If you’re looking for an easy way to create rich and full-featured websites, you should take a look at our new Joomla! courses by Laura Gordon. Joomla! is an open source CMS (content management system) that was created to make site application development and maintenance the straightforward process you always wanted it to be. And while Joomla! is simple enough for non-developers to learn quickly, it is also highly customizable, allowing you to use components to both create and manage multiple layers of content for your site.
Getting Started with Joomla! is a nuts-and-bolts primer on setting up your first Joomla! site. You’ll start at the beginning, learning what a CMS is, exploring how Joomla! is different from a basic HTML page, and getting up to date about the various versions of Joomla! Then you’ll see how to upload and install Joomla! and discover how to configure your options through the control panel’s global configuration settings and the User Manager. After that, the fun really starts! You’ll learn to add content through the Category and Article Managers and then add images and links to your site. In this free video, Laura explains how to use Joomla’s Category Manager to create, modify, and organize categories:
You will also work with components, modules, menus, and templates and jump into creating articles and categories. By the time you are finished you will not only know how to build a fully operational site, you’ll know how to maintain it too.
In the follow-up course, Adding Dynamic Functionality to Your Joomla! Site, you will take your Joomla! expertise to the next level. One of the best reasons to learn Joomla! is that it’s an open source product with a large community of active developers. This course will teach you how to mine the wealth of components available in the Joomla! community and make the most of them so you can customize your site to fit your own specific needs. You will also see how to migrate your existing Joomla! site to Joomla! 2.5, which is the newly released version, while also walking you through adding mass content, displaying modules within your content, and managing events on your site. If you want to integrate social networking capabilities into your site, this course has you covered; check out this free video where Laura demonstrates how to add a Twitter feed to a Joomla! site:
You will also explore how to use and modify templates, make your site mobile-friendly, and finally work with action control lists.
Our Joomla! expert, Laura Gordon, regularly teaches courses on the subject and her relaxed yet informed style will help make learning Joomla! an illuminating and fun experience. So what are you waiting for?