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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

Validating your template's (X)HTML

Validating your Joomla! template's XHTML can be a time-saver when it comes to debugging problems with your design's display in different browsers. Although pre-existing Joomla! templates may well contain errors in their HTML, if you're creating your own template you may find it useful to find errors in your Joomla! template.

Getting ready

Rather than visiting the W3C validator directly, some browsers provide tools to allow you to validate pages more conveniently. The W3C acts as the primary organization in creating standards for the website, such as CSS, XHTML, and HTML.

Opera ( has an option to validate the current page when you right-click:

The Web Developer add-on ( provides a similar feature for Firefox:

How to do it...

Most of the XHTML for your template is in the index.php file, and as such you can expect a greater concentration of invalid HTML to occur in this file. Further...