I did not work on a new Joomla website since I wrote Joomla! 1.5 SEO as I was more interested in working with WordPress at that time. I wanted to see if, and if so, how much better WordPress was / is when it comes to search engine optimization.
I will tell you how that turned out in a new post later this month. For now I am trying to get into the Joomla 2.5 game and see how much has improved with this new version.
Did I work with Joomla 1.6 and 1.7? No, and I almost did not work with 2.5 either. I was disappointed with the discussion on the way things went with the version numbering and with the fact that going from a 1.5 to a 2.5 Joomla website also was not an upgrade but instead again a migration. I do believe a lot of potential Joomla! websites owners choose another CMS for that reason. Some even migrated their old Joomla sites into new WordPress websites.
Now back to the topic on hand, I just recently started a new website based on Joomla 2.5 and I wanted to get some guidelines on how to set it up for good results.
I am no newbie when it comes to Joomla so the basics did not change that much I guessed, so why not get a book that could guide me through those changes and show me with clear how to steps how to build this new site.
At this point, I got a hold of Joomla! 2.5 Beginners Guide from Eric Tiggeler (who is Dutch just like me). It turned out to be the right guide to start with, and I can recommend it to anyone who tries to build a Joomla! based website.
A short content introduction with a chapter overview so you can see what topics are covered by this book:
Chapter 1: Introduction: A New and Easy Way to Build Websites
Chapter 2: Installation: Getting Joomla Up and Running
Chapter 3: First Step: Getting to Know Joomla
Chapter 4: Web Building Basics: Creating a Site in an Hour
Chapter 5: Small Sites, Big Sites: Organizing your Content Effectively
Chapter 6: Creating Killer Content: Adding and Editing Articles
Chapter 7: Welcoming your Visitors: Creating Attractive Home Pages
and Overview Pages
Chapter 8: Helping your Visitors Find What they Want: Managing Menus
Chapter 9: Opening up the Site: Enabling Users to Log in and Contribute
Chapter 10: Getting the Most out of your Site: Extending Joomla
Chapter 11: Creating an Attractive Design: Working with Templates
Chapter 12: Attracting Search Engine Traffic: Tips and Techniques
For me Chapter 4 and beyond give me the information I was looking for. I did not create the site in one hour, it took me several hours. The reason for that is that I wanted to get some good pictures for the site, and my search on Dreamstime and iStockphoto was longer than expected. Not that the images are hard to find, there are just so much of them to go through and to choose the right ones :-).
Besides getting the site up and running I also enjoyed the book from Eric and learned more on the design part and how to give my visitors a better experience in navigation on the site.
The SEO part is a good introduction, but to limited for me.
All-in-all I recommend this book to anyone who is new to Joomla! and wants to build a good performing website with this great Content Management System. Eric Tiggeler really knows how to make work with easy to follow clear instruction. So if you are in need of such a book or want to give it to someone who wants or needs it, just get it over at Packt or from Amazon Joomla! 2.5 Beginner's Guide