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As Joomla! becomes very widely used, so more books are available about it aimed at various levels of experience. It may seem strange to recommend books for an on-line application. But interestingly - the book has not died as a result of on-screen documentation. Studies have shown that people read differently on-screen than they read on paper, it even makes sense to use books as well as on-line resources. Here are some that add to the on-screen documentation.

  • Jennifer Marriott and Elin Waring, The Official Joomla! Book Addison-Wesley Professional, 2010. Part of the Joomla! Press series. (Just published - I have not seen this yet)
  • Ric Shreves, Joomla! Bible, Wiley, 2010. Comprehensive and practical. A reference book but with a lot of practical things, as well as nuggets of information. Good for developers but also useful for learners.
  • Cory Webb, Beginning Joomla! Web Site Development, Wrox Wiley 2009. One of the Programmer to Programmer series. Better for people with a bit of experience of computing in general and web sites in particular. But it has some good parts - including some detailed analysis of Template files.
  • Ron Severdia and Kenneth Crowder, Using Joomla, O'Reilly, 2010. A descriptive book in the traditions of the O'Reilly publications. Not for beginners.
  • Marni Derr and Tanya Symes, Visual QuickStart Guide: Joomla!, PeachPit Press, 2009. Helpful layout with a lot of screen shots and asides. Some experience of IT is needed but the book leads you along nicely and is written in a straight forward style.

Help on-line

Joomla 1.5 Joomla 1.6

  • General: The Joomla! Help pages are variable in their helpfulness, especially for beginners.
Most are very good. If you are an experienced reader of Help - they will be useful.
Beginners may find they do not understand all the vocabulary. But they do become clearer as you get to know Joomla! so do not write them off.
Remember that Help is intended to contain all possible actions but does not necessarily explain the point of everything.

On-line resources

Joomla! documentation

Index to other documents in this series


--Lorna Scammell January 2011