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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

Starting your print stylesheet

Once you have linked your print stylesheet within your Joomla! template file, you can begin defining the style your visitors will see, should they attempt to print a page on your website.

Getting ready

As per our example, take the rhuk_milkyway template, which is installed by default within Joomla!. On screen, a typical page on your website may look like this:

Although the previous design looks nice on the screen, it does not provide ideal styling for those visitors wanting to print our website:

  • The background color and images set in the<body> tag would be very intensive on your ink cartridges to print, as would other areas of concentrated color.

  • Quite a large portion of the screen is dedicated to navigation; this isn't necessary for print as the links won't work.

  • Advertisements can lose their effectiveness in print, especially as visitors cannot click on them. Some banners (especially animated banners) do not necessarily indicate the destination of the advert...