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Joomla SiteBuilder 2



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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    Joomla SiteBuilder 2 Joomla SiteBuilder 2 Presentation Transcript

    • Joomla SiteBuilder 2 Jen Kramer 4Web, Inc. CMS Expo, Evanston IL May 2010
    • Agenda
      • Collect cards for Free Drawing!
      • Introduce Jen
      • Background: skills, planning
      • Joomla tips:
        • Joomla hosting
        • Evaluating extensions
        • Useful extensions
    • First, about Jen
      • Program Director, MSIT, Marlboro College Graduate Center
      • Manager, Joomla! User Group New England
      • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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
    • 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?
    • 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?
    • Hosting Backups
      • Your host likely backs things up for their own use
      • These backups are frequently not guaranteed
      • You need your own separate backups
    • 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?
    • 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?
    • Don’t know hosting?
      • Me either.
      • Host with Rochen, Great Joomla tools.
      • Demo
    • Evaluating extensions
      • How do you choose your extensions?
    • 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
    • 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?
    • Which is better: free or paid?
      • Free: great price!
      • Paid: more guaranteed to get support and upgrade paths
    • Extensions!
      • JCE
      • Akeeba Backup
      • Joomla Updater
      • CCK (K2, Sobi, Flexicontent, Zoo, others)
      • RS Forms Pro
    • 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
    • Questions?
      • Jen Kramer
      • 4Web, Inc.
      • [email_address]
      • Twitter: jen4web