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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

Styling Joomla! error pages

Joomla! allows for custom error pages to be displayed; you can entirely customize the look and feel of error messages to better target your website's audience.

Getting ready...

Copy the error.php file located in the templates\system\ directory into your template's directory. Here we'll copy it into the templates\rhuk_milkyway\ directory.

How to do it...

  1. 1. Firstly, you need to change your Joomla! website's settings to allow you to use a custom error page. Log in to your Joomla! administration panel (for example, at, and go to Site | Global Configuration:

  1. 2. From here, look at the right-hand side of the screen and you'll see the SEO Settings panel. Set the Use Apache mod_rewrite setting to Yes, and then save the settings:


    If you're working with a default installation of Joomla!, you will also need to rename the htaccess.txt file in the root of your Joomla! installation to .htaccess (note the period character before the word htaccess...