Jennifer Marriott owns and operates a web development company, Marpo Multimedia, which specializes in Joomla! CMS–powered websites. Her company is located in Northeastern Oklahoma, and although separated by distance, Jennifer stays close to her Canadian roots.
Jennifer joined the Joomla! community during the beginning days in 2005 and began volunteering as a forum moderator shortly after. Over the years she has taken on various roles in the community in addition to moderator, such as Joomla! Bug Squad member, Joomla! Google Summer of Code coadministrator and mentor, and Trademark and Licensing Team Leader. Although Jennifer has stepped down from her official roles in the Joomla! project, she remains an active community member.
In addition to her work in all things technology related, Jennifer is a professional musician. She has three CDs released, and in 2013 she will be heading into the studio for her fourth release as well as a CD/DVD live concert recording.
Elin Waring is a longtime Joomla! user and former president of Open Source Matters, the nonprofit organization that provides legal, financial, and organizational support to the Joomla! project. In that role, she led a number of initiatives ranging from writing the translation policy to obtaining a trademark for the Joomla! brand. She has made more than 7,500 posts on the Joomla! forums (screen name: mcsmom) and wrote most of the Frequently Asked Questions for Joomla! 1.0. She is an active member of the Joomla! Bug Squad and participates in many Joomla! events.
Elin is a professor of sociology at Lehman College, City University of New York, where she teaches research methods. She has published a number of books, including White Collar Crime and Criminal Careers, Crimes of the Middle Classes: White Collar Offenders in the Federal Courts, and Russian Mafia in America: Crime Immigration and Culture, as well as scholarly articles in the areas of white collar crime, organized crime, and social organization.
To Tom, Bobby, and Linnea —Elin | To my husband, Pete —Jennifer
This book benefited greatly from the help of many people, named and unnamed. We thank them for their assistance.
We especially thank all the contributors to the Joomla! project who have worked together so hard to produce and support this amazing software. All of the people we interview in Chapter 12 have taught and inspired us day in and day out, many since the day the Joomla! was born, and we are lucky enough to consider them friends too. Thanks to Andrew Eddie, Chris Davenport, Brad Baker, Wendy Robinson, Louis Landry, Ian MacLennan, Sam Moffatt, Mark Dexter, Ryan Ozimek, Vic Drover, and Gary Brooks. There are dozens of others whose knowledge we have built on including Anthony Ferrara, Michelle Bisson, Toni Marie Swats, James Vasile, Rob Schley, Dave Huelsmann, Lorenzo Garcia, Jean Marie Simonet, Angie Radke, Andrea Tarr, Alan Langford, Leslie Hawthorn, and others.
We also thank all those participants in the Joomla! forums who answered our questions and asked us their own questions and contributors to the Joomla! documentation wiki, both of which taught us how to use Joomla! in more depth. The Joomla! Bug Squad has been a continuous source of inspiration.
Then there are the people who really made this book possible. Pete and Tom, our families, Linnea and Robert Abernathy, and the Odd Sheep who were so supportive and put up with a lot while we were writing. Also, to our numerous friends who were given a sudden introduction to Joomla! and who gave of their time to read chapters and give encouragement and suggestions, thank you.
A very special thank you to Terrence H. Pocock for bringing home a Teletype, which inspired a lifetime love of technology in his youngest daughter. And to Joan and Fred Waring for showing their daughter a counter sorter.
Thank you to Gabrielle Heller who read the whole manuscript and of course Debra Williams Cauley at Pearson who was a tireless advocate for Joomla! Press and kept us on track.
There are still millions of Joomla 1.5 sites and people who need to know how to manage them. So don't worry, all of our information from the first edition--the free chapters, the Beez color schemes and the rest--is still aailable on the site. And even when there are no more printed copies of the first edtion you will still be able to get the eBook from Joomla! Press.
Now in an all new second edition, the Official Joomla! Book explores building a web presence using Joomla!, the world's most popular open source Content Management System using either Joomla! 3 or Joomla! 2.5. Written by two long time Joomla! project contributors with years of experience building Joomla! websites, the book explains website design and structure and how to use Joomla! to create an effective online presence. Chapters cover what you need to know before you install Joomla!, all the way through keeping the momentum going with your website after it is created. The book includes practical examples and discussions of how to expand your website with extensions in ways that are sensible for long term site management. An added feature of the book is a Chapter containing in-depth interviews with a number of community leaders, developers and contributors.
The Official Joomla! Book offers an explanation of the Joomla! project and community, with information on the official sites, how to use them, and the many ways people of all experience levels can become participants and contributors. The book provides helpful step by step instructions and direction for those without any experience in creating websites, as well as tips and information for experienced web administrators and creators. A brief overview of the information covered: