Can't get to see Jen in person? You can always watch her videos or read her books.
Jen has been recording videos at lynda.com since 2008. Jen's videos typically focus on Joomla and front-end web development. Jen is known for presenting difficult information in a simple way to beginners, contributing to her popularity and her strong following as an author.
Jen's first book, Joomla! Start to Finish: How to Plan, Execute, and Maintain Your Website, was published in 2010 and covers Joomla 1.5.
The book starts with two chapters of how to plan your Joomla website. While Jen focuses on Joomla, these tips can be used for planning any website. If the site is well-planned, the site will be executed more quickly, since there are no lingering questions about what the client really wanted, or unhappy surprises when the client sees what was built for them.
Jen goes on to describe Joomla's installation, the SCAM (sections, categories, articles, and menus), putting together a home page, and custom templating. She wraps up with important points about maintaining the site going forward, including hosting and upgrades.
"Joomla! Start to Finish will be dog-eared, and worn by the time you are done! It is a well written and highly useful volume for any Joomla! developer or web site administrator. If you only buy one Joomla! book - buy this one"
Tom Canavan - Author, Joomla! Web Security
Published in 2011, Jen's second book covered working with Joomla 1.5, and it was written for the less technically inclined.
Or did you inherit a Joomla site, and now you have to take care of it and you have NO idea where to begin?
Like books AND videos?
Joomla! 24-Hour Trainer is the book for you!
Most Joomla books assume you have some background in web design and development. Most even assume you have some experience with Joomla. Terms get tossed around without being defined, and after a chapter or two, you're completely lost.
This book assumes you have no background in web design or Joomla, but you have a job you need to get done. Jen explains absolutely everything, clearly and in words you understand:
Best of all, this book ships with a great DVD, walking you through each lesson in the book, and demonstrating all of the techniques Jen describes.
And for you web developers out there -- while this is most definitely NOT the book for you, this is a terrific book to give your clients when you launch their website. They can refer to it for creating content and menus, configuring some basic modules, and getting a sense of how their site fits together.
"After reading the first 15 pages it is clear that this is just the book I need to maintain and develop the website for our two towns and communicate more effectively with web developers."
~ Jan deVries, TwoTownsOnline.org