The Most Popular Joomla Book: Joomla Explained

Joomla Explained Book

We're delighted to present the best-selling and best-reviewed Joomla book.

Joomla Explained has been a huge success because it makes Joomla easy.

The most popular Joomla book

Joomla! now powers tens of millions of websites of every size and type. But many beginners find it confusing, and most Joomla! books are too complex to help.

Joomla! Explained is the solution.

If you are a Joomla beginner, this book will teach you everything you need to know--and nothing you don’t need to know!

You follow clear step-by-step instructions to build real Joomla! sites.

Since its release in mid-2011, Joomla! Explained has been the best-selling and best-reviewed Joomla book available. 

Join tens of thousands of others in learning how to use Joomla!

What do you need to learn from Joomla Explained?

Joomla Explained requires absolutely no experience with Joomla, content management, website construction, programming, scripting, or even HTML.

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Using Joomla Explained in Higher Education

Many colleges and universities have adopted Joomla Explained as a course textbook.

Here are suggested details for a course based around Joomla and the book "Joomla! Explained".

1. Course Names

  • Introduction to Joomla
  • Introduction to Content Management Systems.

2. Course Description

Covers basic content management system concepts. Students learn how to build, design and manage Joomla and how to implement it for personal and business websites.

3. Student Learning Outcomes 

Students will:

  1. Understand what a Content Management System is and how it differs from traditional, flat websites
  2. Select the appropriate server environment and be able to install Joomla's files and database
  3. Successfully organize and present content in Joomla
  4. Select and integrate extra Joomla features from various sources, understanding the difference between different types of extension 
  5. Modify the appearance and layout of Joomla websites
  6. Understand potential threats to CMS websites and understand how to protect and backup such websites

4. Outline of Subject Matter

Course subject matter is directly aligned with Student Learning Outcomes. The number of the corresponding SLO appears in parentheses after relevant content:

Here are how the units and chapters line up:

  • Unit / Chapter  1: Joomla and CMSs (1) 
  • Unit / Chapter  2: Installations (2)
  • Unit / Chapter  3: SIte Admin (3)
  • Unit / Chapter  4: Content (3)
  • Unit / Chapter  5: Content Editing and WYSIWYG (3)
  • Unit / Chapter  6: Menus (3)
  • Unit / Chapter  7: Components (4)
  • Unit / Chapter  8: Modules (4)
  • Unit / Chapter  9: Plug-ins (4)
  • Unit / Chapter  10: Templates (5)
  • Unit / Chapter  11: Extra Extensions (4)
  • Unit / Chapter  12: Personal Site Building
  • Unit / Chapter  13: Business Site Building
  • Unit / Chapter  14: Users
  • Unit / Chapter  15: Multi-language
  • Unit / Chapter  16: Site Management (6)

5. Assessments and Grading System

  • The following units end with practice assignments: 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11
  • Unit 12 would make an ideal class project.
  • Consider using unit 13 for the final class project
  • If units 12 and 13 are used in class, consider asking students to build a real-world website using Joomla for their final assessment.

6. Suggested Plan for Course Units

The core of the curriculum is from unit 1 to unit 11. 

  • For a 10 week course: Use units 1 to 11 by combining two units. The best units to combine would be units 1 and 2 or units 4 and 5
  • For a 12 week course: Use units 1 to 12 and then consider using unit 13 for the final class project.
  • For a 14 week course: Use units 1 to 12, then 14 and 16. Consider using unit 13 for the final class project.

Joomla Explained: Reviews

The #1 position is a suitable spot for this book and almost any Joomla user - both absolute beginners and seasoned experts - can extract valuable information from this book.

Theo van der Zee

The book is a great learning tool for newbies and an excellent everyday reference for Joomla! content publishers and managers. It’s equally valuable as a training resource for the website builders who want to use select chapters as standalone tutorials for their clients.

Milena Mitova

The book is excellent - been trying to get into Joomla for a long time now and at last it is easy. ANYONE can learn Joomla from this book. Highly recommended!

Barrie Wilson

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