Joomla! Courses from Laura Gordon and video2brain

by Denise Lincoln on July 6, 2012

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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?

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