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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

Customizing the error page in Joomla!

It's the small touches to a website that can often make the difference between a poorly designed website and a well-designed website. One such small touch is to provide a customized error page that is displayed when a visitor to your website attempts to view a page on your website that doesn't exist.

Getting ready

Copy the error.php file in the templates\system directory into your template's directory. For this example, we'll copy it into the templates\rhuk_milkyway directory. This technique is known as template overriding in Joomla!.

How to do it...

Visually, we're aiming to create something that looks a little like this:

At the moment, our error page's file looks like this:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
Joomla!error page, customizing<html xmlns="" xml:lang="<?php echo $this->language; ?>" lang="<?php echo $this...