A few years ago, I built a publishing platform with Joomla for a technical writing department. While it was short lived (the system was up and running for about a year), I thought it was a great tool. I recently published an ebook on Scribd that explains how I installed Joomla and configured it as a publishing platform, which you can read for free at the following address: http://www.scribd.com/doc/45365813/Joomla-for-Professional-Writers
Please keep the following in mind:
- This is a big book (500+ pages with lots of graphics) and it can take a minute or more to display in Scribd. In addition, Scribd’s iPaper viewer doesn’t render the PDF file very well. Consider downloading it (also free) for easier reading.
- The first two parts explain the technical tasks required to install the software and prepare the publishing environment. After reading the introduction, consider skipping to Part III, “Writing and Publishing with Joomla,” or skim the table of contents, to get an idea of the writing and publishing tasks you can perform with it.
- I wrote and edited it as a side project (I’m a tech writer in my day job). I don’t claim to be the best writer in town, but I did my best to proof it for errors. Don’t beat me up too much if you encounter a few typos 🙂
- The current version explains how to use Joomla 1.5. However, not long after publishing it, the Joomla development team released version 1.6. There is one substantial difference between the two versions, which I explain before the introduction.
If nothing else, I hope this book gives you food for thought on using Joomla as a writing and publishing platform.