This course takes you through the entire process of building a Joomla-powered website. Although the focus is naturally on Joomla, other important topics are also covered including how a website works and website planning.
Build a Joomla Website From Scratch was originally produced in 2010 and this latest version contains the same material that has been presented in workshops at a cost of up to $400 per student. This online version is fantastic value and teaches you everything you need to build a typical website. A workbook is included.
Your teacher is Richard Pearce who has been working with computers since 1983. He went online when bulletin boards were popular and migrated to the Internet in 1993. Richard stumbled across Joomla in its early days and started teaching it in 2008. Since then, tens of thousands have watched various versions of Richard's courses that demonstrate how to build a Joomla Website the right way, the first time.
If you have ever considered building your own website or if you would like to start a new career by becoming a web developer, then this course is for you.
For Joomla version 3
This lecture explains the differences between conventional documents and web pages. You will also learn the three layers of a web page.
The difference between a static website and a dynamic website.
The steps to take to produce an effective website plan that ensures your website is built right the first time.
Once you have one or more goals for your site, it's time to get your team together and brainstorm what to include on your site.
A sitemap is a is a hierarchical diagram showing each of the pages on the site and how they correlate with each other.
The process of planning a website is similar to planning a house. The house needs a blueprint and so does your website. Website blueprints are known as a wireframe diagram.
In this lecture you will learn the necessary steps to finding and choosing a template.
Some quick tips on how to produce content including:
How to install Joomla at CloudAccess
How to install Joomla at SiteGround using Softaculous.
How to install Joomla using cPanel.
Installing the extensions that are used in this course.
The four steps to creating a Joomla page.
Understanding and creating Joomla categories.
Creating Category Blog pages.
Creating articles that are split on two pages.
Editing article parameters throughout Joomla.
Creating a featured articles page which is commonly used for the home page.
The importance of resizing images before uploading.
The first method of how to insert images into an article or module; the Joomla Media Manager.
The second method of inserting images; JCE.
Embedding content from a third party website.
How to create a feedback form.
How to create a photo gallery in Joomla using an extension.
How to add content in other areas of the page.
Displaying summaries from articles that have recently been added to the site.
How to add a search box.
How to add one or more navigation menus.
Allowing your site visitors to leave comments on your content.
Emebd a Google map into your articles or modules.
Tidying up some bits and pieces including adding a logo.
I started developing websites in 1995. In those days, there were almost no training materials, but after a lot of trial and error, I managed to produce one of the first retail websites here in Sydney, Australia. I was hooked and continued to build sites for 16 1/2 years.
These days I spend my time sharing my knowledge and experience by producing online courses as well as some classroom training.
When I'm not in front of a monitor, I love exploring Sydney's plethora of bushwalks (hikes), teaching one of my four kids something new or watching my 17 African cichlids.