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Joomla! 1.5 Content Administration

Book Description

Keep your web site up-to-date and maintain content and users with ease

  • Add, edit, and manage content, from articles and text to images, audio, and video

  • Quickly master the administration area of your new web site and make yourself familiar with the navigation and how the content is organized

  • Get to grips with managing users, slaying spam, and other activities that will help you maintain a content-rich site

  • In-depth coverage for content administrators and end users of a Joomla! site with plenty of practical, working examples and clear explanations

In Detail

Often a company hires consultants or web developers to build a Joomla! web site, and then takes over running the site in house. If you are a content administrator concerned with creating and maintaining the 'product' of a content management site, and not modifying its code, this book is all you need.

This practical, hands-on guide will give you all the knowledge needed to maintain and edit your web site as a content-rich place that visitors return to again and again. There are many books available to help you administer a Joomla! site, but this is the only one specifically for Content Administrators. It is a quick-start guide that best serves content administrators and editors and doesn't cover designing or creating a site. However, anybody who has built their own site but needs help with article management, multimedia management, search engine optimization, and more will also benefit from it.

To explain all the features, we will work on developing and maintaining the content and structure of a fledgling web site for a fictitious company "The Party People". Beginning with the basics, which includes an exploration of how to access and navigate around the administration interface, you will move into managing and creating content, including adding images, video, and audio material. There is advice on how to make the most of your multimedia material and how to choose the right file type for your needs.

As your skills develop, you will work through techniques for making the site search-engine friendly and securing it against potential malicious attacks. All of these techniques and processes are explained step by step, and by the end of the book you will be able to take advantage your new-found knowledge and skills and maintain your Joomla! site with ease. Keeping your content fresh and engaging becomes easy, once you know how and that's what this book aims to do. It will help you become a more effective and efficient manager of Joomla!-based web sites.

Table of Contents

  1. Joomla! 1.5 Content Administration
    1. Joomla! 1.5 Content Administration
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
    4. Acknowledgement
    5. About the Reviewer
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    7. 1. Exploring Your New Joomla! Website
      1. Where to begin
        1. Logging into the Control Panel
      2. Getting around the administration
        1. Site
        2. Menus
        3. Content
        4. Components
        5. Extensions
        6. Tools
        7. Help
      3. Related toolbars
      4. Organizing your site
        1. Understanding Sections, Categories, and Articles
        2. What are uncategorized articles?
      5. Site wide settings
        1. Leave it to the experts
      6. Overview of the extensions
        1. Components
        2. Modules
        3. Plugins
      7. Summary
    8. 2. Creating, Editing, and Organizing Content
      1. General tips on writing content for the Web
      2. A note on copyright
      3. Making your home page engaging
      4. The Article Manager
        1. Filtering the display of Articles
        2. Column headings
        3. The toolbar
          1. Archive and unarchive Articles
          2. Publish and unpublish an Article
          3. Move or copy an Article
          4. Trashing an Article
          5. Edit, New, and Parameters
      5. Editing an existing Article using the text editor
        1. Opening the Article
        2. Editing the Article
      6. Creating a new Article
        1. Adding text
        2. Adding a table to an Article
      7. Breaking up Article content
        1. Adding a Read More link
        2. Adding a page break
      8. Using the JCE text editor
      9. Authorization and publishing from the frontend
        1. Adding content for approval through frontend access
        2. To submit an Article from the frontend
      10. What are Article parameters?
        1. The advanced parameters—but only if you really have to!
        2. Metadata information is what search engines like
      11. Summary
    9. 3. Managing Images and Videos
      1. Media Manager
        1. Accessing and using the Media Manager
        2. Creating a new subfolder
        3. A note on copyright
      2. What you should know about image and video files
        1. Choosing the best image file format
      3. Adding and managing images
        1. Uploading a new image
        2. Deleting an image
        3. Updating a Simple Image Gallery
          1. Changing the Simple Image Gallery's dimensions
      4. Using video files
        1. Choosing the best video file format
        2. Uploading a video
        3. Updating videos—AllVideos plugin
          1. Changing to a different video file and format
        4. Updating a YouTube video
          1. Changing the YouTube video dimensions
      5. Audio files
      6. Summary
    10. 4. Backing Up Your Website
      1. What's the Control Panel and where is it?
      2. Manually backing up your site
        1. Backing up the database using the phpMyAdmin interface
        2. Backing up the site files using the Backup Wizard
        3. Using an external FTP application to download and upload your files
      3. Restoring your website manually
        1. Backing up and restoring with the JoomlaPack component
          1. Understanding the restoration process
            1. Step 1: Create the archive file and upload
            2. Step 2. Creating a new database and user
            3. Step 3: Kick-start the installation
            4. Step 4: Restoring your website
      4. Summary
    11. 5. User Management
      1. The big picture: Who are users?
        1. Frontend users
          1. Frontend user definitions
        2. Administration users
      2. Editing the frontend Login Form
        1. Lost usernames and passwords
        2. Allowing new account registrations
          1. Adding custom text to the Login Form
          2. Directing registered users to a certain section of the site
      3. Managing your users: The User Manager
        1. Creating a new user
        2. Adding a new user as a site contact
          1. Adding a new contact Category
          2. Adding the new user to your list of contacts
          3. Adding a new customer manually
        3. Editing existing users
          1. Editing a user profile
          2. Updating the linked contact details
          3. Resetting a username and password
        4. Dealing with problematic users
          1. Deleting a user
          2. Blocking a user
          3. What if a new user can't log in?
      4. Sending e-mails to a group of users
        1. Sending a private message to a user
      5. Summary
    12. 6. Making Your Site Popular
      1. Overview of Search Engine Ranking
        1. What is metadata?
      2. General strategies for SEO
        1. Updating content frequently
        2. Link building
          1. Adding an external link to an Article
          2. Adding an internal link to an Article
      3. Social media
        1. Using social media for marketing
          1. Facebook
          2. Twitter
          3. StumbleUpon
          4. Delicious
          5. Reddit and Digg
          6. RSS feeds
          7. Social media on your site
          8. Customizing Stalker
        2. Making the most of Google
        3. Setting up a Google Account
        4. Setting up Google Analytics
        5. Research keywords
          1. Google's keyword tool
        6. Adding lots of content
        7. Pay per click traffic
        8. Keyword tips
      4. Creating a new, search engine-friendly Article
      5. Summary
    13. 7. Security—Precaution and Recovery
      1. Precautionary measures
        1. Keeping up-to-date
        2. Upgrade to the latest version of Joomla!
          1. Localhost environments
          2. Installing the upgrade patch
        3. Review your hosting account
          1. Change the administration username and password
          2. Why change the administration username from "admin" to something else?
          3. Reset the FTP login password
      2. Other precautions
      3. Installing and configuring jSecure authentication
        1. Downloading jSecure
        2. Installing jSecure through the administration control panel
        3. Configuring the jSecure Plugin to change the administration login URL
        4. What should I do if my site is exploited?
      4. Help, I can't log into the administration panel!
        1. Generate an MD5 hash value
        2. Reset the "admin" user password in the database
        3. Log into the administration interface
        4. What else should I do?
          1. Check for any new or suspicious files
          2. Run diagnostic scripts
          3. Advise your hosting provider
          4. Review the Raw Access Logs for your site
      5. How do I recover my site after a serious compromise?
      6. Summary
    14. 8. Menus, Modules, and Components
      1. Extending a menu with a new link
        1. Creating the Article
        2. Reordering menu items
        3. Removing a menu item
      2. Adding Web Links
        1. Setting the Web Links global parameters
        2. Adding a Category of links
        3. Adding the links to the Category
        4. Editing and deleting web links and Categories
          1. Adding the web links page to the (top) menu
      3. Advertising banners
        1. Setting up banner advertising
          1. Adding a banner Category
          2. Adding a banner client
          3. Setting the banner parameters
          4. Adding the banner
          5. Enabling the banner module
          6. Managing and editing banners
      4. Latest news module: Updating and adding
        1. Setting up the content
        2. Enabling the module
        3. Managing your latest news
      5. Random images module
        1. Change the files in the image folder
        2. Redirect to a different image directory
      6. Installing third-party extensions— modules, components, and plugins
        1. Position of modules
        2. Plugins
        3. Installing an extension
        4. Configuring the component
          1. Adding the new component to a menu
        5. Additional third-party extensions
          1. VirtueMart
          2. JCal Pro
          3. DOCman
          4. Letterman
      7. Core modules
        1. NewsFlash
        2. Who's online
        3. Polls
        4. Feed display
      8. Summary