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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

Installing a Joomla! template

Knowing how to install a Joomla! template is fundamental knowledge for any Joomla! template designer.

Getting ready

Access your Joomla! website via FTP, and navigate to the templates directory. Decompress your Joomla! template if it has been compressed. If you're installing a Joomla! template called ch2-test, it should be contained within a directory called ch2-test.

How to do it...

  1. 1. You can also install templates via Joomla!'s Template Manager feature, available from the Extensions | Install/Uninstall option in the administration panel's menu:

  1. 2. From here, locate the compressed (ZIP) folder that contains your Joomla! template from your computer by using the File Upload field under the Upload Package File option:


    It can be useful to make use of separate tabs in your browser—one for the frontend of your website, and one for Joomla!'s administration panel.

  2. 3. If you now enable the newly uploaded template as your Joomla! installation's current template in Extensions...