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Joomla! 1.5 Templates Cookbook

By : Richard Carter, Chris Davenport
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Joomla! 1.5 Templates Cookbook

By: Richard Carter, Chris Davenport

Overview of this book

Templates in Joomla! provide a powerful way to make your site look exactly the way you want either using a single template for the entire site or a separate template for each site section. Although it sounds like an easy task to build and maintain templates, it can be challenging to get beyond the basics and customize templates to meet your needs perfectly.Joomla! 1.5 Templates Cookbook consists of a series of self-contained step-by-step recipes that cover everything from common tasks such as changing your site's logo or favicon and altering color schemes, to custom error pages and template overrides. It starts off with the basics of template design and then digs deep into more complex concepts. It will help you make your site more attractive and user-friendly. You will integrate your site with various social media such as Twitter and YouTube; make your site mobile-friendly with the help of recipes for creating and customizing mobile spreadsheets; and use miscellaneous tricks and tips to get the most out of your website. You get all of this in a simple recipe format that guides you quickly through the steps and explains how it all happened.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Joomla! 1.5 Templates Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Comparing your template across different browsers

Given the seemingly endless number of versions of browsers, getting your design to work cross-browser can be a daunting task. There are a number of common bugs that can be fixed or prevented with relative ease, and they are presented in the following sections.

Getting ready

Consider using a remote access service to test your Joomla! template cross-browser—BrowserCam and BrowserShots are two options. They provide a more convenient approach to cross-browser testing than installing every browser version on your computer!


BrowserCam ( is a cross-browser compatibility testing tool.

BrowserCam is a paid-for service, though you may be able to access a free 24 hour trial.


BrowserShots ( provides a service similar to that of BrowserCam, free of charge.

How to do it...

Simply enter the URL of your Joomla! website into the text field and wait for your screenshots to be provided...