image in my Product pages and click the tinyMCE "Insert/Edit image" button, there is no longer the "class" field to enter in the Bootstrap class styles as shown. I could not find a way to apply rounded corners, for example, without removing the "pull-right" class. Is there a workaround for this?
A: Unfortunately, tinyMCE has changed in Joomla 3.3, and this interface is no longer available. You'll need to look at the HTML and edit the image tag manually to add the appropriate classes.You could also try a different Joomla editor to see if it offers this functionality. You'll find a listing of Joomla-compatible editors at
Q: In the movie "Planning your website," Jen mentions that Website Planning and Strategy is a good course to watch next, but I can't find it in the library. Where did the course go?
A: Website Planning and Strategy was retired on March 19, 2015, and has been replaced with a more up-to-date course by Morten Rand-Hendriksen. That course is Mapping the Modern Web Design Process and can be found at





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