The Joomla Handbook – Resources for all Joomla Newbies

Joomla Websites are developing at a startling pace and prove its popularity over the past decades. Not surprisingly, there are a mounting number of Joomla supporting service and products these days which make it even more convenient for any Joomla webmaster. Thus, this would be a huge loss if you don’t know much about Joomla to take all advantages of its thesedays. Today, ZooTemplate could not be more happy to assemble all necessary and helpful Joomla resources into a Joomla handbook list for every newcomer to the Joomla community.

A. JOOMLA BLOGS + JOOMLA PODCAST

If you wonder how to catch up with all the latest news about Joomla or where to share and listen to experiences from Joomla seniors, or where to connect with the Joomla community, Then Joomla blogs or podscats which contains good amount of tutorials, and news to help you stay up-to-date are ideal addresses for you. As an old saying, birds of the same feather flock together, keep up with blogs and podcast would give you more than you can imagine on your very first steps with Joomla. Here is our recommendation:

BLOGS:

We have our own blog too, this is where we share all the helpful tips and latest piece of news with our members and visitors. Subscribe us for that and our announcement about occasional interesting promotion event.

The winner of Blog Web Site at J and Beyond 2011. The author of this blog is Kristoffer Sandven, who is a designer, SEO-er and web consultant. It stores many articles about Joomla tutorials, Joomla tips and Joomla News for beginners and intermediate users. All of them are useful and practical since Kristoffer shares his experience with deep enthusiasm.

Brian Teeman is a consultant at Joomla Training and co-founder of Joomla! and Open Source Matters, Inc. He has received several prestigious awards for his great contributions towards Joomla. The most recent award is the Blog Junkie at J and Beyond 2011. they are short, concise, unique, updated and very helpful

As a website based in France, Cocoate.com is a useful blog, especially for European Joomla users since articles are written in multiple languages; such as French, Russian, Italian, German, and English. Topics in this resource are mostly introducing books they have published, quoting a few chapters from those books and bringing news about events the author has participated in. you will get the opportunity to meet, communicate and exchange knowledge with many people from Europe and worldwide thanks to some projects that this site has often operated such as Family Business, About Houses.

The author – Steven Zeegers works as a System Administrator, a Freelance IT Journalist and also a gamer. He has much knowledge and experience in finding solutions for Joomla as well as IT in general, so the main content on this site focuses on solving Joomla problems.

JOOMLA PODCAST

Ringing listeners news, hints tips and information to help with Joomla design, development and management in an educational and entertaining way. The Joomla podcast: you could subscribe this site in itune your favorite podcatcher and get the latest Joomla news, tips, how-tos, and more. Or listen right in your browser using the episode guide.

JoomStew is the politically incorrect voice of Robert Vining, Alice Grevet, Dianne Henning and their guests. The views expressed here are for your entertainment and Joomla information. Joomstew is not affiliated with any group, but they do have a strong affection for Joomla software and support it’s community 1000%.

B. JOOMLA INFORMATION

As a newbie to the land, the issue you concern the most must be to learn more about Joomla and where you could find step – by – step tutorials of how to install or manage your web. Note these website below and your problem would be solved:

Ostraining is one of the best source of Joomla or even WordPress, Drupal tutorials. This trustworthy site provided not only high-quality books or tutorial video but also online Joomla courses with live training and you could earn printable certificate whenever complete your video classes. Cool right?

An online collaborative community manual for Joomla! users, developers or anyone interested in learning more about Joomla! Currently, they have 4,733 articles written and maintained by our Joomla! community members. You could even contribute your knowledge to this giant source in order to help the beginners on their very first steps.

A free series of Joomla video tutorials for beginners. You could look up the Joomla versions you are using to find the best appropriate tutorial you need.

A great source for animated tutorials and Joomla help. On this site you will find up to date information gathered from around the web to help you on your quest to master the Content Management System – Joomla!

This site provide website-making guides. it is simple and straightforward, straight to the point. A very helpful website by Robert Mening – a thoughtful web designer and web developer in Sweden.

Is a quality template provider. In addition, they offer “Joomla University” with a good series of articles and tutorials to help you get the most from your Joomla site.

A tutorial sites of John Muehleisen, Regional Strategist for World Gospel Mission Africa, who have a lot of experiences setting up Joomla based websites.

C. JOOMLA BOOKS

If you are a fan of detailed information which is scripted by the expert and presented to you in the most organised way for your best convenience in looking up. Here are some worth-reading book we would like to recommend you:

  • The official Joomla! Book

The Official Joomla! Book is the authoritative and comprehensive Joomla! reference for every administrator, developer, designer, and content manager written by Elin Waring.

  • Joomla 2.5 – Beginner’s Guide

Available in English, German, Italian, French, Russian. It is written by Hagen Graf and it is totally free for the e-book version. There are in total 25 chapters in the book which will teach you from the most basic things about Joomla 2.5.

  • Joomla! For Dummies:

written by Steven Holzner, this fun and friendly introduction to Joomla! shows you how to create a rich, interactive Web site that does not require any code no matter your skill level.

  • The best of joomlablogger.net

There are the most popular blog posts which got lots of attention and were highly rated by the members of the famous Joomla Blog: Joomlabloggers.net This book was written based on version 1.5. However, it doesn’t mean everything is obsolete; you will learn a lot from these tips, tricks and information which still apply to version 2.5.

  • Joomla! 3 Beginner’s Guide

This is a clear and profession beginner’s guide that can help newbies start using Joomla for website building and management easily and effortlessly.

  • Joomla! 3 Explained

This is the second edition of this book, adding detailed information about the latest version of Joomla 3. Stephen Burge, the author of Joomla! Explained, is a professional and experienced Joomla trainer who can tell you everything about this CMS using the simplest words.

  • Joomla! 3 Boot Camp

This book can be regarded as a 30-minute lesson that helps you get familiar with Joomla easily. If offers an in-depth and thorough introduction of Joomla, along with all the detailed solutions for the utilization of this tool.

  • Joomla Bible

This book can be regarded as a great bible of Joomla, helping you learn about this CMS comprehensively. It not only offers the steps of Joomla installation and website building, but also tells you everything about Joomla configuration, management, extensions and templates, etc.

D. FREE & COMMERCIAL JOOMLA TEMPLATE FRAMEWORKS

Joomla templates satisfy many Joomla! beginners with designs available to create websites quickly. However, Joomla developers prefer Joomla template frameworks. They love the challenge of customization work, to get worthwhile results – their unique websites.

There are just a few template frameworks in the Joomla market. In this section, I will introduce you to 9 of the most popular Joomla template frameworks with the hope that you will get a general view about them easily.

T3 Framework is one of the first responsive Joomla frameworks template. It supports numbers of responsive layouts including: Wide, Normal, XTablet, Tablet and Mobile.

Gantry is a comprehensive set of building blocks to enable the rapid development and realization of a design into a flexible and powerful web platform theme.

Zo2 Framework from ZooTemplate  is a free, open-source, highly extensible, search-engine optimized Joomla template framework, built from scratch, and heavily support Bootstrap framework and LESS. ZO2 includes a ton of features for both developers and designers, and can be customized even without coding knowledge.

A fast and slick theme framework which provides a rich tool set to develop cross-platform themes.

The powerful Gavern Framework which was created by Gavick.comGavern Framework comes with a lot of features, an easy to use admin panel and some powerful built-in widgets such as GK News Show Pro, GK Tabs, GK Comments and GK Social.

Zen Grid framework is built from Zen Grid Template which Brian Teeman rated the best Joomla template. Now it is a standalone package to be use in conjunction with other templates that are compatible with it. So to use it, you need to install the core Zen Grid Framework plus your Zen Grid compatible template.

Helix framework is recommended if you want a simple, elegant design. It is quite flexible and run quite fast thanks to itsbuilt-in CSS and Javascript compression.

Morph framework is created with the ambition to make all dreams about a Joomla template framework come true. Joomlajunkie developers have poured their hearts into it.

JV Framework has a unique feature –Drag and drop module positions. All the content titles you present in the front end are displayed in their positions in the back end.

 

E. POPULAR TEMPLATES PROVIDERS

One of the most attractive thing about Joomla is the diversifying range of templates you could choose to decorate your website. Below are some templates providers or shop we think would be the trusted one for your upcoming fabulous website:

We provide intuitive, modern look Joomla templates come with Drag & Drop Layout Builder which allows you to create any number of stunning and unique layouts up to 5x faster than traditional way.

Home of the Gantry framework, RocketTheme has dozens of Joomla templates.

A part of evato market which sell a mounting number of Joomla, WordPress, themes and templates from a wide range of providers.

You should find plenty of beautiful premium Joomla templates.

A huge and highly – reputating provider of not only Joomla template and extensions. They call themselves Commercial templates club for Joomla! CMS.

– www.shape5.com: a Joomla template and extension Joomla Provider with 7 years of experiences and over 200.000 member is surely a trust-worthy address for you to note.

F. ESSENTIAL EXTENSIONS

We would list here the providers of those essential extensions who are also our partners which means that we guarantee you that they would offer you the best products along with the most amazing services later on.

JED is the official directory for Joomla components, modules and plugins. Thousands of extensions are available in the JED, many of which are free of charge. If you’re a developer wanting to write your own extensions, there are a number of resources available online.

Along with professional and modern-looking template we also provide powerful free Joomla extensions. Such as: ZT Layer Slider, ZT Visitor Counter, ZT Portfolio, ZT Social Locker, ZT Autolink, etc… You could download all these for free!

Sigsiu.NET currently produces the most popular directory component on the market for the Joomla! Content Management System – SobiPro, the follower of the well known Sobi2 Directory Component.

Virtuemart is an ideal solution, but only if there are a limited number of products you plan to sell, and there aren’t many variants/options that these products carry.

JomSocial is a full-featured social networking component for Joomla. People around the world employs JomSocial to empower their unique community sites.

Is a high-ranked, reliable supplier of Joomla extension with their Advance Search and Sh404SEF. Advance Search is multi-site, relevant search that help rebuild the Joomla search engine from the ground up. Sh404SEF is a trusted tool for power Joomla SEO.

HikaShop provides an e-commerce solution available to use with any Joomla! site. It allows you to create and manage your online store with ease and flexibility.

Premier software development company specialized in producing Joomla extensions. The popular blog extension EasyBlog is a top of the range all-in-one solution for starting a blog in Joomla.

Akeeba supplies you with both powerful Akeeba Backup and Admin Tools. Akeeba Backup provides you a tons of Joomla extensions that will backup, restore and transfer your site in a snap. Admin tools is full of tools for maitaining, protectong and optimising.

Provides a range of extensions for galleries, file management, SEO, and general site management. Their products are well coded and, most importantly, very well supported.

Is a software company, which is specialized in Joomla Extension Development. MijoShop is the leading Joomla Shopping cart component in eCommerce category of Joomla.

JCE is a content editor for Joomla. They add a set of extensions for content without limitations, and without needing to know or learn HTML, XHTML, CSS…

K2 was awarded “best component” for 2010 at J and Beyond.  K2 supplies K2 – de facto content extension with multi – choices for developing content.

Is a well-known suppliers of extensions. With Chronoforms, they help publish forms to a website in minutes.

NoNumber offers you a great collection of top-of-the-range Joomla extensions with enough functionality to satisfy most websites. Their Modules Anywhere is an outstanding product.

Is a well known developer of high quality Joomla! extensions. The two most popular extension are DJ-Classifieds and DJ-Catalog2. DJ-Classifieds is a powerful classifieds ads component.

A membership extension developed by professional experts in eCommerce. which is used to provide access on the basis of plans. Its 100% open source used by individuals, small & medium-sized businesses, and large organizations worldwide.

Offers you variety of great Joomla! extensions. With using these extensions you can expand your web facilities and e-commerce programs.

Specifed for providing joomla extensions for creating any kinds of events. Thier products are highly configurable and customisable with a long list of addons available to extend theirs.

Offers you with Jcomments –  Joomla comment extensions. Jcomments provides the flexible system of access rights settings, wide possibilities of custom view setting, uses the AJAX technology and provides many other features.

Is a premier provider with a wide variety of tools to power your website. Their Widgetkit is a high quality toolkit for both Joomla and WordPress
to enrich your website experience.

Their products, particularly extensions are highly appreciated.  RSForm!Pro allows you to build advanced forms with an intuitive interface and 3rd Party plugins.

Is another reliable providers of Joomla extensions. Their Gantry is comprehensive set of building blocks that we would like to recommend to you.

Octopoos especial offers SeBlod, which is based on the concept of CCK (Content Construction Kit), enables the advanced management of content types while remaining compatible with all Joomla extensions.

This is an expert on mobile, technology and product design with many Mobile Joomla extension which enables your websites display well on iPhone, iPad, Android & more w/ up to 4x better performance compared to responsive and other mobile templates.

Includes a great number of powerful social Joomla extensions which are popularly used by thousands of websites.

Supplies awesome extensions that help save much time and tremendous supported.

is a highly- ranked providers of Joomla extensions. Their products focus on speeding up your website.

is one of the best joomla extension providers with their AcePolls. AcePolls is a simple and flexible component for voting, and offers you a lot of options to customize.

Is a well-known web development company. Their offered extensions are ranked high and used in a huge number of websites.

G. JOOMLA HOSTING

The following managed web hosts specialize in both Joomla and WordPress development and provide extensive support.

They provide Unlimited Web Hosting. Web Hosting make it easy and affordable

Suitable for all designers and developers

Rochen provides fast, secure and reliable Joomla hosting. Their hosting environment is optimally configured for Joomla – both for security and performance.

Their hosting plans are designed to suit all kinds of budgets and requirements: Shared hosting, reseller hosting, business hosting, cloud VPS hosting Dedicated and semi dedicated. You could choose the most suitable plan for you.

Provide Website Hosting, VPS hosting, Test Drive cPanel.

A provider of Joomla hosting, WordPress hosting, Magento hosting – different hosting platforms to suit every need.

They provide hosting and support other relating care services.

Their products including: shared hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated hosting, reseller hosting, hosting features.

The CloudAccess.net Platform is built and optimized for Joomla Hosting and WordPress Hosting. They offer support services like free training material and an industry-leading Support Team ready to help clients develop their Joomla or WordPress websites.

H. JOOMLA WEBSITE SERVICES

The following tools and services will help you manage, monitor and improve your Joomla site or blog effectively with out spending much money.

Stores your media on a content delivery network which speeds up page load times.

Mailchimp helps you manage your email marketing campaigns.

There you have it, we hope that we contribute a little on the start of your journey with our handbook. If you know any other great Joomla resource that we missed. Please comment and we would like to add that to this handbook. It’s always pleasure to receive feedback from you 🙂

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