Back in the day when I was learning how WordPress worked (that’s the blogging/content management software that’s running this here blog-like thing) I must have literally spent hours pouring over the documentation, I printed out the source code and picked it apart, and found out what made it tick.
I really need to do the same with Joomla! 1.5 — but it’s hard to settle down to a leisurely investigation exercise like that when you just want the site that you’re planning on building with it to be built and delivered yesterday.
But there’s no shortcut in learning this kind of thing. You just have to put in the time.
Thankfully I’ve got Barrie M. North’s excellent book Joomla! A User’s Guide to help.