Book review: The Official Joomla! Book

Whether you’re looking for information, a product, or local service, chances are one of the first places you’ll check is online. In today’s world, every organization needs a web presence, and with Joomla!, this has never been easier.

Joomla! is a free content management system (CMS) for creating websites and applications. Our church has been using Joomla! for the past five years and has been very satisfied. There’s always been help available at the Joomla! forum (http://forum.joomla.org/) and Joomla’s wiki-style documentation site (http://docs.joomla.org/), but  nothing beats an old-fashioned physical book in hand to browse through, markup pages, see the big picture, and have new ideas at your fingertips.

The Official Joomla! Book is more than just a user’s manual. It’s a whole introduction to web design. The author’s goal is to help you build an effective website. Joomla! just happens to be their tool of choice. The authors accomplish their goal by looking not only on the anatomy of Joomla!, but also discussing the purpose and branding of a company, strategic importance of the home page, and an appendix of helpful links that extend well beyond the boundaries of Joomla! I was glad to see after several chapters of technical instruction on the program, the authors include extensive practical applications in the area of business, nonprofit groups, and education.

The book has a clean layout, a helpful glossary and index, and generous use of illustrations. Whether you’re an experienced Joomla! user or just getting ready to build your first website, The Official Joomla! Book could be a real help to your company or organization.

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