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I am trying to teach myself Joomla.

First, a little background. I have been building web sites the "old fashioned way" since 1996, using JavaScript since 1998, css since probably 2003 or so & using php & MySQL for at least 8 - 10 years.

I have built a number of content management systems the "hard way"; an admin back end with php & MySQL driving the front end.

I'm tired of doing it that way, looking for a simpler way. Hoping Joomla can do the trick.

So I thought a good way to learn is to try to replicate a simple cms site I did in Joomla. The attached images show some of the site pages. I purchased two books; Joomla for Dummies & Joomla, a Visual Quick Start Guide.

Everything seems backwards in these books.

Please see the attachments. You can look at the current site index page at I cannot provide full site access because of the private nature of the data.

It seems to me that I need several templates to replicate the current site. I'm totally confused about:

(1) How can I build Joomla templates to replicate the current. Note that the images on the left are image map components linked to other pages. The overall background is a background image on every page.

(2) Joomla seems based on this concept that all content is "Articles". As you can see, in this case I need the ability to display a member directory in a scrolling window; the directory content comes out of a database table; etc. Is there a way to do this kind of thing in Joomla? Also note the map page; uses Google map api, etc.

Or do I need a different tool?

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