There are two things here: “Joomla! 1.5: A User’s Guide” a book, and “Fundamentals of Joomla!: Live Lessons,” a training DVD. Both are by Barrie North and form a $53 package from Barnes and Noble,

The name Joomla comes from an Arabic word meaning “all together” or “as a whole.” It is a free website building program that is sort of techie, but once it’s set up it is easy for non-technical people to add content. In that, it’s similar to blogging tools such as WordPress, which is used by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and us for posting online columns and blogs.

But if we were creating a website for a corporation or nonprofit group now, we would probably use Joomla instead of WordPress. Joomla would let us take advantage of the huge free template library developed by users. Joomla is already being used by Citibank, the IHOP restaurant chain, MTV’s social networking site, and the graduate school of arts and sciences at joomla-book-and-videoHarvard University, There are 255,000 registered Joomla users in 40 languages. You can find a comparison between Joomla! and WordPress at

This “Live Lesson” video series companion to this book makes Joomla a lot easier. One caution: Chapter 6 of the video series has an error, and users can download the corrected chapter at the publisher’s site: For more info about joomla, see

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