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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

Understanding Joomla! administrator templates

Joomla! administrator templates are similar to the frontend templates for Joomla!. While frontend templates and associated files are located in the \templates directory of your Joomla! installation, administrator templates can be found in the \administrator\templates directory.

Getting ready

View the directories and files in the \administrator directory. We'll take as an example the administrator template that is enabled by default in Joomla! 1.5, which is called Khepri.

How to do it...

As you can see, along with the familiar CSS, images, and JavaScript directories that are present in normal Joomla! templates, two new files, login.php and cpanel.php, are also present.

How it works...

Much like Joomla!'s frontend templates, Joomla! administrator templates have a hierarchy of related files such as stylesheets and images. Each administrator template requires an index.php file like a frontend template, but administrator templates also make use of a...