Joomla SiteBuilder 2

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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 …

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