Kudos to Kramer for an excellent introduction to Joomla!
I have a small web development business and have created several web sites using HTML and CSS and a text editor. When my latest client needed a CMS I selected Joomla! and bought a copy of your book to help me figure out how to build their web site. I am pleased with Joomla!'s flexibility, capability and ease of use and am equally pleased with the excellent introduction that "Joomla! Start to Finish" provided.
I found the first two chapters very helpful and I recognized many of the client "foibles" that you related. It is amazing how easy it is to get carried away with the technology and miss the fact that the web site has to support the client organization. I will be back to these chapters again.
I especially liked the four stock answers. They comprise an excellent introduction to web design all by themselves.
I found that after reading the entire book (and marking the salient points for this particular client) I was able to follow those sections step-by-step and handle configuration, software installations, backups, content creation, etc. on my installation. That gave me a lot of confidence and and a new appreciation for rule #4 - I knew more than I thought I did.
There were several sections of the book that did not apply to this client but reading through those sections helped me to understand Joomla! a bit better. It is a significant mental shift from hand coding HTML and CSS and I found that the material, even if only background information at this time, was most helpful.
I will create more Joomla! installations in the future and expect that, in time, I will become conversant with more of what is included in the book. Heck I may even build my own template.
So thanks a bunch for putting this book together. It isn't the only book on Joomla! that I own but for me it was the perfect introduction to Joomla! and I really appreciated the way you shared your experiences and expertise.