Joomla SiteBuilder 2 Jen Kramer 4Web, Inc. CMS Expo, Evanston IL May 2010
Agenda <ul><li>Collect cards for Free Drawing! </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce Jen </li></ul><ul><li>Background: skills, plann...
First, about Jen <ul><li>Program Director, MSIT, Marlboro College Graduate Center </li></ul><ul><li>Manager, Joomla! User ...
Now about you… <ul><li>Worked with Joomla before? (Kickstart is great!) </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with any CMS before? </li...
Best ways to improve your Joomla skills <ul><li>Learn hand-coded HTML </li></ul><ul><li>Learn hand-coded CSS </li></ul><ul...
First of all, what are you building? <ul><li>What problem is this website trying to solve? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is a webs...
Joomla Hosting <ul><li>Where do you host now? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they do backups? </li></ul><ul><li>Really? </li></ul><u...
Hosting Backups <ul><li>Your host likely backs things up for their own use </li></ul><ul><li>These backups are frequently ...
How do hosting backups work? <ul><li>It Depends. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is backup disk space included in your account? </li...
Other things to watch for <ul><li>Host should run PHP 5.2+ and MySQL 5.0.4+ for compatibility with Joomla 1.6 </li></ul><u...
Don’t know hosting? <ul><li>Me either. </li></ul><ul><li>Host with Rochen, www.rochenhost.com. Great Joomla tools. </li></...
Evaluating extensions <ul><li>How do you choose your extensions? </li></ul>
Evaluating extensions <ul><li>Software version: avoid alpha/beta </li></ul><ul><li>Date added/updated: hopefully updated r...
Evaluating extensions <ul><li>No encryption </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have to change permissions to use it? </li></ul><ul><...
Which is better: free or paid? <ul><li>Free: great price! </li></ul><ul><li>Paid: more guaranteed to get support and upgra...
Extensions! <ul><li>JCE </li></ul><ul><li>Akeeba Backup </li></ul><ul><li>Joomla Updater </li></ul><ul><li>CCK (K2, Sobi, ...
Free Drawing!!! <ul><li>Did you get your business card in the bucket? </li></ul><ul><li>Win autographed copy of “Joomla! 2...
Questions? <ul><li>Jen Kramer </li></ul><ul><li>4Web, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>www.4webinc.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.joomla4...
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Joomla! SiteBuilder 2 starts where Joomla! SiteBuilder 1 leaves off. Instructor and Joomla! author Jen Kramer will instruct this 90-minute Joomla! training session which digs farther into Joomla! 1.6 CMS to show you how to build sites using Joomla! beyond the initial planning and site structure phase.

Joomla! SiteBuilder 2 will help you with advanced use of menus, sections and categories, as well as extensions understand and use advanced Joomla! extensions to further empower your site.

Key Learning Points:

* Advanced use of menus
* Web hosting overview with Joomla in mind
* Recommended extensions for your site

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Joomla SiteBuilder 2

  1. 1. Joomla SiteBuilder 2 Jen Kramer 4Web, Inc. CMS Expo, Evanston IL May 2010
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Collect cards for Free Drawing! </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce Jen </li></ul><ul><li>Background: skills, planning </li></ul><ul><li>Joomla tips: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joomla hosting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluating extensions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful extensions </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. First, about Jen <ul><li>Program Director, MSIT, Marlboro College Graduate Center </li></ul><ul><li>Manager, Joomla! User Group New England </li></ul><ul><li>Lynda.com author, 6 video titles </li></ul><ul><li>Author, “Joomla! Start to Finish”, Wrox Press </li></ul><ul><li>Author, “Joomla! 24-Hour Trainer”, Wrox Press </li></ul><ul><li>And I get 8 hours of sleep a night. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Now about you… <ul><li>Worked with Joomla before? (Kickstart is great!) </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with any CMS before? </li></ul><ul><li>Know hand-coded HTML? </li></ul><ul><li>Know hand-coded CSS? </li></ul><ul><li>Anything special you want to learn today? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Best ways to improve your Joomla skills <ul><li>Learn hand-coded HTML </li></ul><ul><li>Learn hand-coded CSS </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about website planning and strategy </li></ul><ul><li>These skills applicable to any CMS </li></ul>
  6. 6. First of all, what are you building? <ul><li>What problem is this website trying to solve? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is a website the best way to solve that problem? </li></ul><ul><li>Who does it serve? </li></ul><ul><li>Goals: organization, website, user? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Joomla Hosting <ul><li>Where do you host now? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they do backups? </li></ul><ul><li>Really? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you sure? </li></ul><ul><li>Absolutely totally 100% positive, no question? </li></ul><ul><li>Ever discussed it with the host? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hosting Backups <ul><li>Your host likely backs things up for their own use </li></ul><ul><li>These backups are frequently not guaranteed </li></ul><ul><li>You need your own separate backups </li></ul>
  9. 9. How do hosting backups work? <ul><li>It Depends. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is backup disk space included in your account? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How often are backups made? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How long does it take to restore from backup? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Other things to watch for <ul><li>Host should run PHP 5.2+ and MySQL 5.0.4+ for compatibility with Joomla 1.6 </li></ul><ul><li>Does the host have a background in working with Joomla? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any GoDaddy horror stories in the audience? </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Don’t know hosting? <ul><li>Me either. </li></ul><ul><li>Host with Rochen, www.rochenhost.com. Great Joomla tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Demo </li></ul>
  12. 12. Evaluating extensions <ul><li>How do you choose your extensions? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Evaluating extensions <ul><li>Software version: avoid alpha/beta </li></ul><ul><li>Date added/updated: hopefully updated recently, maybe added long ago </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure it’s 1.6 native </li></ul><ul><li>Votes and comments: positive </li></ul>
  14. 14. Evaluating extensions <ul><li>No encryption </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have to change permissions to use it? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it start with the right first line of code? </li></ul><ul><ul><li><?php defined (‘_JEXEC’) or die; ?> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>index.html file in each folder? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it overwrite core files? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Which is better: free or paid? <ul><li>Free: great price! </li></ul><ul><li>Paid: more guaranteed to get support and upgrade paths </li></ul>
  16. 16. Extensions! <ul><li>JCE </li></ul><ul><li>Akeeba Backup </li></ul><ul><li>Joomla Updater </li></ul><ul><li>CCK (K2, Sobi, Flexicontent, Zoo, others) </li></ul><ul><li>RS Forms Pro </li></ul>
  17. 17. Free Drawing!!! <ul><li>Did you get your business card in the bucket? </li></ul><ul><li>Win autographed copy of “Joomla! 24-Hour Trainer” </li></ul><ul><li>More on sale in the 4Web booth </li></ul>
  18. 18. Questions? <ul><li>Jen Kramer </li></ul><ul><li>4Web, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>www.4webinc.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.joomla4web.com </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: jen4web </li></ul>
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