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Joomla! 2.5 Essential Training

with Jen Kramer

Video: Welcome

Shows how to use Joomla! to build a web site from scratch—no programming required—and guides site designers through the process, from installation to launch.
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  1. 17m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 15s
    3. Understanding Joomla!
      7m 15s
    4. Planning a web site
      3m 10s
    5. Understanding Joomla's release cycle and its versions
      4m 38s
  2. 23m 38s
    1. Understanding the installation process
      2m 6s
    2. Running Joomla! locally vs. running Joomla! on a web host
      4m 5s
    3. Web hosting overview
      2m 55s
    4. Installing Joomla! 2.5
      10m 29s
    5. Restoring the site from a backup (the jump-in files)
      4m 3s
  3. 22m 5s
    1. A quick tour of the Joomla! interface
      7m 52s
    2. Modifying the Global Configuration
      7m 34s
    3. Using the Media Manager
      5m 10s
    4. Creating content in Joomla!
      1m 29s
  4. 7m 49s
    1. Creating categories for a site
      5m 29s
    2. Modifying categories
      2m 20s
  5. 45m 21s
    1. Creating individual articles
      4m 34s
    2. Formatting articles
      8m 25s
    3. Adding an external link
      3m 53s
    4. Adding article images
      5m 13s
    5. Using Read More
      3m 42s
    6. Adding articles to the featured page
      13m 20s
    7. Deleting and restoring articles
      6m 14s
  6. 58m 4s
    1. Understanding and configuring menus
      3m 27s
    2. Linking an article to the menu
      3m 15s
    3. Understanding parent and child menu items
      3m 59s
    4. Configuring category blogs
      2m 32s
    5. Advanced category blog configuration
      8m 51s
    6. Configuring category lists
      4m 57s
    7. Advanced category list configuration
      3m 52s
    8. Creating a featured blog for news
      4m 45s
    9. Formatting the homepage
      6m 45s
    10. Deleting menu items
      2m 19s
    11. Configuring submenus
      7m 30s
    12. Creating a new menu and displaying it on the site
      5m 52s
  7. 51m 15s
    1. Installing and using the Joomla! Content Editor (JCE)
      5m 46s
    2. Adding an internal link
      2m 58s
    3. Linking to a PDF or other document
      7m 30s
    4. Dividing and formatting long articles using page breaks and the Pagebreak plug-in
      7m 4s
    5. Customizing which HTML tags are permitted by changing the text filter in Joomla!
      7m 34s
    6. Customizing JCE's interface for specific user groups
      7m 31s
    7. Adding a YouTube video to an article
      4m 34s
    8. Using article-specific images and links
      8m 18s
  8. 27m 41s
    1. Working with global article options, specific article options, and menu options: Which wins when?
      8m 31s
    2. Setting menu options
      4m 26s
    3. Setting individual article options
      2m 33s
    4. Comparing page headings, article titles, and browser page titles
      5m 15s
    5. Turning off the homepage heading
      1m 31s
    6. Setting individual article configuration options
      5m 25s
  9. 39m 1s
    1. Configuring modules
      4m 6s
    2. Creating a custom HTML module
      4m 46s
    3. Assigning a module to the site
      2m 24s
    4. Creating a breadcrumb module
      3m 47s
    5. Creating a random image module
      4m 50s
    6. Creating a newsflash module on the homepage
      4m 54s
    7. Adding a Twitter feed
      6m 45s
    8. Including a module in an article using loadposition
      7m 29s
  10. 39m 37s
    1. Using the content component
      1m 51s
    2. Using the contact component
      6m 50s
    3. Configuring CAPTCHA for a form
      4m 17s
    4. Creating a contact list
      5m 49s
    5. Using the web links component
      9m 36s
    6. Using the redirect component
      5m 31s
    7. Exploring search and the Finder in Joomla! 2.5
      5m 43s
  11. 25m 24s
    1. Changing the look of the site using templates
      2m 33s
    2. Setting the default template style and assigning template styles
      3m 4s
    3. Creating new template styles
      4m 24s
    4. Adjusting template masters with the HTML and CSS editors
      6m 2s
    5. Changing the admin template
      5m 4s
    6. Exploring Joomla! templates from third-party providers
      4m 17s
  12. 57m 6s
    1. Overview of configuring a multilanguage site
      2m 40s
    2. Downloading and installing the French language pack
      4m 30s
    3. Creating the French content language
      2m 49s
    4. Adjusting category structures for multiple languages
      5m 7s
    5. Creating French language categories and articles
      8m 14s
    6. Creating the English menu and a universal homepage
      7m 4s
    7. Creating the French menu
      5m 43s
    8. Changing the menu modules on the site
      3m 52s
    9. Creating French and English template styles
      4m 47s
    10. Creating the language switcher module
      2m 27s
    11. Enabling the language filter system plug-in
      1m 42s
    12. Configuring menu item associations
      3m 40s
    13. Exploring language overrides
      4m 31s
  13. 33m 45s
    1. Introduction to access control lists (ACL)
      1m 36s
    2. Exploring Joomla's default user groups and permissions
      3m 28s
    3. Creating a user
      4m 16s
    4. Exploring the default access levels
      1m 58s
    5. Configuring content for ACL
      4m 22s
    6. Configuring user registration
      6m 23s
    7. Configuring the login box
      3m 38s
    8. Allowing users to modify user details
      2m 12s
    9. Extending user profiles
      4m 3s
    10. Using user notes
      1m 49s
  14. 19m 25s
    1. Evaluating extensions in the Joomla! Extensions Directory
      7m 0s
    2. Installing Akeeba Backup
      2m 56s
    3. Creating a backup with Akeeba Backup
      4m 42s
    4. Creating a site map with XMap
      4m 47s
  15. 41m 11s
    1. Launching your site
      12m 33s
    2. Create a mobile version of a site with Mobile Joomla!
      6m 6s
    3. Placing a site in offline mode and changing the offline image
      3m 57s
    4. Thinking about site maintenance and front-end editing
      4m 31s
    5. Exploring the Joomla! update notification and extension update notification icons
      6m 35s
    6. Exploring additional Joomla! resources and opportunities to participate
      7m 29s
  16. 1m 54s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 54s

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Joomla! 2.5 Essential Training
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In Joomla! 2.5 Essential Training, Jen Kramer uses Joomla! to build a web site from scratch—no programming required—and guides site designers through the process, from installation to launch. The course demonstrates how to create and organize content; add menus, sidebars, and other features; change the look with templates; install plug-ins and extensions; assign specific users to create and edit content; and much more. Jen also shows how to evaluate the quality of third-party extensions and templates and how to download and install them, and emphasizes the importance of backups for your Joomla! site, with details on creating and storing those backups.

Topics include:
  • Understanding a content management system (CMS)
  • Comparing a CMS-driven site to a static HTML site
  • Installing Joomla!
  • Organizing content within Joomla!
  • Creating categories, articles, and menus
  • Installing third-party extensions and templates
  • Managing users and their permissions
  • Changing the look of the site with templates
  • Launching a Joomla! site
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Hi! I am Jen Kramer. Welcome to Joomla! 2.5 Essential Training. Content management systems are growing in popularity for creating both simple and complex websites. 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'll then install Joomla! After that we'll learn about the CAM (Categories, Articles and Menus), as well as adding components and modules to your website for extra functionality.

We'll explore some of Joomla!'s latest features including Nested Categories, the Flash Uploader and the Media Manager and the Redirect Component. We'll change the look of a website using Joomla! Templates, and we'll get a peek at the basics of Joomla!'s new access control lists or ACL features. We'll also take a look at working with multiple languages in Joomla! Finally you'll learn how to move your site from a local computer to a Web host. So if you're ready, let's get started with Joomla! 2.5 Essential Training.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Joomla! 2.5 Essential Training .

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Q: How do I add a Twitter feed to my Joomla! site? When following the instructions in the Chapter 8 video "Adding a Twitter feed," I can't access my feed.
A: The way to access the feed as shown in the video no longer works. However, the ability to generate this feed is still available on the Twitter web site. Rather than following the instructions to navigate to the feed generation page in the video, use this URL instead:

Follow the rest of the instructions as indicated in the video, and you should be all set.
Q: I'm having problems embedding a YouTube movie with the Joomla! Content Editor, as shown in the Chapter 6 video "Adding a YouTube video to an article." What should I do?
A: To correctly embed a YouTube movie in a post, go to Components > JCE Editor > Editor Profiles > Default > Plugin Parameters > Media Support and enable the iFrame option.
Q: Where can I learn more about how to make a website?
A: Discover more on this topic by visiting how to make a website on
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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