Joomla Training Courses

When Apple, Sun and IBM need to learn Joomla,
here’s what they do …

Every day, people are building great websites with Joomla.
Joomla Training OnlineWith Open Source Training, they have access to online classes and support from the best teachers in the Joomla world.

Our professional teachers have created videos and tutorials for you that walk you step-by-step through everything you’ll need to build wonderful Joomla websites. These are the same lessons we use to help clients like Apple, Sun, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and NASA.

Learn Joomla Or Your Money Back …

We’re so confident that you can learn Joomla with our classes and with our help that we’ll refund your money at any point during your membership.

Our Students Love the Training




Open Source Training are the teachers trusted to train many of the world’s most famous companies …

Hewlett Packard and Joomla Apple and Joomla
Sun and Joomla NASA and Joomla
Verizon Wireless and Joomla World Bank and Joomla
IBM and Joomla United Way and Joomla

If you’re not able to build a high-quality Joomla website, we’ll give you a 100%, unconditional refund.

Why Learn Joomla From These Expert Teachers?

  • You’ll be able to learn at your own pace, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • You need no Joomla or web-design knowledge.
  • You’ll get rapid Joomla answers from teachers who have taught 1000s of students.
  • You’ll have fun! The videos are entertaining and make your Joomla experience enjoyable.
  • You get two professional Joomla templates, Bolt and Breeze, worth $120.
  • You’ll learn from comprehensive and organized classes, not random tutorials.
  • You’ll save dozens of frustrating hours digging around the web for answers.
  • You won’t waste thousand of dollars on webdesigners. You can build Joomla websites.




Your Joomla Teachers

We have more than a dozen teachers across North America and the United Kingdom. Two are particularly heavily involved with the online Joomla classes. They’ll be the people presenting the material and helping you out most often in the support forum:

Rod Martin

Rod Martin

Rod is the owner of NavigateTomorrow, a web design firm that started in Canada and moved to the U.S. a few years ago. He has been training people how to do “things” for over 20 years and brings great Joomla! experience to the table. Rod specializes in the small business and non-profit sectors, so he understands the needs of beginner and intermediate Joomla! users. Rod has been a teacher for many years in the public-education and corporate sectors. He currently teaches university classes in the evening. His engaging training style will help you remember the training content and help you apply the lessons learned to building your Joomla sites.

Steve Burge

Steve Burge

Steve is the founder of Open Source Training. Originally from Portsmouth in the U.K., he lives in Atlanta in the U.S.A.. He was a professional teacher in England, Japan, Australia and the United States before moving into web design. In 2005, he founded which grew into a leading provider of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services for Joomla. He wrote the best-selling Joomla SEO Book, created highly-optimized templates and wrote a blog which has grown into perhaps the most popular in the Joomla world. Steve is an active member of the CMS community. He is an Editor at the Joomla Extensions Directory and now runs the Atlanta Joomla User Group which has grown to two monthly meetings and several hundred members.

We Answer Dozens of Joomla Questions for Our Students

How do I install Joomla on my P.C.?

Answer: We gave the student a video tutorial, provided key download links and added a step-by-step tutorial with screenshots.

How can I change the logo on my Joomla template?

Answer: We walked her through the tools she’d need, showed her exactly how to locate and replace the old image with her company’s logo and gave her the confidence to edit other parts of her site in the same way.

How do I set up Search Engine Friendly URLs in Joomla?

Answer: We provide a detailed, step-by-step tutorial just for this user and even logged on to their site to help fix some difficult problems.

What is the best website to find Joomla templates?

Answer: We created a list of over a dozen different websites offering both free and commercial templates, breaking down the pros and cons of each site.

What should I do to play videos from my Joomla site?

Answer: We gave her the choice of several good options, helped her download and install the best and walked her through each step. When one video wouldn’t play, we logged in to the site and fixed the problem with minutes of being asked.




An Overview of Our Joomla Beginner Class


  • Session 1: Introduction to the Course
  • Session 2: How to get the most out of the Course
  • Session 3: What is Joomla / What is a Content Management System?
  • Session 4: Resources you’ll need for the course
  • Session 5: DON’T skip this video!

The Basics

  • Session 6: One Click Installs
  • Session 7: Installing Joomla to work on your Mac
  • Session 8: Installing Joomla to work on your PC
  • Session 9: Navigating the Joomla Interface

The Site Menu

  • Session 10: The Menu
  • Session 11: User Manager
  • Session 12: Global Configuration
  • Session 13: Changing the “Site Offline” Logo
  • Session 14: Site Activities

The “Menus” Menu

  • Session 15: Menu Manager
  • Session 16: Linking to a Article
  • Session 17: Linking to a Blog
  • Session 18: Site Activities

The Articles Menu

  • Session 19: The Joomla Workflow
  • Session 20: Article Management
  • Bonus Session: Installing JCE
  • Session 21: Global Parameters
  • Session 22: Creating an Article
  • Session 23: Inserting and Formatting Text
  • Session 24: Inserting and Formatting Images and Multimedia
  • Session 25: Advanced Parameters
  • Session 26: Site Activities
  • Session 27: Helpful Extensions for Article Management


  • Session 28: Overview and Definitions
  • Session 29: Finding the Right Extensions
  • Session 30: Site Activities

Components Menu

  • Session 31: Banners
  • Session 32: Contacts
  • Session 33: Newsfeeds
  • Session 34: Polls
  • Session 35: Search
  • Session 36: Weblinks

The Extensions Menu

  • Session 37: Extensions Manager
  • Session 38: The Module Manager
  • Session 39: Built-in Modules
  • Session 40: Adding a New Module
  • Session 41: Site Activities


  • Session 42: Introduction / Overview


  • Session 43: What is a Template?
  • Session 44: Installing Templates
  • Session 45: Modifying Your Template
  • Session 46: Site Activities

The Tools Menu

  • Session 47: Tools

Joomla Security

  • Session 48: Keeping Your Site Secure

Wrap Up

  • Session 49: Site Activities
  • Session 50: Wrap Up




An Overview of Our Joomla Template Class


  • Introduction to the course
  • Resources you’ll need on your Mac
  • Resources you’ll need on your PC
  • Artisteer
  • Template Clubs

Section 2: Five Building Blocks

  • Building Block 1 – Table of Contents – templateDetails.xml
  • Building Block 2 – Template Framework – index.php
  • Building Block 3 – Template Style – /css/
  • Building Block 4 – Template Images – /images/
  • Building Block 5 – Template Security – index.html

Section 3: Putting it Together

  • Brief CSS tutorial
  • Step 1 – Setting up the template files
  • Step 2 – index.php
  • Step 3 – Finishing the CSS and index.php
  • Step 4a – Some Styling Tips & Tricks
  • Step 4b – Conditional Statements
  • Step 5 – templateDetails.xml

Section 4:  From Photoshop to Joomla

  • Slicing/Exporting the Background
  • Slicking/Exporting Elements
  • Final Site and CSS

Section 5:  Advanced Template Design Principles

  • Module Styles
  • Advanced Joomla CSS
  • Template Parameters
  • Template Overrides

Section 6: Red Tie Template

  • Introduction
  • Setting Up The Files
  • Header & Logo
  • More about the Header
  • The Menus
  • Main Content
  • Footer & Cleanup

An Overview of Our Joomla SEO Class


  • Session 1: Welcome to the Joomla Search Engine Optimization Class

Setting Up Your Joomla Site

  • Session 2: Delete the Sample Content 
  • Session 3: Redirect non-WWW to WWW 


  • Session 4: Understanding Metadata
  • Session 5: Creating Metadata
  • Session 6: Metadata and Joomla
  • Session 7: Automatic Metadata
  • Session 8: Understanding the Alias

RSS Feeds

  • Session 9: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • Session 10: Creating a Joomla RSS Feed


  • Session 11: Understanding Sitemaps
  • Session 12: Creating a Joomla Sitemap
  • Session 14: Site Activities

Search-Engine Friendly URLs

  • Session 13: Why Use Search Engine Friendly URLs
  • Session 14: Understanding Default Joomla URLs
  • Session 15: Joomla 1.5 Search Engine Friendly URLs
  • Session 16: Choosing a Joomla URL Extension


  • Session 17: Installing Google Analytics
  • Session 18: Do Not Use Joomla Analytics Extensions
  • Session 19: Google Analytics Goals
  • Session 20: Tracking Joomla Searches

Duplicate Content

  • Session 21: Understanding Duplicate Content
  • Session 22: Less is More
  • Session 23: Removing Unwanted Pages
  • Session 24: Other Sites Duplicating Your Content

Internal Linking

  • Session 25: Understanding Internal Linking
  • Session 26: Use More Modules
  • Session 27: Understanding Pagination
  • Session 28: Understanding Breadcrumbs

Site Speed

  • Session 29: Understanding Your Site Speed
  • Session 30: Easy Joomla Speed Improvements

Migrating To or From Joomla

  • Session 31: Understanding Site Migrations
  • Session 32: Migrating Joomla 1.0 to 1.5

Domain Names

  • Session 33: Choosing a Domain Name
  • Session 34: Country Code Domain Names

International Sites

  • Session 35: International Sites
  • Session 36: Automatic Translation Tools

Social Networking

  • Session 37: When to Use Social Networking
  • Session 38: Indexing User Profile Pages

External Links

  • Session 39: Joomla and Google News
  • Session 40: Understanding Reciprocal Links
  • Session 41: Understanding Web 2.0 Links

Site Content

  • Session 42: Understanding Site Content
  • Session 43: Creating Targeted Pages
  • Session 44: Understanding Site Architecture
  • Session 45: Main Menu Links




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